Praying for peace as a priest

This is what praying for peace as a priest looks like.  The Roman Missal has so many different options for Masses.  On a day when no other obligatory memorial or feast is to be said, any of the Masses in the Missal may be used.  As of the recommendations of the diocesan Office of Worship [Read More...]

Praying for peace as a parish

Sunday afternoon was one of the most moving and encouraging moments of my priesthood yet.  As you all know, Pope Francis called for prayer and fasting to occur on Saturday (1-5pm Eastern) to pray for peace in Syria. Unfortunately, with the way that most parishes are arranged it was impossible to arrange anything to occur [Read More...]

Gifts of the priesthood – remembering Gramps.

One of the great blessings of being a priest is being able to offer Mass on the birthdays and anniversaries of family members who have died.  Today my Great-grandfather Richard would have been 103 years old.  I made a visit to his grave and left him some red roses – his favorite.  I also offered [Read More...]

The Church is Alive, The Church is young!

This week the focus of the Catholic Church is on Rio for World Youth Day.  Pope Francis arrived yesterday to a very enthusiastic (sometimes too much so) crowd.  Parish duties prevented me from attending WYD this year, but I have been to two World Youth Days in the past – Toronto and Cologne. Bishop DiMarzio [Read More...]

My first anniversary as a priest – a year of blessings!

One year ago today I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop William Murphy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  I celebrated the 11am Mass this morning here in my parish with the parishioners and many friends and family present. I’ve told people that this year has been the best of my [Read More...]

It’s spring. Must mean First Communions and Weddings.

                      With spring comes wedding and First Holy Communion season.  Here in my parish we have five large sessions of First Communions and we have at least three weddings every saturday for the foreseeable future.  These celebrations are among the best of the year.  It’s [Read More...]

Why I am a Catholic in less than 200 words: Holy Thursday

A perfect storm – Trying to come up with a homily for Holy Thursday evening and a post on why I am Catholic in less than 200 words.  Not until I sat down to prepare that homily did it all click.  It’s all because of Holy Thursday. I’m a Catholic first because God calls me [Read More...]

A new Pope and a new Cardinal

So  much has been happening with the new Holy Father.  I watched with tears in my eyes this morning as one by one  he greeted the parishioners attending his Mass this morning.  He greeted them as I greet my parishioners here.  With every new pope there comes changes.  The change is of the level of [Read More...]

A New Priest welcomes a New Pope

                                        Stunned.  Thats really the only way i can describe the last few hours.  As soon as I saw the White Smoke the Pastor and I ran – Literally RAN to the church and rang the [Read More...]

Tricks of the Trade for the Sede Vacante

In my last post I pointed out the helpful resources put out by the USCCB for use during the Interregnum (Sede Vacante).  In it they made clear what priests are supposed to say (or rather, not say) during the Eucharistic Prayers.  To make sure I didn’t slip into the old (already) habit of saying “Benedict [Read More...]