Browsing Father's Homilies

Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time August 22, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 8/23/21

  "Grab the Bull by the Horns"

After taking a weekend off last week to honor Mary, we now return to Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist in what is called the Bread of Life Discourse, Chapter 6 of John’s gospel.

To help us understand what is happening in this ... Read More »

Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary - August 14, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 8/17/21

  What Kind of Mansions  

During my vacation these past two weeks, I toured some of the famous mansions that the very wealthy built as summer retreats in Newport, RI. Not only were the buildings themselves impressive on the outside, but the buildings were filled with the best of ... Read More »

Homily for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 1, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 8/02/21

    How hungry are you?

Three seekers were encouraged to find what had been called the cave of wisdom and life. They made careful preparations for what would be a challenging and arduous journey. When they reached the place of the cave they noted a guard at the ... Read More »

Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year July 18, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/19/21

   Compassion, Not Mere Pity

I want to focus on one phrase of today’s gospel. It says that when Jesus saw the crowd he was “moved with pity”. Actually, in Greek, it’s a very unusual word, a much stronger word, meaning something like “moved in the bowels”. In other ... Read More »

Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 11, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/12/21

   Learning to be successful and faithful

Our gospel reading today is a missionary one: the twelve Apostles are sent on a mission, and they are given particular marching orders. There is an urgency about the mission. They are to travel light, not get bogged down, bring Jesus’ message, ... Read More »

Homily for July 4, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/06/21

  A Good Samaritan Story

It was a bitter, cold winter in northern Virginia many years ago. The old man’s beard was glazed by winter frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he waited while several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a stone statue. As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other ... Read More »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Father’s Day June 20, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 6/21/21

    Some thoughts on today’s Gospel…


This incident of the disciples and Jesus in the boat reminds me that, when the Pope blessed the entire world at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, he referred to the fact that the world-wide illness showed that we were all ... Read More »


Posted by marguerite noga on 6/14/21


      Masses will be downstairs in Fr. Casey Hall, where it is cooler, during the months of July and August.

      We are currently not using the main doors of the church (7th Street) because they are in need of major ... Read More »

Homily for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time June 13, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 6/14/21

   Taking a look at the two “bibles”

Spiritual writers down through the centuries have observed that we have, in effect, two “bibles”—two distinct ways in which God is revealed to us. Of course, the Scriptures make up the Bible we know and love. But long before the written ... Read More »

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 6, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 6/07/21

  Do This in Memory of Me  

A teacher posed a question to his class of thirteen-year-old students: “What do you want to be remembered for?” None could answer, but the teacher chuckled and said, “I didn’t expect you to be able to answer it. But if you still ... Read More »