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Brown Scapular Enrollment

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/16/19

Enrollment Mass of the Brown Scapular

Of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

When the clouds of temptation overshadow the day May the the light of Mount Carmel shine down on my way; When the long road is ending, may I go to rest With Mary's brown Scapular over my breast.

Why is this enrollment so significant in the life of a ... Read More »

Saint Maria Goretti and Youth

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/06/19

Has one ever really thought what it means to be filled with the Spirit of Christ? Whenever we feel that growl in our stomachs or that chalky taste in our mouths, we know it is time to fill ourselves with food and drink. In fact, it is amazing how ... Read More »

First Commandent and July 4th

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/02/19

Founding Father John Adams had the right idea. When he wrote a letter to his wife on July 3, 1776, he described how future generations of Americans ought to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. He called for "Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations ... Read More »

Holy Trinity

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 6/15/19

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Have you ever wondered why there is even a world to begin with, or perhaps even a you and I right now? Was ... Read More »

The True Independence Day

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/21/19

The other day I happened to catch for about the 100th time…the movie Independence Day:

The film focuses on diverse groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by a hostile alien race. With the other people of the world, they ... Read More »

The Red Door of Holy Thursday

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/19/19

According to early American history, a red door signified that a home was welcoming. The red door was a way of communicating to tired travelers, traveling by horse and buggy, that this was a safe place to rest for the night and have a warm meal.

But long before ... Read More »

Hoarding Homily

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 3/26/19

I am sure we are all familiar with the show “hoarders” or are at least familiar with the disorder called hoarding.

Each hour long episode profiles two people on the verge of a personal crisis, all caused by the fact that they are unable to part with even the ... Read More »

Sandlot Christmas. Go SMALLS or go home

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 12/25/18

Boaz became the Father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth.   Despite being the creator of the universe and all people in it, like us Jesus Christ has a geneology…a lineage of descendants who make up His Family Tree.  One of those women is Ruth and the house that Ruth ... Read More »

Sandy Hook and the Pink Advent Candle Homily

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 12/17/18

Jennifer Hubbard’s life took a drastic turn the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. She and her husband, Matthew, had two children in the school — 6-year-old Catherine and 8-year-old Frederick. Catherine was one of 20 first-graders and six adults who lost their lives that tragic day.

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Why Get Married in Church Advent Homily

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 12/11/18

"Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever:"

One of the sadder trends of our times is that fewer and fewer couples are opting to have their wedding ceremonies in a Church. Which makes me wonder…if they truly understood ... Read More »