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Fr. John Riccardo's Podcasts

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Selected homilies, presentations, and talks of Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Selected homilies, presentations, and talks of Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Fr. Riccardo

By Buche2 - Nov 14 2017
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Thank you for your insight of the gospel with your podcast you help me understand Gods teachings.

Great for Sunday homilies!

By NLe@GTCC - Sep 25 2016
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Always great to listen to Fr Johns Sunday homilies.

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324 Ratings
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293
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Fr. Riccardo

By Buche2 - Nov 14 2017
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Thank you for your insight of the gospel with your podcast you help me understand Gods teachings.

Great for Sunday homilies!

By NLe@GTCC - Sep 25 2016
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Always great to listen to Fr Johns Sunday homilies.

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Fr. John Riccardo's Podcasts

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Selected homilies, presentations, and talks of Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Biblical Vision of Marriage-Session 3

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this third session, Fr. John discusses the mission and task of fatherhood.

Jan 29 2015

1hr 1min

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November 12, 2017-Noon Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo looks at our response to all that God has done for us while discussing the judgment day. Fr. John describes the marriage between Christ and the church while telling the congregants that good works alone are insufficient when rendering an account for our lives. What will our response be when we are asked by Jesus, "Do you love me?"

Nov 13 2017

24mins

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March 25, 2015-Lectio Divina

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On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on an upcoming Sunday reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. 

Mar 26 2015

58mins

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The Biblical Vision of Marriage-Session 4

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this fourth session, Mary DelPup focuses on the dignity and vocation of women.

Feb 05 2015

1hr 10mins

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Father's Day 2008-A Tribute to John J. Riccardo

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Fr. Riccardo offers a moving tribute to his father, John J. Riccardo, in this homily first preached on Father's Day (June 15, 2008). It is republished here to honor the life of this disciple of Christ.

Feb 15 2016

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Alpha 201 Session 1-The Purpose of Life

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In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In the first week of Alpha 201, Fr. John discusses the goal & purpose of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Mar 17 2015

39mins

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Alpha 201 Session 4-On Suffering and Christian Life

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In this fourth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the nature of human suffering and how we are to understand it and live it when suffering comes. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Mar 17 2015

53mins

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Alpha 201 Session 6-Surrender

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In this sixth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the theme of surrender in Scripture and in the life of somebody who lives a life of discipleship. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Mar 17 2015

57mins

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September 3, 2017-Noon Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo discusses some important events from his mother's life and the importance of absolution while beginning to breakdown Archbishop Vigneron's pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel.

Sep 05 2017

26mins

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Parish Mission-Session 3

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The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House continued with this talk by Fr. Riccardo. Fr. John asks, "Will we let Him use us as vessels of mercy?"

Feb 24 2016

1hr 23mins

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Alpha 201 Session 3-Fear, Anxiety and Christian Life

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In this third talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo leads the community in an immersion into the Word of God to encounter Jesus as we think about what gives us fear and anxiety as pilgrims on the sea of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Mar 17 2015

56mins

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Unbound Conference-November 2015-Session 7

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On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. Session 7 contains the presentation of Fr. John Riccardo-Abba, Father": The Fifth Key, Receiving the Father's Blessing.

Dec 10 2015

33mins

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Parish Mission-Session 2

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The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House continued with this talk by Fr. Riccardo. Fr. John asks, "What is your deepest desire for your children or for your grandchildren?"

Feb 23 2016

1hr 25mins

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August 7, 2016-5 PM Mass at OLGC

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While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 18:6-9; HEB 11:1-2, 8-19; and LK 12:32-48), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that faith is a gift from God that enables us to know things that we otherwise cannot know. Fr. John discusses the adversary who tries to keep us from our destiny, and proposes the recitation of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of each Mass.

Aug 08 2016

17mins

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Unbound Conference-November 2015-Session 1

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On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 1-Born into a Battle: The Reality of Spiritual Warfare.

