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Homily :: May 21, 2017

05/21/17: Sixth Sunday of Easter


Fr. Dave Reeson
Fr. Dave Reeson

      05/21/17: Sixth Sunday of Easter - Fr Dave Reeson

(7:05, 6.50 MB)


Fr Pat Nields
Fr Pat Nields

      05/21/17: Sixth Sunday of Easter - Fr Pat Nields

(6:06, 5.58 MB)


Daily Readings

Today’s Reading

The Scriptures of this Sunday mark a turn in the celebration of the Easter Season. We begin to focus on the promise of the Holy Spirit. In the selection from Acts, after the people of Samaria are baptized “in the name of Jesus” and accept the word of God, apostles are sent to pray over them so they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Three elements are indicated as necessary for living lives of faith: hearing and accepting the word of God; baptism with water; and the prayer for the Holy Spirit.

The selection from the First Letter of Peter seems to speak to a community that is undergoing trials or persecution for their faith. The sacred writer indicates to the community what is meant by being one with Jesus in his suffering, death and resurrection. Instead of reacting to violence with violence, the community is encouraged to join their sufferings to the suffering of Christ, and thus enter into redemptive suffering to be made holy and grow in faith. Christians may suffer for doing good, but they will grow in the Spirit the more they enter into the paschal mystery of suffering.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus promises to send the apostles (and community) the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide them on their Christian journey and strengthen them in time of adversity. The evangelist encourages those who may have become disillusioned with the fact that Jesus had not returned in glory with salvation for all. This part of the farewell discourse of Jesus is intended to give hope and strength to the believers, and give confidence to the doubters.

By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.


Homily :: May 7, 2017

05/07/17: Fourth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation


Fr. Dave Reeson
Fr. Dave Reeson

      05/07/17: Fourth Sunday of Easter - Fr Dave Reeson

(3:13, 2.95 MB)

 

 


Fr Pat Nields
Fr Pat Nields
      05/07/17: Fourth Sunday of Easter - Fr Pat Nields

(5:12, 4.76 MB)

 

 


Archbishop George Lucas
Archbishop George Lucas
      05/07/17: Fourth Sunday of Easter - Archbishop George Lucas

(16.04, 14.7 MB)

 

 

 


Daily Readings
Today’s Reading

The fourth evangelist, John, offers a discourse from Jesus about being shepherd and sheep gate. The voice of Jesus assures the late first century Christian community of the importance of listening to his voice and resting in his safety. Jesus promises to keep the flock (the Christian community) safe from thieves and robbers. For the community today, it is important that our music and liturgy focus on the voice of the shepherd and not get too impressed with having our own voices, gifts and talents get in the way.

The selection from the Acts of the Apostles exhorts people of faith who have heard the message to be “baptized…for the forgiveness of your sins” and “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The words of Peter have been prescient for many generations, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” The more things change, the more they stay the same. In all times and generations, the culture has been a challenge to living a life of faith in Jesus Christ and being witnesses to the world of God’s power over sin and death.

The words from the First Letter of Peter offer us a glimpse of how we are to embrace suffering to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Whereas our culture embraces vengeance and revenge, the redemptive suffering and sacrifice of Jesus our what we are to embrace. Like the non-violence of Ghandi and Martin Luther King, we are exhorted to “return no insult”, not to threaten but to hand ourselves over willingly for the sake of our faith. Doing so, we will be saved by the shepherd who knows his sheep.

By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.


Reeson’s Ramblings :: May 7, 2017

Fr. Dave Reeson
Fr. Dave Reeson

Dear Friends,

JIm Makey
Jim Makey

I have some news that I need to share with you. I am sad to announce that Mr. Jim Makey has decided, after much prayer and soul searching, to resign his position as Principal at the end of this school year. I have really enjoyed working with Mr. Makey. I have a great respect of how he has handled our staff, students and all the committees and activities that make our school so vibrant. We have such an awesome school thanks in no small part to his leadership and direction.

