All Souls Day - Nov 2

From Fr. Tony Kadavil:

All Souls’ Day is a day specially set apart that we may remember and pray for our dear ones who have gone for their eternal reward and who are currently in a state of ongoing purification.

Ancient belief: 1) People of all religions have believed in the immortality of the soul, and have prayed for the dead.

All Souls Day - Nov 2- Liturgical Prayers

Neither death nor life,
nothing that exists, nothing still to come,
nor any created thing
can ever come between us and the love of God
made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
May this risen Lord be always with you. R/ And also with you.

30th Week, Saturday, Oct 31

Philippians 1:18-26 / Luke 14:1, 7-11

 Paul speaks about life: To me, life is Christ.


Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American saint. At 19, she married a wealthy businessman, William Seton. They had five children before he died, when she was only 29. Two years later she left the Episcopal Church and became a Roman Catholic. As a result, she was denied financial help from family and friends. At the age of 31, she had to shift for herself and raise five children in the process. Yet, before she died at the age of 46, she founded the first American parish school, the first American orphanage, and the first native American community of religious women—the Daughters of Charity.

30th Week, Friday, Oct 30

Philippians 1:1-11 / Luke 14:1-6

God is at work in our lives: He’ll finish what he began in us.


A group of people was touring a factory where expensive pianos were made. First, the guide showed the people a large room where workers were sawing and shaping rough wood. Next, the guide took them to a room where workers were working on frames. Then, the guide took them to a room where metal strings and ivory keys were being assembled inside the frames of the pianos.

30th Week, Thursday, Oct 29

 Ephesians 6:1-20 / Luke 13:31-35

 Paul asks for prayers: Pray that I may proclaim the Gospel well.


Adelaide Proctor’s poem “A Legend” tells about a monk whose preaching attracted crowds far and near. It moved people to tears and changed their lives. Every time he preached, an old man sat nearby praying his beads. One day the monk was thanking God for his power to move hearts when, suddenly, an angel appeared to him and said something to this effect: “My dear son, it is not your words that melts people’s hearts and renews their faith. It is the prayers of that faith-filled old man who sits nearby and tells his beads.”

Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles, Oct 28

Ephesians 2:19-22 / Luke 6:12-19 

We are being built into a temple

Charles Schulz, author of the Peanuts cartoon, once said, "How can you go to something that you are already a part of? If you are a Christian, you are the 'Church.' " Someone else said, "That's precisely my problem with the Church. How can I believe that Christ founded it, 

All Saints - Nov 1

From Fr. Tony Kadavil:


One-page synopsis: The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saintsAll Saints Day is intended to honor the memory of countless unknown and uncanonized saints who have no feast days. Today we thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in His holiness and Heavenly glory as a reward for their Faith. This feast is observed to teach us to honor the saints, both by imitating their lives and by seeking their intercession for us before Christ, the only mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5). The Church reminds us today that God's call for holiness is universal, that all of us are called to live in His love and to make His love real in the lives of those around us. Holiness is related to the word wholesomenessWe grow in holiness when we live wholesome lives of integrity truth, justice, charity, mercy and compassion, sharing our blessings with others.

All Saints - Liturgical Prayers

Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-2,3-4,5-6 ;1 Jn 3:1-3;  Mt 5:1-12

Greeting (Rom 1, 7)
To all of you who are God's beloved
and called to be saints,
grace and peace from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord's peace stay with you. R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant
On this celebration of All Saints, we ask ourselves: What is our idea of saints? Are they to us idealistic dreamers out of touch with the world and with people, passive and joyless like their plaster statues? Today's liturgy tells us a different story. They are ordinary people like us, of the same flesh and blood as we. But they had the courage to be different, to do the ordinary things of life in the extraordinary way of Christ from whom they drew their courage. They put us to shame with their quiet but strong gentleness, their integrity, their commitment to God and to people in justice and truth and peace. Let us ask the Lord here with us for the strength to follow him the way they did.

30th Week, Tuesday, Oct 27

Ephesians 5:21-33 / Luke 13:18-21

Paul talks about marital love: Love and respect each other.


