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June 10, 2007: Corpus Christi- Fr. Satish

“Do This in Memory of Me"

Sunday Mass Readings

Today’s homily is a catechesis on the Eucharist. I want to take three central concepts in the Eucharist and discuss it, so that we have a deeper understanding of our gathering each Sunday. The three important concepts are “epiclesis,” “transubstantiation,” and “anamnesis.”

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June 3, 2007: Feast of the Holy Trinity - Fr. Satish

“Entering Into the Life of God"

Sunday Mass Readings


For four consecutive weeks, hardcore fictional movies have broken all records at the box office: Spiderman III, Shrek III, and Pirates III. That completely fictional movies would be this successful is really fascinating. After all, we don’t find people spinning webs and flying around in real life. We don’t find ourselves magically transported in space and time in real life. And “up” is not “down” in real life. Why have these movies captured the imagination of the general public? Mystery – perhaps, that is the answer. From my perspective, these movies transport us from the real world into a mysterious world and it fascinates human imagination. In fact, as human beings, a sense of mystery is ingrained in each one of us. And that is why the outer space and the ocean bed intrigue us.

However, human capacity for the mysterious is not limited to the physical world. Karl Rahner, the famous theologian said that human beings are born with this sense of mystery and thus human beings constantly strive toward the transcendent. The highest point of this transcendence is God.

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May 27: Feast of the Pentecost - Fr. Saitsh

"Come Holy Spirit"

Pentecost Sunday Readings


I was at a graduation party yesterday. A man whom I have not met from Adams was trying to pick an argument with me. When the first question a person asks you in a condescending tone is, “Are you a Hindu priest or a Catholic priest?” you know its time for a fight. In the same disdainful tone he asked me how long my masses were. From my guts, from the core of my being, from my heart I hate, I detest, and I abhor that topic. He was hinting at a twenty minute mass. You would have been proud of me. Quite unlike me, I remained fairly calm and kept the humor alive in the conversation. A twenty-minute mass is like two-minute noodles – it is fake and its flat.

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May 20, 2007: Ascension - Fr. Satish

"Ascension: Our Destiny, Our Hope, Our Dignity"

Sunday Mass Readings

I had much trouble trying to find a starting point for my homily. so in the midst of my insane schedule I made time to watch, not one, but two movies hoping to get a starting point for my homily: Spiderman III and Shrek III. Pardon me if you liked them but I personally think they were a little too ‘hokey.’ However, in both these movies, one can see the redemption story unfold. In Spiderman, particularly, this is more evident. Peter Parker goes through the process of discovering his evil side. But he also rediscovers his “real” self. It is the choice he makes that heals and restores him. Spiderman does make the choice to go on “holy ground,” and rid himself of evil. It is the change in him that makes Harry, his arch enemy make the choice to turn his life around.

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May 13, 2007: 6th Sunday in Easter- Fr. Satish

"My Peace I Give to You"

Sunday Mass Readings

BBC carried a news item last week on their website titled “Unholy row at clergy soccer game.” A friendship-building football match between Muslim and Christian clergy in Norway was called off after a row over the participation of women players. Muslim Imams had refused to play against women because it went against their beliefs about close physical contact with the opposite sex. But when the church decided to drop its women players, the priests' team captain walked out in protest. The game was meant to be an enjoyable end to a day-long conference in Oslo. Members of the two faiths had been discussing ways of encouraging greater inter-faith dialogue.

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