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Marian Reflection By Father Barnes

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/06/20

On a trip to Venezuela with my seminary class we were traveling on some dangerous roads near Caracas.  The priest leader of the group suggested we pray the rosary and we did.  The van proceeded to break down in a tunnel where there was no place to pull over.  ... Read More »

Thank you, again! From Father Tony

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/23/20

Thank you, again!  Dear Friends,

This concept of actually turning in the keys and walking away from the church building is, I guess, becoming a reality now.  It will be such a big change, but I leave with the knowledge that I am leaving a family in which I ... Read More »

Thank You! From Father Tony

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/09/20

Thank You! From Father Tony

Dear Friends,

I call you friends because that is what you are!  Or maybe I should say, family.  I want to thank you for all of the nice ways in which you recalled all of the good things that have taken place in your ... Read More »

He is Not Here

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 4/09/20

Gospel ReflectionEaster Year AHe is Not Here

              No one was a witness to what happened that night.  Jesus had died a day earlier around three in the afternoon after agonizing hours hanging on a cross.  In the apostles’ panic and utter dejection, they had not thought about it ... Read More »

The Passion of Jesus for Us

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 4/07/20

Gospel ReflectionPassion Sunday Year AThe Passion of Jesus for Us

The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem began with a great crowd of people shouting an enthusiastic “Hosanna”.  But then a few days later, they shouted with an agitated, “Crucify him!”.  Christians everywhere since approximately the year 30 have celebrated ... Read More »

The Lord the Giver of Life

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/24/20

Gospel Refection5th Sunday of Lent, Year AThe Lord the Giver of Life

Our gospel this Sunday reveals to us that God has power even over life and death.  The miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is perhaps the greatest miracle, the greatest sign of Jesus’ power.  God ... Read More »

An Undeniable Gift

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/17/20

Gospel ReflectionFourth Sunday of Lent, Year AAn Undeniable Gift

              I recall once after an Easter Mass at the Cathedral talking with a young woman who was just baptized.  I did not know her, but she was beaming with joy and wanted to share it.  She explained how God ... Read More »

A Love That Frees Us

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/10/20

Gospel Reflection3rd Sunday of LentA Love That Frees Us

The story of the Samaritan woman with Jesus is a beautiful story of God’s love. It is personal. It is an encounter with Jesus as the Messiah who bridges our gaps with God. A great chasm was supposed to exist ... Read More »

We Live by God’s Holy Word

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 2/25/20

Gospel Reflection, 1st Sunday of Lent, Year AGenesis 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4: 1-11We Live by God’s Holy Word

We are without a doubt exposed to many temptations.  They can confront us in thousands of forms:  the temptation to drive too fast, to eat or ... Read More »

To Follow Him Will be Our Strength

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 2/18/20

Gospel Reflection, 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year ALeviticus 19: 1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48To Follow Him Will be Our Strength

Last week, we talked about a way of being which does not only keep to external rules, but is good because it comes from a ... Read More »