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St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community Parking Lot Gang – PLG

Posted in homily by frvictorray on April 10, 2021

When Glen woke up inside this morning, he was momentarily afraid he might be in jail.

Then he realized he was in an apartment. HIS APARTMENT!!!Glen is PLGs friend. He has been visiting us every 2nd Saturday since we’ve been popping up in the Celebrate Outreach parking lot . I hardly recognized him because he wasn’t wearing his trademark ball cap and backpack (which he no longer needs since he has a home.) His smile was bigger than his mask. Through tears of joy, he told us about his new bookcase, his shower curtain and where he fishes down the block. He showed us his keys and told us a about his job with as much pride as a new father.

Glen’s success story is exactly why we do what we do. One parking lot at a time. Sharing the spirit of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta……

St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community, a CACINA parish in St Petersburg, FL.

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We all have a mission to spread the Good News

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 10, 2021

Today’s Gospel mentions the three appearances of the risen Lord. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene. But the apostles did not believe her.

Later, he appeared to two disciples during their trip to Emmaus. When they had returned to Jerusalem and while they were explaining their experience, Jesus appeared to the eleven apostles gathered there.

After gently scolding them for their unbelief and hard-heartedness, Jesus gave them his preaching mission or the “universal Apostolic mandate.” Their mission to preach his Good News:  “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

The preaching and witnessing mission of Jesus applies especially to the successors of the Twelve Apostles, namely, the Bishops, Peter’s successors

However, the whole “Church was founded to spread the Kingdom of Christ over all the earth for the glory of God the Father, to make all people partakers in Redemption and Salvation”

All of us, have an obligation to work to ensure that all people throughout the whole world hear and accept the Divine message of salvation”

Each us must carry out the mission Christ entrusted to us

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 9, 2021

In today’s Gospel, we see the Lord Jesus appearing to the disciples just as they were fishing in the lake of Galilee, having followed His instructions to go to Galilee where they would meet Him. They went to fish and did not catch anything the entire night. Then, from the shore, Jesus told them to cast their nets and immediately they caught so many fishes that the boats were almost swamped. It was then that they recognised the Lord.

In this story, there is a very symbolic representation of what the Lord called His disciples to do. It was at that same place that the Lord Himself called the disciples, to be the fishers of men. It was here that the Lord reiterated the mission, He entrusted to all of His disciples and followers, sending them all to reach out into the deep waters, and to cast their nets so that more and more people may come to know the Lord and be saved. This is the same mission that He has entrusted to all of us as Christians, as parts and members of the Church to do.

Let us all be courageous in faith and in carrying out the ministry entrusted to each and every one of us as parts of God’s living Church. Let us all turn towards God with faith and commit ourselves to Him with renewed zeal. Let us live our lives from now on with sincere desire to serve Him in our respective communities, reaching out to those who are in need and showing them the love of God, that they too may come to believe in Him.

He has risen alleluia

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 8, 2021

Today’s Gospel picks where yesterday’s ended.  The two disciples from Emmaus finish speaking about their encounter with Christ, and their recognizing Him in the breaking of the bread, Jesus appears to all the faithful gathered together on that first Easter Sunday evening.  Jesus speaks the Easter proclamation in one word:  Shalom!  He shows them that He is not a ghost by showing His marks of crucifixion and eating food.  He then continues His ministry by explaining that everything has happened according to God’s plan.  

St. Peter and the other Apostles, with the early Christian communities proclaimed the truth of what they had witnessed and known before all the people. They did not have it easy as they often encountered a lot of opposition and challenges, and yet, they continued to persevere and reached out to others because they themselves had seen the Lord as we heard in our Gospel today, of the moment when the Risen Lord Himself appeared in the flesh before them.

Had the Resurrection been false, those Apostles and disciples of the Lord would not have wanted to do so much for a lost cause, and they would have disbanded and scattered, just as what happened to the other false Messiahs that had come up at that time. Instead, the early Christian Church grew and grew even stronger despite the challenges and persecutions it received. And with the many martyrs, more and more became inspired to follow the Lord rather than to abandon Him.

We, too, are called to bear witness for all around us to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, just as the first apostles were commissioned by Jesus to bring the Good News of salvation to all the nations. What is essential for the success of our preaching and witnessing mission is our firm and lively awareness of the presence and support of the Risen Lord in our lives.

