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  • ICCH Bulletin of November 29, 2020

    November 29, 2020 First Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 | 1 Cor 1:3-9 | Mk 13:33-37 The central theme of today’s readings is Jesus’ warning to us to be alert, watchful and prepared because Christ’s Second Coming, coinciding with the end of the world, can occur at any time. People, in general, used to have a paranoid fear about the end of the world. They expected it in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 22, 2020

    November 22, 2020 Solemnity of Christ the King Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 | 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28 | Mt 25:31-46 As we come to the end of our liturgical year, we find the images of Christ as Shepherd and as King. In the first reading for today, the prophet Ezekiel portrays an image of Christ as a loving, generous and thoughtful shepherd, eager to heal the injured sheep, find them when...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 15, 2020

    November 15, 2020 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thess 5:1-6 | Mt 25:14-30 Gospel Summary Jesus tells his disciples this parable: A man going on a journey calls his servants and entrusts his possessions to them. To one he gives five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—each according to his ability. When the master returns, he discovers that the servant who was...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 1, 2020

    November 1, 2020 All Saints (Solemnity) Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14 | 1 John 3:1-3 | Mt 5:1-12 The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. All Saints Day is intended to honor the memory of countless unknown and uncanonized saints who have no feast days. Today we thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 25, 2020

    October 25, 2020 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Matthew Today’s Readings: Exod 22:20-26 | 1 Thess 1:5-10 | Mt 22:34-40 It is always difficult when people ask us to put a list of items in order of preference. For example, deciding whether we like chocolate more than mints, or apples more than oranges, could take hours. Often in arguments, our opponents might pose a range of options which is almost impossible to answer,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 8, 2020

    November 8, 2020 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Wis 6:12-16 | 1 Thes 4:13-18 | Mt 25:1-13 ###Be ready and prepared! The image of a feast or banquet is used in scripture to describe both the kingdom and the generosity of God. The gospel today presents us with one such celebration; a wedding. Do you remember the last wedding to which you were invited? I do. It was my brothers...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 18, 2020

    October 18, 2020 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 45:1, 4-6 | 1 Thess 1:1-5B | Mt 22:15-21 ###Which Side Are You On? There seem to be two realms, God’s and Caesar’s. Jesus says so in Sunday’s Gospel: “Give to God the things that are God’s and to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” Which realm do we live in? Are we “Sunday Catholics,” giving to God maybe an hour...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 4, 2020

    October 4, 2020 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 5:1-7 | Phil 4:6-9 | Mt 21:33-43 ###The Lord’s Vineyard For the third Sunday in a row, Jesus offers us another parable about a vineyard. The image and symbol of the vineyard begins in the first reading today from the Prophet Isaiah. ‘The Song of the Vineyard’ as it is called tells the story of man who carefully dug the soil,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 27, 2020

    September 27, 2020 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Ezek 18:25-28 | Phil 2:1-11 | Mt 21:28-32 This passage begins with Jesus asking the chief priests an elders a seemingly simple questions. He does so in the way of a simple illustration. A father asks his first son to help in the vineyard, this son says, “I will not”, but then ends up going out to help. The second son says,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 20, 2020

    September 20, 2020 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 55:6-9 | Phil 1:20-24, 27 | Mt 20:1-16 This Sunday’s Gospel passage is taken from a section in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew where Jesus spells out some of the requirements for a life lived in and for God. Included among the requirements is the call to love without measure, acquiring a childlike attitude, as well as a readiness to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 13, 2020

    September 13, 2020 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Matthew Today’s Readings: Sir 27:30–28:9 | Rom 14:7-9 | Mt 18:21-35 Today’s gospel selection is taken from a section of Matthew’s gospel that is concerned with the dynamics of a truly Christian community. It is fairly certain that Matthew’s gospel was written for the church at Antioch, where there were deep divisions between the more conservative Jewish Christians and the more liberal Gentile converts. Peter...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 6, 2020

    September 6, 2020 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Ezek 33:7-9 | Rom 13:8-10 | Mt 18:15-20 Witnessing for the Lord In the First Reading, God appoints Ezekiel as a watchman for his people and he adds a threat. If Ezekiel does not warn sinners to mend their ways, God will hold him responsible for their fate. Does God say this to Ezekiel only? Or does he say it also to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 30, 2020

    August 30, 2020 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Matthew Today’s Readings: Jer 20:7-9 | Rom 12:1-2 | Mt 16:21-27 At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus had questioned the disciples about his identity and Peter responded confidently, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). In today’s gospel, we see how poorly Peter understood the true mission of Jesus. He still had to learn that God’s ways are often not our ways....

