My dad was one of seven children growing up in the Great Depression. My grandfather was often out of work and my grandmother would often take in wash and knitting to earn money for the family. And of course, she cooked for all nine members of the household. Listening to the family stories as we […]Read more "Today’s Homily: The Miracle of Abundance"
Remembering Mary Ann today. What a gift Mary Ann is to each of us. Her courage to pursue ordination changed not only her life but the lives of countless others.Her influence is still felt as more and more people join Sophia. Her gifts continue to comfort, challenge and brighten the lives of so many people. […]Read more "Remembering Mary Ann"
July 17, 2021Heather Cox RichardsonJul 18A year ago tonight, Georgia Representative John Lewis passed away from pancreatic cancer at 80 years old. As a young adult, Lewis was a “troublemaker,” breaking the laws of his state: the laws upholding racial segregation. He organized voting registration drives and in 1960 was one of the thirteen original […]Read more "On Voting Restrictions"
In the 1970’s the Archdiocese of Newark initiated the RENEW Program across all parishes. I was in the College Seminary and was recruited by the young priest of my parish to be part of the Evangelical arm of the program. This part of the program was bold in concept. Parishioners were tasked to go out […]Read more "Today’s Homily: How to Evangelize?"
First Reading Gospel Mark 6: 7-13 Jesus told them, ”A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.” Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there – he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get […]Read more "Readings for Today’s Liturgy"
July 9, 2021 Heather Cox Richardson Jul 10 On July 9, 1868, Americans changed the U.S. Constitution for the fourteenth time, adapting our foundational document to construct a new nation without systematic Black enslavement. In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution had prohibited slavery on the basis of race, but it did not prevent […]Read more "On the Fourteenth Amendment"
Stand for what is right even if it means standing alone. What do you think of when you think of belonging? Is it to a social group? PTA? Bridge Club? Recreation Group? Does belonging mean a fan of a pro sports team? How about your college alma mater? Does belonging mean your local political party? […]Read more "Today’s Homily: Belonging to Something Greater"
Gospel Reading ???? A Prophet Without Honor from Mark 6: 1-6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has […]Read more "Readings for Today’s Liturgy"
Today we celebrated Pride Sunday: Grateful, Proud, and Connected!Below please find the link to the liturgy. Below that, please find the homily given by Peter Arney.https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/HCXvqcWv8fMNQ-kPXAId99VMop3L3HXfTWq3xVvleiUtbUa5JraqVZSYGuGmmARH.LEh6Are5Z-c05T9e?startTime=1624800511000 Pride Day Homily “You are the light of the world”. Words of empowerment and encouragement of Jesus to all those assembled for what Matthew describes and we have come to call […]Read more "Sophia Celebrates Pride Sunday"