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Deacon Michael's Homily for the Baptism of the Lord - January 8-9, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 1/22/22

Here's my homily for the Baptism of the Lord.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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 Since becoming a deacon in 2010 I have had the privilege of ministering at many baptisms

…and have also had the joy of preparing many of ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family December 26, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 12/29/21

Here's my homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

Here is the painting that I mention in my homily:

 

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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, and because of the ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent December 12, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 12/12/21

 

Here's my homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent reflecting joy for this Gaudate Sunday.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

You can find Pope Paul VI's Exhortation "On  Christian Joy" HERE

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Welcome to Gaudate Sunday, “joyful Sunday” which the ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent November 28, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 11/28/21

Here's my homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent reflecting the time and history on thei New Year's Day of the liturgical year.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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Sometimes when you are preparing a homily some very strange things pop ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time November 14, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 11/13/21

Here's my homily for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting "the end" of things.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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As the end of the church year approaches the lectionary readings for the Mass turn to the end of times as well.

We have selections taken from the various apocalyptic writings of the Old and New ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time October 31, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 10/30/21

Here's my homily for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting "the law" and "love".

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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It is trendy these days to be critical of looking at things in a “binary” way

...which is a way ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time October 3, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 10/03/21

Here's my homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting on Christian marriage.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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One of the things that has fascinated me for years is what gets defined as “counter-cultural”. 

And how that can shift.

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Deacon Michael's Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time September 12, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 9/11/21

Sep 11, 2021

Here's my homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting just what is "escapist" about Christian faith.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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One of the takes on Christianity that I have always wondered at was the ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 22st Sunday of Ordinary Time August 29, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 9/01/21

Here's my homily for the 22st Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting on hypocrisy and something about how we can help avoid it.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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One of my siblings once told me of a run-in they had with ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time August 22, 2021

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 8/22/21

Here's my homily for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time reflecting on tough questions from Jesus and and our response.

You can find the readings on which this homily is based linked HERE

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 It has been observed that the questions posed by Jesus in the Gospels

...to his ... Read More »