Reflections

May 19th, 2022

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See and Believe

Dear Friends in Christ, Happy sixth Sunday of Easter! Did you know that we are still celebrating Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, and the empty tomb?!? If you can remember back six weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, Fr. Mahon challenged us to say (only if we believed it) “I see and I believe” in response…

April 21st, 2022

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Jesus, I Trust in You.

In the late 1970s, there were few outside of Poland who were aware of the private revelations given by our Lord to a young Polish nun, Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, in the 1930s. Jesus had revealed to her that God wanted to give humanity one last opportunity to take advantage of His mercy before the…

April 6th, 2022

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Experiencing Holy Week: Retreat, Reflect, Remember

Holy Week is the culmination of our faith. Read about how one parishioner experiences the celebration of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

March 31st, 2022

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Bringing Holy Week Home: How You can Enhance Your Liturgical Experience

Beginning on Palm Sunday, Holy Week is a time of beautiful liturgy and tradition in our Catholic faith. Since Covid, though, we have put some traditions on hold. But that should not dampen your participation in the liturgy! This brief article is a resource for wherever you are at to really dive into the sacred…

March 30th, 2022

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Catholic Looking for Hope.

With each passing day, a new storm rises up, and I easily focus on the sorrow of war, the frustration of never having enough time, the impatience with myself for once again slipping on that Lenten resolution. Where can I find hope in this mess that is life?

March 22nd, 2022

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The Community of Sharing a Meal

Sharing a meal with others is a great way to build community and feed the hungry. Read an excerpt of one family’s meal ministry experience.

March 2nd, 2022

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Memento Mori

On the first day of Lent, as ashes are being rubbed on my forehead, I’m traditionally reminded that I am dust, and to dust I shall return. These words come straight from the mouth of God to Adam after he and Eve sinned, lost the grace that they were born with, and introduced death into…

February 22nd, 2022

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Beauty will Save the World

The Church, works of art and their artists have been inseparably intertwined since the early days of Christianity. Art in all its forms was only, truly able to flourish fully and freely following the declaration of freedom for Christians through the Edict of Roman Emperor Constantine in 313 AD. Painting, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry, as…

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The Presentation of Our Lord: The Light of the World in the Darkness of Winter

On February 2nd, the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we celebrated the Presentation of Our Lord. This narrative is found only in the Gospel of Luke and since neither Luke, nor any of the apostles or evangelists, were present at this event, the likely source of the account is the Virgin…

November 27th, 2021

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Hope Does Not Disappoint

Dear People of Hope, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy” (Luke 21:34). We hear this in today’s Gospel reading.  I must admit I’m feeling a bit drowsy after Thanksgiving celebrations, house guests, and now, all the sights and sounds of Christmas preparations (including toy magazines with lots of items circled and scattered all…

November 13th, 2021

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A Thanksgiving Sacrifice

God's Invitation to Gratitude

God’s Invitation to Gratitude Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Co-Cathedral, I am thankful for mornings. For me, the morning is probably one of the biggest tests of my day- I am one of those multiple alarms every five minutes kind of people. I don’t like to be awake when it is dark outside. But…

November 6th, 2021

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Two Coins, God and Neighbor

Witness of Belonging

Mary Vlazny reflects on the gospel and how God calls us to serve while sharing opportunities to serve in the community.

September 20th, 2021

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It all changed when I said: “Yes!”

Witness of Belonging for September 26th

Parishioners and Guests, I am now and always have been an optimist. I see sparks of good in everyone, forgive expeditiously, and rarely take anything personally. If I am so optimistic, why then do I often wonder if my positivity will eventually run out? The world is so loud, it’s getting louder, and society is…

February 9th, 2021

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St. Joseph: A Friend and Model for Us All

By: Melissa Schmid

“Did you know that St. Joseph has over 20 titles that represent his heroic virtues? Before I prayed the Litany to St. Joseph, I had no idea he had so many titles. In fact, I knew very little of this humble saint.”

October 15th, 2020

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Reflection on the Dignity of Each Human Life

By: Julia Brown Ferrero

Many people have profoundly enriched my life experience, and contributed to shape me as a Catholic, a daughter, a wife, and now a mother. I would like to introduce you to a few of them, whose witnesses greatly developed my understanding and appreciation for human life.

