Browsing A Word From Fr. John

A Word #201| Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 17, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/14/18

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up ... Read More »

A Word #200| Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 10, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/06/18

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,"

and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."


We are at war. No, I am not referring to the wars our country is experiencing in the Middle East and beyond, and we should ... Read More »

A Word #199| Corpus Christi| June 3, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/18

A Word #199

Corpus Christi

June 3, 2018


While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank ... Read More »

A Word #198| The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity| May 27, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/24/18

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


My homiletics professor would often remind us seminarians that “ministry is all about relationships.” No doubt that this statement is 100% correct, but ... Read More »

A Word #197| Pentecost Sunday| May 20, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/16/18

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.


Last year in my “Word” bulletin article, I wrote about wanting to see a “New Pentecost” for our Una Familia. I would like to correct myself and say that we need instead to have a new ... Read More »

A Word #196| The Ascension of the Lord| May 13, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/10/18

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


One of the ... Read More »

A Word #195| Sixth Sunday of Easter| May 6, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/18

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.

Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him."


Since the beginning, humanity has been entrenched in a perpetual battle of us versus them. This conflict is ... Read More »

A Word #194| Fifth Sunday of Easter| April 29, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/26/18

“Remain in me as I remain in you.”


I wouldn’t be surprised if most people have a better relationship with their phone than they do with other human beings and Jesus. Personally, I know I am guilty from time to time of giving my iPhone more attention than ... Read More »

A Word #193| Fourth Sunday of Easter| April 22, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/19/18

Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.


As I reflect on the readings for this Good Shepherd Sunday I cannot ignore the irony that I, your priest, have been away from you almost a year; but thanks be ... Read More »

A Word #192| Third Sunday of Easter| April 15, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/12/18

“He showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed...”


We are just beginning our third week into the Easter Season and it’s probably a good time to measure whether our joy is the same today as it was on ... Read More »