Browsing the 2019 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing the 2019 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

12-15-19 Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/13/19

Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Today, being the third Sunday of Advent, is known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. The term “Gaudete,” is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” As you know, ... Read More »

12-1-19 The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/01/19

The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Once again our annual celebration of Advent is upon us, a time of joyful preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, when the first coming of Christ is remembered, and also a season when our minds and hearts are directed to His second coming at ... Read More »

11-24-19 From the Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/21/19

From the Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

In the time leading up to Advent, I will be sharing selections from the writings of St. Elizabeth to help you get to know her better. I have found that the personal writings of the saints, especially their letters of ... Read More »

11-17-19 The Life of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/15/19

Elizabeth Catez was born on July 18, 1880 in the military camp of Avord near Bourges, where her father was stationed. When she was two years old the family moved to Dijon in the Burgundy region of France. Elizabeth’s mother described her as having an explosive and quick-tempered nature ... Read More »

11-10-19 I am Elizabeth of the Trinity

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/08/19

I am Elizabeth of the Trinity

On Friday, November 8th, the Catholic world celebrated the memorial of Elizabeth Catez, a.k.a., Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity. Along with Saint Therese, Elizabeth was a member of the Carmelite order. Both women lived their lives as cloistered nuns; Therese in Lisieux and ... Read More »

11-3-19 YOU are the Light of the World

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/02/19

YOU are the Light of the World

Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of serving as a small group facilitator at the Archdiocesan Synod. To be in a room full of hundreds of faithful Catholic women and men was humbling and inspiring. There were several recurring ... Read More »

10-27-19 Grow as a Disciple & Go make Disciples

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/26/19

Grow as a Disciple + Go and make Disciples As we gather together to celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, there’s another very special gathering taking place. Approximately 300 delegates are participating in a synod this weekend, to assist Archbishop Blair in charting a course for the future ... Read More »

10-20-19 Scripture – an encounter with the living God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/22/19

Scripture – an encounter with the living God

In today’s 2nd reading, St. Paul tells his young protégé Timothy that, “All Scripture is inspired by God, and is useful for teaching, refutation, correction and for training in righteousness.”  Although his letter was written some 2000 years ago, the truth ... Read More »

10-13-19 Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/16/19

Faith is truly a remarkable, yet mysterious virtue. It is indispensable in its ability to help believers come to know, love and understand Jesus, as well as the countless other faithful souls whose words and works have brought us to this very moment in our faith journey. Consider this: ... Read More »

Deacon Ernie Scrivani Homily on St Therese of Lisieux

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/16/19

Reflection on St. Therese.

On Tuesday, October 1st the Catholic Church celebrated the memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux. Deacon Ernie preached about her at Pastoral Center that morning. If you’re interested in listening to his homily - go to Facebook and search: Archdiocese of Hartford. You’ll find the ... Read More »