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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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LOVE IS WASHING ONE ANOTHER’S FEET

Holy Thursday  Year B April 1, 2021 – 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Exodus 12:1-18;11-14 | Psalm 116:112-13;15;16bc-18 Corinthians 11:23-26| John 13:1-15 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. It took Leonardo da Vinci three years to complete the “Lord’s Supper” one of the most famous paintings in the world.  This painting depicts one of the most significant events in the life of Jesus:  the farewell…

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BE RECONCILED WITH ONE ANOTHER

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Year C March 27, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Joshua 5:9A;10-12 | Psalm 34:2-7 II Corinthians 5:17-21 | Luke 15:1-3;11-32 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. In my homily five weeks ago, I talked about mercy. I said, “Mercy is not a mere abstraction. Our mercy is manifested in our attitudes and behavior towards one another.” Today’s…

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REPENT!

Third Sunday in Lent – Year C March 20, 2022 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Exodus 3:1-8a;13-15 | Psalm 103:1-4;6-8;11 I Corinthians 10:1-6;10-12 | Luke 13:1-5 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.  Our focus for this third Sunday in Lent is repentance.  Jesus tells us, “If you do not repent, you will perish as they did” referring to the Galileans who suffered under Pontius Pilate…

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LENT AND HYPOCRISY

ASH WEDNESDAY – YEAR C March 02, 2022 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Joel 2:12-18 Psalm 51:3-6; 12-14; 17 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Last Sunday’s Gospel talked about how Jesus dislikes hypocrisy and hypocrites.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues his campaign against hypocrisy as he talks about the three traditional forms of Lenten observance: almsgiving, prayer,…

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