Homilies – Fr. Carl


Our current message series, Unwrapping Christmas, began the weekend of November 21-22. In our heart of hearts, we all want to be generous – to be people who are givers. This is because we bear the image of God and God is a giver. All of this world is gift. And God gave his most precious gift at Christmas when he sent his Son into the world. God loves and so God gave his son. This is why at the Christmas season we give as well.

Giving and generosity go together. To be generous means to hold our lives and all we have with an open hand. In this series we will look at how Christmas invites us into a life of generosity and offer some ways to give into this temptation.

Week 2 – November 29, 2020 – First Sunday of Advent


Week 1 – November 22, 2020 – Christ the King


Our message series, Staying Power, began the weekend of October 10-11. It will focus on how we grow by the commitments we make and fulfill.

Committing to a marriage, a job, a friendship allows us to grow. Committing to take a class in a foreign language or to dance classes or to martial arts and fulfilling that commitment helps us to grow in our ability to do those things. Likewise, we come to mature as Christians, in Christ-likeness by the commitments we make and keep. In this series, we will look at the power of commitment and the steps we invite people to take as a church. These are commitments or habits that must be practiced over and over again. Commit to a life-long journey of growth. We will talk about both the commitments and the benefits of those commitments. You can’t be committed to everything but important to be committed to the right things.

Week 6 – November 15, 2020 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 5 – November 8, 2020 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


 

Week 4 – November 1, 2020 – All Saints Day


Week 3 – October 25, 2020 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 2 – October 18, 2020 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 1 – October 11, 2020 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Our message series entitled CORNERSTONE  began the weekend of September 5-6. In this series, we will look at some of the cornerstones or foundational beliefs we have as a parish and how they help form the strategy of our Church. The purpose of this series is to remind us of what our church is about as we continue to move through this time of pandemic. This series serves as a chance to remind ourselves about our vision, mission, and core strategies.

Week 5 – October 4, 2020 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 4 – September 27, 2020 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 3 – September 20, 2020 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 2 – September 13, 2020 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Week 1 – September 6, 2020 – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 30, 2020 – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 23, 2020 – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 16, 2020 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 9, 2020 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


August 2, 2020 – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 26, 2020 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 19, 2020 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 12, 2020 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 5, 2020 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


June 21, 2020 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Often, we underestimate the power of our words, but if you look back on your life you know that words have tremendous power to both encourage and inspire and to hurt and to wound. Words can bring life and they can bring death. Over the next few weeks, we are going to learn and grow how to use our words so that we bring life and not death.

As human beings, we don’t have the power of God to make what we say happen right away. However, through our words, we are sowing seeds and over time our lives bear the fruit of the words we have said. By speaking them aloud, they are planted in our subconscious minds, take root, grow, and produce the fruit of the same kind. Whether we speak positive or negative words, we will reap exactly what we sow. That’s why we need to be extremely careful about what we think and say.

June 14, 2020 – WEEK SIX- More Than Words


June 7, 2020 – WEEK FIVE- More Than Words


May 31, 2020 – WEEK FOUR- More Than Words


May 24, 2020 – WEEK THREE- More Than Words


May 17, 2020 – WEEK TWO- More Than Words

Please note: We are starting this message series with Week Two to coordinate with this Sunday’s readings. A summary of the Week One message is provided below:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Our words have tremendous power for good or for evil for life or for death. This is because our ability to speak and communicate reflects the divine image we bear. God speaks the world into existence and the church grows as the word of God spreads. In this series, we will look at the power of words and how to use them for good.

In the Week One message, we introduced the power of words deriving from God’s word. The early Church grew as the disciples devoted themselves to the word of God and did not neglect it. To grow in life and use our words well we must not neglect our service to the word. Words have power and God’s words have God’s power. To access the power of God in our lives and use our words for good, we should connect with God’s word. Words have power and God’s word have God’s power. Know God’s word so our words will have his power.


Beginning Easter Sunday and running for the four weeks following, we presented the 5 week Message Series entitled “(Im)Possible”. What to do when you can’t believe what’s happening. The death of the Lord on the Cross brought a crisis of faith for his friends and followers. It was the end of the world as they had known it, as well as the death of all their hopes and dreams. Then something even more unbelievable happened. Something that seemed impossible. Easter celebrates the impossible things God can do in the midst of a crisis. Just the kind of message we need to hear right now more than ever.

