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Mary Mother of the Church Feast

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 5/21/18

The other day my Niece had a fitting for her Bridal Dress. Standing before that mirror, she was a radiant image of Angelic beauty, as she contemplated the significance of this moment which anticipates that day when she will receive the fullness of her bridegroom’s love.  And not just ... Read More »

Celebrating Athletics Mass

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 5/09/18

I cannot imagine any greater metaphor for life and faith than sports…and not just a metaphor, playing team sports not only allows you an opportunity to improve as an athlete but develop skills that are necessary to be a heroically self-sacrificing person on and off the field…which is precisely ... Read More »

Deliver Us From Evil

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 5/02/18

Read any newspaper or enter into any conversation with someone, there seems like a litany of never ending hardships to discuss and confront in life, and this for some time. Events in Toronto tragically once more reminded us of the fragility of life and how we too easily take ... Read More »

Good Shepherd Good Men

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/24/18

The portrait of the shepherd as our Lord envisions it begins, well, at the very beginning. Adam was the first shepherd.  He had his sheep to tend certainly, in fact he had an entire Eden of animals and plants to care for.  After creating Adam in His own image ... Read More »

Honoring those in Education

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/16/18

When the Founding Fathers of this country spoke about the necessity of providing youth with good education, the emphasis was on making them good citizens who could then contribute to and improve the welfare of the newly developing country.

Benjamin Franklin once said: “The good Education of Youth has ... Read More »

Doubting Thomas

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/09/18

We are familiar with the phrase seeing is believing and in the hyper-technological age we live in, with so much seeing going on…it seems there is little room left for faith…and as the name Didymus means twin…perhaps more often than not we are guilty of being the identical twin ... Read More »

Home Sweet Home

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/03/18

A couple of weeks ago when I was walking down Stratfield road…I saw a word scrawled in red paint across the front of a house: demolition. Then a week or so later, it was completely gone except for a crater where once the house stood.

With Holy Week approaching, ... Read More »

Culinary and Eucharistic Joy

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 3/30/18

The day after Passion Sunday I met with a family whose loved one passed way. The primary focus was on what an exceptionally generous woman she was…and nowhere was this more appreciated then when she prepared the weekly family meal…which took place…on  Thursday.

And what made this conversation even ... Read More »

Prince Pauper Passion

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 3/27/18

In 1881 Mark Twain wrote a novel entitled, The Prince and the Pauper. The plot involved two young boys, who were approximately the same age and were almost identical in appearance. One boy was the son of a King while the other was the son of a pauper.

The ... Read More »

Men Need Saint Joseph

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 3/19/18

Joseph was the perfect father: “the luminous, discreet image of the heavenly Father’s care…” He could have been withdrawn and disengaged toward the unique child born of that unique woman in the most unique of all ways: by the overshadowing power of the Holy Spirit. He was being thrust ... Read More »