Memento Mori…

Not the warm-fuzziest of paintings, I know... In about a week we will come to the end of our liturgical year and enter once again into a new year beginning with the season of Advent.  As I’ve mentioned in my last few Sunday homilies, the [...]

Memento Mori…2019-11-23T16:57:02+00:00

As Christ loved the Church…

Two Sundays ago I preached about the Resurrection of the Body/Dead, an element of the after-life that we profess belief in as Catholics every time we come together for Sunday Mass.  You may remember that I also drew connections between our gospel passage from Luke [...]

As Christ loved the Church…2019-11-20T03:28:12+00:00

Why we Confess

Greetings, everyone! I hope you all have had a good week and are staying warm with this new arctic blast settling in over Haywood County.  This past Tuesday on my day off, I hiked to Mt. Lynn Lowry with Fr. John Eckert (pastor, Sacred Heart, Salisbury) [...]

Why we Confess2019-11-08T22:07:00+00:00

Growing in Humility…

Before I begin, just another thank-you to all who came to my installation this past Saturday and made it a beautiful and memorable experience for me and the parish.  It was an awesome evening and all of you blessed me in a great way. In [...]

Growing in Humility…2019-10-31T19:06:17+00:00

May God give you His peace!

Good afternoon parishioners of St. John’s and Immaculate Conception! May God give you His peace!  Happy feast day of St. Teresa of Avila!  I offered Mass today in the rectory for all of you and in thanksgiving for my new assignment as Pastor, which became effective at [...]

May God give you His peace!2019-10-18T12:35:26+00:00

The Divine Doctor Comes to HEAL from within!

The Divine Doctor Comes to HEAL from within! Sermon by St. Augustine “There are men who want to live a good life and have already decided to do so, but are not capable of bearing sufferings even though they are ready to do good. Now it is [...]

The Divine Doctor Comes to HEAL from within!2019-09-22T23:55:38+00:00

Happy Feast Day of St. Matthew, The Apostle!

Happy Feast Day of St. Matthew, The Apostle! The Calling of Saint Matthew is a masterpiece by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, depicting the moment at which Jesus Christ inspires Matthew to follow him. It was completed in 1599–1600 for the Contarelli Chapel in the church of the [...]

Happy Feast Day of St. Matthew, The Apostle!2019-09-21T14:35:43+00:00

Do not adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother

From a homily on Matthew by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop (Hom. 50:3-4: PG 58, 508-509) Do not adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother Do you want to honor Christ’s body? Then do not scorn him in his nakedness, nor honor him here in the church [...]

Do not adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother2019-08-31T22:02:53+00:00

St. Augustine, pray for us!

“You inspire us, O Lord, to delight in praising you because you made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – St Augustine Feast Day: August 28th

St. Augustine, pray for us!2019-08-28T13:04:49+00:00

Transition underway!

Transition underway! “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” – John 15:16 As I prepare to go to another section of the vineyard of our Lord it has been such a [...]

Transition underway!2019-08-26T13:51:38+00:00