Homilies by Father Joseph Keating

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February 18, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent

The words that close the gospel reading today are the same words spoken to each of us as we received ashes on our heads:  “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lent is a time for us to take on the ascetical practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  And in addition […]

January 7, 2018 – The Epiphany of the Lord

The proclamation of the date of Easter and the other movable feasts on Epiphany dates from a time when calendars were not readily available. It was necessary to make known the date of Easter in advance, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on its date. The number of Sundays that follow Epiphany, the date […]

December 8, 2017 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I can imagine the conversations some of you will have (had) at work tomorrow/today. “Why do you have to go to Church on a Thursday/Friday?” “It’s a Holy Day of Obligation.” “What’s that mean?” “We have to go to Mass because it’s a special holiday in the Church.” “What holiday?” “The Immaculate Conception.” “What is […]