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 23, 2020

    August 23, 2020 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Is 22:19-23 | Rom 11:33-36 | Mt 16:13-20 ###Who do you say I am? In the gospels, Jesus says many wonderful things. But the questions that he asks are far more challenging. In the gospel today, as Jesus is walking with his followers, he turns and asks them a direct and somewhat strange question; ‘Who do people say that the Son of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 9, 2020

    August 9, 2020 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a | Rom 9:1-5 | Mt 14:22-23 ###Walking on Water In the Second Reading, Paul enumerates the many blessings God gave his people in the time of the Law and the Prophets: the adoption as children of God, covenants, commandments and an order of worship. They had God’s promises, and the promise of glory was among them. But Paul...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 2, 2020

    August 2, 2020 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Matthew Today’s Readings: Is 55: 1-3 | Rom 8:35, 37-39 | Mt 14:13-21 In the story of the loaves and fish, we learn about Jesus feeding the hungry crowd by multiplying five loaves and two fish. He did this because he was concerned for the people who had stayed with him and listened to him. In a sense, he was grateful to them for listening...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 26, 2020

    July 26, 2020 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 | Rom 8:28-30 | Mt 13:44-52 This Sunday’s readings begin with Solomon’s request for Wisdom and conclude with a summation of the Lord’s teaching on the parables. At the conclusion of the Dissertation on the parables in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus states: “Every scribe of the Kingdom is like the head of the household who brings out from his...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 19, 2020

    July 19, 2020 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Today’s Readings: Wis 12:13, 16-19 | Rom 8:26-27 | Mt 13:24-43 In the gospel of today we have the Kingdom Parables of Jesus. Kingdom in the Gospel does not refer to a place, either here or hereafter. The Greek word basileia is better translated as ‘kingship’, or ‘reign’, or ‘rule’, so some translations speak of the ‘Reign of God’. The Kingdom is primarily an environment, it...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 12, 2020

    July 12, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Readings: Is 55:10-11 | Rom 8:18-23 | Mt 13:1-23 The readings for this nearly mid-summer Sunday reflect the beauties of the earth: its golden harvests, its astonishing Spring, its delicate birds, beasts, mountains, hills and plains. Even in this time of virus, those whose eyes can see will find infinite surprise! Yes, even in this time of virus and troubles. […] In the First Reading the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 28, 2020

    June 28, 2020 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Today’s Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16 | Rom 6:3-4, 8-11 | Mt 10:37-42 In the Gospel today Jesus says to his disciples, ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me’. It is the concluding part of Jesus’ instructions to his disciples who are to be sent on mission. Although their master gives the disciples a body of teachings, first and foremost...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 21, 2020

    June 21, 2020 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Today’s Readings: Jer 20:10-13 | Rom 5:12-15 | Mt 10:26-33 In the Gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus says, “Do not let others intimidate you.” He tells us to keep our priorities straight. He tells us that we should not even be afraid of people who could kill us. “Do not fear those who deprive the body of life but cannot destroy the soul.” In one...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 14, 2020

    June 14, 2020 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Readings: Ex 19:2–6 | Rom 5:6-11 | Mt 9:36-10:8 Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, … You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 7, 2020

    June 7, 2020 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity) - Today’s Readings: Exod 34:4-6, 8-9 | 2 Cor 13:11-13 | John 3:16-18 As the seven glorious weeks of Easter end and the Church launches into the long season of “ordinary time” we are given several important feasts to remind us of the core elements of our faith. First, we note that the Easter season concludes with the feast of Pentecost, when we mark the birth of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 24, 2020

    May 24, 2020 Seventh Sunday of Easter - Today’s Readings: Acts 1:12-14 | 1 Pet 4:13-16 | John 17:1-11a Gospel Summary The mystical intimacy and poetic beauty of this prayer of Jesus with the Father make any attempt to summarize it quite futile. The following highlights of the prayer are intended merely to serve as an aid to memory for personal reflection: the hour has come when the mystery of eternal life is revealed in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 10, 2020

