Can We Be Like the Mother of God?

January 1, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Can We Be Like the Mother of God? | Christmas, Discipleship, Evangelization, Faith, Guest Deacons, Homilies, Love, Mary, Saints, Service, St. Luke

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Nm 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21
by Rev. Mr. Mike Stinson, Permanent Deacon

What does a Mother do? She helps her child grow. First, her child grows within her. Then her child is born. And then she encourages her child to keep growing, and she introduces him to others.

Like any mother, Mary remembered the events surrounding the birth of her child — the gospel says she “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” These events showed the unique nature of her child. A human baby — but also God, come to earth in human form. (more…)

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I’ve Gone to Rest a Little While

December 30, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on I’ve Gone to Rest a Little While | Comfort, Discipleship, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Strength, Trust

Mass of Christian Burial for Edward William Wessel
December 30, 2014

Readings: Is 40:28-31; Psalm 121; 2 Cor 5:1, 6-10; Jn 14:1-6
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Lettie, Gary – the three of us were with Eddie when he was born into life eternal. Members of Holy Name of Mary know that we never say that Eddie “died.” We use the words “born into life eternal.” It is one thing to die; it is another thing to be born into life eternal. (more…)

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

December 27, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on I’ll Be Home for Christmas | Comfort, Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Eternal Life, Faith, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Love, Service, Trust

Mass of Christian Burial for Angie Ayers Patterson
December 27, 2014

Readings: Job 19:1, 23-26; Psalm 23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

When I was little, I loved going places with my Aunt Brenda. We had a lot of fun together but sometimes our outings turned into adventures. On one fall afternoon, we were driving along going somewhere and we got lost. According to my aunt, as she was trying to figure out how to get back on track, I spoke up from the back seat and said, “Nonda, will we make it home for Christmas?” (more…)

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Sun that Never Sets

December 25, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Sun that Never Sets | Christmas, Comfort, Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Light, St. Luke, Strength

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
December 25, 2014 – Year B
Readings: Is 9:1-6; Psalm 96; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

We are all here tonight to celebrate a birthday, a birthday that is not only being celebrated by the relatives and friends of birthday celebrant, but by millions of people throughout the world. It’s even celebrated by people who have no idea what we are really celebrating. This is the birthday of God’s greatest gift to us: His only Son – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – the light of the world. we call this birthday “Christmas.” (more…)

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“All Is Calm; All Is Bright”

December 22, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on “All Is Calm; All Is Bright” | Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Generosity, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Light, Trust

Memorial Service for Eugene Kosa
December 22, 2014

Readings: Wis 3:1-6, 9; Psalm 27; Rom 6:3-4, 8-9; John 14:1-6
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

In my first few months as pastor at Holy Name of Mary, I asked if we could do something about our sound system, because there is an echo in our church and I have an accent. When you combine those two things, I cannot be understood. The first person who came forward to help with the project was Gene. He is the only person I know of who had his own personal Assisted Listening Device so he could understand every word I said. He loved listening to God’s word. (more…)

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Love Personified

December 21, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Love Personified | Advent, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Love, Mary, St. Luke

4th Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014 – Year B

Readings: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Psalm 89; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

In three days, it will be Christmas. The children are anticipating the gifts they will receive from Santa and all the people who love them. But for the adults, especially parents, grandparents and godparents, the next three days can be a little stressful. (more…)

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Making the Impossible Possible

December 8, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Making the Impossible Possible | Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Love, Mary, St. Luke, Trust

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8, 2014 – Year B

Readings: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98, Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Today’s feast is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the Blessed Mother was immaculately conceived by her mother, St. Anne. Today is exactly 9 months before the Blessed Mother’s birthday on September 8th.

Sometimes we take all these modern inventions for granted. Young children know how to use these technologies, when many adults, including me, have difficulty. (more…)

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Deacon Ray, You Have Arrived!

December 6, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Deacon Ray, You Have Arrived! | Comfort, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Prayer, Strength, Trust

Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Raymond O. Roderique
December 6, 2014

by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

After listening to Colleen and her words of remembrance, and having the privilege of getting to know Deacon Ray for five years and five months, I now understand why the very first question that a girl from the second grade faith formation class asked me in my first few months as pastor. “Where do you go to become a DeaconRay?” (more…)

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Second Coming, Second Christmas

November 30, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Second Coming, Second Christmas | Advent, Discipleship, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Prayer, St. Mark, Strength, Trust

1st Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014 – Year B

Readings: Is 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7; Psalm 80, 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Today, the first day of the season of Advent, Holy Mother Church tells us that Christmas is coming. We notice that the church is pretty late in her announcement, because here in the town of Bedford, the Christmas ornaments have been at the Elks Home since October. At Liberty Lake Park, the decorations have been up for a few weeks. The radio station 93.5 has been playing Christmas songs 24 hours a day for more than two weeks now. (more…)

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Time to Fall Back

November 2, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Time to Fall Back | Comfort, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, St. John, Trust

Solemnity of All Souls
November 2, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Wis 3:1-9; Psalm 23; Rom 5:5-11; Jn 6:37-40
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Yesterday, the Holy Name of Mary Facebook page and a number of friends gave me a great reminder. “Don’t forget to ‘fall back’ tomorrow morning.” Being reminded to turn back the clock an hour is just like reminding me to eat rice, which is my favorite food. Reminding me to have an extra hour of sleep – I would love to be reminded of this every single day.

In a spiritual sense, the season of Fall is a perfect time to fall back and reflect on the meaning of our lives, most especially for us who celebrate today the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. (more…)

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