2019 Sermons

Beginning a New Year of Change and Transformation
December 29, 2019
As we end the year 2019, and prepare to enter 2020, we should turn our attention to CHANGE, to TRANSFORMATION, to NEW LIFE. Read more »

What Shall We Offer Christ
December 25, 2019
Christmas is often associated with gift-giving, and of course, the greatest gift during this holy season is the Gift that God offers to the world – the gift of God Himself! Read more »

Saying YES to the Heavenly Feast
December 22, 2019
Isn’t that what the Church is all about? Celebrating life and seeing the good in all people! Lifting up those who are broken and in despair and showing them a path of healing! Read more »

Attitude of Gratitude
December 01, 2019
How beautiful it is to live with an attitude of gratitude. If we can maintain such a spirit, it transforms our whole perspective on life. We won’t focus on what we don’t have, or on what others have. Instead, we thank God for each and every blessing, and strive to help those who don’t have what we have! Read more »

Noticing the Poor All Around Us
November 01, 2019
I remember a story that Mother Teresa once told about a very poor family with six children who had nothing to eat. In fact, this family hadn’t eaten for several days. So Mother Teresa went to visit their home, and brought a big sack of rice. Read more »

Hear the Word of God and Bear Fruit
October 13, 2019
Good news that offers love and joy. Good news that fills us with strength and hope. Good news that overcomes all darkness and even death itself. Good news that ushers in the kingdom and reign of God. Good news that renews our lives. Read more »

Compassion - The Sign of a Follower of Jesus Christ
October 06, 2019
What is a clear sign of someone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ? What virtues should stand out abundantly clear for a follower of the Lord, and what should distinguish the vision and mission of Christ’s Church? Read more »

Our Greatest and Most Challenging Call - To Love Our Enemies
September 29, 2019
What marks a true follower of Christ is precisely the fact that we are so filled with HIS SPIRIT OF LOVE and MERCY and KINDNESS that we can love even our enemies, do good even to those who don’t treat us well, bless those who curse us, and give to others, without expecting anything in return! Read more »

Our God of Surprises
September 22, 2019
Surprises!!! How many of us like surprises?!? Of course, it probably depends on whether it’s a good surprise or a bad surprise! Yet, surprises can be exciting. Today, I want to focus on realizing that our God is a God of surprises. Read more »

Do We Want Christ To Live In Us?
September 15, 2019
How many of us truly want Jesus Christ to live in us, to know that God is always with us, dwelling in us? Shouldn’t that be the goal of our Christian lives? Isn’t that the Good News we try to proclaim week after week – that God wants to live in each one of us, and He wants us to live in Him?!? Read more »

God of Love and God of Hope
September 08, 2019
LOVE and HOPE are two of the greatest virtues of our Christian faith. They are the central part of the Good News we proclaim and today, we clearly hear this message through the Gospel Reading and in the Liturgical feast we celebrate. Last Sunday we began the new ecclesiastical year on September 1st, and right from the beginning of the new church year we hear how God loves each one of us, and we celebrate a feast that fills us with hope. Read more »

Respecting God's Creation
September 01, 2019
How many people have ever been somewhere out in nature and felt the presence of God? Maybe it was through watching an incredible sunrise or sunset. Maybe it was looking upon a majestic mountain or lake. It can come through a summer breeze as you stare out into the endless ocean. Some people will tell me how they feel more connected with God in the beauty of nature than in any formal church setting. Read more »

Divine Faith that Moves Mountains
August 25, 2019
Mount Everest, I want you to know that we are going to conquer you, for you can’t grow any bigger, but we can! Read more »

Keeping Our Eyes on Christ
August 18, 2019
What happens when an eagle, flying in the sky, meets a storm? Well, the eagle does not try to fly away from the storm. Instead, as the storm sweeps in, the eagle sets his wings at the proper angle so that the winds will lift him above the storm. Read more »

Making the Impossible Possible
August 11, 2019
“We often sin when we allow our spiritual lives to be guided by what we consider normal, by calculating our lives by worldly forces, forgetting that the Christian path is controlled by supernatural, and therefore inexhaustible forces.” Read more »

Building Up Our Neighbor
August 04, 2019
We woke up this morning to the horrific news that there was once again shocking mass shootings in the past 24 hours in our country Read more »

Your Sins Are Forgiven You
July 28, 2019
How many people have a past sin that still haunts them? How about some hidden secret that you want no one to know about? Is there anything from your past that you are not proud of, or which lays heavy on your heart? Read more »

Casting Out the Demons in our Lives
July 21, 2019
How many of us believe in demons? In demonic possession? In the dark side that can attack and control a person? Read more »

Let Your Light Shine Before Others
July 14, 2019
“The criminal in your community may be less guilty for his crime than you, his Christian neighbor,” the great Russian writer Dostoievski wrote in his book The Brothers Karamazov. Read more »

Lay Aside All Worries and Cares
July 07, 2019
Why worry about anything? Instead, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all your worries will be taken care of by Your Father in Heaven! Read more »

