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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 »

A Word #191| Divine Mercy Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter)| April 8, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/05/18

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.


It is no secret that I have a special devotion to Divine Mercy. I have encouraged the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet after Holy Mass and I hope in the near future to see a Blessed Sacrament chapel dedicated to Divine Mercy on our parish campus. The message of Divine Mercy that was given to St. Faustina in the days leading up to World War II is no less relevant now as it was then. In fact, I would say the gospel of Divine Mercy is needed now more than ever. Our parish, our city, our state, our nation, and yes even our world needs to know about Divine Mercy. What we have just celebrated during the Easter Triduum made our access to Divine Mercy possible. So it is no wonder that Jesus told St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy should be celebrated on the Second Sunday of ... Read More »