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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

Msgr. Pat's Homilies

2-18-2018 First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Alex Chan on 2/20/18

 

Homily

Lent I / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Last Wednesday we began the season of Lent—Ash Wednesday, a day to remember our mortality (ashes) and to acknowledge our sins. Today, we gather as a parish community to continue our journey towards Easter—from the desert to ... Read More »

2-11-2018 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 2/12/18

 

Homily

6th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Gospel today presents one of the great scenes in the ministry of Jesus. And like all great scenes in the Gospel, it is also an icon of the spiritual life. We recall that Jesus ... Read More »

2-4-2018 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 2/07/18

 

Homily

5th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The touch of Jesus. Wouldn’t we love to feel the touch of Jesus, to grasp his hand, to let him pull us from a place of darkness into his marvelous light? Of the four Gospels, ... Read More »

1-28-2018 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/29/18

 

Homily

4th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

In our readings . . . we know that the 1st and 3rd readings or thematically connected. But this Sunday it is particularly important to make the connection between these two readings—because the first reading ... Read More »

1-21-2018 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/22/18

 

Homily

3rd Sunday in OT / B / 2018 / Amen Sunday

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

"I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out!" These words from our second reading seem as good as any to introduce our "Amen Sunday." Today, we hope to bring ... Read More »

1-7-2018 The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/08/18

 

Homily

Christmas / Epiphany / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, and it gives me the opportunity to speak about a phenomenon that is quite common these days, and that is to say "I am ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious.’"

Popular ... Read More »

12-31-2017 Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/06/18

 

Homily

Christmas / Holy Family / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family, and it gives us the opportunity to ask, "what makes a family holy?"

Certainly, the first two readings today, from Sirach and Colossians, give us some good ... Read More »

12-17-2017 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/18/17

 

Homily

Advent III / B / Gaudete / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

On this 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete, I want to reflect on our 2nd reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians. I think I have mentioned before that this letter of St. Paul ... Read More »

12-10-2017 Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/11/17

 

Homily

Advent II / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

One of the great saints and mystics of the Church is St. John of the Cross. John was a Carmelite priest, a great 16th century reformer, the spiritual director of St. Theresa of Avila (!), and one ... Read More »

12-3-2017 First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/04/17

 

Homily

Advent 1 / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today we begin the Advent season and a new liturgical year. A new beginning for us. A time to take stock, to look back at the previous year and to look ahead to the next. Perhaps a ... Read More »

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