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A Word #182| Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/01/18

He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.


A brother priest asked me yesterday if turning forty would be harder than turning thirty. I jokingly said that turning thirty was far worse since I feel better prepared ... Read More »

A Word #181| Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 28, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/25/18

All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority.

He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.


It appears more than ever that there are many voices and outlets competing ... Read More »

A Word #180| 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 21, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/18/18

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."


One item on my so-called bucket list is to do the Camino. For those who ... Read More »

A Word #179| 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 14, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/11/18

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,

"Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.


Not too long ago, whenever someone said anything about a vocation it usually referred to the ... Read More »

A Word #178| The Epiphany of the Lord| January 7, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/04/18

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”

For many people, Christmas ... Read More »

Good News Letter| December 25, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/28/17

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day


Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord!


Dearest Friends in Christ,


Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! I wish I could be able to say this personally to all of you as the Christian world gathers to celebrate the birth of our ... Read More »

A Word #177| Fourth Sunday of Advent| December 24, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/28/17

A Word #177

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2017


Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."


There is no greater “yes” than the “yes” of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was her “yes” ... Read More »

A Word #176| Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)| December 17, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/14/17

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”

Many of you have heard me at one time or another give several acronyms for the English word of Joy. For example, I have explained how the letters of joy spell out the order of ... Read More »

A Word #175| Second Sunday of Advent| December 10, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/07/17

“A voice cries out, ‘In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!’”


If you haven’t already noticed, Advent is cut real short this year. Yes, there are four Sundays of Advent but this year there are only ... Read More »

A Word #174| First Sunday of Advent| December 3, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/30/17

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!”


Hands down, Advent is still one my favorite liturgical seasons. Perhaps it’s those memories of when I was a child being all giddy as I waited for Christmas Day to come. There is just something about these days in ... Read More »