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GOD TRANSCENDENT, GOD IMMANENT

Feast of Corpus Christi – Year C June 19, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 14:18-20 | Psalm 110:1-4 I Corinthians 11:23-26 | Luke 9:11-17 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Welcome to our celebration! Traditionally, the priest or bishop who presided over the Mass was called the “celebrant.” But I am not the only person here to celebrate. All of us…

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THE TRINITY, EXPLAINED

Trinity Sunday – Year C June 12, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Proverbs 8:22-31 | Psalm 8:4-9 Romans 5:1-5 | John 16:1-5 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Most Holy Trinity is probably the most abstract concept in Christianity and most preachers would prefer not to have to preach on this Sunday.  That is probably why Fr. David has me preaching…

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LOOKING UP

Solemnity Of The Ascension May 29, 2022 –  10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 1:1-11 | Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 | Luke 24:46-53  + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Traditionally, the Ascension of Our Lord was held forty days after Easter, falling on a Thursday.  However, in the United States, the observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension has been moved to the following…

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CHRISTIANITY IS A LOVE RELIGION

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year C May 15, 2011 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 14:21-27 | Psalm 145:8-13 Revelation 21:1-5a | John 13:31-33a;34-35 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Many debates among Christians are over doctrines. The word “doctrine” means teaching. Among Christians, the word “doctrine” is used to describe sets of ideas that Christians hold concerning God, human nature, Jesus, the…

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GOD, OUR SHEPHERD

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C May 08, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 13:14;43-53 | Psalm 100:1-3;5 Revelation 7:9;14b-17 | John 10:27-30 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The pain, suffering, and hurt in our world today, especially in Ukraine, is impossible not to notice and pray for these poor suffering people.  It is during these intense times of struggle that…

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JESUS, PETER, AND VOCATIONS

Third Sunday of Easter – Year C May 01, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Deacon Tammy Fuqua Acts 5:27-32; 40b-41 | Psalm 30:2;4-6;11-13 Revelation 5:11-14 | John 21:1-19  Good morning! We are on the third Sunday of Easter.  And when you break down today’s gospel reading, it has quite a bit of symbolism in it.  Let’s start with Peter.  We have some words from him that might suggest that he is not altogether happy,…

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THE PASCHAL MYSTERY AND CHRISTUS VICTOR

Pascha (Easter Sunday) Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch April 17, 2022 10:30 AM Acts 10:34A;37-42 | Psalm 118:1-2;16-17;22-23 Colossians 3:1-4 | John 20:1-9 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” The celebration of Easter goes beyond a merely historical reenactment of Christ’s Resurrection. Easter is the great celebration of the victory of life over…

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WHAT IS A SACRIFICE?

Good Friday April 15, 2022 – 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah  52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2;6;12-13;15-16;17;25 Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 + In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Every time we celebrate Mass, we mention the death of Jesus in the Eucharistic Prayer, otherwise known as “The Canon of the Mass”, the “Consecration Prayer”  the “Great Thanksgiving” or if you want to use a really esoteric term,…

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