He broke the bread

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 7, 2021

Today’s Gospel, describes how Jesus shared the sorrow and frustration of the disciples at the sad and shameful death of their Master. Their hopes of Jesus’ conquest of the Romans and the establishment with his Divine power had been shattered. Unrecognized, Jesus joins them as they walked along. He explained the Scriptures and reminded them of the prophecies about the Messiah’s death and Resurrection in order to show them how the events that had happened were the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies.

Later at supper, when Jesus blessed and broke the bread and gave it to them, that they recognized him, who quickly disappeared. The phrase, “the Breaking of the Bread”, is used repeatedly in the Acts of the Apostles to refer to the ritual meal of the Christian community, the Eucharist. For centuries we have continued to recognize Jesus in “the Breaking of the Bread.”

The risen Lord is with us in both the joyful and the sad moments of our lives. Too often, we have our hopes and dreams shattered by the untimely deaths of our dear ones, by a split in family relationships, by the worsening of our illnesses, or by the loss of jobs.

On such occasions, we have to learn to experience the risen Lord’s consoling and supporting presence in our lives. We must recognize and appreciate his presence in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus is still beside his followers. Often, he is only dimly recognized and only by few. Let us learn to talk to Jesus whenever we are alone and listen to him.

Open your eyes and recognize the presence of the Resin Lord

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 6, 2021

Once again we see Mary Magdalene, at the tomb early in the morning, but this time she sees the Lord but is unable to to recognize Him until Jesus called her by name. In today’s passage, we find it once again: Mary thought at first that Jesus was the gardener.

Mary Magdalene failed to recognize Jesus because of her false assumption that his body had been stolen. Her attention was concentrated on the empty tomb. Her tears of grief could also have blurred her vision. Once Mary had recognized Him, Jesus gave her to tell his Apostles about His plan to leave them and ascend to his Father.

She was the first to see the Risen Christ and the first to tell the apostles about the Lord’s resurrection. Mary’s message to Jesus’ disciples, “I have seen the Lord”.

Just like Mary Magdalene, we too may fail to recognize the presence of the risen Lord in those around us because of our preoccupations and spiritual blindness. But we can experience the presence of the Risen Lord through prayer, and living a Sacramental life. It is our powerful conviction of the Real Presence of the Risen Lord, both in the Eucharist and in our lives, that gives us the strength to fight temptations and to serve our brothers and sisters.

The presence of the risen Lord is everywhere

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 5, 2021

In today’s Gospel we hear how Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary, sister or cousin of Jesus’ mother, went to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning. They were shocked at seeing an open tomb without Jesus’ body in it. As they ran back with fear and joy to report the news to the apostles, the risen Jesus greeted them and told them to tell the apostles that he would meet them in Galilee. The guards also, went to the chief priests to report the Resurrection of Jesus. But the Temple authorities bribed them to spread the false news that Jesus’ body had been stolen by his disciples.

The Resurrection of Christ is foundational of our Faith. It is the presence of the risen Lord everywhere that gives meaning to our worship and prayers, because Jesus is present everywhere to hear our prayers and grant our petitions.

The Risen Lord is present in the Holy Eucharist, in the praying assembly and in believing Christians, so we never need to lose contact with him. Let us renew this fundamental belief of our Faith every day and let us recognize and serve the risen Christ in everyone around us.

Happy Easter the Lord has Risen

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 4, 2021

Death is no more; death has died because of the Resurrection of Jesus. Easter is primarily a feast of hope. Light has conquered darkness, truth has conquered untruth and eternal life has conquered death. Those who believe in the Resurrection can look death in the face and not be afraid. The hope that Easter brings is that no matter how bleak the present might look, no matter bleak no one needs to give in to despair. We need only to hope, trust and believe. Jesus went to his death believing his father would raise him on the third day and his Father did.

Today’s Gospel the story of the Empty tomb. Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb alone. In the Gospel Saint John mentions that “it was still dark”. John’s darkness is not related to the time of day, he is saying that no matter what time of the day it is, it will continue to be dark, because Jesus is not present. The absence of Jesus is what causes the darkness. . The darkness that Mary experiences is the darkness that all of us experience when Jesus is absent from our lives, with the appearance of Jesus, darkness retreats and only light appears.

The fact that the stone is rolled back does not necessarily mean that the Lord is not in the tomb, yet that is how Mary Magdalene interprets it. She thinks Jesus as been taken away and lack of knowledge of where his body has been placed.

Peter and the beloved disciple act on Mary’s information and like her, they too run to the tomb to see for themselves. Mary saw only the stone rolled back, the beloved disciple sees this and the linen cloths used to wrap the body of Jesus. Peter sees even more. Besides what the beloved disciple sees, Peter sees also the cloth that was used to wrap the head of Jesus

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The leaving behind of the grave cloths are an indication of two facts. First, the body of Jesus could not have been stolen by grave robbers since is very unlikely that they would unwrap the body before stealing it. The leaving behind of the grave cloths is a symbol that Jesus has left death behind.

