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JESUS, A MAN WITH A MISSION

Third Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year C January 23, 2022, 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Nehemiah 8:2-4A;5-6;8-10 Psalm 19:8-10;15 1 Corinthians 12:12-14;27  Luke 1:1-4;4:14-21   + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. One of the buzzwords among church people in the early two-thousands was “missional.” And among the subjects now required for ordination in many denominations is “missiology.” What does it…

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SHINING LIGHTS

Epiphany Sunday January 02, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 60:1-6 | Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A;5-6 | Matthew 2:1-12 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. One of the advantages of living in the Desert is that on a cloudless night, we have a view of the stars unlike that of those who live in the City where both air pollution…

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LET CHRISTMAS CHANGE YOU

Christmas Day – Year C December 25, 2021 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 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Welcome to everyone who made the special effort to join us today in the feast of the celebration of the birth of Jesus!  As our Psalm stated:  “A light will shine on us this day: the…

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HOW MUCH JOY IS IN YOUR WORLD?

Christmas Eve December 24, 2021 – 7:00 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. “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who…

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DOMINATION SYSTEMS ARE A PROBLEM

  SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT – YEAR C December 05, 2021- 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Baruch 5:1-9 | Psalm 126:1-6 Philippians 1:4-6;8-11 Luke 3:1-6 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Two weeks ago, I preached on the Feast of Christ the King. My homily ventured into apologetics as I defended the celebration of that feast against those who want to abolish it as…

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GETTING READY

First Sunday In Advent – Year C November 28, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Jeremiah 33:14-16  | Psalm 25:4-5;8-10;14 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 | Luke 25:21-28;34-35 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today, we begin Advent, the four-week period leading up to Christmas.  The term Advent is derived from two Latin words:  “Ad-ventus” and “Ad-venire” which translates to “to arrive” or “to come” and…

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JESUS REIGNS WITH LOVE

Feast of Christ the King November 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Daniel 7:13-14 | Psalm 93:1-2;5 Revelation 1:5-8 | John 18:33B-37 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Patriarchy, Lordship, and Clericalism have received considerable negative attention in ecclesiastical circles over the past few years.  Some of our “progressive” sisters and brothers want to do away with speaking of the Kingdom of God…

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THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time October 31, 2021 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Psalm 18:2-4;47-51 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 12:28B-34 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Of all the professions today, the one that is typically viewed as the most unscrupulous is that of lawyers or attorneys. Fr. David is a retired attorney and he will attest to the contempt he received during…

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