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Weekly Reflection 01/31/2021

REFLECTION Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time January 30-31, 2021   The Eucharist, the real and living presence of God; the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. That is a fundamental belief of the Catholic faith. St Thomas Aquinas says that, “…the sacrament of the Eucharist is the greatest of […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 01/31/2021

Dear Friends: Our readings today are very interesting to say the least. Moses makes a prediction in Deuteronomy 18:1-20 that a great prophet will arise among the people. This prophet will be their own kin! Prophets do not have an easy time in life. They come to the people to […]

Weekly Reflection 01/24/2021

REFLECTION FOR 1-24-2021   It was over 150 years ago that the first Mass was celebrated at the mission church that would become the parish of St. Francis de Sales in Abingdon.  It was a time in the history of our country when we were trying to recover and move […]

Weekly Reflection 01/17/2021

REFLECTION The Second Sunday In Ordinary Time January 16-17, 2021   There is a scene early in the television series, “The West Wing” when Josh goes to see his friend Sam, who is working as an attorney at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, to tell him about a dark horse […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 01/17/2021

Dear Friends: Today we return to Ordinary Time and will be there for five weeks. Then, believe it or not, we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our readings today from Samuel and the Gospel of John are about being called […]

Weekly Reflection 01/10/2021

REFLECTION ON THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD AND THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM January 9-10, 2021   If Jesus is sinless, why did He seek out John the Baptist to be baptized by him, which was a Trinitarian event. (Mt 3:11-17)?  The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 01/10/2021

Dear Friends: Today’s Gospel from Mark 1:7-11 is a little bit about John the Baptist preparing the people for the coming of Jesus and then quickly moves into Jesus being baptized by John.  The real meat of this Gospel comes in the last third of the reading. Jesus is baptized […]

Weekly Reflection 01/03/2021

REFLECTION The Epiphany Of The Lord January 2-3, 2021   We often get caught up in all of the trappings of this feast day.  The Magi have evolved into wise men or Kings.  Their Crèche figures are always the most elaborate, as are the costumes for the persons portraying them […]