Echoing Mary’s “Yes”

Homily for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which also happens to be the patronal feast day of the United States. So, happy feast day. This particular feast of the Blessed Mother has deep roots in theContinue reading “Echoing Mary’s “Yes””

Presentation of Mary

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Mary, when Mary was presented in the Temple by her parents, Joachim and Anne. It is one of those extra-biblical events that the Church remembers each year to honor the life of the BlessedContinue reading “Presentation of Mary”

Our Lady of Fatima

Homily for the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima As I mentioned at the beginning of Mass, today the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, remembering how our Blessed Mother appeared to three young children in Portugal from May 13 until October 13, 1917. This morning, I want to focus on theContinue reading “Our Lady of Fatima”

The Shepherds and Mary

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Eight days have passed since we came together here at Church to celebrate Christmas. Most of the world has already moved on from the message of Christmas. Some have already taken down their Christmas trees, packed away their decorations. Things have gotten back to normal forContinue reading “The Shepherds and Mary”

Mary, Mother of the Church

Homily for the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church As I mentioned at the beginning of Mass this morning, today we celebrate the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. It is a feast that is very much intimately connected to the Feast of Pentecost. From our Catholic tradition, we know that the BlessedContinue reading “Mary, Mother of the Church”

Mary, Mother of God

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It reminds us of the importance and the honor that we give to Mary as Catholics. I’m sure most of us here today have been asked at least once why Catholics give the Blessed MotherContinue reading “Mary, Mother of God”

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Homily for the Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day when we remember how the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico. The story of her appearance resulted in the conversion of over 9 million people to Catholicism. So,Continue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

God Chooses

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception, the solemnity that we celebrate today, also happens to be the patronal feast day of the United States. So, happy feast day. Why do we celebrate this feast? In 1854, in his Apostolic Constitution, Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX clarified without uncertainty the long-heldContinue reading “God Chooses”

The Chosen Daughter of Israel

Homily for the Night of Merciful Love, December 2020 at Holy Name of Jesus. Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel. As I mentioned at the beginning of Mass, tonight I have chosen to celebrate a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel. It is one ofContinue reading “The Chosen Daughter of Israel”

Mary, Mother of Mercy

Homily for Votive Mass of Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, Night of Merciful Love at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Tonight as we gather for our Night of Merciful Love, we remember in a special way our Blessed Mother, more specifically as the Queen and Mother of Mercy. Mary is the Queen ofContinue reading “Mary, Mother of Mercy”