Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Jesus reminds us today that discipleship is extrememly demanding and that the kingdom is a gift whose value exceeds all others.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on August 7, 2022.

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus warns the crowd to guard against the constant urge to acquire more stuff because this habit distracts one from acquiring true riches.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on July 31, 2022.

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Father goves the Holy Spirit to everyone who asks for it. This Spirit ledds and guides disciples from within and helps them perceive how God is active in their life.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on July 24, 2022.

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Jesus tells Martha that she is anxious and worried about many things and is not doing the most important one -- listening to him.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on July 17, 2022.

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ... July 10, 2022

"What must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on July 10, 2022.

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

After completing their mission, the disciples return to Jesus "rejoicing" in their accomplishment.  Jesus affirms their success but provides a word of caution for them. They are not to revel in the power that they have as his disciples; rather, they are to rejoice because they have secured a place in heaven.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on July 3, 2022.

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The miraculous feeding of five thousand serves as the link between the work of proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the heralding of Jesus as savior. The feeding seals the work of ministry with compassion and points to the grace from which it comes.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on June 18, 2022.

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The Most Holy Trinity.

Jesus tells the disciples that it will be the role of the Spirit to guide them to "all truth".

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on June 12, 2022.

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Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Jesus states that he has given his followers a share in the glory thay was bestowed upon him by his Father.  This glory is nothing less than perfect unity with God.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on May 28, 2022.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Jesus will leave the gift of peace with his disciples.  Beacause the disciples will be given the gift of the Lord's peace, they should be able to rejoice that the Lord is going to retur to the Father.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on May 22, 2022.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Jesus introduces a "new commandment". The answer lies in the difference between a love based upon law and a love based upon a heartfelt relationship.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on May 15, 2022.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter.

The point abput the story of the sheep is that leadership of the flock is not provided from the outside but from inside the fold.  Jesus has an intimate knowledge of those he came to save.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on May 8, 2022.

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Third Sunday of Easter.

As Jesus elicits from Peter three statements of faith, he also commands Peter and the other disciples to go out into the world to care for his flock..

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on May 1, 2022.

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Second Sunday of Easter.

Thomas did not come to believe because he saw the risen Jesus but because he witnessed the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and the gift of mercy.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on April 24, 2022.

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Easter Sunday.

While Peter is the first to "see", it is every faithful and loving Christian who is called to believe..

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on April 17, 2022.

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Palm Sunday in Lent.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus. During this Holy Week, let us walk with Jesus on this journey, which will lead us toward a transformed life in God's kingdom.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on April 10, 2022.

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Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Jesus notes that he does not condemn the accused woman, We should not takes this to assume that Jesus condones adultery but rather that sins of self-righteousness, duplicity, and violation of human dignity are deserving of much greater punishment.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on April 3, 2022.

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Third Sunday in Lent.

Follow the warnings from God before it is too late. The message of the parables is that God is a God of second chances for those willing to repent.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on March 20, 2022.

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Second Sunday in Lent.

The apostles see the appearance as an opportunity to enjoy the coming of a heavenly group.  A voice from heaven is clear, however in directing that they listen to the chosen Son.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on March 12, 2022.

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First Sunday in Lent.

The devil test Jesus three times and then slinks away. The narrator tells us that he will be back.  It is appropriate, then, that this third temptation takes place in Jerusalem, where Jesus will suffer and die

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on March 5, 2022.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

We hear of those whom Jesus calls "Blessed".  Also, we hear of those warned with "Woe to you". For both groups the context is the coming reign of God, when God's power is fully manifested against the forces of evil in the world.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:30 am on February 13, 2022.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

After catching stunning loads of fish after a night of low harvests, Jesus gives the call to ministry to his disciples.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on February 6, 2022.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The people of Jesus' hometown believed that they knew him! Who does he think he is?

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on January 29, 2022.

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lukes assures us (through Theophilus and his associates) that he has done his homework, examining the other Gospels, and talked to eyerwitnesses of the Jesus story, so that they can know with certainty the teachings that we will receive.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on January 23, 2022.

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Wine is the blood of the grape. When Jesus says that his hour has not yet come he is telling his mother that the time to shed his blood is not yet, but, when he has completed the work that his Father has given him to do, his glory will be revealed and God's people will enjoy a celebration that knows no bounds.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on January 15, 2022.

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The Baptism of the Lord.

John's message was addressed to "all" in the crowd. The message of repentance for the forgiveness of sin is intended for everyone.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on January 8, 2022.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Magi were scholars engaged in astrology, dream interpretation, and predictions of the future. These magi observed a star that was believed to signal the birth of a king "at its rising". 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on January 2, 2022.

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Mary, The Holy Mother of God.

