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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Priesthood

   Prayer   October 22, 2017  Comments Off on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Priesthood

How to Get There I’m going to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about priesthood. “When” does it happen in your life. “How” one becomes a Catholic priest. “What” happens once you are inside the doors of a seminary. And the never ending question of “why” do I…

The “Annotated” Mass

   Prayer   October 21, 2017  Comments Off on The “Annotated” Mass

Introductory remarks: I originally put this together with the various ministers explaining their parts; i.e., the choir director explained the music sections; the deacon explained his sections of the mass and I explained the priestly parts. It is a result of discovering that “Catholics” really did not know what was…

The Church in the Christian Empire

   Church History   October 6, 2017  Comments Off on The Church in the Christian Empire

I. The Church in the Christian Empire A. The Church of Constantine 1. In 313 A.D. peace reigned in the church. There was a new relationship between the church and the empire. The state intervened in the church and expected it to support it. The emperor tried to smooth over…

Being a Christian in the Early Centuries

   Church History   October 2, 2017  Comments Off on Being a Christian in the Early Centuries

I. Being a Christian in the Early Centuries First to Third  To be a Christian is to accept the Good News of Jesus Christ and let your lives be transformed by it. A Christian is not an isolated individual but belongs to a community of God, His people, the Church….

How to Read Church History. Chapter Two

   Church History   September 15, 2017  Comments Off on How to Read Church History. Chapter Two

I. Christians in a Hostile World First to Third Centuries The numbers of Christians were increasing daily and the Jews couldn’t understand why they were no longer Jews. Christians presented a problem to the empire. The secrecy with which they surrounded their worship made people fear the worst. Christianity came…

How to Read Church History. Chapter One

   Church History   September 11, 2017  Comments Off on How to Read Church History. Chapter One

I. The Birth of the Church A. The Apostolic Age 1. Church began around 30 AD, in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Twelve men announced the Good News to their countrymen. Jesus, who had been sent by God and crucified as a criminal, was alive. God had raised him…

Homilies for Funerals

   Homilies   August 25, 2017  Comments Off on Homilies for Funerals

Introduction: Canon law-#1176 says that every baptized Catholic has a right to a funeral. I don’t know about you, but I bury far more non-practicing Catholics then I do practicing ones. Consequently, this is my time to minister to the second largest church in America and I try to do…

Homilies for Weddings

   Homilies   August 21, 2017  Comments Off on Homilies for Weddings

Since my preaching stirs the souls of the faithful, more than one person says I should record them and present them for a wider audience. Now I must go out and buy a recorder I guess since I put this heading here. Weddings Introduction: I perform weddings like no other…