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  • 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 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...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 23, 2018

    December 23, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Mi 5:1-4A | Heb 10:5-10 | Lk 1:39-45 You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, … the Lord will give [you] up, until the time when she who is to give birth has given birth. (First reading) Light had already come from that darkness, of course. King David traced his origins to Bethlehem, centuries before. And of course, Jesus...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 16, 2018

    December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Zeph 3:14-18A | Phil 4:4-7 | Lk 3:10-18 How does anyone get away with exhorting others to rejoice? If you are feeling down, does it really help for someone to come along and say, “Cheer up”? And yet, without pausing to assess the mood and attitude of assembled worshipers, the Church makes bold to exhort people on the Third Sunday of Advent, ready...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 2, 2018

    December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Jer 33:14-16 | 1 Thess 3:12-4:2 | Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 In the Gospel for this Sunday Jesus speaks about the signs in the sky and our need to be attentive, vigilant and strong. This is the Frist Sunday of Advent, shouldn’t we have a Gospel that reminds us of the birth of Jesus and gets us in the mood to want to put...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 25, 2018

    November 25, 2018 Solemnity of Christ the King Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Dn 7:13-14 | Rv 1:5-8 | Jn 18:33B-37 In the Gospel Reading, Christ is being held by Pilate, who has him in his power. In the next part of the story, as we know, Christ is on the cross: poor, dishonored, in pain, and dying. Christ’s willingness to accept these afflictions sets the standard for all Christians, and it turns all worldly...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 18, 2018

    November 18, 2018 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Dan 12:1-3 | Heb 10:11-14, 18 | Mk 13:24-32 As the church brings its liturgical year to an end, it traditionally draws upon that portion of the Gospel that deals with the end time. In the Gospel of Mark, the whole of chapter 13 deals with issues of the end of the world. This chapter is known as the apocalyptical discourse as...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 11, 2018

    November 11, 2018 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 17:10-16 | Heb 9:24-28 | Mk 12:38-44 Though hesitant at first, the widow of Zarephath offers all that she has to the prophet Elijah, and is marvelously rewarded. Convinced she needed to hold onto the little she possessed, the prophet revealed to her that small actions and offerings made with humility can be of infinite value in the eyes of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 4, 2018

    November 4, 2018 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 6:2-6 | Heb 7:23-28 | Mark 12:28-34 Today’s gospel repeats ideals that were already clear in the Old Testament. The command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind,” was imprinted on the heart of every Jew, as their central daily prayer. This prayer is the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 28, 2018

    October 28, 2018 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Jer 31:7-9 | Heb 5:1-6 | Mark 10:46-52 In today’s Gospel we are given the story of Blind Bartimaeus for our consideration. This is the last incident to occur on Jesus’ journey up to Jerusalem for the Passover where he is to meet his fate on the Cross of Calvary. But despite the fact that Jesus knows that this is the most...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 21, 2018

    October 21, 2018 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 53:10-11 | Heb 4:14-16 | Mk 10:35-45 This Gospel reading opens as James and John come to Jesus and say: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” What bold words! Did James and John actually believe that Jesus would simply obey their command? However, Jesus does not seem to be ruffled or upset. Rather he simply asks...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 14, 2018

    October 14, 2018 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Wis 7:7-11 | Heb 4:12-13 | Mark 10:17-30 The teaching Jesus offers his disciples about how hard it is for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God is not at all comforting. The young man in today’s Gospel wanted eternal life. But he was much attached to his material possessions. He knew the commandments well and followed them faithfully and lived...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 7, 2018

    October 7, 2018 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Gn 2:18-24 | Heb 2:9-11 | Mk 10:2-16 If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is brought to perfection in us. (verse from the Gospel acclamation) How often have we heard it said, “It’s all about relationships.” Today’s First Reading from Genesis is just that: ‘all about relationships.’ Being alone, unconnected or disconnected tears at the heart...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 30, 2018

    September 30, 2018 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Nm 11:25-29 | Jas 5:1-6 | Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Today’s readings might be hard to hear. As the scriptures often do, we are offered both a gift and a challenge in today’s readings. In the selection from the Book of Numbers we hear that even the elders who remained in camp received the Holy Spirit that was given to the others...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 23, 2018