In his book If Today You Hear His Voice, Albert Cylwicki tells the moving story of ballerina Margot Fonteyn and her lawyer husband, Roberto Arias. Back in 1964, Roberto was paralyzed by a gunshot wound. For two years he was hospitalized 40 miles outside the city of London. Every day for those two years Margot spent her mornings at her husband’s side and her afternoons rehearsing in the theater.

30th Week: Oct 26-31:

Oct 26 Monday: Lk 13:10-17: 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” 13 And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people,

30th Week, Monday, Oct 26

Ephesians 4:12 - 5:8 / Luke 13:10-17 

Paul talks about Christian life: Live like people who belong to the light. 

Mildred Butterfield makes a provocative observation in the prayer magazine The Upper Room. One morning she was standing at her bathroom mirror putting the usual final touches on her external appearance. After she finished, she said to herself, “Now I’m ready to face the new day.” But then she heard an inner voice say, “Your outer person is ready to face the day, but what about your inner person? Have you made your mind and your heart ready to face the day? Have you touched up your spirit of forgiveness, generosity, and self-control? Are these ready to greet the new day?”

31 Sunday A: Practising what we Preach

Gospel text: Matthew 23:1-12

Michel DeVerteuil

General Comments
Today’s gospel passage contains several different teachings, each of them very deep and relevant to us today, and each expressed in its own imaginative language. Since they are all so special it might be better to focus on each one individually  although we may come to see a common thread running through them all.

30 Sunday A: Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
We have become imitators of the Lord
and it was with the joy of the Spirit
that we accepted the gospel;
we have become servants of the real, living God.
May Jesus, the Lord we expect, be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

29th Week, Saturday, Oct 24

Ephesians 4:7-16 / Luke 13:1-9

Paul talks about Christ: Through him the body is built up in love.


The first frame of a Peanuts cartoon shows Charlie Brown staring at a tool box, saying to himself, “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!” The second frame shows Lucy entering and saying to Charlie, “What’s wrong, Charlie? You seem sad.”

29th Week, Friday, Oct 23

Ephesians 4:1-6 / Luke 12:54-59

Paul talks about unity: Preserve your unity in the Spirit.


James McGinnis, a St. Louis resident, tells how two children

were playing on the walk-in front of his house. One was three years old; the other was five. One was on a tricycle; the other was blocking the tricycle’s movement. Both were screaming at the top of their lungs. McGinnis walked out and asked them if they were having fun. They both said that they were not. Then he asked them what they might do to have fun.

29th Week, Thursday, Oct 22

Ephesians 3:14-21 / Luke 12:49-53

Paul talks about charity: Make love the root and foundation of life.

In his last speech before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, as if he had a premonition of death, spoke about his funeral. He said: “If you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell him not to talk too long. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred awards.

29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 21

Ephesians 3:2-12 / Luke 12:39-48

Paul talks about his call: God called me, the least of all his people.


The Melrose Suspension Bridge on the Niagara links the United States to Canada. The bridge was reportedly built in 1848 by engineer Theodore Elliot, in this fashion. First, a kite with a thread attached to it was flown across the Niagara River.

29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 20

Ephesians 2:12-22 / Luke 12:35-38

Paul talks about our salvation: Christ has brought us closer to God.

Bill Wilson was a “high roller” in the 1920s. Then came the stock market crash. Bill lost everything. Like many other victims of the crash, Bill turned to drink. Soon he found himself addicted to drink. In the next two years, he made four attempts to break his addiction.

30 Sunday A: Foundations of the KOG: 2 Commandments

Why have we gathered here? One answer is to assemble together to show our love for God and for one another – because the whole of the Christian way can be summed up in these two commandments. But let us pause and recall that we do not always love God with our whole hearts nor our neighbors as ourselves.

29th Week: Oct 19-24:

Oct 19 Monday (Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and companions, Martyrs, U. S. A.) : Lk 12:13-21: 13 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying,

29th Week, Monday, Oct 19

29th Week, Monday, Oct 19

Ephesians 2:1-10 / Luke 12:13-21

Paul talks about Christians: We were saved by God’s grace.


