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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: Advent
Dec 24, 2023

The announcement given by the angel Gabriel and received by Mary invites us to reflect on how we proclaim and hear the good news in our lives, especially as we await the coming of Jesus Christ...the best news of all! (Lectionary #11)

December 24, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 22, 2023

Mary's great Magnificat gives praise to God for the goodness and grace that the Lord extends upon all who humbly and ardently seek the Almighty. (Lectionary #198)

December 22, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2023

The exchange between Elizabeth and Mary reveals our invitation to seek out God's presence in our lives and respond with eager joy to the Lord's call. (Lectionary #197)

December 21, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 20, 2023

As Mary encounters the angel, he tells her, "Do not be afraid!" Our knowledge that the Good News will at times challenge and test us gives us a chance to see God at work in some of the most difficult and painful moments of our lives. (Lectionary #196)

December 20, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 19, 2023

The angel Gabriel reveals to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth will conceive a son, John the Baptist. (Lectionary #195)

December 19, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2023

Matthew's Gospel reveals the strong, silent, steadfast faith of St. Joseph, who heard the angel's message and swiftly responded to provide a home for Mary. (Lectionary #194)

December 18, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2023

Let's examine some of the themes that surface in the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

December 18, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 17, 2023

John the Baptist testifies to the light, admitting that he is not the Christ, but rather comes to prepare the way of the Lord. (Lectionary #8)

December 17, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 16, 2023

Questioned by the disciples about Elijah, Jesus teaches that he has already come in the person of John the Baptist, but the people did not recognize him...nor will they recognize the Son of Man. (Lectionary #186)

December 16, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 15, 2023

Isaiah reminds us that the Lord desires what's best for us, teaching us what is good and leading us where we need to go. (Lectionary #185)

December 15, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 14, 2023

Isaiah's prophecy reveals God's initiative and might in leading and directing our human lives. (Lectionary #184)

December 14, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2023

Both Isaiah and Jesus offer encouraging words of hope, that when we are tired and ground down by the struggles of life, we renew our strength through our trust in the Lord. (Lectionary #183)

December 13, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2023

Jesus heals both body and soul at the sight of the faith of those who brought their helpless friend (through the roof!) to the Lord. (Lectionary 181)

December 11, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2023

Here are some of the themes that emerge from the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. (Lectionary #8)

December 11, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 10, 2023

John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah and prepares the people for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Lectionary #5)

December 9, 2023 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 9, 2023

Jesus authorizes the Twelve to carry out his ministry, revealing how the Lord works through people to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. (Lectionary #180)

December 9, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 7, 2023

Like strong houses built on rock, our lives are strengthened when we put the words of Jesus into daily action. (Lectionary #178)

December 7, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 6, 2023

The prophecy of Isaiah and the earthly ministry of Jesus reveal God's power and authority in our lives, both on earth and in heaven. (Lectionary #177)

December 6, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 5, 2023

Isaiah offers a prophecy that we interpret through the person of Jesus Christ, discovering God's wisdom, authority, peace, and invitation to all people. (Lectionary #176)

December 5, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 4, 2023

A centurion approaches Jesus with a request and demonstrates his faith in the Lord's healing power. (Lectionary #175)

December 4, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 4, 2023

Let's examine some of the themes that appear in the Mass readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. (Lectionary #5)

December 4, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 3, 2023

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

While combined into a single two-hour podcast, this retreat has five parts, with each segment about 25 minutes in length.  Fr. Andrew speaks about how the Incarnation of Jesus Christ impacts our Catholic Faith, Worldview, Personal Lives, Relationships, and Advent Preparations.  

December 2, 2023 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 3, 2023

Jesus exhorts his disciples to watch and stay awake, remaining prepared for the unknown hour when the Son of Man will come. (Lectionary #2)

December 2, 2023 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Nov 27, 2023

Here are some of the main themes in our Mass Readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent. (Year B, Lectionary #2)

November 27, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 24, 2022

The Canticle of Zechariah brings the season of Advent to a close with a resounding proclamation of praise to God.  May these words ring out in our hearts!

December 24, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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