    September 23, 2018 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Benjamin Today’s Readings: Wis 2:12, 17-20 | Jas 3:16–4:3 | Mark 9:30-37 Today the Gospel repeats part of what we heard last week because it is so important: “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” At the heart of our Catholic faith is the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 16, 2018

    September 16, 2018 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 50:5-9 | Jas 2:14-18 | Mark 8:27-35 Today’s Sunday scripture readings open with a passage from the prophet Isaiah, in which the prophet speaks of his fidelity to the Lord even in very difficult times, and of the way in which the Lord provided refuge for him in this time of testing. We read, “I gave my back to those who...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 9, 2018

    September 9, 2018 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 35:4-7A | Jas 2:1-5 | Mk 7:31-37 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute [mogilalos] will sing. (Is 35:5-6) The Mute Will Sing When the words quoted above were first spoken by Isaiah of Jerusalem, the immediate reference...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 2, 2018

    September 2, 2018 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 4:1-2, 6-8 | Jas 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This Sunday the scripture readings reflect upon law, both that of Moses and that of Christ, and upon the way in which we are called to abide by the law. To put it better, we should substitute the term “instruction” for “law,” since the root of the word Torah,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 26, 2018

    August 26, 2018 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Jos 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B | Eph 5:21-32 | Jn 6:60-69 This weekend we listen to the end of the Bread of Life Discourse. The ending is not what one would expect regarding the miracles and teachings of Jesus. The Israelites at the time of Jesus were longing for the coming of the Messiah. There were others preaching at that time who some...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 19, 2018

    August 19, 2018 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Prv 9:1-6 | Eph 5:15-20 | Jn 6:51-58 In today’s gospel, the disciples, (…) tell Jesus his message is just too much. “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Jesus has just told the crowd “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” Some of them recoil. Then...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 12, 2018

    August 12, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 19:4-8 | Eph 4:30–5:2 | John 6:41-51 In the Gospel of today Jesus goes on to foretell the Eucharist. Jesus tells the people that he is the bread of life and is going to be the food of the believers. Here the reality of the mystery is presented fewer than two different aspects. The first aspect consists in saying that...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 29, 2018

    July 29, 2018 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: 2 Kgs 4:42-44 | Eph 4:1-6 | John 6:1-15 The Gospel of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish is a beautiful story, and what makes it even more meaningful is that it leads into, what is known as, the Bread of Life Discourse. It is after the multiplication of the loaves that Jesus teaches, “I am the Bread of Life,” (John...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 22, 2018

    July 22, 2018 Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Jer 23:1-6 | Eph 2:13-18 | Mk 6:30-34 Sometimes an idea or concept from the scripture readings comes across very clearly in the Lectionary, and that is certainly the case this Sunday. The image of a shepherd runs through the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah, the responsorial Psalm, and the Gospel as well. The shepherd is probably one of the most...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 15, 2018

    July 15, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Am 7:12-15 | Eph 1:3-14 | Mk 6:7-13 When the Gospels relate to us the call extended by Jesus to his young disciples and apostles, it is always done in a very compassionate way. Jesus looks upon those whom he calls; he loves them, challenges them, and calls them to be something they could hardly fathom! Today’s Gospel is about the formation...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 8, 2018

    July 8, 2018 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Ezek 2:2-5 | 2 Cor 12:7-10 | Mark 6:1-6 Today the prophet Ezekiel makes an appearance in our Sunday readings; he is among the most colorful characters in the Old Testament. Since we do not get to hear anywhere near the whole of his preaching in the Lectionary, we should read his prophecy carefully on our own. Aside from the fascinating and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 1, 2018

    July 1, 2018 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 | 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 | Mk 5:21-43 [The twin healing/resuscitation stories in this Sunday’s Gospel] are stories of faith and resonate with language about salvation and resurrection. Jairus is a leader of the local synagogue, and therefore a man much in the eye of the community. It is a major move, then, for him to come forward...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 24, 2018

