Eleanor

Just a word… The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe…

November 21, 2020

Just a word… The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe… November 22, 2020 Imagine if you were Jesus, with what words would you want to leave your followers if it was the last time you spoke to them? Our gospel today is the last recorded teaching of Jesus, according to Matthew. Presumably, these were the lessons Jesus most wanted his followers to remember. In speaking about our…

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Just a word… Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time…

November 18, 2020

Just a word… Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time… November 15, 2020 Why in the world did the servant who received a single talent bury it? The first and the second servants played the market shrewdly and doubled their master’s investment. But the third, perhaps for the reason specified in the gospel… he saw the master…

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Remembrance

November 8, 2020

Dear Parishioners, November is the month we remember all those we have lost, who have gone before us in faith. The tradition here at St. A’s has been to have the Book of the Dead in the church, into which all were invited to enter the names of their beloved dead. This year for obvious…

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Just a word… Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time…

November 8, 2020

Just a word… Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time… November 8, 2020 Did you ever wonder where the bride is among all these virgins Matthew refers to? And why the groom is so late in coming to the feast? And where exactly are the so-called foolish bridesmaids to go to buy more oil at midnight? I…

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We are on the cusp of voting!

November 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners, So, here we are on the cusp of voting! The Church is not supposed to tell anyone how to vote, but does offer some points of reflection in guiding our thinking about voting. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) produces a document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” which is available in…

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Just a word… Thirtieth-first Sunday in Ordinary Time…

November 1, 2020

Just a Word… Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time… November 1, 2020 Who hasn’t heard the admonition, “Do as I say, not as I do”? If not in so many words, then perhaps by the example of some authority figure, be that a parent, a teacher, a member of the clergy or a politician. Having exposed…

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The two greatest commandments

October 25, 2020

Dear Parishioners, Our Gospel this Sunday gives us the two greatest commandments: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. One of the wonderful qualities about St. Anthony’s Parish is that both these commandments are…

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Just a word… Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

October 25, 2020

Just a word… Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time… October 25, 2020 Do you think that Jesus enjoyed sparring with the Jewish authorities? Last week he flummoxed the Sadducees with their tax issue, and now it is the Pharisees who want to challenge and attempt to trap Jesus by asking him to choose among some 600…

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Just a word… Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

October 17, 2020

Just a word… Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time… October 18, 2020 What is it about taxes that raises our blood pressure? The mere mention of the word tax in today’s gospel conjures up in each of us our own political and economic bias- es and can color what we hear in the rest of the story.…

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Saint Francis Garden

October 11, 2020

Eleanor

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Just a word… Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

October 11, 2020

Just a word… Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time… October 11, 2020 Why wouldn’t the wedding guest wear an appropriate garment? After all, one would think he’d have been grateful to have access to the feast, albeit as a third string guest. At least, he would have enjoyed a good dinner, perhaps better than he had…

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Just a word… Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time…

October 3, 2020

Just a word… Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time… October 4, 2020 Why is Jesus telling us this story of the owner of the vineyard and the irresponsi­ ble tenants? We are all capable of figuring out that the tenants were unjust, conniving and murderous. What does this have to do with us? A deeper look reveals that God is the owner, so perhaps that makes us the tenants. The owner leaves thevineyard in the care of the tenants, apparently having given them all they need to care for it and produce the requisite fruit. Leaving the vineyard in the tenants’…

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