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December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent (C)

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    Rev. Joseph Keating First Sunday of Advent (C) Homily   Ever notice how the words we say can sometimes have completely opposite meanings, depending on the situation?  Take, for example, the words, “Wait till your father gets home.”   Perhaps you’ve heard these words before, and perhaps it wasn’t so pleasant.  Imagine you’re 8 years […]

    December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

    I think it was the late ‘90s when the movie “Liar, Liar” came out.  It starred Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer and a father of one.  He is constantly making commitments to his son, and then breaking those commitments.  So, when his son’s teacher asked him what his father does for a living, the […]

    December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent

    Do you like surprises?  Or do you prefer to know what’s going to happen before hand? I can say, without a doubt, that I am in the second group of people.  Whether it’s company coming over,an exam at school, or just the weather, I always want to be prepared.  I guess I get that from […]

    December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

    I remember the old house I grew up in.  It had green shag carpet, brown plaid couches, a three bedrooms and big back yard.  I remember the plastic shelves filled with toys in my bedroom, which I shared with my brother.  The bedroom—not always the toys.  I remember the wooden clock on the wall in […]

    December 18, 2016 – 4th Sunday of Advent

    Have you ever asked God to give you a sign?  I know that I did plenty of times when I was discerning seminary.  Usually it went something like this:  “OK God, if the next person to walk around the corner is a pretty girl, then I’ll know I’m supposed to get married.  If not, then […]

    December 11, 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

    Brothers and Sisters in Christ the key words for us today are rejoicing and prophecy.  We rejoice because Jesus is present, among us today, right now in this Holy Mass and as His disciples we are called to leave here today, strengthened and nourished to be His prophets. As we enter into this 3rd week […]

    December 4, 2016 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

    Well, we are one week closer to Christmas, and since we are in Advent, we have just begun a new liturgical year.  As you know, last year was a jubilee year, the Year of Mercy, declared by the Holy Father.  A few weeks ago, one of my parishioners asked me, “since the Year of Mercy […]

    November 27, 2016 – 1st Sunday of Advent (A)

      Wake O wake and sleep no longer, brothers and sisters!  It’s a new year!  Happy new year, by the way.  As this Advent hymn states, “Awake, God’s own Jerusalem! … Zion hears the sound of singing; Our hearts are thrilled with sudden longing; She stirs, and wakes, and stands prepared.” It’s a beautiful hymn—one […]