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From Father Hector’s Desk – October 24, 2021 Thumbnail

Jesus said to him in replay, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see”. Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Reflection: According to Mark, Bartimaeus’ request is the only prayer a true Christian should ever make: “Master, I […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – October 17, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to be great among you, will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” Reflection: Being a disciple is not about power and prestige. It’s not about the first place on the table. It’s about following […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – October 10, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel: Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me”. Reflection: This Gospel is another reminder of putting faith into action. Sometimes this message is […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – October 3, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: “… man shall leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Reflection: While Jesus’ teaching referred specifically to marriage, the idea underlying his response defended the inalienable dignity of all people […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – September 26, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Reflection: As Christians we look for Christ’s presence in the world doing what he did in his lifetime. When someone forgives a […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – September 19, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all. Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 12, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for may sake and that of the gospel will save it. Reflection: Love is actively caring for the needs of […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 05, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Isaiah reading: Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water. Reflection: Isaiah describes nature celebrating the arrival of God’s redemption. The desert will gush with pools of water. If your ears are open to God’s Word, […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 29, 2021 Thumbnail

On September 1st our Parish will be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Marist Fathers presence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH). On that occasion we share with our parishioners a brief article from Fr. Ted Keating, S.M. (archivist in Washington, DC) about the Marists coming to this Parish. “Leading up to 1986 the […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 22, 2021 Thumbnail

From the Book of Joshua: Joshua addressed all the people… “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”. Reflection: Isn’t Joshua’s testimony what parents at today’s Eucharist are trying to make and set as an example for their children? They hope, when their children become adults, they, like their parents before them, […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 15, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: Mary said…God has remembered the promise of mercy, the promise God made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever. Reflection: In her “Magnificat”, Mary rejoices in the saving work of God, Who “scatters the proud…casts down the mighty from their thrones…” Her prophetic proclamation voices the hope the poor […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 8, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world”. Reflection: Believers are reminded that the love that God gives humanity is a model for how we should love […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 1, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: Don’t work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life…I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. Reflection: The human heart has a hunger and a thirst that nothing on earth can satisfy. […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – July 25, 2021 Thumbnail

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many?

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From Father Hector’s Desk – July 18, 2021 Thumbnail

In today’s Gospel, we read the report of the return of the Twelve, who were sent by Jesus to preach repentance, heal the sick, and drive out demons. When the Twelve return to Jesus, he invites them to come away from the crowds and rest. But the crowds will not give them peace. As the […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – July 4, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading:“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house”. Reflection:Jesus went to his native place and preached in the synagogue on a Sabbath, and people were amazed of his wisdom, and asked themselves if he was not the carpenter the […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – June 20, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading:“One day, at sunset, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s go to the other shore of the lake.’ Suddenly, a strong wind broke out and the waves crashed into the boat… (Jesus) rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet, be still! Then the wind ceased, and a great calm ensued.” […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – June 13, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading:“Jesus said to the crowds: This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how”. Reflection:It is […]

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From Father Hector’s Desk – June 6, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God”. Reflection: As Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI explains it, “God puts […]

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