    May 10, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Easter Today’s Readings: Acts 6:1-7 | 1 Pt 2:4-9 | Jn 14:1-12 Dear friends, A very happy Sunday to you all! As promised in the last weeks, we’d like to update you on the current regulations concerning public church services. As of next weekend, i.e. May 16/17, prayer services and masses in Heidelberg will be resumed. This, of course, will only happen to a very limited extent and under...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 3, 2020

    May 3, 2020 Easter Sunday Today’s Readings: Acts 2:14A, 36-41 | 1 Pt 2:20B-25 | Jn 10:1-10 ###The Good Shepherd The most comforting of the Psalms begins with the line, “The Lord is my shepherd.” It ends with this line: “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Goodness and mercy, in the person of the good shepherd, have to follow the sheep, because it is lost and the shepherd is...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 26, 2020

    April 26, 2020 Third Sunday of Easter Today’s Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33 | 1 Pet 1:17-21 | Lk 24:13-35 The gospels that we are hearing and reading during Easter tell us about the people who met the risen Jesus. In many ways these are very ordinary people in equally ordinary situations. Mary Magdalene met Jesus at the tomb and thought he was the gardener. On one occasion, Jesus met his friends while they were fishing...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 19, 2020

    April 19, 2020 Octave Day of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 2:42-47 | 1 Pt 1:3-9 | Jn 20:19-31 Doubting or Believing Thomas? As these challenging and uncertain days continue, in today’s gospel we meet the apostle who is forever known as ‘Doubting Thomas.’ After all their hopes and plans had been dashed, the apostles are hiding in case the Romans find them and do to them what they...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 12, 2020

    April 12, 2020 EASTER TRIDUUM Easter Triduum @ home Today’s Readings: | | This is my body that is for you. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us in Bethlehem so long ago. . He dwells among us now in our pandemic. . Our flesh and blood, our bread and wine. . The Word was made flesh and dwells among Us. . Anne Osdieck ###Holy Week with Pope Francis live: VaticanNews https://www.youtube.com/c/VaticanNewsEN Holy...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 5, 2020

    April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Palm Sunday at home Today’s Readings: Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Mt 26:14-27:66 Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, it is Palm Sunday, and we are looking forward to the most unusual Holy Week of probably most of our lives. Church services in our area are suspended until at least the end of the month – Holy Week, however, is never suspended! As we’re...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 22, 2020

    March 22, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Lent Today’s Readings: 1 Sm 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A | Eph 5:8-14 | Jn 9:1-41 Praying in the Time of the Virus Crisis The current spread of the novel Coronavirus is quite disturbing. There is a sense of the unknown. How bad will this get? Will it affect me? How will it further change our way of life? Just as we try to calm down and remind ourselves not to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 15, 2020

    March 15, 2020 Third Sunday of Lent Today’s Readings: Ex 17:3-7 | Rom 5:1-2, 5-8 | Jn 4:5-42 We are sad to inform you that all Masses in Heidelberg will be suspended from this Sunday, March 15, until further notice in order to help preventing the further spread of Coronavirus. We will keep you updated by newsletter and on our website. Let’s pray for each other and all those affected! A Coronavirus Prayer Jesus Christ,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 8, 2020

    March 8, 2020 Second Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Gn 12:1-4 | 2 Tm 1:8-10 | Mt 17:1-9 Bottom line: We find fulfillment on the mountain top with Jesus. Listen to him. Last Sunday we saw Jesus as a man immersed in the Scriptures who countered Satan’s temptations. Imitating Jesus we desire immersion in the God’s Word. The importance of the Bible for us as Catholics, we can see from the fact...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 1, 2020

    March 1, 2020 First Sunday of Lent Welcome Fr. Matthew Today’s Readings: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7 | Rom 5:12-19 | Mt 4:1-11 Here it is – March 1st – the First Sunday of Lent! We think about the usual practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. St. Julie (*) was ahead of the times when she encouraged the Sisters who were heavily engaged in school and care of the children not to fast. She wrote to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 23, 2020