September 23rd, 2020

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Turning Your Ear to Christ: Entering into Lectio Divina

Turning Your Ear to Christ: Entering into Lectio Divina

When we search Scripture for what God is saying to us, we need to do so slowly, deliberately, and go in for the long haul.

August 6th, 2020

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Understanding the Context…

Understanding the context of COVID-19 and decisions made at the Co-Cathedral.

February 7th, 2022

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The Presentation of Our Lord: The Light of the World in the Darkness of Winter

Terese contemplated Mary’s heart at the Presentation to gain understanding of her own joy and sacrifice in the handing over to God her daughter, Kate (now Sister Agnes Pia of the Holy Eucharist)…dwelling on the words, “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

July 13th, 2020

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Prayer to End a Pandemic

By Pope Francis

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. We fly to your protection, O Holy…

June 9th, 2020

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The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it.

“The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it.” An article from the National Catholic Reporter.

February 17th, 2020

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Lenten Reflections

Repenting of Ecological sin and cultivating ecological virtues

Lenten Reflections: Repenting of Ecological sin and cultivation ecological virtues.

January 8th, 2020

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A Prayer for the Australian Bush Fires

Veni, Creator Spiritus!

Veni, Creator Spiritus! Heal the land. Heal our hearts. Make us new again.

June 19th, 2019

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Education

Seeds of Wisdom in South Sudan

My Friends of Seeds of Wisdom in South Sudan, I was blessed to travel to Uganda…

January 27th, 2019

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Amelia Smith

Religion and Language Arts Teacher

In today’s polarizing social and political climate, it is easy for children in our world to hear only non-stop bickering.

February 17th, 2019

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Fr. Jose Morales

Mayo Clinic Chaplain

In this opportunity that I am allowed to write another article with you…

December 30th, 2018

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Haselkorn Family

Parishioners

We are the Haselkorn family and you can usually find us and…

January 6th, 2019

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Katie and Tom Schink

Parishioners

We started attending the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist ever since we moved to Rochester about 6 years ago.

December 9th, 2018

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Mary Vlazny

Director of Social Action

Advent, the prelude to The Greatest Story Ever Told! Many of us are old enough to remember…

September 5th, 2019

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Season of Creation

We Are One Body in Christ

“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ–and individually parts of one another.“ ~Romans 12: 4-5 “… ‘Peace, justice and the preservation of creation are three absolutely interconnected themes, which cannot be separated and treated…

January 20th, 2019

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Mary Vlazny

Director of Social Action

Have you ever sat by the side of the road with a flat tire? Maybe with kids in the car? What…

September 19th, 2019

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Door Ministry Reflections

“Possibly our more life-giving, healing aspect is listening to people’s stories and offering a moment of refreshment.”

December 16th, 2018

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Nora O’Sullivan

Parishioners

The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is a special place; a place of reflection, comfort, inspiration…

August 12th, 2018

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Rich Bogovich

Parishioner

When Pope John Paul II was “in his prime,” how did liberal Christians view him? That question was…

September 9th, 2019

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Season of Creation

Recognition and Respect for All

Respect for All “The human environment and the natural environment are deteriorating together, and this deterioration of the planet weighs upon the most vulnerable of its people. The impact of climate change affects, first and foremost, those who live in poverty in every corner of the globe. Our obligation to use the earth’s goods responsibly…

September 19th, 2019

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Season of Creation

Listening and Interpreting Nature and God’s Messages

The history of the universe and nature is being told to us by the stars, by the Earth, by the uprising and elevation of the mountains, by the animals, the woods and jungles, and by the rivers. Our task is to know how to listen and interpret the messages that are sent to us. The…

September 9th, 2019

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Season of Creation

Everything is Connected

“[W]hen our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, [a] sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads…

August 7th, 2018

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Sebastian Modarelli

Parishioner

“I don’t understand why everyone isn’t clamoring to be in the choir!” Peg asks this question as she realizes how much…

August 6th, 2019

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Simon Reflection

The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist welcomes internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Simon Toparovsky

The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist welcomes internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Simon Toparovsky to Rochester to celebrate the installation of his latest sculptures here at the Co-Cathedral.  We share excerpts from the news release offered to media by his publicist, Beth Laski, prior to his visit. “Using his narrative skills as a visual poet,…