    June 24, 2018 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 49:1-6 | Acts 13:22-26 | Lk 1:57-66, 80 The mere mention of John the Baptist calls to mind the iconic image of John standing in the River Jordan immersing Jesus in the water. But wait! That wonderful moment has a feast of its own: The Baptism of the Lord! Today’s feast is about something else — not...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 17, 2018

    June 17, 2018 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Ezek 17:22-24 | 2 Cor 5:6-10 | Mark 4:26-34 Jesus speaks to us in parables. Indeed it says in today’s Gospel that Jesus wouldn’t speak to the ordinary people except in parables. However, we are told that he did explain everything to his disciples in private. This seems manifestly unfair! If Jesus had a message of real significance for the world then...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 3, 2018

    June 3, 2018 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 5:12-15 | 2 Cor 4:6-11 | Mark 2:23-3:6 What does it mean for us to “Keep Holy the Sabbath.” We know that for us Christians, we keep the commandment of the Sabbath on Sunday now. But do we observe Sunday at all as a special day, holy to the Lord? What does “keeping a day holy” mean? The first reading today...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 27, 2018

    May 27, 2018 The Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity) Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 4:32-34, 39-40 | Rom 8:14-17 | Mt 28:16-20 Today is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday following both Pentecost and the entire Easter season. Through the fifty days of Easter culminating with Pentecost we rejoice in the resurrection of Christ from the dead, the foundational event of Christian faith and the source of all authentic Christian hope. As that Easter season approached...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 20, 2018

    May 20, 2018 Pentecost Sunday (Solemnity) Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 2:1-11 | 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13 | John 20:19-23 We are told in Acts that on Pentecost the Apostles and Disciples were gathered in the upper room. The same upper room were the Apostles shared the Last Supper with Jesus, where they fled to and hid in fear after Jesus was arrested, crucified, died and was buried. It was behind the locked doors...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 13, 2018

    May 13, 2018 Seventh Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26 | 1 Jn 4:11-16 | Jn 17:11b-19 “Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” Today Jesus continues his prayer for his disciples. He prays for their continued loyalty to the gospel message and for unity among them. He has kept them true to his name. One was lost, although that was foreseen from all time. They have...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 6, 2018

    May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 | 1 John 4:7-10 | John 15:9-17 Today’s gospel gives us two models of personal relationship to Jesus: as a servant or as a friend. At any given point in our faith journey one of these two models is dominant. Either we see our relationship to Christ mainly in terms of master-servant or in terms of friend-friend. With the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 29, 2018

    April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter Today’s Readings: Acts 9:26-31 | 1 Jn 3:18-24 | Jn 15:1-8 The Gospel we hear today is from the famous verses taken from the heart of John’s presenting Jesus giving His last discourse to His apostles. We hear one more of the “I am” statements, characteristic of John’s presentation of Jesus. As with the other “I am” references, Jesus is telling His listeners who they are as well....

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 22, 2018

    April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 4:8-12 | 1 John 3:1-2 | John 10:11-18 Jesus uses the imagery of the shepherd from the ordinary usage of life and calls himself the Good Shepherd. During the time of Jesus the shepherd of the Middle East had close intimate relationship with a smaller flock. The Shepherd was in charge of them and would lead them out to pasture daily while...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 10, 2018

    June 10, 2018 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Readings: Gn 3:9-15 | 2 Cor 4:13-5:1 | Mk 3:20-35 Fear and Forgiveness The fearful Gospel Reading says that there is an unforgivable sin. What is that? To see the answer, consider [today’s Psalm 130]: out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, LORD, who can stand? Who doesn’t feel this way about his sins? And now notice...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 15, 2018

    April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 | 1 John 2:1-5 | Lk 24:35-48 In the weeks following Easter the Church always reviews the story of its early growth, which is recorded implicitly in any number of New Testament books but most purposefully and clearly in the Acts of the Apostles. Starting with the first days after the resurrection and ascension of Christ the Acts recount how...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 8, 2018

    April 8, 2018 Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 4:32-35 | 1 Jn 5:1-6 | Jn 20:19-31 The Resurrection of Jesus transformed the world in ways that we will never fully comprehend. It was an act of pure and unconditional love of God for us, in which God embraced us and became one of us, suffered and died for our sake, and rose so that we too can...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 1, 2018