Dec 10 2015

49mins

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May 14, 2017-10 AM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses this weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John tells the congregation that God is an architect with a blueprint for our lives and for our parish. While reflecting on the readings of this day (ACTS 6:1-7, 1 PT 2:4-9, JN 14:1-12) and on St. Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth (1 COR 3:9-10) Fr. John discusses the role of the laity as living stones in the spiritual house that is our parish.

May 15 2017

22mins

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Alpha 201 Session 2-How Forgiveness Sets Us Free

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In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In this second talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. John discusses why and how forgiveness sets men and women free from bondage and slavery. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Mar 17 2015

48mins

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Presentation at St. John Neumann-Sunbury, Ohio-Session 1

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On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is the first part of Fr. Riccardo's talk on discipleship.

Jan 24 2015

1hr 4mins

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September 18, 2018-Funeral Liturgy for Thelma Riccardo

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The funeral liturgy for Thelma Riccardo, the mother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan on September 18th. This is a podcast of Fr. John's homily from that Mass. It may also be view on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube channel using this link. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered for his mother and in support of the family.

Sep 19 2018

24mins

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Midnight Mass Homily

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In this Midnight Mass homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Christmas, Fr. Riccardo discusses a Russian icon of the Trinity, some common objections to faith, how Jesus has translated God, an event happening now, and a commissioning for all Catholics.

Dec 25 2015

22mins

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June 30, 20190-5 PM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo shares his final words for the parish in this final homily as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. As he transitions to his new role as Executive Director of Acts XXIX, Fr. John offers words of praise, words of apology, words of thanks, and concludes with a final appeal to the parishioners of OLGC.

Jul 06 2019

19mins

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May 30, 2019-Graduation Mass Homily

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Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2019 Graduation Mass telling the students that greatness in within the reach of each of them.

May 31 2019

13mins

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May 19, 2019-Noon Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the travels of St. Paul as described in the first reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (ACTS 14:21-27). Fr. John concludes by encouraging the young married couples and young families of the parish to take up the baton of leadership in the church and in this parish. Fr. John points out, "God is calling you to step up and to step forward and to use all the gifts that He has so generously entrusted to you for one purpose – so God can get his world back."

May 20 2019

21mins

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May 5, 2019-5 PM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice looks at the conversation between Jesus and Peter by the charcoal fire in today's gospel (JN 21:1-19). Fr. Prentice asks the congregants whether we have given up on God's vision for our lives and settled for simply being Simon. Have we given up on being Peter?

May 06 2019

13mins

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Divine Mercy Sunday-3 PM Mass at OLGC

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Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for Feast of Divine Mercy. In this Divine Mercy Mass from Sunday at 3 PM, Deacon Steve tells the congregants that a life marked by the empty tomb is one spent looking up at the cross and not back at our past. Focusing on the right image, listening to the right words - the ones Jesus speaks over us versus what the devil says about us - shapes our lives.

Apr 30 2019

17mins

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Easter Vigil Mass Homily

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The deceiver is deceived, his dominion is destroyed, and you and I have been sent out as witnesses.

Fr. Riccardo discusses the sheer power of God while referencing a second century homily from Bishop Melito of Turkey and addressing the congregation that included some 34 people about to receive the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation. Fr. John discusses the freedom given to the baptized as their sins are washed away and they are given new power with authority over their lives. He also discusses what it means to be sent out. When we have been rescued by Jesus we are sent to rescue others by telling them about Him. Our joy should be uncontainable, and our response should be to worship God for what He has done for us.

Apr 21 2019

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April 19, 2019-Good Friday Homily

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Fr. Riccardo describes three messages God gives to us as we contemplate the crucifixion of Jesus today. For those who suffer, Jesus proves his love for us in choosing to die for our salvation. For those who feel unworthy, Jesus chose to die for all. His mercy is for every person. For those who see the crucifixion as a symbol of weakness or defeat, Jesus chose this way to defeat Satan and to conquer death.

