Homily for February 22, 2012: Ash Wednesday

[Click here for readings] Click the green tab below to hear this homily as it was delivered at 8 a.m. Mass. When I was in high school, I had an English teacher by the name of Mrs. Comberiatti.   She was a quiet, tiny little woman, very young, but surprisingly strict.  I spent most of the [Read More...]

“Let us pray to set the world ablaze…”

Almost a year ago, we began the Easter season with a roaring fire at the door of the Church – we re-lived the creation of the universe, and it exploded into hundreds of points of light: small, bright candles that were held by every one in the church. We sang: “Christ Our Light, thanks be [Read More...]

Homily for February 19, 2012: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Audio: click green arrow to listen. His name was Andrew Horton. Chances are, most New Yorkers would never have heard of him. But he gained some attention a couple of weeks ago for the tragic way in which he died. Firefighters discovered his body in the rubble of a subway tunnel [Read More...]

If you really don’t care about the Super Bowl…

…and you’re looking for a way to kill eight minutes, try this.  For the curious, here’s audio for this Sunday’s homily, as delivered at today’s 11:30 am Mass. Just click the green arrow. [Read more...]

Homily for February 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] Sixty years ago, in the spring of 1952, Congress was in the middle of a long and controversial investigation into Communists in Hollywood.  The House Un-American Activities Committee was summoning writers, directors, and actors to Washington to get them to “name names” of people they knew with ties to the [Read More...]

My Catholic school: at the center of it all was Jesus

My parish is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the festivities, this weekend we had a special Mass at 1 p.m. honoring the school and its alumni.  Two of those alumni, Msgr. John McGuirl and Msgr. Ned Ryan, concelebrated.  Below is the homily I delivered for that event.  It’s a little rough; I [Read More...]

Can’t sleep? Try this: a recording of Sunday’s homily

I got an early start, and preached this weekend’s homily at Saturday’s 5 pm vigil Mass. You can hear it by clicking the arrow below. [Read more...]

Homily for January 29, 2012: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Two years ago, a study at Columbia University found some alarming information that people should hear – if, in fact, they can hear.  It’s about noise. The study found that just walking the streets of New York, or even working in some offices in this city, can put you at risk [Read More...]

A sound idea: a recording of this week’s homily — UPDATED

A few people have asked me about this, so I finally decided to give it a shot. Below is this Sunday’s homily, recorded as it was delivered at the 11:30 am Mass at my parish in Queens. The yawns, screams, cell phones and crying babies are all real. So is the sound of hurled vegetables [Read More...]

Homily for January 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] I have office hours the first Saturday of every month, to meet with families and schedule baptisms. It’s fairly routine, mostly collecting paperwork and filling out forms.  But a few years ago, there was one meeting that I will never forget. It was anything but routine. A young mother arrived at [Read More...]


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