Reading for Saturday within the Octave of Easter. Liturgical Colour: white

First Reading: (Acts 4: 13-21) Responsorial Psalms (Psalms 118: 1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21) Gospel: (Mark 16: 9-15)   First Reading: (Acts 4: 13-21) Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered; and they knew them that they had been with Jesus. Seeing the man also who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But they commanded them to go aside out of the council; and they conferred among themselves, Saying: What shall we…

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HOMILY FOR FRIDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER (2)

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: That Night, They Caught Nothing BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu   HOMILY: “Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you any fish?’ They answered him, ‘No.’” (John 21:3-5) In our…

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and left 500 injured. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the countries of the coalitions and Christians in Sri Lanka before yesterday are fighters from the Islamic State,” the Islamic State said through its Aamaq news agency April 23. Sri Lankan officials suspected the local Islamist group, the National Thowheed Jamath, of carrying out the attacks, but one government spokesman added that it was likely that an…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY (7)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: HALLELUJAH! THE LORD HAS RISEN AS HE SAID! BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.   HOMILY: A very happy Easter to you my dearest friends! Last night during the Vigil, the mother of all vigils, which started with the solemn blessing of the fire and the subsequent procession into the church, there came the proclamation of the Exultet, which was a glorious invitation for us all to join the Heavenly powers in rejoicing. The line that says: “let this holy building shake with…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY (6)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: Let Your Life Henceforth, Proclaim that Jesus is Alive. BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu   HOMILY: “And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be the judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42) With every sense of joy and excitement, I say a big Happy Easter to you all. Now that lent is over, the question on our minds is “What next?” This is where our readings today…

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HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY (3)

HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY HOMILY THEME: 10 POINTS FOR GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTION BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa HOMILY: Jewish people had a tradition of having a scapegoat. The Hebrew name for the scapegoat is Sair La-azazel. The Jews heaped their sins on the scapegoat and usually send the scapegoat into the wilderness. The word scapegoat is now known to be anyone who takes away the blame and iniquity of the people. On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus. He was like a scapegoat who was innocent but suffered…

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HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY (4)

HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY HOMILY THEME: NEW MANDATE BY: Fr. Gerald Musa   HOMILY: Lord’s Supper (Last supper) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. There are different versions of this painting, but Leonardo da Vinci’s is about the most famous. It took Da Vinci three years to complete the painting, and like any piece of art, this painting has been a subject of different interpretations. However, what is most important is that the event of the Last Supper was a very significant event in the life…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY (1)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” (John 20:1) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: “Three seasoned ministers, popular pastors of large churches in a Midwestern city and also friends of many years, responded to a request for a group appearance on a TV talk show. In the course of animated conversation about the joys, sorrows and challenges…

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Reading for Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday). Holy Thursday, At evening, begin Easter Triduum of the Lord’ Solemnity Passion, Death and Resurrection. Liturgical Colour: white

First Reading: (Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14) Responsorial Psalms (Psalms 116: 12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18) Second Reading: (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26) Gospel: (John 13: 1-15)   First Reading: (Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14) And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first in the months of the year. Speak ye to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, and say to them: On the tenth day of this month let every man take…

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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK (2)

YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK HOMILY THEME: Selling Jesus in the Name of Money. BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu   HOMILY: “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:15-16) Do you remember a man called Gehazi in the Old Testament? He could rightly fit into the title of the Judas Iscariot of the Old Testament. Gehazi was the servant of Elisha. In the second…

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