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Baptism of the Lord

Message in a Minute for Jan 13:
Today is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This feast marks a transition from the Christmas season to Ordinary Time.  This is an important feature of the event of the Lord’s baptism, because the baptism is the beginning of his public ministry of teaching and healing. Ordinary time is anything but “ordinary.”  Rather, it is our chance to listen to the words of Christ.  We get to travel with him, learn from him, listen to him. Think about all the time the disciples had with Jesus.  Sure, there were big events in their lives, like the Resurrection.  But, I think it was in the quiet moments that they were able to grow in their faith.  This is why Ordinary Time is an important time in our own life of faith as well.  We know about the importance of Advent, Lent, Easter, and Christmas.  These events are wonderful times for spiritual growth.  But, so is Ordinary Time: take advantage of these next few weeks. Listen to Christ.  Spend time with him.  Grow in yo…

RIP Fr. Larry

My uncle, Fr. Larry Tippmann, passed away last week.  Today was his funeral.  My aunts and uncles asked me to do the homily.  Below is the text.  Please say a prayer for Fr. Larry.

Fr. Larry Homily: I would like to begin by thanking Bishop Rhoades, my brother priests, and all of you for being here today to celebrate the funeral Mass for Fr. Larry Tippmann.  It means a great deal to all of Fr. Larry’s family to have you here. When I was ordained a priest 9 years ago, Fr. Larry said: Good, now I have my replacement.  So, it’s an honor for me to be here to give this funeral homily. If you listen carefully to the prayers of the funeral Mass you will hear 3 layers of prayer going on at the same time.  The first layer of prayer is glorifying God.  At this Mass, and at every Mass, it is right and just to give God thanks and praise.  Fr. Larry was a priest.  He knew that the most important part of his life was celebrating Mass and worshipping God. So, the most important thing we can do today …

Christmas 2018

Sorry I forgot to post this:

Message in a Minute for Christmas:
Glory to God in the highest, Christ Our Savior is born.
Merry Christmas!  We celebrate the birth of Christ Our Savior.  This day fills us with joy.  What a blessing it is to celebrate the birth of Christ by celebrating the Holy Mass. As for the Masses, this is an interesting day.  You may not know this, but there are 4 separate Masses listed in the lectionary and the Roman Missal.  There is the vigil Mass, the Mass during the night, the Mass at dawn, and the Mass during the day.  Each of these 4 Masses has their own set of readings and prayers.  The Church even allows a priest to offer multiple Masses that day so long as he chooses to celebrate one of the different Masses. Each Mass presents the birth of Christ is a different way.  (I should note that the priest who celebrates Mass has the option to use any of the 4 choices, so it is not always the case that you would hear the different selections if you went to all 4 Masses…

Holy Family and Mater Dei

Message in a minute for Holy Family and Mother of God: This is a two for one special this week with the Message in a Minute.  Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family and on New Year’s day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.  So, both feast days are centered on Christ, but also feature Mary.  Mary is our wonderful role-model in the faith. She is also our powerful intercessor and guide.  These two feast days continue to unwrap for us the powerful mystery of Christmas. On Holy Family this year, we hear about the story of Jesus being lost in the temple.  We know very little about the life of Jesus between the time of his birth and the time of his public ministry.  In fact, this gospel passage is about all we know about the life of Jesus as a boy.  We learn a few important things about Christ in this reading.  First, he tells Mary and Joseph: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  Even as a young man, Jesus proclaims his identity: he is the Son of…

Mary went in haste:

4thSunday of Advent year C 2018: Of course, there is a lot to love about our wonderful Cathedral. There is the beautiful building. Our prayerful masses.  The good people here.  But, one thing that I really love is belonging to a parish under the patronage of Mary, the Immaculate Conception. Anyone who thinks that Catholics do not have a huge love and respect for women does not know about our love and devotion to Mary, Jesus’ mother. Now, some people think that we worship Mary.  Of course, that is not true.  We know that Mary is completely human.  But, we also know that Mary is the Mother of our Savior.  She is our guide.  She is our model.  And, she is a powerful intercessor for us.  All of that goes for everyone in the whole Church, but even more so for us, who have a special relationship to Mary because we belong to this wonderful parish. This special relationship has really come to my attention this year as we go through the season of Advent.  I suppose that I have always known th…

Rejoice in the Lord

3rdSunday of Advent Year C 2018: I was really struck by the number of references to joy in the Mass this week.  It begins with the entrance antiphon for the mass, which says: Rejoice, I say it again rejoice. This is the reason why we call this Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is the Latin word used in this phrase.  This is a special Sunday of Joy, which is why we wear these rose-colored vestments.   In the first reading we hear: shout for joy, sing joyfully. The psalm for this mass says: cry out with joy and gladness.  St. Paul says: rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again, rejoice. So, Joy is the theme of this mass.  But, what exactly is Joy?  We might think of joy as an emotion.  We might think of joy as being something like bubbly enthusiasm.  Nothing seems more joyful than children at play. Do we experience that kind of joy?  Sure, sometimes.  But, do we experience this all the time?  Probably not. So, how can we possibly fulfill what St. Paul is talking about?  He says rejoice always…

Prepare the way of the Lord

2ndSunday of Advent year C 2018: It was a big weekend here for us at the Cathedral. Saturday was our parish patron feast day.  It was the celebration of the Immaculate Conception.  Mary is our patron here at the Cathedral under that title.  But, the Immaculate Conception is also the patroness of our diocese and our nation.  So, it was a triple patron celebration.  Also, it was exactly 20 years ago that Bishop D’Arcy consecrated this altar and rededicated the Cathedral after the major renovations.  So, I was thinking about the history here.  The feast of the Immaculate Conception dates all the way back to the 8thcentury.  But, it was only formally proclaimed in 1854.  So, that’s a 164 years.  Well our Church was dedicated only 6 years later in 1860.  So, the feast of the Immaculate Conception has been celebrated here for 158 years.  And this altar has been host to this celebration for 20 years now. But, that pales in comparison to the proclamation of John the Baptist.  His voice has b…