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NOT WHAT WE OWN, BUT WHAT WE GIVE

Fifth Sunday Of Lent – Year B March 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 51:3-4;12-15 Hebrews 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. “Whoever loves one’s life loses it and whoever hates one’s life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” This is what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel.  And this is…

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JESUS, THE RESCUER

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Year B March 14, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch II Chronicles 36:13-15;19-23 | Psalm 37:1-6 Ephesians 2:4-10  | John 3:14-21 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. In the early nineteen-nineties, I was divorced against my will, and as a result, I was devastated, financially and emotionally. It was truly my nine-eleven moment. Imagine being a…

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RESPECT FOR SACRED SPACE

Third Sunday Of Lent – Year March 7, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Exodus 20:1-17 | Psalm 19:8-10 I Corinthians 1:22-25 | John 2:13-25 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. How many of you like to garden?  I certainly do!!!  For me, creating a garden is like creating a spiritual sanctuary, a place of calm refuge from the stresses of everyday life. My…

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TRUSTING GOD

Second Sunday in Lent – Year B February 28, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 22:1-2;9 ;10-13;15-18 | Psalm 116:10;15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 | Mark 9:2-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Do you trust God? Trust is at the heart of all relationships between yourself and anyone else, God included The degree of trust is the most important factor in determining the…

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SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

First Sunday of Lent – Year B February 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Genesis 9:8-15 | Psalm 25:4-9 I Peter 3:18-22 | Mark 1:12-15 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Have you ever seen a rainbow?  How about a double rainbow? I can recall the first time I ever experienced seeing a double rainbow as Fr. David and I…

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REBOOT YOUR LIFE

Ash Wednesday – Year B February 17, 2021 – 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. In today’s world, computers are ubiquitous. We use them for nearly everything we do in both our business and personal lives.  The phone you carry with you is a computer that enables you…

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WE STILL HAVE LEPERS AMONG US

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B February 14 2021 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Leviticus 13:1-2;44-46 |  Psalm 32:1-2,5,11 I Corinthians 10:31-11:1 | Mark 1:40-45 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When we hear the word, “Leper”, we immediately think of a person cast out from others with a contagious disease. When contemporary healthcare providers think about leprosy, they are most likely referring…

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JESUS SHOWS US HOW TO HEAL

Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time –  Year B February 07, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Job 7:1-4;6-7 | Psalm 1417:1-6 I Corinthians 19:16-16;22-23 | Mark 1:29-39 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Are you a good person?  Do you enjoy helping others have good health, achieve their potential in life, and find happiness and fulfillment?  Or do you enjoy seeing people suffering and…

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