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Fourth Sunday of Advent - Blessed Are You Who Believed

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we hear the story that would eventually become the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary - i.e., the Visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (mother of St. John the Baptist).

Each time I read or hear what Elizabeth says to ... Read More »

Advent – a Season of Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical cycle. It is a solemn season that has a two-fold character. It is a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, in which we recall the first coming of Jesus the Christ – i.e., the messiah or the anointed one. ... Read More »

To the Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

To the Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish

Dear friends, it is with mixed emotions that I share this news: effective December 5, 2021 I am being reassigned to the Parish of St. Mary in New Haven. While St. Elizabeth of the Trinity will still be my ... Read More »

Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

“For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." So concludes the Gospel for the great Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, which we celebrate today. This proclamation by ... Read More »

The Lord is Closer Than You Think!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

This Sunday being the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church offers us a celebration explicitly centered on the mystery of the end-time – i.e., the end of the world. In today’s Gospel Jesus says:  "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon ... Read More »

The Two Greatest…

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 12: 28b-34), Jesus clearly describes the two greatest commandments: to love God above all and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In preparing this reflection I came upon commentary that took me down a path I was not anticipating. In it, the author said:  ... Read More »

What do you want me to do for you?

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

Today’s Gospel is a familiar one I’m sure. It’s the story of Jesus’ last miracle as recorded in the Gospel of Mark. While traveling with his disciples from Galilee to Jerusalem, a large multitude accompanied him. As he walked, a blind man named Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was approaching ... Read More »

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

All three of today’s readings emphasize the fact that Jesus did not come into the world for glory, but rather to redeem his people; to help them understand the nature of the “kingdom” he came to establish, and what it requires to be a part of it. We are ... Read More »

Receive the Kingdom of God Like a Child”

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

There are probably few if any among us who remember the day of our baptism. On that day, we were incapable of choosing to be baptized, rather it was our parents whose faith and/or loyalty to tradition that got us to church. Similarly, I suspect we all lack to ... Read More »

True Greatness

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

In conformity with Jewish custom, our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph presented Jesus to the Lord in the Jerusalem temple. It was then the prophet Simeon said to Mary: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that ... Read More »