May 10, 2020 – WEEK FIVE  – IMPOSSIBLE


May 3, 2020 – WEEK FOUR  – IMPOSSIBLE


April 26, 2020 – WEEK THREE  – IMPOSSIBLE


April 19, 2020 – WEEK TWO  – IMPOSSIBLE


April 12, 2020 – WEEK ONE  – IMPOSSIBLE


April 10, 2020 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper


April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

Please note, due to the length of the reading of the Passion, Fr. Carl did not include a homily during Mass, but we have provided his comments at the conclusion of Mass.


Our message series for the season of Lent, When God Doesn’t Make Sense, began March 1st.When we look at the world, we see evil and injustice. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. Why does an all-good and all-powerful God, allow injustice to happen? Why doesn’t he stop it? Why does God seem to be silent on prayers he should answer while answering prayers that seem insignificant? If we were God we would certainly run the world differently.

These questions are nothing new, but were experienced by many people in the bible. In this series, we will look at some of God’s ways that don’t seem to make sense. We’ll examine what to do in the face of such questions and look at ways we can grow to understand God’s perspective.

March 29, 2020 – WEEK FIVE – When God Doesn’t Make Sense


March 22, 2020 – WEEK FOUR – When God Doesn’t Make Sense


March 15, 2020 – WEEK THREE – When God Doesn’t Make Sense


March 8, 2020 – WEEK TWO – When God Doesn’t Make Sense


March 1, 2020 – WEEK ONE – When God Doesn’t Make Sense


The message series Tough Love began February 2nd. Love in reality is a terrible thing compared to love in dreams. Love in dreams is love is easy. It is easy to love people in our imaginations. It is easy to love humanity, it is very difficult to love real people and requires all we have. In this message series, we will look at some of the demands of love and work to draw people to the conclusion that they need God’s grace to truly love others.

February 23, 2020 – WEEK FOUR – Tough Love


February 16, 2020 – WEEK THREE – Tough Love


February 9, 2020 – WEEK TWO – Tough Love


February 2, 2020 – WEEK ONE – Tough Love


MESSAGE SERIES – Baggage – Forgiveness is a basic tenant of our creed. Each week we profess to believe in the “forgiveness of sins.” Yet, while “forgiveness” itself is very simple concept, it can also feel complicated. By forgiving others are we justifying others’ wrong behavior? Does forgiveness automatically mean trusting another person? How do we even forgive people who have hurt us.  At its core, forgiveness can be a difficult process, especially when hurt feelings and anger cloud our thinking. However, in order to begin healing from pain caused by others, we must choose to forgive. While forgiving someone won’t change the past, it can change our future.  This 3-part series explains the importance of forgiving others and how it helps us even more than the person who hurt us.

January 26, 2020 – WEEK THREE – Baggage – (Please note that this weekend’s homilies were preceded by the Diocesan Services Appeal video and Fr. Carl makes a reference to it before beginning week three of this series.)


January 19, 2020 – WEEK TWO – Baggage


January 5, 2020 – WEEK ONE – Baggage


January 12, 2020 – The Baptism of the Lord


December 29, 2019 – Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph


Christmas – 2019


December 22, 2019 – WEEK FOUR – Grace and Truth


December 15, 2019 – WEEK THREE – Grace and Truth


December 8, 2019 – WEEK TWO – Grace and Truth


December 1, 2019 – WEEK ONE – Grace and Truth


MESSAGE SERIES – INSOMNIA – Everyone experiences fears. Fears often hold us back from what we desire to achieve or the people we want to become. But what is behind our fears? Very often our fears are based on lies or half-truths we have come to believe. Overcoming fear requires getting to the root of those lies and finding out the truth about Go and ourselves. In this series we will look at some common fears and how to overcome them.

November 24, 2019 – WEEK FIVE – Insomnia – the lies that keep us up at night.


November 17, 2019 – WEEK FOUR – Insomnia – the lies that keep us up at night.


November 10, 2019 – WEEK THREE – Insomnia – the lies that keep us up at night.


November 3, 2019 – WEEK TWO – Insomnia – the lies that keep us up at night.


October 27, 2019 – WEEK ONE – Insomnia – the lies that keep us up at night.


