Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 22, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] As we move into the second half of Easter, the Gospel readings turn from the […]


Third Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The readings this week draw our attention to a topic that we may have thought […]





Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first reading this week takes us back to the time just after the destruction […]


Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 11, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] All committed relationships are risky because they carry within them the possibility of betrayal, infidelity, […]


Third Sunday of Lent – March 4, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first readings for Lent this year highlight a fundamental feature of the Old Testament […]


Second Sunday of Lent – February 25, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


First Sunday of Lent – February 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]







The Epiphany of the Lord – January 7, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

[by Rev. John Christman, SSS] When we look at the family in contemporary American society, what do we see? A few years ago I did some research on this topic and was surprised by what I discovered. The New York Times reported a surprising statistic. They said that, “After steadily rising for ve decades, the […]


December 25, 2017 The Nativity of the Lord Christmas

[by Barbara Shanahan] Mass at Midnight: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-3; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-4 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-14 Mass of the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The readings for the three Masses of Christmas set before us a particular insight into the […]


December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 What happens to us when God makes promises and they don’t seem to materialize? Or we pray and what we earnestly seek isn’t happening? Could it be that our expectation of how things should play out does not match up with God’s plan […]