Feast Days

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Your witness of love can convert your persecutors – The Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr

Your witness of love can convert your persecutors – The Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr

Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which

The Immaculate Conception – The 2nd Thursday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

The Immaculate Conception – The 2nd Thursday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” Then he asked, “Who told you that you

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The Conquest of Death!

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The Conquest of Death!

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it’s meaning for our lives and destiny. He brings forth from the liturgy of the day the Sacred Scripture a teaching which begins with fall of man, but the redemption brought about by Jesus Christ. And because of His Resurrection, death has no

The Holy Trinity and Prayer

The Holy Trinity and Prayer

Reading 2 Rom 8:14-17 Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our

The Beauty of the Ascension

The Beauty of the Ascension

Reading 1ACTS 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during

St. John…”the other disciple whom Jesus loved”

St. John…”the other disciple whom Jesus loved”

Gospel JN 20:1A AND 2-8 On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went

“In the beginning was the Word…”

“In the beginning was the Word…”

Gospel jn 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light

I PROCLAIM TO YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY

I PROCLAIM TO YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY

Reading 2 ti 2:11-14 Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Gospel MT 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1   RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Gospel MT 11:25-27 At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by

St. Anthony, Family, Our Lady and so much more on Msgr. Esseff’s birthday

St. Anthony, Family, Our Lady and so much more on Msgr. Esseff’s birthday

June 13 is Msgr. Esseff’s birthday! He wishes to share special memories, stories and important reflections on St. Anthony, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his own family.

Pentecost Sunday – Be Not Afraid!!! Peace Be With You!!!

Pentecost Sunday – Be Not Afraid!!! Peace Be With You!!!

Gospel JN 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the

Happy Easter! Have you met Jesus?

Happy Easter! Have you met Jesus?

Gospel JN 20:1-9 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken

Good Friday

Good Friday

Reading 1              IS 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at himC so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of manC so shall he startle many nations, because

Holy Thursday – A Message on Priesthood

Holy Thursday – A Message on Priesthood

Gospel JN 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully

Palm Sunday – Who has betrayed you? Who is your King?

Palm Sunday – Who has betrayed you? Who is your King?

At The Procession With Palms – GospelMT 21:1-11 When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring

The Annunciation – To Ponder Like Our Lady….the Queen of Discernment

The Annunciation – To Ponder Like Our Lady….the Queen of Discernment

Gospel LK 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly

The Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

The Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life — for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you

Christmas – “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Christmas – “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Gospel Lk 2:15-20 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Msgr. Esseff discusses the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus, I enthrone You as King and proclaim You as Lord and Friend of my life.  Yes Lord, I do want You to rule over my heart and will through Your loving Heart.  Share my everyday life; my joys and sorrows.  Be my well

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Reading 1 ACTS 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during

Easter Sunday – HE IS RISEN!!

Easter Sunday – HE IS RISEN!!

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of Easter, as well as, shares a special story from his childhood. LK 24:1-12 At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away

Good Friday

Good Friday

Reading 1 IS 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at him— so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man— so shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless; for

Palm Sunday – Our Entrance into Holy Week

Palm Sunday – Our Entrance into Holy Week

At The Procession With Palms – GospelLK 19:28-40 Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany  at the place called the Mount of Olives,  he sent two of his disciples. He said, “Go into the village opposite you,  and as you enter it you will find a

The Feast of St. Joseph

The Feast of St. Joseph

Gospel MT 1:16, 18-21, 24A Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Reading 1   1 PT 5:1-4 Beloved: I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not

BKL#26 – The Epiphany – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

BKL#26 – The Epiphany – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Epiphany” and how we can manifest the light of Christ to the world. Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the

The feast of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents

What makes Herod such a despot?  He refuses to admit he is a sinner.  The Church recognizes those little children are considered martyrs.  At this time, the occurence in Newton, Conn., drives home the pain and suffering that comes from the death of his little innocent ones.  Children do not belong to us, they belong

The feast of Saint Lucy…a celebration of “light” – Thursday, Second Week of Advent

The feast of Saint Lucy…a celebration of “light” – Thursday, Second Week of Advent

Msgr. Esseff discusses a saint close to his heart…St. Lucy.  Her name means “Light”.  He speaks of her special patronage for those who have vision problems.  He then reflects upon on the first reading from today’s celebration of the mass Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is

Our Lady of Guadalupe “A Woman Clothed with the Sun” – December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe “A Woman Clothed with the Sun” – December 12

“Do you not know I am your Mother?”  Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy…Our Lady of Guadalupe.  First, he discusses the image itself that was left for all of us.  Then he talks about our relationship with her today!   Ps 1:1Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God’s temple in heaven

The Immaculate Conception – December 8

The Immaculate Conception – December 8

Msgr. reflects on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Conception. Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I

Who is the Church? A reflection on the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Who is the Church? A reflection on the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Msgr. Esseff begins by offering a prayer for those affected by the terrible natural disasters around the world, in particular those on the east of coast of the United States and the earthquakes in Guatemala. He shares his memories of his life-changing encounter with the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Basilica of St. John

BKL#17 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Our Lady of Sorrows

BKL#17 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Our Lady of Sorrows

. Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of Our Lady of Sorrows. How do we connect that with the suffering of Christ?  All the suffering we endure is united with Jesus, and the Blessed Mother guides our way.  She is our mother and the power of her love is incredible.  Ask her to come to

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the birth of the Virgin Mary.  But even more than that, he ponders the importance of the Blessed Mother in our lives.  The gift of her presence in the action of salvation history and  role is the “Mother” of us all.    

BKL#6 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance

BKL#6 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance

Show 6 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance Msgr. Esseff reflects on the first Pentecost and its meaning for us today. The continuing call to conversion in our lives and the nature of true repentance are topics he explores in this discussion.

BKL#1 – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery: What have we been initiated into?”

BKL#1 – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery: What have we been initiated into?”

Show 1 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery:  What have we been initiated into“ Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings of the  3rd Sunday of Easter.  By virtue of our baptism, confirmation and reception of the Eucharist, who are we?  We learn what Peter and the community are capable of becoming because

“Christ our Hope” – Easter Morning with Msgr. Esseff

“Christ our Hope” – Easter Morning with Msgr. Esseff

 Msgr. Esseff reflects on Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter message.  The more we aware of our death, the more we are aware of the resurrection!  In a time were the darkness seems to be spreading, Christ is the brightest light of Truth shining in our times!  We are called to be bearers of the light to

Good Friday with Msgr. John Esseff

Good Friday with Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff offers this special reflection on Good Friday.  

Holy Thursday – Reflections by Msgr. Esseff

Holy Thursday – Reflections by Msgr. Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meanings within the Holy Thursday liturgy of the Church.  He discusses the action of Jesus when He washes the feet of the apostles and what that means for us today.  Can we be Jesus to others and wash the feet of even our enemies?  He also discusses the institution of the Eucharist

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