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EJECT SATAN FROM THE BALLGAME OF YOUR LIFE

First Sunday In Lent – Year A March 01 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 2:7-19;3:1-7| Psalm 51:3-6;13-13;17 Romans 5:12;17-19 | Matthew 4:1-11 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. As many of you may know, I was a baseball umpire. In some of the baseball games that I worked, there were players, coaches, and managers who misbehaved, usually by calling me obscene…

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RITUAL MATTERS

Feast of the Presentation February 02 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Malachi 3:1-4 | Psalm 24:7-10 Hebrews 2:14-18 | Luke 2:22-40        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the characteristics of Saint Cecilia Catholic Community is that we are highly ritualistic. We walk in processions. We use incense and bells, wear vestments, sing and chant, bow and genuflect, sit and stand, light candles,…

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THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

BAPTISM OF JESUS – FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME January 12 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 42:1-4;6-7  |  Psalm 29:1-4 Acts 10:34-38 | Matthew 3:13-17        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Throughout our lives, we make promises. We sign business contracts. We make marriage vows. We promise things to spouses, family members, and friends. Although for many and varied…

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THE NUMEROLOGY OF CHRISTMAS

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY Saint Cecilia Catholic Community January 05, 2019 – 10:30 AM 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.        Tomorrow will be officially the Feast of the Epiphany that we celebrate today.  Over the past eleven days, the holiday season which started on Thanksgiving Day has been winding down though I hope,…

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MARY, STRONG AND NECESSARY

Christmas Eve December 24, 2019, 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 9:1-6 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-14             +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Tonight we celebrate the birth of Jesus. No human person has yet been born without a mother, Jesus included.  As we all know, the Mother of Jesus was Mary. Traditional Christians often hold up the…

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SAINT JOSEPH: NON-TOXIC MASCULINITY

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year A December 22, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 24:1-6 Romans 1:1-7 | Matthew 1:18-24 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. At our Christmas Eve Sung Mass at 7:00 PM, I will have plenty to say about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Today, however, the spotlight is on her husband, Joseph. Today’s Gospel narrates the birth of Jesus from…

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ADVENT IS UNIQUELY ADVENT

Advent 1A – December 01 2019 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 2:1-5 | Psalm 122:1-9 Romans 3:11-14 | Matthew 24:37-44       + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Happy New Year! No, I am not bestowing on you an early wish for a happy two thousand twenty. I’m wishing you a happy Church New Year. Today is the First Sunday in Advent. The…

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ANIMALS SHOW US HOW TO INCREASE OUR FAITH

SAINT FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATION Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 06, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-9 2 Timothy 1:6-8;13-14 | Luke 17-5-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. We live in an absolutely crazy world. People are fighting wars in Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Others are engaging in street violence, like that happening in…

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