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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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PREPARING FOR PENTECOST

GETTING READY FOR PENTECOST Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A May 17 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts 8:5-18;14-17 | Psalm 66:1-7;16,20 I Peter 3:15-18 | John 15:15-21 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today, Jesus is preparing all of us for Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, or Advocate, as Jesus refers to her. The term Advocate, or Parakletos…

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THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION

THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION Fifth Sunday of Easter May 10 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 6:1-7 | Psalm 33:1-2;4-5;18-19 I Peter 2:4-9 | John 14:1-12        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.        The last time I preached, two Sundays ago, I related to you our dining car experiences while traveling on Amtrak’s long-distance trains. Amtrak trains are part of the…

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JESUS, OUR GOOD SHEPHERD

JESUS, OUR GOOD SHEPHERD Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year A May 03, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Acts: 2:14A;36-41 Psalm 23:1-6 I Peter 2:20B-25 | John 10:1-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I lived in Texas before moving to California, about thirty years ago, I had two adorable cocker spaniel dogs, Buffy and Dolly.  Buffy was Dolly’s mother, and…

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