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Fr. Norm's Homilies

Fr. Norm's Homilies

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 8/04/21

I was in a fast food restaurant a few days ago, standing in line to give the counter person my order.  The guy in front of me, obviously impatient, with no “hello” or “how are you doing” or any kind of friendly salutation, said this when he reached the ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 7/20/21

While this isn’t Good Shepherd Sunday, for all the references in today’s readings, it might as well be.  Today, we see Jeremiah giving a stern warning to bad shepherds, that is, bad prophets, who are leading the people into error.  Apparently, there must have been a lot of them ... Read More »

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (07/11/21)

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 7/12/21

Why did you come to church today?  No, I mean it, this is not a rhetorical question: I want you to ask yourself, right now, why you came to church.  Is it habit that brought you here?  Was it the way you were brought up?  Perhaps it’s because you ... Read More »

Trinity Sunday 2021

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 6/01/21

I can’t think of a better weekend for Trinity Sunday than Memorial Day weekend.       Pentecost was about the coming of the Holy Spirit into the Church after the departure of Jesus in the Ascension.  Corpus Christi Sunday, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, is celebrated next ... Read More »

Pentecost 2021

Posted by Debbie Faith Formation on 5/24/21

There once was an elderly woman who had four grown sons, all of whom were tradesmen, one a plumber, one an electrician, one a carpenter, and one a bricklayer.  As bad luck would have it, the woman’s house burned to the ground, leaving her homeless, so each son independently ... Read More »

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 »


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