    February 23, 2020 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Lev 19:1-2, 17-18 | 1 Cor 3:16-23 | Mt 5:38-48 Be holy, be perfect – that is the resounding call from the Liturgy of the Word today. It is the call of the Christian vocation. It is the clear challenge set out for us in the readings today. From the injunction in Leviticus, Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 16, 2020

    February 16, 2020 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Sir 15:15-20 | 1 Cor 2:6-10 | Mt 5:17-37 People frequently refer to the Sermon on the Mount as being the New Law, replacing the Old Law, and the impression given is that, with Jesus, the rules have been somewhat loosened. Now it can be said that it is love that counts and that the rules take second place. But the error...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 2, 2020

    February 2, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 58:7-10 | 1 Cor 2:1-5 | Mt 5:13-16 Today’s Readings place an emphasis on Christian faith and call every Christian to be the shining light in the world. In Matthew’s Gospel everyone is called by Jesus to be salt and light for others, for the world. Our lives, what we do and the way we do things, should be a source...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 2, 2020

    February 2, 2020 The Presentation of the Lord (Feast) Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Mal 3:1-4 | Heb 2:14-18 | Lk 2:22-40 This weekend we celebrate a feast that seems to bring us back to Christmastime. The feast is the Presentation of the Lord. This Feast used to be called the Purification of Mary, remembering an ancient rite when women went to the Temple to be prayed over after childbirth. This same custom, by the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 26, 2020

    January 26, 2020 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 8:23–9:3 | 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17 | Mt 4:12-23 The first reading is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 9:1-4. This reading is another prophecy, concerning the messianic days, given by Isaiah in the eighth century B.C. It describes the new era of liberty and joy, which the future Messiah will usher in. The second reading is from the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 15, 2019

    December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 35:1-6, 10 | Jas 5:7-10 | Mt 11:2-11 Last week we heard about the ministry of John the Baptist and the text we read was taken from the very beginning of St Matthew’s Gospel after the section we call the Infancy Narrative and just before the account of Jesus’ Baptism. Today the Gospel jumps forward to Chapter Eleven and describes an incident...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 8, 2019

    December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 11:1-10 | Rom 15:4-9 | Mt 3:1-12 In the middle two Sundays of Advent we hear a lot about John the Baptist. He is a very important figure in the Bible and in the history of our salvation since he uniquely bridges both the Old and New Testaments. It is not difficult to regard John the Baptist as the very last of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 12, 2020

    January 12, 2020 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 | Acts 10:34-38 | Mt 3:13-17 A story of radical kinship, one who was ordained as “A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare[ing] the way of the Lord, mak[ing] straight his paths.” (Is 40:3, Mt 3: 3) and the One who was born into human history to reconcile creation and restore peace. Today’s readings...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 22, 2019

    December 22, 2019 Our bulletin for Christmas Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 52:7-10 | Heb 1:1-6 | Jn 1:1-18 We wish all our members a blessed Christmas time - those traveling to their families or home countries during the season, as well as those staying with us in Heidelberg. May the peace and joy of the night the Savior was born reside in your hearts and homes, and may we all do our...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 1, 2019

    December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 2:1-5 | Rom 13:11-14 | Mt 24:37-44 Today we begin the season of Advent, a season that invites us to assess our relationship with God and especially the Lord Jesus as we prepare for Christmas. What is Advent all about? We know it as a liturgical period, the beginning of the Church’s year with a focus on the birth of Jesus at...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 24, 2019

    November 24, 2019 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Solemnity) Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: 2 Sam 5:1-3 | Col 1:12-20 | Lk 23:35-43 On this feast of Christ the King we begin our reflection at mass with the collect or opening prayer; in part it reads: “Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe…”. Here we see right away that Christ...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 17, 2019

    November 17, 2019 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Mal 3:19-20A | 2 Thess 3:7-12 | Lk 21:5-19 As we move toward the end of the Liturgical Year, the Sunday read­ings continue to sound themes of the end, general judgment, and ultimate salvation. Paradoxically, just when Scripture means to communicate a message of clarity and comfort, we encounter imagery that confuses and alienates many of its readers and auditors. Take, for...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 10, 2019

    November 10, 2019 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14 | 2 Thess 2:16-3:5 | Lk 20:27-38 For many of us, the desire to be in control is very strong. We like certainties – to know where we are going and the various stages along the way. This idea of certainty is what we come across in today‘s Gospel. The Sadducees, unlike the Pharisees, accepted only belief in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 3, 2019

