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Fr. Norm's Homilies

Fr. Norm's Homilies

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/31/21

In our Gospel today, on a Sabbath in the little town of Capernaum, on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, 120 miles from Jerusalem, we encounter Jesus once again teaching in the synagogue.  Jesus spent the bulk of his three years of ministry teaching; in fact, the ... Read More »

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 01/17/2021

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/17/21

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but apparently Jesus could and did.  He demonstrated that in today’s Gospel.  Here we see Andrew and his brother Simon, who were originally disciples and followers of John the Baptist, in their very first encounter with Jesus.  John already ... Read More »

The Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/15/21

Let’s start with a quiz: how many sacraments does the Catholic Church have?  The answer, of course, is seven.  Baptism, Eucharist, Penance, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.  As a refresher, referring to the old Baltimore Catechism which I had as a kid, the definition of ... Read More »

Homily for Epiphany, 2021

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/05/21

What is an ‘epiphany?’  If you look it up in a dictionary, amongst other definitions, you get ‘a moment of revelation or insight.’  In the vernacular, the ‘Oh, I get it!’ moment.  A dawning of understanding of something heretofore unknown to the individual.  Anyone who has struggled with a ... Read More »

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/05/21

When I was a kid, I naively thought that my family was perfect, and that the families of all the kids at school were exactly like mine: perfect.  How wonderful it was to be eight years old and completely ignorant of the realities of the world!  It didn’t take ... Read More »

Homily for Christmas Eve, 2020

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 1/05/21

Have you ever considered just why Jesus came to earth as he did, a little six-pound, seven-ounce baby or whatever he weighed, in the flesh, complete with blood, bones, DNA, lymph nodes and all that great stuff?  Why didn’t he just come as a fully grown, powerful kingly-type, floating ... Read More »

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent (12/13/20)

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 12/22/20

Every so often, and sadly with greater and greater frequency today, I meet people who have stopped going to church. I’m not talking about the current dispensation; I mean they have stopped going to church, period. Some have left because of ideological or theological differences, but not many. It ... Read More »

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (12/20)

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 12/22/20

                I think the two most ambiguous phrases one can utter are “Mom, Dad, don’t be mad but…” and the words we’ve just heard in the Gospel: “Do Not Be Afraid.” I’m sure any parent who has heard the first phrase did ... Read More »

Homily for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (12/8/20)

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 12/22/20

               I find the sequence of events that unfolded in the Adam and Eve story, our first reading, to be absolutely fascinating. But here’s a little fun detail: if you ask most people what book of the Bible is the first, most people ... Read More »

Homily for December 6, Second Sunday in Advent

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 12/22/20

Just about all the first readings we hear during Advent are taken from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. Why is that? It is because Isaiah maintains a special place in salvation history, because almost all of the major prophesies about the coming of Christ are contained in that ... Read More »

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