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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 01/18/2015

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B January 18, 2015 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel, the kid we hear about in today’s Old Testament reading, is a pretty big deal in salvation history. Let’s start with his mother. Hannah was desperate for a child. Her husband Elkanah had another wife, Peninnah, who had several children. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 01/11/2015

Baptism of the Lord, Year A January 11, 2015 Mark 1:7-11 In Alcoholics Anonymous, a “moment of clarity” is described as an “Aha, now I understand!” moment, when everything becomes clear. Today, Jesus has what could be described as a moment of clarity as he is being baptized in the Jordan River. The heavens are .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 01/04/2015

The Epiphany of the Lord, Year B January 4, 2015 Matthew 2:1-12 Today we meet the Magi. Some commentaries refer to them as astrologers, some as astronomers. Let’s talk about the difference because there is one. Astronomers examine the positions, motions, and properties of celestial objects. Astrology attempts to study how those positions, motions, and .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/28/2014

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph December 28, 2014 Sirach 2:2-6, 12-14 Back in my self-help days, I went to a seminar near Phoenix. The presenter said that life was about perfecting our souls. Before we are born, we decide with our Creator what issue we are going to work on .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/21/2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 21, 2014 Luke 1:26-38 A CHRISTMAS PARABLE By Louis Cassels Once upon a time there was a man who looked upon Christmas as a lot of humbug. He wasn’t a Scrooge. He was a kind and decent person, generous to his family, upright in all his dealings with other men. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/14/2014

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B December 14, 2014 John 1:1-6, 19-28 Last week, John the Baptist was a herald. This week, he’s a witness. Who are you? What are you? Are you the prophet? Why do you baptize? He’s getting grilled by the temple authorities, and he answers as though he was in a .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 12/07/2014

2nd Sunday of Advent December 7, 2014 Mark 1:1-8 My sixth graders wrote a letter to Pope Francis a couple of months ago, asking him to visit St. Patrick School and celebrate Mass here. We received an answer last week. He promised to pray for us, asked us to pray for him and included some .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/30/2014

1st Sunday of Advent, Year B November 30, 2014 Mark 13:33-37 Here come the holidays. Ugh. I mean, yay. Since the boys grew up and found out about Santa last year (ha!), the holiday season just doesn’t hold the same charm as it once did. Unless someone carries in a fully decorated Christmas tree, it .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/23/2014

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A November 23, 2014 Matthew 25:31-36 Oh, if you knew how many times I’ve watched the movie “Tangled,” you would have me committed. I don’t care. I’ll watch it at least once today and still get goose bumps. Let me tell you about .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/16/2014

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A November 16, 2014 Matthew 25:14-30 The master goes on a journey and leaves his servants to take care of his estate. To one, he gives five talents. To the second, two talents. To the third, one talent. In today’s world, those eight talents would be the equivalent of .. read more

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