    November 3, 2019 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Wis 11:22–12:2 | 2 Thess 1:11–2:2 | Lk 19:1-10 This Sunday we are once more presented with a tax collector receiving the mercy of God. Last week you might remember we had the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee in the Temple. This one is that short man named Zacchaeus. In the New Testament, tax collectors are lumped together with...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 27, 2019

    October 27, 2019 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 | 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18 | Lk 18:9-14 The books within the Hebrew Scriptures known as “Wisdom Literature” often personify aspects of the mysterious God. In the First Reading from Sirach, God is pictured as having ears and does not play favorites. God does, however, tend to listen attentively to the poor, the orphaned, the widow and all who...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 20, 2019

    October 20, 2019 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Exod 17:8-13 | 2 Tm 3:14–4:2 | Lk 18:1-8 It is clear that the main theme of our readings is perseverance in prayer. In the first reading we heard how Moses stretched out his arms in the desert and the Israelites gained the upper hand in the battle. When his arms eventually drooped through tiredness the Israelites began to lose the battle....

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 13, 2019

    October 13, 2019 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17 | 2 Tm 2:8-13 | Lk 17:11-19 The word of God today tells us that we all need to be grateful to God every day of our lives for the graces and good gifts we have received in and through him. He has not only given us our life with all its joys and sorrows, but he has prepared...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 29, 2019

    September 29, 2019 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Am 6:1A, 4-7 | 1 Tm 6:11-16 | Lk 16:19-31 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Pharisees a story. I stop short of saying “a story about” since that answer depends on one’s perspective. Is this a story about a rich man? Or is this a story about a poor man, Lazarus? Let’s start with the former. The unnamed rich man in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 22, 2019

    September 22, 2019 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Am 8:4-7 | 1 Tm 2:1-8 | Lk 16:1-13 ###The Unjust Steward### The parable long known as “The Unjust Steward” may be the most puzzling of all the stories of Jesus. Since it appears to present an immoral person as a model, the story has been used by Christianity’s enemies to denigrate Jesus as teacher. But there is a way of reading...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 15, 2019

    September 15, 2019 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14 | 1 Tm 1:12-17 | Lk 15:1-32 ###The Prodigal Us### […] In the First Reading we find God becoming quite upset because the people in ancient days put up cheap products as their God. While Moses is away, they have built a golden calf, and are making it their God. Ridiculous. God had a different idea of his relation...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 4, 2019

    August 4, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23 | Col 3:1-5, 9-11 | Lk 12:13-21 “One of the multitude said to him, ‘Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?’ “ (Lk 12: 13-14.) Why does the Lord, in effect, refuse this man’s request? Was the request wrong? Perhaps not. The...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 28, 2019

    July 28, 2019 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 18:20-32 | Col 2:12-14 | Lk 11:1-13 ‘Teach us to pray…’ one of Jesus’ disciples asked of him. How often in the three years of his public ministry had his close companions seen Jesus take himself apart from them, out into the midst of the natural world, and enter into a different form of communion with the Almighty? They would have...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 21, 2019

    July 21, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 18:1-10 | Col 1:24-28 | Lk 10:38-42 In this Sunday’s second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, Paul speaks about a mystery, “a mystery that has been hidden for ages is now manifested to God’s Holy Ones. The mystery is this: Christ is in you.” Usually when we use the word mystery, we think of a story that has an...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 14, 2019

    July 14, 2019 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Dt 30:10-14 | Col 1:15-20 | Lk 10:25-37 Who Is Your Samaritan? To Jesus’ fellow Jews, a Samaritan was a despicable creature. We tend to miss that important fact. Because we have monumentalized the hero of Jesus’ road-rescue story by naming hospitals and laws after the Good Samaritan, we have lost touch with the fact that the relationships between first-century Jews and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 7, 2019

    July 7, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 66:10-14 | Gal 6:14-18 | Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 In the gospel today Jesus observes very pointedly how completely he has given his authority to his disciples, who are enthralled over it; he says: “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 30, 2019

