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o Sunday Mass Reflections from
Deacon Darrell

As Catholics there is nothing more important that we do than participate in the Celebration of the Sunday Eucharist.  The Church teaches us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our very lives.  Everything we do each week should lead us to the Mass, and from it, we are sent on mission.  Deacon Darrell will share here each week a short reflection on the Sunday readings to help you prepare to attend Mass in your parish.  Too many of us miss out on the great gift of the Eucharist, given to us by Christ himself.  

Here is the reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 27th, 2018.  Here is a link to the readings

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

This Sunday we are presented with a challenge we face as Christians living in today's society..  Do we really see Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives?  I have the opportunity to talk to many people about faith and religion.  It's actually how I spend much of my waking hours each day.  So often, the impression I get from a lot of well-meaning people, and perhaps this even permeates into my own spiritual life, is that we see our faith simply as a self-help tool.  We turn to our religious practices, to our prayer life, to our spirituality, when we think we need it.  And that kind of coincides with the rest of our lives in this consumer-based society.  When we need something, we simply figure out what will best satisfy what it is we need.  And we seem to do that with our faith life, and so even though we call Jesus Lord, we simply treat him as one choice that we will go to when we need him, and most of the time we ignore him in our lives.


I propose that therein lies the reason for so many of our challenges, both in the life of the Church and in the greater society.  If we are really not paying attention to the one whom we call Lord, the ruler of our lives, then we are just living scattered disordered lives, creating our own truths, and so without a clear truth, which is given to us in the person of Jesus Christ, we are left feeling scattered.


In this Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus is preaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. The people are amazed because Jesus seems to be speaking with such authority.  He is not what they are used to.  He is not speaking like Moses or one of the prophets.  He is not speaking on behalf of the authority; he is the authority.


It is so interesting that the ones who really get it are the demons in the man with the unclean spirit., "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"  Notice the use of the pronouns, both us and I, underscoring how the demons like to scatter, instead of unifying.  The demons recognize very clearly who Jesus is, calling him the Holy One of God.  It is with that voice of authority that he commands them to come out of the man and indeed they do.  And so his fame spread, not because he performed some kind of magic trick, but because of his authority, "He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."


And yet how about us?  Is Jesus the authoritative voice in our lives?  Or do we simply have him as one option among many?  It is very easy to call Jesus Lord,; it is quite another thing to have him as the Lord of our lives.


o First Friday Mass

The school community gathers together for First Friday Mass.  Students participate as readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, servers and gift bearers.  These Eucharistic celebrations are at the heart of the school community.  Fr. Steve Maddaloni, School Chaplain, is the regular presider, often assisted by Deacon John Hogan, Principal and Deacon Darrell Buono, Campus Minister.

Oct Mass Altar


 Oct Mass Recessional


March for Life

McGann-Mercy students travel to Washington, D.C., each year to join in the annual March for Life.  This is a great experience of putting our faith into action!  Students joined with other pilgrims from the East End area in the 45th March for Life on January 19,  2018.  They had the opportunity to meet with Bishop Barres at the conclusion of the march,  The Bishop was so grateful for their presence and enthusiasm in standing up for life and their faith!

Group by Bus

Group by Capitol

Students with Bishop

Group Photo with Bishop


Project MERCY

The first event for Project MERCY 2016 will be on Friday, February 5, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton.

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