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CANCEL CULTURE WILL NOT SAVE US

Second Sunday of Advent – Year A December 04 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 11:1-10 | Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;12-13;17 Romans 15:4-9 | Matthew 3:1-12   +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The non-penitential, non-Christmas, Season of Advent has us joyfully anticipating the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Christians repeatedly hear that they must accept Jesus as God’s Son in order to “be saved.”…

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LIFE IN THE NEXT WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C November 06, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch II Maccabees &:1-2;9-14 | Psalm 17:1;5-6;8;15 II Thessalonians 2:16-3:15| Luke 20:27-38 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. One of the advantages of being a Priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion is that we welcome married priests, of which I am one. I have the high honor and distinct…

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LET JESUS INVITE HIMSELF INTO YOUR HEARTS

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 30, 2022 – 10:30 AM Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Wisdom 11:22-12:2 | Psalm 145:1-2;8-11;13-14 II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 | Luke 19:1-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I was a child growing up in Livingston, New Jersey, every year during Advent, my family would go to New York City to see the Christmas Show put on by Radio City Music…

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WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM US?

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 23, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 35:12-14;16-18 | Psalm 34: 2-2;19-14;23 II Timothy 4:6-8;16-18 | Luke 18:9-15 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. I’ve been around church all my life, most of it either at the Altar or in the choir stall. I’ve been called a sacristy rat, a sacred music junkie, and…

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OVERCOMING EVIL

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C October 02, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-9 II 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.  I just finished reading a book recommended by Bishop Peter Hickman titled “People of the Lie” by Dr. Scott Peck.  This book was first published in 1983, but I shied away from…

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THE LEAST AMONG US AND THE GREAT REVERSAL

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C September 25, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Amos 6:1a;4-7 | Psalm 148:7-10 I Timothy 6:11-16 | Luke 16:19-31 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Many people have told me that I ask too many questions. They tell me that rather than engaging in a conversation, they feel that I am interrogating them….

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GOOD DISCIPLES PREPARE IN ADVANCE

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C September 05 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Wisdom 9:13-18b | Psalm 90:3-6;12-14;17 Philemon 9-10;12-17 | Luke 14:25-33 +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 so, Jesus explains in today’s Gospel from Luke what it takes to be a true disciple. There are basically two components involved:…

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THE TABLE OF PLENTY

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C August 28, 2022 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 3:17-18;20;28-30 | Psalm 68:4-7;10-11 Hebrews 12:18-19;22-24a | Luke 14:1;7-14 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. Greenwich is the East Coast equivalent of Indian Wells, California. I attended both private and public high schools, but the attitude of the students at…

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