When the shepherds saw the Holy Family just as the angels described, they spread the news all around, and everyone was in wonder about what they heard. Mary treasured all these things, keeping them close to her heart.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 11:00 am on January 1, 2022.

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Third Sunday of Advent.

As though John the Baptist preached much of the same actions as Jesus, some people questioned whether John was the messiah.  John let them know of the coming of Jesus.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on December 12, 2021.

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Lessons and Carols.

The children of 14 Holy Helpers present a selection of readings and carols relevan for the holiday season. 

Recording is of a service held at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on December 11, 2021.

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Second Sunday of Advent.

John's mission models how we ought to prepare for the coming reign of God.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on December 5, 2021.

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First Sunday of Advent.

Today's reading describes "the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" to rescue the believers. And what should a believer do? Stand tall with your heads high, Jesus says, because your redemption is at hand.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 7:30 am on November 28, 2021.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Jesus' kingdom is a spiritual one that exists in people of every nation who have a personal relationship with him and thus with each other. The primary mission of this global community is to bear witness to the truth for which Jesus died, namely that God loves all peoples, seeks their common good and desires to live with them forever.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 7:30 am on November 21, 2021.

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus reminds his followers that their mission is to watch constantly for his coming, that is, to live like he will come back this evening, or this midnight, or dawn tomorrow, or tomorrow morning ...

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on November14, 2021.

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' linking of the two commandments leads the scribe to realize that love of God, which entails incarnating God's concern for people, is more important than the correct performance of long-standing liturgical rituals.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on October 31, 2021.

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As they travel, Jesus tries to open the eyes of his disciples to "see' what discipleship entails.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on October 24, 2021.

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' humble deference to the will of others trained him for his final act of service on the cross. His entire life of voluntary servitude is the ransom that he paid to humankind from captivity to sin.  Disciples who seek greatness will make themselves the servant of others because that is what he did.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on October 17, 2021.

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches about the danger of earthly riches. He declares that wealth "is" ... he does not say "can be," but "is" ... an enormous obstacle to entry into God's kingdom.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on October 9, 2021.

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus is indignant or angry that his followers keep the children from him, that they decide whom he should welcome. Jesus declares that children, who depend on others for life's necessities and simply accept what is given to them, are models for how to receive and experience life in God's kingdom.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 4:30 pm on October 2, 2021.

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is a tendency among some of Jesus' followers to make God's kingdom an exclusive club, limited to like minded people. They think that they can control how and when the Spirit acts ... an arrogant presumption which Jesus rejects.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on September 26, 2021.

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

One evening the disciples discuss who among them is the greatest, who is the most important? Jesus exploits the discussion to deepen their understanding of gospel greatness.  He tells them that if any of them want to be first, they shall be the last of all and the servant of all.  No exceptions ... in every situation.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on September 19, 2021.

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' disciples must aim to lose their life in his risen life, so that he can continue him mission on earth through them. Disciples "give" their bodies over to all that is "ruining" it so that the risen Lord can work through them.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on September 12, 2021.

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus orders those that witness the event to not tell anyone.  . Some scholars suggest that Jesus' command to silence shows that he is not one among other healers in the biblical world. The secret is that there is more to him than people see, more that can only be understood after he is raised from the dead.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:30 am on September 5, 2021.

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells the crowds that nothing from the world around them can make them unworthy of God's service. Only what comes from within them can do this.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on August 29, 2021.

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Comprehension of Jesus' real presence in daily life begins with a decision to believe in him.  Like Peter, they "come to" believe and be convinced that Jesus is the Holy One of God.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on August 22, 2021.

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Divine power works through the humble who trust that God is in control and defer to his will ... like Mary and Elizabeth. All who hunger for good things are filled with divine gifts.  But those who hunger for what money and machination can procure, God sends away empty-handed.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on August 15, 2021.

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Polka Style Music

The people challenge Jesus' authority and claim that he came down from heaven. Jesus counters back about the need to listen to the Father. They are totally clueless about the bigger truth. ... that everything has its origin in God even the desire to believe in Jesus, and that one cannot hear the word of God except through Jesus.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on August 8, 2021.

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The crowd was pressing Jesus to perform more miracles.  They asked earthly bread for their stomachs.  Jesus said that they should focus on the food that endures for eternal life.   

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on August 1, 2021.

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel presents the miracles of the loaves and fishes where Jesus takes a very small amount of food ... 5 loaves of bread and two fish ... and has his disciples distribute it to five thousand people. After they complete eating, the leftovers were collected and they totaled more than was available in the first place.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on July 25, 2021.

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The narrator identifies Jesus as the compassionate shepherd of the lost sheep.  But Mark's inner story reminds us that this shepherd's compassion will reach its fullness when he lays down his life for the sheep.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:30 am on July 18, 2021.