One Good Friday morning, a Protestant minister set up a stepladder in order to drape the cross outside his church with a black cloth. Because of the shrubbery encircling the cross, the ladder was resting in an awkward position. The minister climbed the ladder and tossed the end of the cloth over the cross. As he did, the ladder slipped and began to tip. The minister threw his arms out and grabbed the vertical bar of the cross, saving himself from what could have been a serious fall. After he regained his bearings, the minister said his experience gave him a new appreciation of how we have been saved by the cross of Christ. He acquired a new understanding of what Paul talks about in today’s reading.

28th Week, Saturday, Oct 17

Ephesians 1:15-23 / Luke 12:8-12

Paul prays for Christians: May God enlighten your innermost vision.

Mission Sunday - Oct 18

Is 53: 10-11; Heb 4: 14-16; Mark 10: 35-45
During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers who were busy pulling out a horse carriage stuck in deep mud. Their officer was shouting instructions to them while making no attempt to help. The stranger who witnessed the scene asked the officer why he wasn't helping. With great dignity, the officer replied, "Sir, I am a Corporal!" The stranger dismounted from his horse and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers himself.

28th Week, Friday, Oct 16

Ephesians 1:11-14 / Luke 12:1-7 

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit: We belong to Christ. 

The Greek word for “seal,” which Paul uses in today’s reading, is sphragis. This word designates the tattoo, brand, or mark which ancients put on their slaves, sheep, and other property they owned to show that it belonged to them. Military officers placed a similar mark on soldiers under their command.

28th Week, Thursday, Oct 15th

Ephesians 1:1-10 / Luke 11:47-54

Paul talks about blessings: Christ is the source of great blessings to us.

The famous marathon runner Bill Rodgers said that a retarded person, named Joe, was the source of a great spiritual blessing in his life. The smallest act of kindness shown Joe or the smallest object given him made Joe brim over with gratitude and joy. This impressed Bill greatly. He admired Joe’s ability to focus on the good things in life, no matter how small, and overlook the bad things, no matter how big. “Taking Joe as my example,” said Rodgers, “I began to downplay the discouraging parts of my life and focus on the good things.”

Saint Andre Bessette - 10th Anniversary of Canonization

29th Sunday A: Give to God - Give to Caesar

 Gospel reading: Matthew 22:15-22 

Michel DeVerteuil 
General Comments

Today’s passage is built around the saying in verse 21, “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”. It is a “wisdom saying” and the passage invites us to enter into it with our feelings. Its truth should touch us so deeply that we are filled with gratitude, and also with humility as we realise that do we do not live up to it – as individuals, as a Church and as communities.  The saying then becomes a call to repentance.

28th Week, Oct 12-17 Reflections

Oct 12 Monday: Lk 11:29-32: 29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. USCCB video reflections:

28th Week, Wednesday, Oct 14

Galatians 5:18-25 / Luke 11:42-46 

Paul talks about the Spirit: Generosity is a fruit of the Spirit,

28th Week, Tuesday, Oct 13

Galatians 5:1-6 / Luke 11:37-41

 Paul talks about faith: Faith must be accompanied by love. 

One of the things many adults remember from their high school chemistry course is that litmus paper turns red when placed in a solution of acid. In other words, red-colored litmus paper is a sure sign that acid is present. Paul says that love performs a similar function when it comes to true Christian faith. Love is a sure sign that the Christian faith is present. In other words, if we are loving toward other people, it’s a sure sign that our faith is truly Christian.

28th Week, Monday, Oct 12

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5:1 / Luke 11:29-32

Paul talks about Christians: We are children of the new covenant.

 Ancient marriage contracts required that a sterile wife provide her husband with a substitute wife for childbearing, so that they could have an heir. This explains why Abraham had a son by Hagar, his wife’s maid. Later, when Sarah bore Abraham a son, that son, Isaac, replaced the maid’s son. Paul compares the old covenant to the maid’s son and the new covenant to Sarah’s son. His point is that Christians are children of the new covenant and are saved by faith in Jesus, not by antiquated Jewish practices like circumcision.

27th Week, Saturday, Oct 10


Galatians 3:22-29 / Luke 11:27-28

Paul speaks about faith: Faith in Christ makes us children of God. 

