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A Multiplicity of Celebrations

A Multiplicity of Celebrations

This past weekend was busy in some unusual ways.  For Paul it was, perhaps, busiest of all, as he had to take a flying trip up to the ranch after work on Thursday for a Friday morning meeting of the Carrizo Ranch Association.  Apparently it was a good, cordial and productive meeting, with little of(…)

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

This week started with such promise and joy – Pentecost Sunday, a high point of the liturgical year, was made even more magnificent as we saw from afar that our pilgrims in Rome were celebrating the day in St. Peter’s with the Pope.   Then there was the anticipation of and finally the homecoming of(…)

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

  “And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled(…)

Pentecost Sunday With The Pope

Pentecost Sunday With The Pope

I have thus far successfully restrained myself from posting here any of the Rome photos from the Ss. Simon and Jude Youth Group Facebook page, because I know how wonderful Laurent’s own pics will be when she returns — but today I can’t hold back! Our pilgrims received such a great blessing, with the aid(…)

Romeward Bound

Romeward Bound

I’m actually amazed at how peace-filled I am this morning after bidding farewell to my lovely Laurent.  She is off on a great journey, traveling today with about 12 other pilgrims to spend two weeks in Rome; and what a joy it has been to watch her prepare over the last year, completely independently. She(…)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

The homily for the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014, by Fr. John Lankeit at Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral. John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”   Learn more about Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix– and check out the Diocese of(…)

Easter Party Recap

Easter Party Recap

I’ve been down and out with the flu this week, along with most of my family, so I’m late in posting these adorable family pics from our Easter Party last Sunday.  We had so much to celebrate with five kids coming into the Church, and Sunday afternoon was a great time of festivity and relaxing(…)

Easter Vigil 2014

Easter Vigil 2014

There is nothing more wondrous and beautiful than to see new life!  Last night, in what was a culmination of many years of labor, love, and prayer, our precious five young people were among the many to receive new life in the waters of Baptism, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit in the(…)

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Following tradition, we will be singing this acapella as we leave the cathedral tonight, when, after Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in a candle lit procession across the campus to a garden-like altar of repose. It is a time of profound worship, sorrow and gratitude for our Lord’s love and sacrifice. “This extraordinary(…)

Lenten Journey 2014, Days 1-2

Lenten Journey 2014, Days 1-2

As we approached the Lenten season, one of my internet friends posted a challenge for anyone who wanted to join in taking up a new practice of daily bible reading. Now it’s pretty embarrassing to admit that I haven’t yet formed that very excellent habit, especially considering the great examples and formation with which I(…)