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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

Msgr. Pat's Homilies

12-01-2019 1st Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/02/19

 

Homily

Advent I / A / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

A "happy new year" to all as we gather on this First Sunday of Advent—a new liturgical year.

For many people, Advent is their favorite season, coming as it does just before Christmas. Advent is a season ... Read More »

11-24-2019 Christ the King

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/25/19

 

Homily

34th Sunday in OT / Feast of Christ the King / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We celebrate today the Feast of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, the culmination of all the Sundays we have celebrated in this Cathedral.

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11-17-2019 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/18/19

 

Homily

33rd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year—next Sunday is Christ the King—our readings turn apocalyptic. The word apocalyptic usually has reference to "the end," the end of the world, the end ... Read More »

11-10-2019 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/12/19

 

Homily

32nd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Father Patrick S. Brennan

The English poet John Keats died in Rome in 1821, and he was buried in the Protestant Cemetery. One can visit his grave today, along with that of Shelley—two great English Romantic poets, both buried ... Read More »

10-27-2019 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/01/19

 

Homily

30th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I don’t often preach on St. Paul, but this Sunday I want to preach on our second reading, from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy. This is one of St. Paul’s final letters, written in ... Read More »

10-20-2019 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/21/19

 

Homily

29th Sunday in OT/ C / 2019 / Stewardship

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

This is the third and final week of our focus on parish finances.

The first week we had a personal witness from one of our parishioners about the importance of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish ... Read More »

9-29-2019 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/30/19

 

Homily

26th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Pope Benedict once said that the Church does three essential things: 1) worships God, 2) evangelizes, and 3) cares for the poor. That is an entire "ecclesiology" in just a few words! Interestingly, each of ... Read More »

9-22-2019 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/23/19

 

Homily

25th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I want to say a few words this morning about our 1st and 2nd readings—one from the Prophet Amos and one from St. Paul’s 1st Letter to Timothy. These readings sum up the Church’s attitude ... Read More »

9-15-2019 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/16/19

 

Homily

24th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I read the "shorter version" of our Gospel today, but I want to say just a word about the two parables I skipped—two parables that are very familiar to us: the "lost sheep" and the ... Read More »

9-8-2019 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/09/19

 

Homily

23rd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Gospel today is one of the most challenging in all the scriptures, and it asks us an important question: who, or what, is the center of my life?

Jesus turns to the crowd and ... Read More »

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