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JESUS SPEAKS TO US IN PARABLES

Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A July 12, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 55:10-11 | Psalm 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 | Matthew 13:1-9 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. In our readings for today, we are bestowed with Parables.  As you may recall from your schooling, Parables are a form of writing introduced by ancient rabbis in Israel to teach their followers…

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FIND REST IN JESUS

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A July 05, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Zechariah 9:9-10 | Psalm 145:1-2;8-10;14-15 Romans 8:9-11;13  | Matthew 11:25-35 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Yesterday, the United States celebrated the Fourth of July, commonly called “Independence Day.” Many people take pride in being independent.  For many in this country, running one’s own life…

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TAKE UP YOUR CROSS

Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year A June 28, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley II Kings 4:8-11;14-16A | Psalm 98:2-3;16-19 Romans: 6:3-4;8-11 | Matthew 10:37-42 Do you see Jesus in others?  Do you believe that God has sent messengers to live among us?  Does the Holy Spirit guide you in your daily life? Some people in our lives may be difficult with whom to interact.   If we look at how Jesus handled…

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BE NOT AFRAID!

BE NOT AFRAID! Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time June 21, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Psalm 69:8-10,14,17,33-45 Romans 5:12-15 | Matthew 10:26-33 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. One of my mother’s heroes was the thirty-second President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His first inaugural address in nineteen-thirty-three proclaimed the famous phrase,  “The only thing…

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Year A June 14 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Deuteronomy 8:2-3;14B-16A | Psalm 147:12-15;19-20 I Corinthians 10:16-17 | John 6:51-58 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi.  This is a feast which is celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday, but since we live…

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THREE IN ONE, ONE IN THREE

Trinity Sunday – Year A Saint Cecilia Catholic Community June 07 2020 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Exodus 34:4B-6;8-9 | Daniel 3:52-56 II Corinthians 13:11-13 | John 3:16-18 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. What is the Trinity? No one really knows. Just like the doctrines of the Virgin Birth, the spontaneous healings performed by Jesus, the Resurrection, and the Ascension, the Trinity is ultimately a mystery, that…

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COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME

Pentecost – Year A May 31 2020 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 2:1-11 | Psalm 104:1;24;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. There is nothing that stands out more in my life than my first meeting with the Holy Spirit.  I was seventeen years old and was a senior in high school.  It was on a Wednesday,…

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FINAL DESTINATIONS

Ascension Sunday – Year A May 24 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 1:1-11 | Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 | Matthew 28 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Each year, except this year due to the Coronavirus, Deacon Sharon and I take a vacation. We leave Palm Springs for one to two weeks, go sightseeing, attend cultural and religious events, and then…

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