October 20, 2019 – WEEK SIX – 8th Grade Faith


October 13, 2019 – WEEK FIVE – 8th Grade Faith


October 6, 2019 – WEEK FOUR – 8th Grade Faith


September 29, 2019 – WEEK THREE – 8th Grade Faith

Due to a technical issue, we do not have Fr. Carl’s homily from this weekend; we have included Fr. Gavin’s homily for Week Three of our message series.


September 22, 2019 – WEEK TWO – 8th Grade Faith


September 15, 2019 – WEEK ONE – 8th Grade Faith


September 8, 2019 – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Fr. Carl was away the weekend of September 1.


August 25, 2019 – Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 18, 2019 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 11, 2019 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


August 4, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 28, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 21, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 14, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 7, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


June 30, 2019 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


June 23, 2019 – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


June 16, 2019 – The Most Holy Trinity


June 9, 2019 – Pentecost Sunday


May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter


WEEK 5 – Groundbreaking – 05/19/19 – Fifth Sunday of Easter


WEEK 4 – Groundbreaking – 05/12/19 – Fourth Sunday of Easter


WEEK 3 – Groundbreaking – 05/05/19 – Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Carl’s homily for Week 3 is not available at this time.


WEEK 2 – Groundbreaking – 04/28/19 – Second Sunday of Easter


WEEK 1 – Groundbreaking – 04/21/19 – Easter Sunday



WEEK 5 – Attitude Adjustment – 04/07/19 – Fifth Sunday of Lent


Please check back for WEEK 4 of Fr. Carl’s Attitude Adjustment message series.


WEEK 3 – Attitude Adjustment – 03/24/19 – Third Sunday of Lent


WEEK 2 – Attitude Adjustment – 03/17/19 – Second Sunday of Lent


WEEK 1 – Attitude Adjustment – 03/10/19 – First Sunday of Lent – Due to technical issues we were unable to provide Fr. Carl’s homily for this weekend. We have included below a video of Fr. Michael White from Church of the Nativity as he presents week 1 of the Attitude Adjustment message series.


February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


WEEK 6 – The Story of Your life – 02/10/19 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


WEEK 5 – The Story of Your life – 02/03/19 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


WEEK 4 – The Story of Your life – 01/27/19 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


WEEK 3 – The Story of Your life – 01/20/19 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


WEEK 2 – The Story of Your Life – 01/13/19 –  The Baptism of the Lord


 

WEEK 1 – The Story of Your Life – 01/06/19 –  The Epiphany of the Lord


12-30-18 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph


12-25-18 – Christmas


Our message series, Expect Miracles, began Sunday, November 25th and continued through Advent. The incarnation was a miracle. God became flesh through Mary’s ascent to become the Mother of God. Through the Christmas story, the people who expect miracles are acutely aware of God’s presence in their lives, experience the joy, the miracle of the Incarnation. During this series, this season of Advent, we will encourage you to “EXPECT MIRACLES” as we embrace the mystery of how God works in our lives.

WEEK 5 – Expect Miracles – 12/23/18 –  Fourth Sunday of Advent


WEEK 4 – Expect Miracles – 12/16/18 –  Third Sunday of Advent


WEEK 3 – Expect Miracles – 12/09/18 –  Second Sunday of Advent


WEEK 2 – Expect Miracles – 12/02/18 – First Sunday of Advent


WEEK 1 – Expect Miracles – 11/25/18 – Solemnity of Christ the King


11/18/18 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


11/11/18 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


11/04/18 – Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


On September 16, 2018 we began our message series: Next S.T.E.P.S. In addition to the topics being discussed in our small groups, the homilies also focused on Next S.T.E.P.S.  This series is an acronym to describe our faith development. Our faith is a journey that we will not complete in this life; a journey that requires us to keep taking our next step. In this series, we will look at the five major STEPS we believe are necessary to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ:

Scroll below to review the messages from this series or to catch up on a homily you may have missed from previous message series. 

WEEK 6 – 10/21/18 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sharing Our Faith

WEEK 5 – 10/14/18 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Tithing and Giving

(Please note, Fr. Carl was away this weekend so we included Fr. Gavin’s Homily for week 5 of this message series.)

WEEK 4 – 10/07/18 – Twenty-Seventh in Ordinary Time – Engaging in Small Groups

WEEK 3 – 09/30/18 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Serving in Ministry & Missions

WEEK 2 – 09/23/18 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Prayer

WEEK 1 – 09/16/18 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Introduction.


