Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

"Always Be Ready"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/21/20

In last Sunday’s 2nd reading, when speaking to one of the early Christian Communities in Asia Minor (present day Turkey and Armenia), Saint Peter says to them:  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with ... Read More »

Witnessing the Power of faith in Fatima, Portugal

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/15/20

Witnessing the Power of Faith in Fátima, Portugal (adapted from an article by travel expert - Rick Steves)

Wednesday, May 13th, marked the 103rd anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin May to three Portuguese shepherd children in the hamlet of Fátima - Lucia dos Santos and her ... Read More »

Mothers and Priests Too!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/07/20

To all those women in our parish who are with us and to all those who now rest in the peace and glory of the presence of God, I offer thanks for all that you were, are and will be as mothers of your children. May God bless you abundantly!

So, the title of this reflection was meant to get your attention, and hopefully it has. Allow me to explain. In today’s second reading from St. Peter, we see him speaking to Christian communities located in Asia Minor, telling them to:  “Come to him, a living stone…, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house…, a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The ‘priesthood’ of which he speaks is what is known as the Common Priesthood of all the faithful, as opposed to priests like Fr. Michael and Fr. Joe. They are ordained members of the Ministerial Priesthood.  So when I say ‘mothers are priests too,’ it’s true, because they, along with every baptized Christian are members of the Common ... Read More »

Relationships are Sustained through Mutual Accountability

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/07/20

All of the readings for this Sunday, including the psalm, are worthy of commentary, but since I seldom spotlight St. Peter, I decided to comment on today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts is a continuation of Luke’s Gospel and focuses on the lives and times ... Read More »

Easter and Covid 19

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/23/20

Isn’t it ironic that during Easter, a celebration of new life, we are also experiencing unprecedented numbers of illnesses and death the world over? While most of us are safe at home, there are hundreds of thousands suffering in hospitals, perhaps with no hope of survival. It’s a sad ... Read More »

4-19-2020 Love has the Final Say

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/19/20

As I sat at home in semi-isolation on Easter Monday, I was thinking about how different this Easter is from every other we’ve experienced in our lifetime. Then I came across a brief reflection about the very first Easter that I’d like to share with you. It is attributed ... Read More »

4-4-2020 Faith in Time of Crisis

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/01/20

Faith in a Time of Crisis

After Jesus’ first prediction of his passion In the Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 16, he tells his disciples: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” The Covid-19 pandemic is a cross unlike any ... Read More »


Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/24/20

“You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Dear friends, given what we’re experiencing as a result of the corona virus, I thought it might ... Read More »

Important Notice

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/15/20

Because of the growing concerns of the coronavirus: 1. The sign peace will be omitted. 2. The distribution of Holy Communion via the chalice will be suspended. 3. Please receive the Body of Christ on your hands. 4. The Holy Water fonts will be emptied. If you are sick ... Read More »

3-15-2020 3rd Sunday of Lent - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/15/20

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus                                                                                  March 15, 2020

The 6th Station of the Cross - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, is a story about a woman’s courageous display of compassion; compassion that considered the well-being of Jesus more important than her own ... Read More »