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WHY MARY?

  Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary January 01, 2023 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Numbers 6:22-27 | Psalm 67:2-3;5-6;8 Galatians 4:4-7 | Luke 2:16-21 +In the name of the Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Several weeks ago, one of our valued choristers, Laura Bloom Farber, asked me why God chose Mary, in particular, to be the mother of Jesus, whom some scholars also know by…

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THE GIFT OF PEACE

Christmas Day – Year A December 25, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 52:7-10 | Psalm 98:1-6 Hebrews 1:1-6  |  John 1:1-18 +Bless thou, the words of my lips and the meditations of our hearts that they may be of profit to us and acceptable to thee, our rock and redeemer.  Amen. Merry Christmas! For about twenty-five years after my father retired and my parents moved to Whidbey Island, Washington, I would travel…

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WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

Christmas Eve December 24, 2022 – 7 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 9:1-6  | Psalm 96:1-3;11-13 Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-14 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Every year for the past thirty years, starting in nineteen ninety-three, the first Christmas we were together in person, around the first of November, Deacon Sharon has asked me what I want for Christmas.  Yes, there will…

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CANCEL CULTURE WILL NOT SAVE US

Second Sunday of Advent – Year A December 04 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 11:1-10 | Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;12-13;17 Romans 15:4-9 | Matthew 3:1-12   +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The non-penitential, non-Christmas, Season of Advent has us joyfully anticipating the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Christians repeatedly hear that they must accept Jesus as God’s Son in order to “be saved.”…

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LIFE IN THE NEXT WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C November 06, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch II Maccabees &:1-2;9-14 | Psalm 17:1;5-6;8;15 II Thessalonians 2:16-3:15| Luke 20:27-38 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. One of the advantages of being a Priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion is that we welcome married priests, of which I am one. I have the high honor and distinct…

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LET JESUS INVITE HIMSELF INTO YOUR HEARTS

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 30, 2022 – 10:30 AM Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Wisdom 11:22-12:2 | Psalm 145:1-2;8-11;13-14 II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 | Luke 19:1-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I was a child growing up in Livingston, New Jersey, every year during Advent, my family would go to New York City to see the Christmas Show put on by Radio City Music…

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WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 23, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 35:12-14;16-18 | Psalm 34: 2-2;19-14;23 II Timothy 4:6-8;16-18 | Luke 18:9-15 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. I’ve been around church all my life, most of it either at the Altar or in the choir stall. I’ve been called a sacristy rat, a sacred music junkie, and…

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OVERCOMING EVIL

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 02, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-9 II Timothy 1:6-8;13-14 | Luke 17:5-10 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.  I just finished reading a book recommended by Bishop Peter Hickman titled “People of the Lie” by Dr. Scott Peck.  This book was first published in 1983, but I shied away from…

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