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CARING FOR ALL CREATION

SAINT FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATIONOctober 07, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic CommunityRev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 1:20-22;24-31a |Psalm 148:1-3;7;10;13a;13c Acts 10:1-16 | Luke 13:22-31        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Much of my life has included one or more dogs. My first dog was Star, a black male miniature poodle. He came to me when I was eleven years of age, and I soon bonded with him….

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LISTENING, SPEAKING AND SINGING

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 09 2018 | 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Isaiah 35:4-7a | Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 | Mark 7:31-37        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy  Spirit, AMEN.        One of the most frequent complaints that my wife, Deacon Sharon, has about me, is that I don’t listen to her.  Yes, it’s very true that sometimes when she is speaking, my mind is elsewhere, sometimes on…

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IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING!

LABOR DAY CELEBRATION September 02, 2018 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Sirach 38:24-25;34b;39:1-11| Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13  I Corinthians 3:10-14 | Luke 12:13-20        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        The traditional theme for Labor Day is to celebrate the victory of unions over oppressive employers.  But I take a broader view of Labor Day. I see it as a celebration of the dignity…

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SPIRITUAL FOOD

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 05, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Exodus 16:2-4;12;15 | Psalm 78:3-4;23-25;54 Ephesians 4:17; 20-24 | John 6:24-35        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Each week, we take food and other supplies to Well In The Desert, a local agency that feeds hungry people. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life in this country that your access…

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CLERGY CAN’T DO IT ALL

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 15, 2018 Saint Miriam Pro-Cathedral, Flourtown, Pennsylvania Rev. David Justin Lynch, Guest Preacher Amos 7:12-15 | Psalm 85 9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 | Mark 6:7-13        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the larger challenges facing the independent Catholic movement in many places is building up a congregation. I speak from experience as a church-planter in Palm Springs, California, where three…

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JESUS TEACHES US EMPATHY

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Cecilia Catholic Community July 01, 2018 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:22-24 | Psalm 30:2;4-6;11-13 2 Corinthians 8:7,9;13-15 | Mark 5:21-24;35B-43        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        One of the more difficult challenges committed Christians face in the world that lies beyond the walls of the church are the stories in the Bible that have a supernatural…

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HUMAN SOLIDARITY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

CORPUS CHRISTI Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA June 03, 2018 – 10:30 AM Exodus 24:3-8 Psalm 116:12-13;5-18 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16;22-26             + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.             Today is the feast of Corpus Christi, a Latin expression that means, “Body of Christ.” In many churches, the people will hear homilies on Eucharistic adoration, the image…

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CHRISTIANITY IS ALL ABOUT LOVE

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 06, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 10:25-26;34-35;44-48  Psalm 98:1-4 I John 4:7-10  John 15:9-17        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        I came of age in the free-love 1960s, which was widely understood to mean, free sex. In particular, I remember 1967, known as the Summer of Love. It was a social phenomenon, characterized…

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