December 11, 2017

Making room for Jesus this Advent (Mark 1:1-8)


Fr. Matthew's homily starts at 21:40.
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https://livestream.com/SaintBenedictParish/events/7972540/videos/167044159

November 20, 2017

Invest in Jesus Christ and His Church (Matthew 25:14-30)


Fr. Matthew's homily starts at 22:25.
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November 2, 2017

Who Moved My Cheese?

By: Spencer Johnson, M.D.

This book is a quick and easy read. I was first introduced to it many years ago at a job. The manager called a staff meeting and asked everyone to read the book in the next month and we would discuss it the next time we met as a team. Well, when I first looked at the book, I thought it must be ridiculous given the title – so I decided not to “waste my time reading it.” At the following staff meeting, the manager asked everyone who had read the book to put their hand up. I was the only person who did not read the book. She threw the book across the table to me and said – “Matthew, take the rest of the day off and read this book. We’re ALL going to talk about it tomorrow – meeting dismissed.” This little book left such an impression on me the first time that I read it, that I understood why it was so important to my manager that we all read it. Most recently, I read this book again as I am learning about changing the way we do parish ministry. It was helpful once again as I embarked on a new change in my life’s calling.

The book is a simple story about two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people (the size of mice) Hem and Haw. The four live in a maze and live for eating cheese. Essentially each of the four characters represents how we deal with change once the cheese disappears or is moved in the maze. The little people learn lessons along the way on how to deal with change, writing short phrases in the maze that are meant to be insights for you and I, the readers, to use as we face change in our: workplaces, teams, families, and lives. The insights are generic but very profound. The simple characters are disarming and can help us to deal better with any change we face in life.

This book is a classic and bestseller. You can easily read the whole book in an hour or two, and the insights or reminders will help you face any and all change you will experience in life. Do yourself a favour, and read this little gem.

October 17, 2017

Getting rooted for the storms in life (Phil 4 12-20) Oct 15th homily


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August 27, 2017

The King, Crucified and Risen (Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR)

This book is a real gem. It has daily meditations for each day in Lent: from Ash Wednesday to Divine Mercy Sunday. Each day starts with a passage from scripture, followed by a brief reflection, and ends with a prayer.

I highly recommend this book for someone looking for help in entering into this important season. The reflections Father Groeschel leads you through each day will certainly enrich your experience of the desert. Day-by-day, Groeschel brings us closer to Christ with vivid images, and profound insights. It’s guaranteed to be a book of Lenten Meditations you will turn to year after year. The concluding prayers will certainly help you deepen your relationship with the one who gave it all so that we may have eternal life. Don't just coast through Lent until Easter… enter into the "Passion and glory of Christ" for your best Lent ever!