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel focuses on what it means to be chosen. In this case, the apostles were chosen to do what Jesus was doing ... teaching and healing.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:30 am on July 11, 2021.

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus recites a proverb that we still hear today. Further, we are told that Jesus could do no miracles there, not because his power was diminished, but because of the crowd's lack of faith.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on July 4, 2021.

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two stories are presented that relate two miracles that Jesus performed. The message from both of these stories is that despite one's fear, faith ... trust in Jesus ... can save you and make you whole.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on June 27, 2021.

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The disciples witness a manifestation of the divine as he controlled the wind and the waves.  Despite all that Jesus has been teaching them, they respond poorly.  Yet, despite their ignorance, Jesus does not abandon them, nor will he abandon us.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on June 20, 2021.

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The smallest of seeds will grow into the greatest of shrubs. Such is the magnificent reign of God coming to fullness in our midst.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on June 13, 2021.

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

When we gather for Eucharist we celebrate the newness of life in God's coming kingdom.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on June 6, 2021.

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The Most Holy Trinity

The risen Christ commissions the eleven to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching all that Jesus had taught them.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on May 30, 2021.

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Pentecost Sunday

Jesus breathes on his disciples and sends the Holy Spirit upon themjust as he promised.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on May 23, 2021.

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jesus petitions the Father to keep the disciples in his name as Jesus had done.  This suggests a time when Jesus will no longer be with them in the flesh.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on May 16, 2021.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

In this metaphor, God the Father is the vine grower, Jesus is the vine that was grown from God's specially chose rootstock, and we are the branches.  We need to remain with the vine if we want to bear fruit as disciples of Jesus.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on May 2, 2021.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

The noble or ideal shepherd is so committed that he will freely give his life to protect the community.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on April 25, 2021.

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Second Sunday of Easter

Reflect for yourself. Are you willing to respond to the breath of the Holy Spirit and share in Christ's ministry of peace and reconciliation in a broken world? 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on April 11, 2021.

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Easter Sunday

While Peter is the first to "see", it is every faithful and loving Christian who is called to "believe".  

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on April 4, 2021.

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Palm Sunday

Mark's Gospel notes that not one of the disciples nor even one of the Jews among whom Jesus ministered revealed the mystery of his identity. Instead, the one who makes the profound profession of faith is the Roman centurion.  

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on March 28, 2021.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Some Greeks come during Passover and ask to meet with Jesus.  He introduces himself by foretelling of his coming sacrifice.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on March 21, 2021.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

When the man who now sees professes his belief in Jesus ... "I do believe, Lord"... Jesus is given the opportunity to once again define his mission as the light of the world.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on March 14, 2021.

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Second Sunday of Lent

From all that they have heard, Peter, James, and John should have no doubt that Jesus is God's Son, a relationship of unbreakable intimacy. What remains for them to understand is how Jesus' Transfiguration in glory is tied to his future death and Resurrection.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on February 28, 2021.

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First Sunday of Lent

The brief story of Jesus in the desert  suggests that God's power is more than ready to be revealed.  Rather than a future forecast, the kingdom of God is now.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on February 21, 2021.

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Ash Wednesday

Jesus instructs the disciples that good deeds, prayer, and fasts should be done with expectation of praise and honor here on earth.  God sees all that we do and will reward us accordingly in heaven.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on February 17, 2021.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus heals a man suffering from leprosy.  The man broadcasts his healing far and wide.  That broadcast may have had a missionary purpose. Not only did it serve to draw more and more people to Jesus, but it demonstrated that there was much work to be done in restoring creation to its original sinless beauty.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on February 14, 2021.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus heals a man possessed with an unclean spirit.  By his actions, Jesus teaches the fundamentals of God's Kingdom.  The people may not understand precisely who Jesus is, but they see for themselves that the coming of the Kingdom is at hand.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on January 31, 2021.

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Like the fish they hope to catch, Simon, Andrew, James, and John are lured by Jesus. Their reaction is radical and requires complete faith. Not a question is asked as they leave their nets to follow him.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on January 24, 2021.

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel of John relies upon the testimony of the Baptist to reveal Jesus' true nature.  After Jesus was baptized, John spots him walking by the Jordan and makes his identity know again: "Behold the Lamb of God".

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on January 17, 2021.

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The Baptism of the Lord

This moment in Jesus' life reassures him that  everything he does from this point forward in making God's kingdom a reality, he does not do alone.  This is what makes John's prophetic words about Jesus baptizing with the Spirit so true; the mission of Jesus is not simply to convert hearts but to establish a relationship in which his followers believe themselves to be beloved by God.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on January 10, 2021.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

It is the Gentiles from the far east who pay homage to the baby king. Far removed from Bethlehem of Judea, these seekers surely continued to testify to God's wondrous deeds.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on January 3, 2021.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mary selflessly follows the word of God, surrenders her own will, and makes way for the one who "will be great and will be called Son of the Most High".

