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TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Oct 8, 2019 in Church News

6 October 2019 At Newman as most of you know, I used to take a long walk every day. And, usually, I would take a student along with me. I had a set of questions I asked along the way and near the end I would always say, “Ok, so do you have any questions for me?” The most often asked question of me was: “Why did you want to become a priest?’ I’d answer that I never wanted to, I wanted to be an architect. The inevitable follow up question was:  Why aren’t you an architect then?             How can you be something that doesn’t make...

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TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Oct 1, 2019 in Church News

29 September 2019 I am neither Lazarus nor the rich man in today’s gospel. If I could see myself as Lazarus–I might be comforted. If I could see myself as the rich man–I might feel myself challenged. But, I am somewhere in the middle. I thought I was poor once–when I was in college. Of course every college student thinks he or she is poor. But I was never homeless, I was never destitute. Now, I am certainly part of America’s middle class. But that’s not rich. Rich is owning your own jet. Rich is having houses on both the east and west coast. I’m neither Lazarus nor the rich...

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TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 in Church News

15 September 2019 There is an old African folk tale about a mighty chief who planned a great feast. He invited everyone in the village. Everyone wanted to come. He placed only one stipulation on each one’s attendance. Each person who came had to bring a jug of wine. Each jug of wine would be poured into a vat at the feast and everyone would drink from the common vat. One villager didn’t have a jug of wine and thought to himself: “With so many people pouring their jugs of wine into the large vat, no one would notice if one of those jugs was merely water. Surely, no one would notice the...

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TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Sep 10, 2019 in Church News

8 September 2019 There was once a wise old philosopher who each day would go out to the gates of the city. There he would catch up on the comings and goings, and greet any newcomers. One day the old man saw a stranger, who looked harried and in need of help. The old man went up to the stranger and asked if he could be of help. The stranger explained that he was new to the area, he and his family had just been forced to leave their hometown as it was a bad place to live. “The people there have become mean and cold, and very selfish. The city walls have fallen into disrepair because no one...

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 in Church News

1 September 2019 My great-aunt Martha lived two doors down from us while I was growing up. She was a wonderful woman. She grew up knowing a very hard life, nearly starved to death during the great depression, lost a son in the second world war. She had great faith, survived it all and was one of the happiest people I know. As a child I would go to visit her and her husband Frank often. I’d go there especially when I thought I wasn’t being appreciated enough by my own parents. Aunt Martha and Uncle Frank were always glad to see me, stopped everything they were doing, and always had a couple...

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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Church News

25 August 2019 Joseph Nolan a biblical commentator claims that in all of Luke’s gospel Jesus asks only two questions.  And those two questions are addressed to two different groups of people. The first group of people Jesus speaks to are the religiously upright, the ones who follow the rules, or at least most of the rules.  The ones who believe they have a claim on heaven. The second group of people Jesus speaks to are the religiously defunct– the lost, the ones who think they don’t have a chance in hell of getting to heaven. To the first group Jesus asks: “Are you really so...

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Aug 20, 2019 in Church News

18 August 2019 During the Nazi reign of terror there was a sector of Warsaw Poland that was cordoned off.  It was the Jewish ghetto. One of the men who died there wrote a short note on a piece of paper, stuck it in a bottle and then left it as his legacy. He said: “God, you have done everything to make me stop believing in you. Now, lest it seem to you that you will succeed by these tribulations in driving me from the right path, I notify you, God, and God of my fathers, that it will not avail you in the least. You may insult me.   You may castigate me.  You may take from...

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Fall Festival Sept. 14 & 15, 2019

Posted on Aug 10, 2019 in Church News, Home Page Announcements, Religious Education News

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