28 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

A. Feasting With the Lord

(See First Reading)
The Lord has prepared for all people
a feast of rich food,
a banquet of fine wines.
He will wipe away
the tears from every cheek.
May the Lord of our joy be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

27th Week, Friday, Oct 9

Galatians 3:7-14 / Luke 11:15-26

Paul speaks about salvation: Faith, not the Law, saves us.  

5 Keys in Understanding the New Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti


"Fratelli tutti" calls for fraternity and "social friendship"; this relatively long magisterial document is a summary of Pope Francis's thoughts

27th Week, Thursday, Oct 8

Galatians 3:1-5 / Luke 11:5-13

Paul challenges the Galatians: Your life comes from the Gospel, not the Law. 

 Conservative Jewish converts to Christianity told Paul's Galatian converts that they must observe certain Jewish laws, like circumcision. Many Galatians agreed to be circumcised. 

27th Week, Wednesday, Oct 7

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14 / Luke 11:1-4

Paul rebukes Peter: You are not being straightforward.

28th Sunday A: Wedding Feast


Starter Stories:

Post-World War II Banquet:

At the end of World War II, the Russian head-of-state gave an elaborate banquet to honor the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.  The Russians arrived in their best formal wear -- military dress uniforms -- but their honored guest did not.  Churchill arrived wearing his famous zipper coveralls that he had worn during the German bomb attack in London.  He thought it would provide a nostalgic touch the Russians would appreciate.  They didn’t.  They were humiliated and insulted that their prominent guest-of-honor had not considered their banquet worthy of his best clothes.  Wearing the right clothing to a formal dinner honors the host and the occasion; neglecting to wear the right clothing is an insult.  Weddings were such an important occasion in Palestine in Christ’s days that people were expected to wear the proper clothing to show appreciation and respect for the invitation.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus demands the wedding garment of righteousness from his followers. (Fr. Tony Kadavil)

27th Week, Oct 5-10

 October 5-10:

Oct 5 Monday (Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Priest, U.S. A.) : Lk 10: 25-37: 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

27th Week, Tuesday, Oct 6


Galatians 1:13-24 / Luke 10:38-42

Paul talks about life: God has called me to conversion.  

In his book My Life without God, William F. Murray, son of the famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, describes his conversion to Christianity at the age of 33. Murray, like Paul, embarked on a crusade to spread the Gospel he once ridiculed. After his conversion, he wrote two open letters. One was to a newspaper in Austin, Texas, apologizing for helping build the American Atheist Center in Austin. The other was to the Baltimore Sun, apologizing for his part in getting Bible reading and prayer removed from public schools in that city. He was the plaintiff in the famous Supreme Court case of 1963. 


 From Father Tony Kadavil:



Introduction: A word of thanks to all the parishioners who are actively involved in the various ministries in our parish which impact the lives of many people. Special thanks to those parishioners who sacrificially and regularly make their financial contribution to our parish by tithing. Who is a steward? He is somebody’s manager. We are all stewards of God because, as Psalm 24 reminds us, God is the sole owner of everything we have: “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness” (Ps 24:1). St. Peter reminds us of our duty of stewardship: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1Peter 4:10). The New Testament refers to our stewardship to God 87 times. Paul claims that he is the steward of Christ’s Gospel. The good steward never forgets that God is the Source of all he possesses and that all his possessions are given to him in trust, so he handles them accordingly.

27 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
May the peace of God,
which is so much greater than we can understand,
guard your hearts and your thoughts
in Christ Jesus.
May his peace be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

27th Week, Monday, Oct 5

Galatians 1:6-12 / Luke 10:25-37 

Paul reproaches the Galatians: Hold fast to the Gospel I preached to you.  

Paul's letter to the Galatians was triggered by Judaizers.  

These conservative Jews followed Paul into new Christian communities and told the Christian converts that they must be circumcised. The Judaizers tried to discredit Paul by saying that he had watered down the Gospel to make it appealing to Christian converts. They accused Paul of preaching a gospel that was contrary to the true Gospel. Some Galatians believed the Judaizers and strayed from what Paul had taught them.