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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 »

Fear and Greater Hope of Advent

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 12/04/18

Perhaps it strikes us as odd that though today is the start of Advent, the Gospel reading is filled with images of chaos, catastrophe, and fear. Hardly the frame of mind one would desire in expectation of the season of joy and peace.

The images of turmoil that highlight ... Read More »

Home Security Soul Security

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 12/03/18

The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah... In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure.

One of the primary concerns of a home owner is keeping one’s home safe...not so ... Read More »

Celebrating those in Science Homily

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 11/19/18

Contrary to myths spread in the media, Catholics do not in any way think that the rigorous pursuit of the natural sciences compromises their faith. Scientists who are believers are convinced that there is one truth which governs the world and guides the lives of all men and women.

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Remembrance Day Thoughts

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 11/12/18

On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the ... Read More »

Get us out of here!

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 11/07/18

Praying for the “Dead”

The power of intercessory prayer is most fully expressed in the love of Jesus Christ for you and me. He stands before the throne of almighty God insisting on the graces and blessings necessary for us to become Saints.  And seeing His Son, the Father ... Read More »