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EUCHARIST IS SPIRITUAL VACCINATION

Feast of Corpus Christi Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA June 03, 2018 – 10:30 AM Exodus 24:3-8 Psalm 116:12-13;5-18 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16;22-26 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Over the past four months, the United States has seen a dramatic decrease in new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the coronavirus which has plagued us for over a year. Simultaneously, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in vaccinations. Over…

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THE TRINITY IN ORDINARY PEOPLE LANGUAGE

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, YEAR B MAY 30, 2021- 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Deuteronomy 4:32-34;39-40 | Psalm 33:4-6:9;18-20;23 Romans 8:14-17 | Matthew 28:18-20 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today we celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of our Catholic faith:  the Holy Trinity.  This is the celebration that reminds us the most that the three Divine Persons, God, the Father, God,…

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HOLY SPIRIT, EVER LIVING

Pentecost – Year B May 23 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 2:1-11 | Psalm 104:1;29-31;34 I Corinthians 12:3b-7;12-13 | John 20:19-23 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. My undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh is in Communications, which is a fancy word for journalism.  At one time, I aspired to be a news reporter, and indeed, I did briefly work as…

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THE ASCENDED BODY OF JESUS

Feast of the Ascension – Year B May 16, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts  1:1-11  | Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 4:1-7;11-13 | Mark 16:15-20 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. In the nineteen-eighties, while I was working as a Personnel Consultant in Houston, I had a friend and business associate acquaintance,  who, although he and his wife were childfree, became a father…

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A MOTHER’S LOVE

Sixth Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day – Yeat B May 09, 2021 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 10:25-26;34-35;44-48  Psalm 98:1-4 I John 4:7-10  John 15:9-17 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today is not only the Sixth Sunday of Easter.  Today is also Mother’s Day. Today’s readings are made to order for Mother’s Day. All of the readings are about love. However, as a…

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VINE AND BRANCHES

Fifth Sunday Of Easter, Year B May 2, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 9:26-31 | Psalm 22:26-28;30-32 I John 3:18-24| John 15:1-8 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. In today’s Gospel from John, known as the “Vine and Branches”, Jesus explains to us that He is the vine and we are the branches, and God, the Father, Jesus’ Father, is the caretaker…

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JESUS AND LEADERSHIP

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year B April 25, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 4:8-12 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 I John 3:1-2 | John 10:11-18 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. What does it mean to be a leader? The world often thinks of a leader as an authority figure, like a boss in a place of business….

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  IGNORANCE AND FAITH

Third Sunday of Easter – Year B April 18, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Act 3:13-15;17-19 |  Psalm 4:2;4;7-9 I John 2:1-5a | Luke 24:35-48 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today, I’d like to share with you a story about a self-righteous young man named Ron who set off through the forest on a long journey after dropping out of college.  After…

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