Entries by Julie Duffin

A letter from our new associate – Fr. MM Cerna

My name is Fr. Jose Menemil P. Cerna. I am a transitional Deacon. I had studied at Mundelein Seminary and I am one of the Class of 2020 graduates. My family and friends have been calling me by my nickname, MM, since I was a child. I will be ordained a priest (together with my […]

June 5 reflection by Deacon Len

Friday, 9th Week of Ordinary Time Today’s Gospel reminds us of the simple fact that we are CHRISTians, that is we are followers of the Christ.  We are sharers in the work of Christ.  Jesus walked among us two millennia ago, fully human and fully divine, not as a philosopher or theologian; not as a […]

June 3 reflection by Deacon Len

Wednesday, 9th Week of Ordinary Time Where there is division there is sin. – Origen Origen, a very early Christian Philosopher, scholar and Theologian once stated that “Where there is division there is sin.”  This ancient quote supports my reflection from last Wednesday where I paraphrased Fr. Jeremiah’s remarks, “The goal/work of the devil is […]

June 2 reflection by Deacon Jerry

Tuesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time- Memorial of Saints Marcellinus and Peter Martyrs  Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 4-10 Psalm 124:2-3,4-5.7b-8   John 17:11b-19 Today the church has the option of celebrating the Memorial of Saints Marcellinus and Peter.       Little is known with certainty about Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter. Tradition tells us […]

June 1 reflection by Deacon Kurt

June 1, 2020 Genesis 3:9-15, 20 John 19:25-34 Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. In 2018, Pope Francis decreed that the ancient devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Penetcost […]

May 29 reflection by Deacon Len

Friday, 7th week of Easter 05/29/20 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052920.cfm “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was asked this famous question three times not long after he had denied the Lord three times during the passion: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” I’m guessing Peter was feeling a sense of betrayal over his […]

May 28 reflection by Deacon Dan

 John 17:20-26   Today’s gospel is the conclusion of what is referred to as Christ’s High Priestly Prayer.  A Prayer that Jesus spoke to the 11 to bring them comfort and to calm them as well as all of us who came after these disciples.  “I pray not only for these, but also for those […]

May 27 reflection by Deacon Len

Wednesday, 7th week of Easter 05/27/20 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052720.cfm “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.” As soon as I read this line to today’s Gospel, I was reminded of the words Fr. Jeremiah spoke in a couple of his homilies.  […]

May 26 reflection by Deacon Jerry

Tuesday May 26th, Feast Day of Saint Phillip Neri- Priest Readings taken from the Feast Day Philippians 4:4-9 Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9, Jn 17:20-26     Philip was the son of Francesco di Neri, a lawyer, and his wife Lucrezia da Mosciano, whose family were nobility in the service of the state. He was carefully brought up, and received […]

May 25 reflection by Deacon Kurt

Monday May 25, 2020 Acts 19:1-8 John 16:29-33 Happy Memorial Day to you all, and a special thanks to all our veterans out there. Thank you so much for your service, you have helped make our country the great place it is. What a power reading we have today from Acts. Paul has been in […]

May 22 reflection by Deacon Len

Friday, 6th week of Easter 05/22/20 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052220.cfm “You will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” I coached swimming for over 30 years.  I have coached athletes of all levels from six year-olds trying to make it across the pool without stopping to an Olympic gold medalist.  There is great joy in seeing these athletes […]

May 21 reflection by Deacon Dan

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Ascension of the Lord Matthew 28:16-20 Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord – Jesus’s last day on earth. Some parishes or dioceses will celebrate this feast on Sunday. Final words in life carry a lot of weight. It is common to be curious what someone’s last words […]

May 19 Reflection by Deacon Jerry

Reflection for the 6th Tuesday of Easter Acts 16:22-34   Jn 16:5-11       Good morning everyone. Sunday with all that rain I was going to the basement when my wife asked me what I was doing. I responded that I was go to build us a boat; she laughed and said good luck, you […]

May 18 Reflection by Deacon Kurt

Monday May 18, 2020 Acts 16:11-15 John 15:26-16:4a Well, as we see, Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John certainly came true for His Apostles. They were expelled from the synagogues, arrested, persecuted and all were mayrtered in the name of Jesus except for John. They traveled the world spreading the word of Jesus Christ, […]

May 15 reflection by Deacon Len

Friday, 5th week of Easter 05/15/20 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051520.cfm “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” I have a fairly strong memory (considering the amount of elapsed time) of the first homily I ever heard on this Gospel […]

May 14 reflection by Deacon Dan

Homily 18 – Thursday, May 14, 2020 – St. Raphael reflection   Feast of St. Matthias   Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthias, the twelfth Apostle who was selected to replace Judas who betrayed Christ.  Matthias is unique among the Apostles in that Jesus did not personally select him.  In our reading from […]

May 12 reflection by Deacon Jerry

Reflection for the 5th Tuesday of Easter Acts 14:19-28 —John 14:27-31a     Todays’ reading from the Acts of the Apostles is a continuation from Monday’s reading. Paul and Barnabas were in Iconium spreading the word of God, and both the Gentiles and the Jews along with the religious leaders were planning at attack and […]