Because this Sunday our parish hosts Pre-Cana

10 Points on Prayer for Engaged Couples1.      Prayer is not private.  You may think, “this is something between me and God. My fiancé prays too. But it is too private. We don’t pray together.” Stop thinking that way. If you are married God will indeed judge the eternal salvation of your soul partially on the …

Holy Thursday and Lay Holiness

Below is my homily from Holy Thursday 2016. Go love like Christ loved. Fr. Naples Holy ThursdayThe Mass for Holy Thursday has two options that I have never seen implemented. First, the celebrant or community can opt not to do the washing of the feet. Secondly there may be an offertory “for the poor” with …

Examination of Conscience for Parents of Teenagers

Examination of Conscience for Parents of TeenagersFriends Do I teach my teenage child to be caring towards all people? Do I pray that their relationship with the Lord Jesus will be the most important part of their life? Have I been responsible to know always what kind of people my teen spend time with?Have I …

10 Reasons to have your marriage blessed by the Catholic Church

10 Reasons to have your marriage blessed by the Catholic Church10: Because you need God in your life. Period. When is the last time you did something with the specific intention of becoming a more devoted Christian, and regretted it? Even if you don’t really understand the Catholic Church’s idiosyncrasies about marriage, how on earth …

You Are That Man: Reflections on Living as a Devout Catholic Man

Preface            These reflections were admittedly written with a vocational discernment perspective. That is, they were written thinking first of those men, particularly younger men, who have not yet chosen a permanent state in life. Thus, the details of married life, or the priesthood, or life relationships are treated rather generally. The idea was certainly not …

Why I Support My Own Catholic School

I did not ask to become the pastor of a Catholic School. In fact, I was slightly surprised to be assigned as a teacher in one of them at the time of my ordination. My brief experience teaching in, and then administrating, Catholic Schools has not always been fun, or edifying, or exceedingly hopeful for …