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 9:00 am on January 1, 2021.

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Simeon and Anna, both wise and aged, both trustworthy representatives of the Temple establishment, leave no doubt that the child Jesus is to be "light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel".

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on December 27, 2020.

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Nativity Mass (night)

Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. There she gave birth to a son whom they named Jesus. Angels appeared to nearby shepherds and proclaimed to them of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 pm on December 24, 2020. A selection of seasonal songs previously recorded by the adult Choir preceded the Mass.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

The angel Gabriel tells Mary of the conception and birth of Jesus.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 12:00 pm on December 20, 2020.

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Third Sunday of Advent

When some question whether John the Baptist is the Messiah he lets them know that Jesus is coming.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on December 13, 2020.

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Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist is the precursor, the one who comes to prepare the way for the one who is to follow. John embodies the characteristics of a true disciple. The disciple's call is to attract people to embrace conversion.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 8:00 am on December 6, 2020.

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First Sunday of Advent

Our watching constitutes yearning for a world renewed by God and made perfect by his love and mercy. Using our gifts for others is the best way to stand ready and alert.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on November 29, 2020.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The corporal works of mercy are repeated four times. Each repetition reinforces Jesus' insistence that how people treat others, especially those in need, is how they treat him.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on November 22, 2020.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus talks longest about the servant with the fewest talents because most Christians are like him. He wants to jar these believers out of their complacency before it's too late, to persuade them to do the work for the kingdom that he assigns them.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on November 15, 2020.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Disciples must be about the work that Jesus wants them to be doing before it is "too late". Otherwise they might find themselves standing for all eternity  like the foolish virgins watching the light from their lamps -- lamps lit too late -- bounce off that door that will never open again.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on November 8, 2020.

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All Souls Day

It is the Father's will that he will not lose any one of these who are chosen to be Jesus' brothers and sisters.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on November 1, 2020.

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30th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' response to this question combines two Old Testament laws which require active loving.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on October 25, 2020.

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29th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Pharisees attempt to entrap Jesus into speaking against the Romans. 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on October 18, 2020.

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28th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Using a parable to compare a banquet to heaven, we are reminded that the quality of our discipleship determines our unending rejoicing or mourning.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on October 11, 2020.

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23rd. Sunday in Ordinary Time

... I am in the midst of them.  Reconciliation is crucial to the Church's mission. Actions taken by parishes, which accord between even a few of their members, unite heaven and earth.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 8:00 am on September 6, 2020.

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22nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time

The point is whether we are living our lives for earthly objectives or for Jesus' sake. 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on August 30, 2020.

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21st. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus gives Peter the keys to the kingdom, the sign of his authority over God's household and of his position as steward of its resources.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 8:00 am on August 23, 2020.

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19th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holding on to Peter, Jesus asks "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" He asks us the same question. Do we truly believe that Jesus, the Son of God, is with us?

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 10:00 am on August 9, 2020.

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18th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' simple supper that nourishes roughly ten thousand people presents Him as the Lord who in earlier times provided food for those in need through Moses, Elijah, and Elisha.  In other words, in this Gospel, the evangelist shows that Jesus is divine.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY at 8:00 am on August 2, 2020.

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17th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus sets out three parables. At the end he asks his disciples if they understand the messages from each. He is trying to reinforce that they need to ponder and study his teachings in order to see how they can put them into practice.

 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on July 26, 2020.

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15th. Sunday in Ordinary Time

Of all the people who hear Jesus preaching, only those who take the time and make the effort to understand Jesus' teachings, and live by them, bear fruit. 

 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on July 12, 2020.

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus' yoke, his teachings, are simple and straight-forward.  He accompanies his disciples as they put them into practice.

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on July 5, 2020 at 10:00 am.

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel sets out what people must do to be worthy in order to be chosen as disciples who not only teach others about Jesus, but also bring him to them.

 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on June 21, 2020 at 10:00 am.

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches on what to fear by having the disciples imagine when each of them will stand before the Father.  What Jesus will say about us depends on how faithful we are daily to the unique mission for which God formed us in the womb.

 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on June 21, 2020 at 10:00 am.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

Jesus is missing after a feast in Jerusalem. Found several days later by Joseph and Mary, they ask why he left without telling them. While they where worried about his safety he explained that he needed to be in the temple. 

 

Recording is of a Mass offered at 14 Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca, NY on June 20, 2020.

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