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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, Sunday July 13, 2014, 9:00AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Fr. Tony’s Pastorate. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival is on Sunday August 3

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FEST14-CircleFEST 2014 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 12 noon until 10 pm. It’s a day of faith — family – fun and it’s all for FREE. It’s our 14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival that takes place on the grounds of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). The FEST has great music (Third Day, Colton Dixon, Mandisa, and for King and Country) along with Gospel-based activities for the kids, a Mom’s Relaxation Station, a Dad’s Den, a special Youth Rally along with GREAT food and fun for all. The FEST concludes at 8 pm with a beautiful outdoor Mass followed by an amazing American Fireworks display.

To learn more, go to: www.theFEST.us. The FEST is faith – family – fun – all for FREE – thanks to Medical Mutual, Marc’s, Notre Dame College, PNC, and Sherwood Foods. Please join us for our annual Catholic Family FESTival.

We need your help! It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring The FEST to life. Be a part of a GREAT group of people who help us create this wonderful family day for our Diocese and region. Go to: www.theFEST.us/volunteer for details. We are also looking for 400 people to sing in the choir for The FEST Mass. Interested? Go to: www.theFEST.us/choir.

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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, July 6, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, at St. Malachi’s. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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Sunday Morning at St. Malachi’s

Everyone is  invited to join “Sunday Morning at St. Malachi’s.”  This new initiative  started earlier this year and offers parishioners, visitors and community members time to gather as a parish and participate in a group activity/event each Sunday from 10:15-11:20 (between the 2 Sunday masses).  It’s a wonderful way to meet with friends old and new, get involved in the goings on of the parish, and enrich your personal faith journey.  Meetings are in the Church Hall in the school building unless otherwise noted.

Below is the schedule for July:

  • Sun. July 6 – Keith & Mary Miles – Pilgrimage Experience.
    Keith & Mary shared about the experience and discoveries from their 41-day walk on the Camino de Santiago – Way of St. James – from St. Jen-Pied-De Port, France to Santiago De Compostela, Spain.**Presentation and Handouts Now Available**
    For those of you who missed the presentation or did not get handouts, they are available here:

  • Sun. July 13 – Our St. Malachi Parish Brunch to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Fr. Anthony Schuerger’s Pastorate
  • Sun. July 20Sr. Marian Durkin, CSA- A Journey of Faith with the LGBT Community. 
    “I have been involved with the GLBT community since my ministry with persons with AIDS which becan in the late 80′s.  During that time I founded The Open House (TOH), which offered services for Persons with AIDS and their support system.  While at TOH, I was invited by Fr. Steve Krupa, SJ to co-direct a retreat for those in the GLBT Community at the Jesuit Retreat House.  This is year is our fifteenth retreat!  In 2003, I left TOH because I was elected to be on the leadership team of my congregation and TOH eventually closed.  I have, however, remained close to the GLBT community through the retreats; monthly meetings at GESU and other events.  It has been a privilege walking with these very special men and women who so very deeply desire a ‘place at the table’.”
  • Sun. July 27 – Group Sunday
    • Book Club – Room 2 (upstairs) – July Book is Field Notes on the Compassionate Life:  A Search for the Soul of Kindness, by  Marc Ian Barasch; Everyone welcome, even if you haven’t read the entire book!
    • St. Malachi 20′s and 30′s – Hall
    • Veteran Malachites  - Hall
    • Families of Recently Baptized Babies (*New Group*) - Hall
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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, June 29, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Sunday, at St. Malachi’s. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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Fr. Jim O’Donnell’s Homily, June 22, 2014, 11:30AM Mass – The Feast of Corpus Christi

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Jim O’Donnell during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the Feast of Corpus Christi, at St. Malachi’s. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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Fr. Neil Walters’ Homily, June 15, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Neil Walters during the 11:30AM Mass, which was Trinity Sunday (and Father’s Day) at St. Malachi’s.

Fr. Walters serving as the chaplain at the Cuyahoga County Jail and is now in residence at St. Malachi’s (with no Pastoral duties). We welcome Fr. Walters to St. Malachi’s and are happy to share his first Sunday homily with you today.

To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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Anger and the Imperative to Reconcile

In the Gospel for Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Jesus tells his disciples that their righteousness must surpass that of the Scribes and Pharisees. He then challenges them to go beyond obedience to the commandment “you shall not kill” to address anger and hostility toward another (mt 5:20-26).

Jesus’ comments about anger and hostility seem, at first glance, to be rather extreme: “But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ [“Idiot”] will be answerable to the Sanhedrin [the Jewish court], and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna [literally, the burning garbage pit outside of Jerusalem; it came to be used as an image of “hell”].

Judgment for anger? Hauled in to court for name-calling? Going to hell for calling someone a fool? Isn’t getting angry normal – just human nature? Doesn’t it happen to everyone? And while we may not approve of nasty language and teach our children not to call people names, isn’t it pretty common?

Yet anger so often begets violence. Consider events on the west side of Cleveland during the last several days:

  • On June 2, a 28 year-old man shot and killed his 26 year-old roommate at his house on W. 73 St. after the man was arguing with the shooter’s sister, whom he was dating. (Cleveland man shoots, kills roommate)
  • On June 7, Tearrance Jackson, 22 years old, was shot and killed in Thrush Park. Reportedly, the people with him saw trouble coming and took off. Tearrance did not recognize the situation and was just standing alone when someone walked up and shot him. (Cleveland man fatally shot at West Side park) [Tearrance is the son of Willie “JoJo” Jackson, who works at St. Malachi Center.]
  • Early on the morning of June 10, Derrice Alexander got into an argument with the mother of his son, Derrice Jr. in their apartment at Lakeview Terrace. Ultimately, he stormed out of the building, then turned around, pulled out his gun and fired a shot back into the apartment through the window, hitting and killing his son, Derrice Jr. (2-year-old fatally shot)
  •  Also early on June 10, two men got into a fight with knives on W. 46 St., leaving one dead and the other seriously wounded and rushed to the hospital. (West Side knife fight)

In these four cases, “common” anger led to arguments which led to violence, which resulted in death.

Jesus understood human nature very well and recognized the connection between anger and killing.  His instruction in the Sermon on the Mount against anger, abusive language and behavior is neither as extreme as it appears or unrealistic in its assessment of where anger leads.  Learning to control and subdue our anger and resist speaking and acting out of anger is the key to ending the cycle of violence that continues to plague our city, our society, and our world.  It is a serious responsibility for each person him/herself and for every parent and every teacher for every child.

The Gospel passage concludes with: “if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come offer your gift.” Without reconciliation, there can be no peace. Without being reconciled, we cannot offer authentic worship.

The work of controlling anger and working for reconciliation is spiritual work; ultimately, it is the work of God’s grace. In the second Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation, we pray:

For though the human race is divided by dissension and discord, yet we know that by testing us you change our hearts to prepare them for reconciliation. Even more, by your Spirit you move human hearts that enemies may speak to each other again, adversaries join hands, and peoples seek to meet together. By the working of your power it comes about, O Lord, that hatred is overcome by love, revenge gives way to forgiveness, and discord is changed to mutual respect.

Let this be our prayer. Let this be our commitment.

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Fr. Jim O’Donnell’s Homily, June 8, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Jim O’Donnell during the 11:30AM Mass, which was Pentacost Sunday, at St. Malachi’s. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, June 1, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, at St. Malachi’s. To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

 

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