Homilies and Talks

JUL 16, 2017           
                 
Keynote Address: 2017 National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education Conference
The Most Rev. James F. Checchio gave the keynote address during the National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education at Xavier University. The topic of his talk, "Deacons: Sharing the Joy of Love," focused on how the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, impacts the ministry of deacons. In his talk, he pointed out three of those directions for reflection: the joy of love is joy in Jesus Christ, joy in family life, and joy in justice in the world.
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OCT 12, 2016           
                 
15th Annual Blue Mass
It is interesting to note that the Scripture readings we have just heard proclaimed are the same readings that will be heard at Masses offered in Roman Catholic parishes throughout the world today. They were not specially chosen with an eye towards the unique purpose of our Mass here, our annual Blue Mass. And yet, you would almost think they were. Because every one of them includes some reference to law. The word law is there in each one – twice in the first reading, twice in the Psalm, and twice in the Gospel. Six references to law in three passages from three different books of Scripture. What do these references offer us here at this Mass?
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OCT 1, 2016           
                 
Blessing of Roses Ceremony, Carmelite Monastery
We gather this evening on this great feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in the Eucharistic presence – before Jesus Christ, truly present – body, blood, soul and divinity. We know that by our participation in the Eucharistic celebration – by our reception of the Lord’s body and blood, that we are drawn up into the eternal triune relationship of love which St. Matthew so beautifully wrote about in our Gospel. In receiving the Eucharist we are most intimately united to the person of Christ. He nourishes us spiritually, calling us to reconciliation and effecting a true communion amongst all who eat his flesh and drink his blood.
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OCT 1, 2016           
                 
Opening Mass of the 2016 Catechetical Conference
Our Gospel today comes from 10th chapter of Luke, where he appoints the 72 to go out two by two ahead of Him to every town and place to continue His mission. He had told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Brothers and Sisters, fellow catechists, you are now those 72 in our day….Thanks be to God!
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SEP 23, 2016           
                 
Red Mass, Archdiocese of Newark
It's a joy to gather with you this afternoon for this Red Mass to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit upon you, the distinguished judges, attorneys, and lawmakers, law professors and law students, clerks and paralegals, and all others who serve us in the various sectors of the legal profession. The Church holds the work you do in great esteem, we thank you for it, and we ask God's guidance and blessing upon you and your work.
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