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Fr. Andrew Ricci offers inspirational homilies and talks to help people grow in faith. These reflections are part of his meditations at Three Great Things where we grow as disciples of the Lord through Study, Prayer, and Service.
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Now displaying: Category: Feasts
Jan 1, 2020

As we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, we acknowledge that she is also our Mother. Given to us by Christ, we claim this relationship every time we affirm our faith in her Son.

December 31, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2019

The blessings and burdens of the Holy Family inspire us to face our joys and sorrows with the grace of Jesus Christ.

December 28, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2019

Mary's appearance to Juan Diego in 1531 forever changed the faith of the local people in Mexico, and inspired the faith of millions throughout North and South America.

December 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 9, 2019

Mary's acceptance of her part in the plan of Salvation History inspires us to say "Yes!" to God's invitation to work in our lives today.

December 9, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 30, 2019

On this feast of St. Andrew, we hear in the Gospel how Jesus calls him and from the Letter to the Romans how God continues to call others to proclaim the Good News in the world. God keeps calling today; are we ready to respond?

November 30, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Day offers a fantastic opportunity to stop, reflect and offer gratitude for the blessings God showers upon our lives. While life is filled with a mix of good and bad moments, being thankful offers us a powerful lens to make sense of it all as we keep our focus on Jesus Christ.

November 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 24, 2019

He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our Savior, our Messiah, he is the one who knows our hearts and reaches out to us with Divine Mercy. And out of an unfathomable love Jesus offers his life on the Cross to free us from our sins and ransom us from death. May we drop to our knees today and honor Christ our King!

November 24, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 2, 2019

On this Feast of All Souls we remember our beloved dead, and we hold on to the words of hope that are proclaimed through the Scripture readings. May we pray for those who have gone before us: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them! May they rest in peace!

November 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2019

Do you want to be a saint? Saints are not passive persons parked on a cloud with a harp; saints are redeemed sinners who have hearts filled with the love of Christ who share that love with joy in Heaven. This is what God calls us to...this is what we are made for! Do you want to be a saint?

November 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 2, 2019

On this feast of the Guardian Angels we pause to thank the Lord for these heavenly guides as we call upon their assistance in our spiritual battle.

October 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 29, 2019

The death of John the Baptist makes it clear that in no uncertain terms there is a price for following the Lord. Our "yes" to God means that we will follow a path where sacrifice will be part of the offering of our lives.

August 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 15, 2019

On this feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we see her swift response - in word and action - to God's call for her life. Mary example inspires us to do the same as we proclaim the greatness of the Lord in our lives.

August 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 3, 2019

St. Thomas reminds us that as disciples we can be honest with our human doubts even as we embrace our faith in Christ.  As we bring our struggles to the Lord, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus...calling for the grace we need each day.

July 3, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 29, 2019

They are two great lights in the Church, and their influence has shaped the lives of billions of Christians over the last 2000 years.  May the example of these two saints inspire us to follow the Lord with all our heart!

June 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 28, 2019

All of the readings today reveal the compassion of God that flows from the sacred heart of Christ.  God's mercy reaches out to us, invites us to reconcile, and urges us to turn away from our sins and toward the Lord.  May we accept this amazing grace!

June 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 23, 2019

The Eucharist was defined and commanded by the Lord so that his disciples would be strengthened with his Body and Blood to face the challenges of life.  May we receive Jesus Christ through our participation at Mass with fervent desire!

June 22, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 16, 2019

The love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit becomes the model for Christian discipleship.  The indivisible unity of the Trinity - overflowing with love - guides and directs the Church to unite from within and without as we strive to grow closer together in love.

June 15, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 9, 2019

The Holy Spirit comes to unite us to God and one another, breaking down the walls of isolation and division, and leading us to cooperation as Sons an Daughters of God.  Where do you see dissent and disunity in your life?  Call upon the Spirit!

June 8, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 31, 2019

Mary's offers a proclamation of praise in her Magnificat, as she glorifies God and offers thanks for the blessings she has received.  May we echo her words as we call to mind in our prayer and daily practice how the Lord has touched our hearts and fostered our faith.

May 31, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 19, 2019

Today the world stands silent at the foot of the Cross.  Only the unconditional love of God could remedy human sin, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ gives us hope for eternal life.

April 19, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 18, 2019

We begin the Sacred Triduum with the solemn gathering around the altar.  Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, we are strengthened by God's grace for service in the world.

April 18, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 19, 2019

We know very little about St. Joseph: he makes no speeches; indeed, he says nothing at all.  Yet this hard working, faithful man carried out the task appointed for him by God...showing us that in the last analysis our actions are crucial as we follow Jesus Christ.

March 19, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 22, 2019

On this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we hear how Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ.  The Lord affirms that Peter is the rock upon which the Church will be built, and while Satan will try to destroy it, the gates of the netherworld will not prevail.

February 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2019

Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people - Simeon and Anna - who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.

February 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 25, 2019

St. Paul's conversion reminds us that God works in our lives through many circumstances and people.  What's your conversion story?  How has the Lord touched your life and helped you become a disciple of Jesus Christ?

January 25, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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