Fools for Christ
June 30, 2019
Who wants to be considered a fool? Anyone? Foolishness is not a virtue that we admire, or strive to attain, and yet, today as we celebrate the Holy Apostles, the first followers of Jesus Christ, and a day after we honored the Apostles Peter and Paul, the foremost leaders of the Apostles, we hear in St. Paul’s Epistle about the “foolishness” of the first Christians. Read more »

Called to Be Saints
June 23, 2019
Sainthood is not reserved for only a few people!  Sainthood should be the normal growth of every Christian’s life in our journey toward the Holy Trinity. The good news is that God expects us all to become living saints, and He has created each of us in His image and likeness, giving us the potential to reach this goal! Read more »

Sharing the Story - Pentecost Sunday
June 16, 2019

Living as Christians in our Post-Christian Society
June 10, 2019
What do Springfield, MA, Providence RI, Burlington VT, Portland ME, and Boston MA have in common? According to the Barna Research, these five cities top a list of 100 cities and their surrounding regions as the most Post-Christian cities in the United States. Read more »

I am the Light of the World
June 03, 2019
Jesus sees a man blind from birth and tells his followers, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Read more »

What Legacy Will We Leave Behind?
May 27, 2019
On this Memorial Day weekend, let’s take a moment to soberly and seriously reflect on our legacy, the legacy that we are creating now and which we will leave behind when others remember us long after our death. Read more »

Post-Resurrectional Words of Christ
May 05, 2019
When one is dying, typically the final words of a dying person are among the most cherished. They often will give you a unique perspective into what the dying person values, and what he most wants to pass on as his/her legacy. Read more »

Life is a Mystery - A Paschal Mystery
April 28, 2019
Life is a mystery. It is a mysterious journey of joys and pains, of love and of suffering. It’s so easy to look around and see how beautiful life is, and yet how unfair life is as well. Read more »

Humbly Serving One Another
April 14, 2019
Too often in society, those who hold a certain position, or those who have power, typically expect others to wait on them, and to serve them. Living under the reign of Christ, however, has a different perspective on success. Read more »

Abortion and the Sanctity of Life
April 07, 2019
I rarely preach politics from the pulpit. I realize in our congregation we have Democrats and Republican; we have those who may be more conservative and others more liberal. Read more »

Our Sufferings Can Glorify God
March 31, 2019
Death, suffering, and the challenges of our life may be transformed by God to Glory and wonder. Read more »

The Three-Fold Call of the Annunciation
March 24, 2019
Think a moment about the Virgin Mary’s threefold response to the Archangel Gabriel: Let it be to me according to Your will. My soul magnifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Read more »

The Triumph of Truth and the New Zealand Tragedy
March 17, 2019
The unequivocal truth of God is that God is Love. He loves all people unconditionally. God loves Christians AND Muslims. He loves believers AND atheists. God loves those who have grown up in this country AND He loves immigrants, whether legal or illegal. God loves even white supremacists, even though their actions are utterly against His ways. He longs for such lost, dark souls to find the light and turn away from the hell they are living in. Read more »

Don't Accept the Grace of God in Vain
February 04, 2019
“Don’t accept the grace of God in vain.” St. Paul warns the first Christians in Corinth about this in today’s epistle reading. What does that mean? How can one accept the grace of God in vain? Read more »

Distractions
January 21, 2019
A strange illness has appeared in our days – the passion for distractions. Never before was there such a desire for distractions; people have forgotten how to lead a serious life for the good of others; they have no spiritual life and are bored. They exchange the profound content of a spiritual life for distractions! What madness! We must re-introduce into life its lost meaning and give back to the people the knowledge of the true purpose of life. Read more »

Becoming Instruments of Light in the Darkness
January 07, 2019
Light versus darkness. Hope versus despair. Goodness versus evil. Love versus hatred. Life versus death. This stark comparison highlights the Good News that Jesus brings into the world. Here lies the center of the Christian Gospel. Read more »

Bread in the Kingdom of God
December 16, 2018
Can you imagine being chosen, being invited, being treated like a VIP in the Kingdom of God? Breaking bread with our Lord Jesus Christ, at a table with all the saints, and having the angelic powers all around us singing praises to God? That would be quite an honor and experience!!! Read more »

God is My Help - Palm Sunday Sermon
December 31, 1969
Jesus enters Jerusalem with the fervor growing. Yet, there was something strange about the entrance of this new King. Read more »

Forgiveness Frees Us from Being Imprisoned in our Souls
December 31, 1969
A man that does not learn to forgive, who hold on to the bitterness and resentment of his anger and hatred and pain, is like a man who swallows poison and hopes his enemies die from that poison. An unforgiving spirit imprisons and poisons our souls! Read more »

Do You Want To Be Healed?
December 31, 1969
We need to realize that whenever we turn to God for help, He is the Great Physician of our bodies and souls and minds. He is interested not simply in some type of physical healing, but in a complete healing that leads to a radically new life, a life that will lead into an eternal relationship with Him. Read more »

Building Relationships of Love in Mexico
December 31, 1969
Going to Mexico to build a house was an experience I will absolutely never forget! It allowed me to experience everything the Bible teaches us Read more »

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Let's Celebrate
July 29, 2019
Celebrating is a fundamental characteristic of the Christian life, as well as of human life. Everyone loves to celebrate and we all look for reasons to make merry and enjoy life. Read more »


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