As a first time pastor with such a large grade school, he has helped me personally learn what a successful school should look like. Although we are sad to see Mr. Makey go, we are grateful for the time he spent here at St. Columbkille and wish him and his wife, Betty, all the best for their plans for the future and our prayers will be with them always.

 

 

Brandi Redburn
Brandi Redburn

The other side of this coin is that I am delighted to announce that Brandi Redburn has agreed to be the new Principal of St. Columbkille School. Over the past two school years, I have been so impressed by her skills and abilities, and I am confident that in her very capable hands, the transition will be seamless.

The students, parents and staff will have a dynamic leader who is 100% committed to the families of the school and our mission. I have no doubt that our school will continue to offer our students the very best Catholic education in the Archdiocese under the direction of Mrs. Redburn.

PAX,
Fr. Dave

 

 


What Do You See?? Is it a heavenly sign?
Jackie Buso
Jackie Buso

Jackie Buso has done a tremendous job as our parish Bulletin Editor and Athletics Administrator for the  past five-years. Now with two children in Catholic High Schools, she has decided it is time to return to fulltime employment. She does more than most realize and is going to be greatly missed. She will continue on a part-time basis until her replacement is secured.

We are now considering comprehensive staffing needs for our parish and job description for the Bulletin Editor and Athletics Administrator is being adjusted. Employment opportunities at our parish will be made known and a search committee established soon. Watch the bulletin or our web site for more information.

Homily :: April 30, 2017

04/30/17: Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dave Reeson
Fr. Dave Reeson;
See Jesus?
On April 30th, I used the following illustration in my homily to help us understand that we often need to focus and concentrate to see Jesus. Even some of the Disciples failed to see Jesus when he was in their midst. I may not see Jesus in someone that thinks differently than I do or someone that cuts me off in the parking lot. If we concentrate and focus we can see Jesus all around us!

See Jesus?

 

Fr. Dave Reeson
Fr. Dave Reeson; First Communion Mass
      Third Sunday of Easter - Fr Dave Reeson

(5:59, 5.48 MB)

Concentrate on the four dots in the middle of the picture for about 30-seconds. Then close your eyes, or look up toward the ceiling. Within seconds, you will see an image. Continue looking at the image…What Do You See?? Is it a heavenly sign?
      20170430: Third Sunday of Easter - Fr Dave Reeson

(8:29, 7.78 MB)

Fr Pat Nields
Fr Pat Nields

See Jesus?

Fr Pat Nields
Fr Pat Nields; First Communion Mass
      Third Sunday of Easter - Fr Pat Nields

(6:04, 7.78 MB)

      20170430: Third Sunday of Easter - Fr Pat Nields

(5:32, 5.06 MB)


Daily Readings
Today’s Reading

04/30/17: Third Sunday of Easter

The resurrection appearances of Jesus are central elements of the Gospel in all three cycles of the lectionary. Scripture scholars believe that it is these resurrection accounts that were some of the first written recollections of the salvific events of Jesus suffering, death and resurrection

The story of Emmaus from Luke’s Gospel is perhaps one of the best known stories of Jesus’ appearance after the resurrection. The recognition of him in the “breaking of the bread” is an obvious image of the Eucharistic meal. The fledgling Christians were no doubt coming together for the “breaking of the bread” and doing what Jesus did on the night before he died. No doubt, this meal included reminiscence of Jesus as well as sharing of stories from the Hebrew scriptures.

The proclamation from the Acts of the Apostles is a well developed exposition of the importance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for the community. It contains the kernel of what would later become an article of the Creed, namely, that Jesus was both God and man, that he died on the cross, rose from the dead and is not seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and sent the Holy Spirit.

The selection of First Peter is a deepening of the theology of Jesus life and death. It places Jesus in the scope of terrestrial history with universal significance attached to his resurrection. “Before the foundation of the world” Jesus was known and now revealed to you in glory.

By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.

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