Fr. Rick's Sermons

Faith vs Works
Sunday, November 02, 2014

The pastor of a large parish ran an ad for a caretaker-groundskeeper.

Name the Demons
Sunday, October 26, 2014

What is your name? This is not an uncommon question. “Hello, my name is Fr. Rick. What’s your name?” This is one of the first ways we begin to know another person.

Good Grief
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Do not weep!” This is what Jesus said to the widow of Nain, whose son had died as she was processing with his body to the place of burial.

Church Music Sunday
Sunday, October 05, 2014

18And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

In Christ – Christ in Me
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it(Mark 8:35). These are the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, assigned for the Sunday after the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Holy Cross Seminary
Sunday, September 14, 2014

There is a saying that goes, “When you take things for granted, the things you are granted, get taken.” Another person once said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Another saying goes like this, “The things we take for granted, someone else

Don't Condemn Nor Criticize
Sunday, September 07, 2014


Model for Perfection
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Everyday we are inundated with images of perfection. Perfect athletes in each sport such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are featured constantly in programs and commercials even after they have retired.

In January up here in Minnesota, it is often bitterly cold and snow covers everything. We can see our breath crystalize in the air and we put our three layers of clothing on before our ski jacket or parka.

Do Your Best
Sunday, August 03, 2014

With the recent World Cup Soccer tournament, we see yet again some of the best athletes in the world competing against one another for a championship. This opportunity occurs only once every four years and the difference between a victory and a loss can come down to one play, one move, or one simple penalty.

Be Good Soldiers of Christ
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last Sunday (July 20th) we heard about the Prophet Elijah/Elias and the great miracle he performed in calling down fire from heaven to burn up the sacrifice that hundreds of false prophets of Baal could not. In the same manner, St.

Example of Prophet Elijah
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The four stained glass windows (two on each side) at the bottom of the north and south walls of our church temple are the major prophets of the Old Testament: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Isaiah.

The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel

This was the theme of our most recent Archdiocese Clergy Laity Congress in Philadelphia this past week and it will be the theme that will guide and inform all Archdiocese programs and

God's Will or Not?
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Have you ever noticed that earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and floods called “acts of God,” while sunshine, spring flowers and the rainbows are called “Mother Nature”? “Acts of God” are still written into insurance policies as calamities beyond human control that are not covered.

My Church or Jesus’ Church?
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jesus uses the word ‘church’ (ekklesia in Greek) only two times in the four Gospels. Both occur in the Gospel of Matthew and one of them is today’s passage (Matthew 16:13-19) for the Feast Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29th.

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