Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 9th after Pentecost (NO: 18th Ordinary) 2020

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday, either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Also, are you churches opening up? What was attendance like?

For my part, I wound up – Surprise! – with Mass at the parish. So, this is what I was able to produce.

This was an EXPERIMENT! I tried to live-stream a recording (if that makes sense) of my sermon. Afterwards, I joined the stream live to chat and answer some questions.  It is also in another post, today.  Sorry about the redundancy, but I want to continue also this Sunday Sermon Notes series.

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  1. Clinton R. says:

    The priest at our NO Mass defended Ss. Junipero Serra and Damien of Molokai in his homily. He said we should always be proud of being Catholic. Father continued by saying the attacks on the saints are nothing less than an assault on Our Lord. Thanks to our Diocletian-like governor, in California we cannot gather for Mass inside the church. We are in the parking lot at my parish, about 30 vehicles at the Mass I assisted at. We tune in and listen to the Mass on the radio while Father is inside the church saying the Mass.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    homily: the Lord brings great things out of even our smallest acts of cooperation with His will.

    here in Denver there are attendance limits, distancing, masks, and assigned seating. on the bright side the limit was increased from 50 to 80 this week. we were probably close to that for the 1230 Mass in the Cathedral which has a published capacity of 800. there were a few of the Missionaries of Charity across the aisle from me as the Mass i attended had the intention for the repose of the soul of a person whom they had assisted in life. i was assigned the pew closest to the tomb of Servant of God Julia Greeley, so i took that as a hint to seek her intercession.

    i saw that they moved the spots for confession (kneeler and screen) to the two front corners of the church. confessions available to all comers without an appointment for an hour a day Monday through Saturday.

    i much like how distribution of communion was with the congregation remaining kneeling in the pews.

    as always the Salve Regina was sung after Mass which is particularly moving these days

  3. Paul says:

    Father, you were on fire! We need you now more than ever.
    Only hope your sermon spreads for the many lost souls. .
    Please get called for Mass more often.
    Thank you and God Bless and protect you.
    Pray for you ever day.

  4. Today (9th Sunday after Pentecost) we heard about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D., that was so thorough and so terrible it shocked people even in an age when massacres and pillaging were commonplace. It was so horrible because the rejection of Christ by a people who had been brought up to expect Him was a horrible sin. It was also a type of the horror of a Catholic soul, so often visited by God’s grace, falling into mortal sin. We also heard about two ways in which we can allow ourselves to be in a condition to fail to recognize the visitation of God: by complacency and by worldliness.

  5. Elaine Vaccaro says:

    My NO parish is in a NY suburb and has held mass regularly, but they are limited to 25 percent capacity. Masks are required and every other pew is corded off. Sadly, communion is in the hand only. There’s only a small number of us who receive communion on the tongue. I suspect they won’t be going back to communion on the tongue, and that I’ll ultimately have to find a new parish. In the interim, I do a spiritual communion. The good news is that the Sacrament of Reconciliation IS available.

    One of the blessings of being on lockdown has been the opportunity to experience how liturgy is celebrated in different parishes, from NO celebrated ad orientem to TLM. That’s given me much to chew on when considering making a move.

    I agree with Paul that you were on fire this morning. That was a powerful homily, and it would be great if you got “called” more often. Keeping you in my prayers.

  6. acardnal says:

    I listened to your sermon. You were on fire today!

  7. Joy1985 says:

    We had a Missionary Priest originally from Uganda. His main point was “God is good ALL the time—ALL the time God is good! ” He gave a very good homily.

  8. iPadre says:

    The Gospels for both the Ordinary Form (Collecting of 12 hampers of fragments) and the Extraordinary Form (Our Lord’s wearing of Jerusalem and the Temple) made it advantageous to talk about liturgical abuse and Bishop Schneider’s call of a Crusade for Eucharistic Reparation. I made copies of his talk and prayer available to all.

  9. Rob83 says:

    Today the Mass Terribilis est superseded, so the sermon concerned Zacheus and his repentance. The actual high point here was the use of the Gallican preface for the Dedication of a Church – the rich imagery in that preface is well-matched to the awe the Introit implies and rather in contrast to the more terse Common Preface usually paired with this Mass.

  10. JonPatrick says:

    Regular parish Ordinary Form mass. Max of 26 allowed, sign up ahead of time, masks, etc. There are those who deny the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 saying that the people just shred the food they brought. This is a denial of Jesus’ ability to work miracles and in a sense denies His divinity. We must hold fast to our faith especially in these days when there is much that is trying to separate us from the love of God.

  11. grateful says:

    Fr gave an excellent sermon. I told him it was in the top ten.
    It was the Sat vigil, so my memory is not precise.
    He was referring to some poem that the worth of something depended on…eg
    a violin in my hands would be worth such and such, but in the hands of a maestro…
    and gave other examples eg baseball player, computer etc.
    …so a few loaves and fishes in my hands would feed two, but in God’s hands…
    I myself was thinking: our country in the presidents hands is worth the GDP, but
    in God’s hands…, then the earth and so on.

  12. joek says:

    Fr. Sean K (MSJB) gave homily drawing from St. Albert the Great’s commentary about the Valiant Woman (Prov. 31), as well as commmentary from St. Theresa of Jesus the Carmelite mystic. The Valiant’s Woman’s house (and our own home) should have a moat of mortality, a wall guarded with angels, a tower of humility, a dormatory of quiet for prayer, a kitchen of study and doctrine, etc. Nothing must get in the way of our family prayer,… nothing.

    The entire homily can be heard here:

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