    April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8 | Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7 or Lk 24:13-35 The Easter Proclamation Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation! Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 25, 2018

    March 25, 2018 Easter Sunday Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Mk 14:1-15:47 Singing Hosanna; Screaming Crucify As Jesus and his followers arrive in Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday, the contrast could not be clearer. From the east came a ragtag band of women and men, following a charismatic leader riding a donkey, praying one of the pilgrim psalms: Hosanna, Lord, Hosanna!. Coming from the other direction was rank upon...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 18, 2018

    March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Benjamin Today’s Readings: Jer 31:31-34 | Heb 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover feast say to Philip, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” Jesus responds, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” He then says that in order to produce much fruit, a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 11, 2018

    March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Benjamin Today’s Readings: 2 Chr 36:14-17, 19-23 | Eph 2:4-10 | John 3:14-21 In the Gospel passage we have the words of Jesus telling Nicodemus, that just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. In this Biblical passage, Jesus was referring to an event that occurred...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 4, 2018

    March 4, 2018 Third Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Benjamin Today’s Readings: Exod 20:1-17 | 1 Cor 1:22-25 | John 2:13-25 Since the Passover was near, Jesus goes up to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival with his fellow Jews. When he arrives at the temple area, he drives out those who were selling animals for sacrifice as well as the money changers, saying, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 25, 2018

    February 25, 2018 Second Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Benjamin Today’s Readings: Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 | Rom 8:31-34 | Mark 9:2-10 Today’s gospel brings us a story about the illumination of Jesus on a mountaintop in the presence of his closest disciples, Peter, James, and John. Tradition tells us that this mountaintop was Mount Tabor. However, the name of the mountain is not given in any account of the Transfiguration and so we are...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 18, 2018

    February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Gen 9:8-15 | 1 Pet 3:18-22 | Mark 1:12-15 Jesus began his ministry by proclaiming the message from God his Father. He told his audience that a new era is about to begin and a new relationship is being established between God and the people. He told them that the time has come which is the moment of fulfillment. The long awaited “Kingdom...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 11, 2018

    February 11, 2018 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Lev 13:1-2, 44-46 | 1 Cor 10:31–11:1 | Mark 1:40-45 This passage continues the narrative of Jesus’ mission immediately following his baptism in the Jordan and the call of the first disciples. As beloved Son and Messiah, his mission is to proclaim the good news of the coming of God’s kingdom. God’s rule over all creation would bring to an end the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 4, 2018

    February 4, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 | 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 | Mark 1:29-39 In Mark’s gospel, Jesus is presented as one who acts rather than as one who speaks. The lengthy discourses in Matthew, for example, are missing in Mark. This is in keeping with the biblical conviction that actions speak louder than words. It is the interventions of God in human history, at...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 28, 2018

    January 28, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Deut 18:15-20 | 1 Cor 7:32-35 | Mark 1:21-28 In this Gospel Mark speaks to us of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus had just called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him, and the five of them continue on to Capernaum which was the home of Peter and Andrew, and most likely James and John. These four hometown men arrive...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 21, 2018

    January 21, 2018 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 | 1 Cor 7:29-31 | Mark 1:14-20 The first reading tells us how God had to deal with the disobedient, fleeing prophet Jonah to turn him around (convert him), so that, repenting, he would go to Nineveh to preach repentance there. The wicked people of Nineveh, however, accepted Jonah as God’s prophet at once, and promptly responded to God’s...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 14, 2018

    January 14, 2018 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: 1 Sam 3:3B-10, 19 | 1 Cor 6:13C-15A, 17-20 | Jn 1:35-42 Called by Name We now begin what the Church calls “Ordinary Time.” Christmas season is over, and we begin to see Jesus at work. We begin with a significant story, found in the First Reading for Sunday. A young man named Samuel is sleeping in the temple, as he was...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 6, 2018

    January 6, 2018 The Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity) Welcome Father Peter Today’s Readings: Is 60:1-6 | Eph 3:2-3, 5-6 | Mt 2:1-12 On the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord the Church remembers at the beginning of each new year the fundamental missionary impulse that lies at her core: to take the good news to the ends of the earth, just as Jesus himself commanded her before his ascension: “Go, therefore, and make...

  • 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...