Apr 20 2019

23mins

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April 18, 2019-Holy Thursday Mass

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In this homily from the Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper Fr. Riccardo discusses two recent articles published by Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom. Fr. John points out that America and the world have no hope without God and his saving power and love. He concludes by telling the congregants that the eclipse of God is over. In the midst of our despair, God promises to be our hope and to wipe away all of our tears.

Apr 19 2019

26mins

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March 10, 2019-Noon Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. John poses three questions to the congregants and then discusses preaching on the kerygma. He breaks apart the basic teaching of the gospel into four parts: created, captured, rescued, and response. During Lent, Fr. John asks the congregation to focus on the word captured as described in the first reading for this day (DT 26:4-10). Only by recognizing how God has rescued us from captivity through His Son, Jesus, will we know how we are to respond to the Good News.

Mar 11 2019

18mins

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March 6, 2019-Ash Wednesday

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Fr. Riccardo offers some spiritual suggestions for Lent in this Ash Wednesday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John encourages the congregants to read the gospel accounts of the Passion narratives and the first 14 chapters of the book of Exodus while focusing on what Jesus has done for us.

Mar 08 2019

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January 27, 2019-10 AM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John discusses the ongoing sanctuary renovations in the church. Fr. John tells the congregants that the color of the wall behind the crucifix was matched to the color of the mantle that Mary is wearing in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was left imprinted on the coat of Juan Diego in December of 1531. The wall will serve as a reminder that Mary is presenting her Son to us at every Mass. Fr. John remarks that the entire Christian life is a response to what God has already done for us, and asks how we will respond.

Jan 28 2019

19mins

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December 31, 2018-Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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In this homily from the 7 PM Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of an evening examination of conscience as a best practice for a spiritual life and leads the congregants in this practice.

Jan 02 2019

8mins

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December 30, 2018-5 PM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. John honors his parents, John and Thelma Riccardo, for their commitment to their faith and marriage and shares their sevens keys to having a thriving marriage and family life.

Jan 02 2019

18mins

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Christmas 2018-Midnight Mass Homily

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Fr. Riccardo considers four questions in this Christmas homily from the Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John asks the congregants: what are we celebrating, why is everything still so messed up, what impact does what we are celebrating have on our lives tonight, and how should we respond?

Dec 26 2018

21mins

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Fr. Riccardo discusses an important lesson of trust that Mary can teach each of us in the homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr. John draws analogies between Mary and Eve while detailing the reasons why the church honors Mary for her surrender to God and trust in Him. 

Dec 09 2018

15mins

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Solemnity of All Saints

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Fr. Riccardo discusses what Jesus is trying to teach us through the Beatitudes in this homily for the Solemnity of All Saints.

Nov 04 2018

12mins

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October 21, 2018-10 AM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John discusses the request made by James and John in the gospel reading (MK 10:35-45), the response of the other apostles, and Jesus's words to them and to us regarding the nature and purpose of authority.

Oct 22 2018

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September 18, 2018-Funeral Liturgy for Thelma Riccardo

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The funeral liturgy for Thelma Riccardo, the mother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan on September 18th. This is a podcast of Fr. John's homily from that Mass. It may also be view on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube channel using this link. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered for his mother and in support of the family.

Sep 19 2018

24mins

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September 16, 2018-10 AM Mass at OLGC

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Fr. Riccardo discusses a hopeful word, a familiar word, and a commissioning word in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the passing of his mother, Thelma Riccardo, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th), Fr. John turns to Revelation 21 and the promise that God has made to each of us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. He tells the congregants that Jesus has defeated Satan, Sin, and Death by His death on the cross. Fr. John concludes by using the words of Winston Churchill to the people of England during the early stages of World War II as words of commissioning for us. Fr. John remarks that God has created us, and gifted us, to live at this time with the mission to tell others about Jesus.

Sep 17 2018

18mins

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September 12, 2018-Mass for Victims of Sexual Abuse

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On the evening of September 12th, Fr. Riccardo celebrated a Mass for victims of sexual abuse.

Sep 13 2018

13mins

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