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TEACHING WITH AUTHORITY

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B January 31, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-7;9 I Corinthians 7:32-35 | Mark 1:21-28 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I reviewed today’s Second Reading to prepare for this Sunday, I was appalled. The way I read it at first, Saint Paul tells us that you can do a…

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DO YOU WANT TO BE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?

Third Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year B January 24, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Jonah 3:1-5;10 | Psalm 25:4-9 I Corinthians 7:29-31 | Mark 1:14-20 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Do you want to be a disciple of Jesus?  If your answer is “yes”, this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time will explain how you can become one if you are…

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WHAT AM I CALLED TO DO?

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B January 17, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch I Samuel 3:3b-10;10 | Psalm 40:2:3:7-10 I Corinthians 6:13c-15a;17-20 | John 1:25-42 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Everyone has their own calling in life. Some people know their calling from childhood and doggedly pursue it throughout their life. Others take a while to figure out what their…

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OUR BAPTISMAL COVENANT

BAPTISM OF THE LORD – YEAR B January 10, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 55:1-11 | Psalm 12:2-6 Acts 10:34-38 | Mark 1:7-11 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today is the first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and it is also the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It marks the end of the Christmas season…

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THE EXAMPLE OF THE MAGI

Feast of the Epiphany January 03, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 60:1-5 | Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A;5-6 | Matthew 2:1-12 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. What is an epiphany? That word comes from a Greek word, “epiphainein meaning ‘reveal’”. Secular dictionaries define it as an unusually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; an intuitive grasp…

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FAMILIES ARE THE CENTER OF HUMAN SOCIETY

Feast Of The Holy Family – Year B December 27, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Sirach 3:3-6;12-14 | Psalm 105:1-6;8-9 Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 2:22-40 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today is the first Sunday of Christmas and is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The importance of today’s celebration in both the church and society cannot be…

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THE EXISTENCE OF JESUS

Christmas Day – Year B December 25, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 52:7-10 | Psalm +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The Old Testament begins, “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.” Today’s Gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Beginnings mean something. I began my…

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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Nativity of the Lord – Year B December 24, 2020 – 7:00PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 9:1-6 | Psalm 96:1-3;11-13 Titus 2:11-14  | Luke 2:1-14 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. How many of you have a decorated Christmas tree in your home?  For me, probably the most exercise I get during the month of December is putting up the Christmas tree and all the…

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