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RELIGION NEEDS SCIENCE

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION June 02, 2019  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 | Luke 24:46-53        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When I was a child, the Space Program of the United States Government, known as NASA, an acronym for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was quite fascinating to me.  I can recall that…

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LOYALTY TO JESUS HAS ITS REWARDS

Third Sunday of Easter – Year C May 05 2019 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Acts 5:27-32; 40b-41 | Psalm 30:2;4-6;11-13 Revelation 5:11-14 | John 21:1-19        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN:        On Easter Sunday, terrorists killed over 250 people worshiping at Mass and celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. They were killed because they were Christians by people who…

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EVERLASTING LIFE

Easter Sunday Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch April 21, 2019 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.          When I was a kid, Easter was an important holiday for me. It always comes in the spring, sometimes early, sometimes late, (this year, it’s almost as late as it can be), and spring,…

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INTEGRITY MATTERS

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Cecilia Catholic Community March 03, 2019 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 27:4-7 | Psalm 92:2-3; 13-16 I Corinthians 15:54-58 | Luke 6:39-45             + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.             Many of you have heard the saying, “that’s the pot calling the kettle black.” That’s what’s known as an “aphorism.” An “aphorism” is a short, compact observation that contains a…

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LENT: TIME TO LOOK WITHIN OURSELVES

ASH WEDNESDAY – YEAR C March 06, 2019 7:00 PM Sung Mass 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, I talked about how Jesus dislikes hypocrisy and hypocrites.  I mentioned how Jesus doesn’t like us to find fault with someone else when we ourselves are not without fault,…

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LENTEN MESSAGE – 2019

LENT will soon be upon us. It begins with Ash Wednesday on March 06, because this year, we have a “late” Easter, which will be April 21. Lent is 40 days over 6 weeks. Sundays in Lent are not part of Lent. Sundays are celebrations of the death and resurrection of Jesus, thus automatically days of joy, and by definition, cannot be considered days of fasting. The English word Lent is a shortened form of the Old English word lencten, meaning “Spring season.” The first day…

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SEPARATION ANXIETY

Feast of the Holy Family – Year C Saint Cecilia Catholic Community December 30, 2018 – 10:30 AM I Samuel 1:20-22;24-28 | Psalm 84:2-3;5-6;9-10 Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 2:41-52             + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. A missing family member is a source of great anxiety, whether we’re talking about a child, a spouse, and of course, the canine and feline members of our…

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STARS AND GIFTS

Epiphany Sunday – January 06, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 60:1-6 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. One of the advantages of living in the Desert is that when the sky is free of clouds, we can see thousands of stars as we are relatively smog-free compared to urban areas. Long before telescopes and computers,…

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