    June 30, 2019 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16B, 19-21 | Gal 5:1, 13-18 | Lk 9:51-62 Toward Jerusalem Jesus is fierce in Sunday’s Gospel. He is on the march and will not be turned back. Sometimes the readings startle us. He “rebukes” the disciples. He shouts, “let the dead bury the dead” to a man who wants to bury his father and then follow Jesus. He is...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 23, 2019

    June 23, 2019 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Zech 12:10-11;13:1 | Gal 3:26-29 | Lk 9:18-24 The readings this Sunday are strong because they speak about the necessity of suffering in life and about the suffering of the Savior. None of us humans, not even Christ Himself, really likes suffering. We much prefer a life that is full of meaning, perhaps has some small challenges or even large ones, but...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 16, 2019

    June 16, 2019 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Prv 8:22-31 | Rom 5:1-5 | Jn 16:12-15 Most of the feasts of the liturgical year focus on aspects of the Mission of Christ, or the work of the Spirit, or the work of specific members of the Church, such as the Blessed Mother, the Apostles or various saints. The Feast of the Holy Trinity, however, is different. It is...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 9, 2019

    June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 2:1-11 | 1 Cor 12:3B-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17 | Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23B-26 The Jews were gathered for their celebration of Pentecost, that is seven weeks after celebrating the Passover. It was an agricultural festival of giving thanks for the early crop. Some of those Jews had become followers of Jesus and of course, as Jews, they were to come to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 2, 2019

    June 2, 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 7:55-60 | Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 | John 17:20-26 We can hear the strength of these readings as we come closer and closer to the great celebration of Pentecost, completing the great cycle of seven days seven times. We have been listening to the Acts of the Apostles and hearing how the great and yet totally simple teachings of Jesus Christ began...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 26, 2019

    May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 | Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 | Jn 14:23-29 According to the Gospel of John, Jesus now promises [the disciples] that the Father will send them the Spirit, the Advocate or Paraclete in the name of Jesus for the specific purpose of reminding the disciples what Jesus had taught them. […] The Gospel of today tells us of the Christian unity in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 19, 2019

    May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 14:21-27 | Rev 21:1-5 | John 13:31-33, 34-35 Today Jesus calls us to a love like his, a love of service. He calls us to love like our heavenly Father who is benevolent and who shows no partiality. He calls us to love as he loved, meaning to be filled with love for one another. The disciple of Christ is not primarily...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 12, 2019

    May 12, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52 | Rev 7:9, 14B-17 | Jn 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Jesus, judging from his stories, paid a lot of attention to animals. He had watched shepherds and sheep many times in his trips through the lands and he observed their kinship, one for the other. (…) Shepherds made the sheep safe,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 5, 2019

    May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 | Rev 5:11-14 | John 21:1-19 Reading the Gospel of John, we understand that originally it ended with Chapter 20. If Chapter 21 was added on later, why did the Evangelist or some disciple of his feel the need to insist yet again on the reality of Christ’s resurrection. The teaching that is drawn from this Gospel passage is that...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 28, 2019

    April 28, 2019 Second Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 5:12-16 | Rev 1:9-13, 17-19 | John 20:19-31 There are two resurrection appearances by Jesus recorded in today’s Gospel. The first occurs on the very day of the resurrection itself. Jesus has already appeared in the morning to Mary Magdalene who mistook him for a gardener and then in the evening of that same day he appears to the Apostles who are...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 14, 2019

    April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Lk 22:14-23:56 Reflection on Holy Week by Pope Francis (shortened) We begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday in which we accompany Jesus in his Passion, death and Resurrection. But what does living Holy Week mean to us? What does following Jesus on his journey to Calvary on his way to the Cross and the Resurrection...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 7, 2019

    April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 43:16-21 | Phil 3:8-14 | John 8:1-11 It may surprise you but the wonderful story of the Woman Caught in Adultery set before us today is not included anywhere in the most ancient manuscripts of the Gospels. It only appears in written form from the fourth century onwards. Despite this the scholars tell us that it is a much older story and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 31, 2019

    March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jos 5:9A, 10-12 | 2 Cor 5:17-21 | Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Jesus’ story of the prodigal son provides a uniquely comprehensive vision of the nature of our own sinfulness, the mercy of our heavenly Father even in light of that sinfulness, and the beauty of the encounter when we finally come home to that mercy. To start with, it is good to note...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 24, 2019