Summer 2018 Message Series

08/26/18 – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


08/12/18 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


08/05/18 – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


07/29/18 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


07/15/18 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


07/08/18 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Outside the sport’s world, it’s hardly news when a few college football teams end the season undefeated. However, it was big news in 2014 with MIT’s football team was undefeated in their division. We don’t expect a university renowned for the incredible academic achievements of its students and graduates to having a winning football team. This reflects our perception of things; we’re surprised when a school known for high academic achievement can field a winning team, just as we’re surprised when a gifted athlete has great academic success. In much the same way, Jesus dealt with perceptions from people in His home town. They were surprised and confused that “the carpenter” had such wisdom. We will reflect on perceptions in today’s readings and in our own lives.


07/01/18 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel can be difficult to make sense of. Jesus heals a woman; wonderful – a miracle. Jesus then raises a little girl from the dead; wonderful – another miracle. But perhaps upon hearing this, we may be thinking, where do we fit into  all of this? How does this relate to our lives? The setting is Jesus’ own country, he has returned home and is surrounded by relentless crowds. We will delve deeper into this story and see how Jesus relates to all the prominent characters in this story within a story, and learn how this relates to our own lives.


06/24/18 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – We continue to examine imperfect heroes of the Bible; people that God used for His own purposes. Today is the feast of St. John the Baptist. He certainly wasn’t a Liar, Cheater or Coward – the words used to describe some Bible heroes from our current message series. But perhaps John the Baptist was a bit too self-righteous. We can fall into this trap of feeling we are holier, and therefore better than some people. John the Baptist was certainly unique and played a pivotal role in the plan of salvation. We will examine his life and see how it relates to our own lives. 


06/17/18 – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – Real life heroes struggle. The more human the hero, the more flawed the hero, and the more we can relate to them. This summer we will be focusing on heroes of the Bible in conjunction with our summer 12-week Small Group series entitled Liars, Cheaters, Cowards and Other Heroes of the BibleWe are not going to minimize the great accomplishments achieved by them, but we are going to zoom in a bit and see that they are not always picture perfect. They can be liars, cheaters and cowards, just as we can be at times. Today we start with Adam – the first father – an appropriate topic today as we celebrate Father’s Day.


06/10/18 – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Jesus is a central figure in today’s Gospel. He’s been healing the sick and teaching with authority; working toward establishing the Church.  The Church is a very basic part of the Gospel message. God’s purpose, the reason for His death and resurrection, the reason for the ongoing mission of the Holy Spirit is to create, build up and nourish a community of people – the Church.


06/03/18 – Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Upon hearing a favorite story read to him, a precocious child remarked, “I know what happens, but what does it mean?” This is often true of the Bible. We all know the stories, but do we understand the meaning that is being conveyed? Today’s story of the Last Supper is a great example. Can we go beyond the facts of the story and be inspired by its meaning?


05/27/18 – Most Holy Trinity – How do we explain the Trinity? Perhaps we should think of “Trinity” as an action word. When Jesus encouraged the remaining apostles to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” we get that sense of action.


05/13/18 – The Ascension of the Lord – After His resurrection, Jesus continued for 40 days visiting His followers. The feast of the Ascension marks the end of His time on Earth. He passes onto the apostles the mission to preach, teach and testify to His message.


Our 2018 Easter Series entitled Vision 2, ran from March 31 through April 29. Scroll below to review Fr. Carl’s homilies from this message series.

WEEK 5 – 04/19/18 – Fifth Sunday of Easter


WEEK 4 – 04/22/18 – Fourth Sunday of Easter


WEEK 3 – 04/15/18 – Third Sunday of Easter


WEEK 2 – 04/08/18 – Second Sunday of Easter

(Please note, Fr. Carl was away this weekend and we have included Fr. Gavin’s homily here)


WEEK 1 – 04/08/18 – Easter Sunday


Our 2018 Lenten Series entitled Needy, ran from February 18 through March 18. Scroll below to review Fr. Carl’s homilies from this message series.

WEEK 5 – 03/18/18 – Fifth Sunday of Lent


WEEK 4 – 03/11/18 – Fourth Sunday of Lent


WEEK 3 – 03/04/18 – Third Sunday of Lent


WEEK 2 – 02/25/18 – Second Sunday of Lent


WEEK 1 – 02/18/18 – First Sunday of Lent