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July 5, 2020 - Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 7/02/20

Usually, we say that Scripture and the Gospels in particular call us to action as modern day disciples, and form the basis for our call to ministry.  That is never more true than now in our world.  But, the Scripture and Gospels also give us comfort in that we ... Read More »

June 28, 2020 - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 6/26/20

From 1987-92 I served as Pastor of ST VINCENT DEPAUL CHURCH IN Newport News.  The parish was demographically not unlike we are at ST PAUL’S, A HEARTY MIX OF African American persons and families and the rest looked like me.  I had been raised in a Navy family and ... Read More »

12th Sunday of Easter - June 21, 2020 - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 6/20/20

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light.”  The imagery of darkness and light is one that is prevalent in Catholic theology.  In the early days of the Church, Catechumens underwent three years of study and preparation to be received ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ - Sunday, June 14, 2020

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 6/12/20

As you know, one thing that is different between us Catholics and our Protestant brothers and sisters is the centralness of the Eucharistic meal for us, and the centralness of the word for them.  Not that we negate the word, but being in communion and receiving the body and ... Read More »

June 7, 2020 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 6/05/20

Human Beings have an innate need to know and meet God.  We know in our hearts that there is some being far greater than ourselves.  Our human language, tough, is always inadequate in describing our relationship with that God.  So we use words like Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  ... Read More »

May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 5/28/20

The feast of Pentecost (otherwise known as the birth of the Christian church) denotes the end of the Easter Season on the Church calendar. Think of what Lent and Easter have been for us this year – with the virus, separation, distancing – just the opposite of what Church ... Read More »

Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 24, 2020

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 5/22/20

In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of his disciples and his relationship with them.  It could just as easily be about ourselves, and our relationship with the Lord.  The disciples were so lucky to be in the very physical presence of Jesus.  He was intimate with them, and a ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 17, 2020

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 5/16/20

One of the truths about the Jewish people is that they had a special place for the law.  The Torah is the body of Law in the Hebrew scriptures, the Decalogue or the ten commandments were the touchstone of morality, and there were certain procedures – even the eating ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 10, 2020

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 5/06/20

Gospel - John 14:1-12

My first impression of this Gospel is that it is about the Holy Trinity.  God is creator, God is redeemer, and God is present to us as Spirit.  Then I remember who Jesus and Paul were speaking to: Jews, Greeks, and new Christians.  The Jews ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 3, 2020 - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 4/30/20

The readings for today speak of sheep and shepherds.  They remind me that our friend Bubba and his brother Chester grew up on a farm.  There was a pond on the farm that would freeze over during a cold winter.  Their next-door neighbor raised sheep.  He would often let ... Read More »