    March 24, 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 | 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12 | Lk 13:1-9 It’s the Third Sunday of Lent – halfway through. For many of us, it’s hard to admit that this Lent is not all we had hoped for. On Ash Wednesday, we intended to make some changes in our lives. And yet halfway through Lent, we are disappointed in ourselves. Today’s gospel tells...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 17, 2019

    March 17, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 | Phil 3:17–4:1 | Lk 9:28-36 This Second Sunday of Lent always includes an account of the Transfiguration of Christ in the Gospel and the Great Promise to Abraham in the first reading from the Book of Genesis. These important stories of our Christian tradition illustrate how we are transformed through our relationship with God. The Book of Genesis in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 10, 2019

    March 10, 2019 First Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 26:4-10 | Rom 10:8-13 | Lk 4:1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Recall that this event comes immediately after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. After his baptism Jesus was praying when the Holy Spirit descended upon him, and a voice came from heaven saying, “You are my...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 3, 2019

    March 3, 2019 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Sir 27:4-7 | 1 Cor 15:54-58 | Lk 6:39-45 A cluster of traditional sayings exists, underscoring the insight that the character of a person shows itself most truly in deeds more than in words. “Talk is cheap,” we say, meaning that what a person actually does is far more important than the promises that person makes. “She doesn’t just talk the talk;...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 17, 2019

    February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jer 17:5-8 | 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20 | Lk 6:17, 20-26 There are two quite different accounts of the Beatitudes in the Gospels, one in Matthew and the other one presented to us today in the Gospel of Luke. The one more usually quoted is Matthew’s version while the set given to us by St Luke is much less well known. Matthew’s...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 10, 2019

    February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter! Today’s Readings: Is 6:1-2A, 3-8 | 1 Cor 15:1-11 | Lk 5:1-11 Today’s gospel is a kind of biblical “fish story”, containing an important point for us to contemplate. (…) The disciples in the gospel story today have spent the whole night “toiling and had caught nothing.” As professional fishermen, they must have been disappointed. Fishing in the right places at the right time,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 3, 2019

    February 3, 2019 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Readings: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 | 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 | Lk 4:21-30 Biblical passages used in the liturgy often suffer from being removed from their contexts. This is particularly noticeable in today’s gospel selection, which shows Jesus referring to a biblical passage from Isaiah, which he has just read without telling us what it is. We need to note, therefore, that he has just read an important...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 27, 2019

    January 27, 2019 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10 | 1 Cor 12:12-30 | Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Start as you mean to go on’ is a very good proverb and Jesus certainly does this in our Gospel reading today. He stands up in the synagogue of Nazareth and issues a manifesto; he proclaims a statement of intent for the rest of his public ministry. And this manifesto...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 20, 2019

    January 20, 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 62:1-5 | 1 Cor 12:4-11 | Jn 2:1-11 (Excerpt from a catechesis by Pope Francis, 2016): …today we shall ponder on Jesus’ first miracle, which John the Evangelist calls “signs”, because Jesus doesn’t perform them in order to excite wonder but to reveal the love of the Father. The first of these miraculous signs is actually recounted by John and takes...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 13, 2019

    January 13, 2019 The Baptism of the Lord (Feast) Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 | Acts 10:34-38 | Lk 3:15-16, 21-22 It can be said that the Public Ministry of Jesus began with his Baptism at the hands of John the Baptist in the River Jordan. In common with the other Synoptic Gospels St Luke gives us a very short account of this significant event; but, brief though it is, he includes...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 6, 2019

    January 6, 2019 The Epiphany of the Lord Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 60:1-6 | Eph 3:2-3A, 5-6 | Mt 2:1-12 The ICCH team wishes all of you a blessed new year 2019! May it bring joy and peace, and may we all experience God’s Presence in the events and encounters it brings. Gospel reflection “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to...

  • Our program for the seasons of Advent and Christmas

    You are invited to join us at ICCH in worship and more at the following times: December 3 Sunday Mass, followed by Social Gathering December 10 Sunday Mass December 17 Sunday Mass December 24 Mass of the 4th Sunday of Advent (no Christmas Vigil in English) December 25 Christmas Mass December 31 Sunday Mass (Holy Family) January 1 Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God January 6 Mass on the Epiphany January 7...