However, as Peter makes explicit in the first reading of today, the conquering of death by Jesus is only one part of the story. The second part is that because of Jesus’ resurrection everyone who believes will share in the resurrection. For everyone who believes, death will never be the end. For everyone who believes, there is the hope of new life.

This is because in Jesus and through his death and resurrection forgiveness of sins has been obtained by all. God forgives and welcomes all in Jesus the Risen Christ, but this forgiveness has to be accepted and lived out. Those who accept this forgiveness of God in Jesus, will strive only for what is positive and life giving. They will be encouraged and encourage. They will never give in to despair, they will never give up or give in, and they will never lose hope.

Is it Time to Reboot?

Posted in homily by frvictorray on April 3, 2021


This is my last reflection, Lent is over, Its Easter. I hope you have enjoyed these as I have.


When our lives haver gone off track and nothing seems to be going right, it’s time to reboot and start again. We can ignore the opportunity to change, or we can reboot by looking and letting go.


Take a step back and look at your life. Are you happy with the direction it’s going? If not, change it. Sift through the healthy and unhealthy habits. Are you relationships intact? Is an addiction squeezing the life out of you? Do you come home from your job stressed out every night? If you’re stuck, not growing, and unhappy, it’s time to make a change.


Decision Time! Either continue on with the bad habits, behaviors, or issues, or let them go. What’s holding you back? Are you afraid of moving out of your comfort zone? Or is it the past? Are you unable to shake loose grudges you are carrying? Set yourself Free! Let go and don’t look back. It’s not about quitting or giving up, it’s about backing away from what’s not contributing to your potential growth as a person., harming your relationships, and preventing you from living a full life. It’s choosing to open up more space in your life to welcome new opportunities and see what God has waiting for you. Its called, Resurrection of Life. The angel of the Lord says, “He has been raised, he is not here! Mark 16:6.


My Prayer for all: Risen Lord, lift me up now, tomorrow, and at the hour of my death.

St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community, a CACINA parish, St Petersburg, FL.

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on April 2, 2021

Father Al Risdorfer is the Pastor of Our Lady UnDoer of Knots which is a CACINA parish  located at 1620 Reisterstown Road Pikesville, Maryland 21208 (Baltimore County) Our Lady UnDoer of Knots shares space at St. Mark’s on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Website: https://www.our-lady-undoer-of-knots.org     Facebook.com/undoerofknotsparish 

Livestreaming Mass every Sunday at 6:00 pm on Facebook.

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Fr. Joseph Reynolds, Chancellor

9314 Doris Dr.

Oriental, NC 28571

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on April 2, 2021

Bishop Ronald Stephens (former Presiding Bishop of CACINA and former Pastor of St. Andrews the Apostle Church) is the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Holy Trinity serving at St. Andrews along with Fr. Craig Wilt (Pastor), and Deacon Gil Brooker in Midland, Virginia. St. Andrew the Apostle Church is a CACINA parish which shares space at Grace Episcopal Church located at 5096 Grace Church Lane, Midland, Virginia. (Fauquier County) 

Facebook.com/ St. Andrew the Apostle Independent Catholic Church     Live streaming Mass every Sunday at 9:00 am at Facebook.com/ronaldstephens

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Fr. Joseph Reynolds, Chancellor

9314 Doris Dr.

Oriental, NC 28571

Holy Thursday

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on April 2, 2021

Mother Monica Kennedy is the Pastor of Saint Charles of Brazil which is a CACINA parish located at 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum, Maryland (Anne Arundel County). The church shares space with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

Website: https://www.stcharlesofbrazil.org     Facebook.com/St. Charles of Brazil Independent Catholic Church

YouTube.com/ St. Charles of Brazil     Live streaming Mass every Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook and YouTube.

Mother Monica Kennedy celebrates a week day Mass on Tuesday mornings on our national church Facebook page at Facebook.com/ Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

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Fr. Joseph Reynolds, Chancellor

9314 Doris Dr.

Oriental, NC 28571

Thursday of the Lord’s Supper

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on April 2, 2021

Father Victor Ray, is the Pastor of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community. He is assisted by Deacon Barbara Fichter. The Church is a CACINA parish located at 3803 Haines Road North in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Pinellas County) The church shares space at Allendale United Methodist Church.

Website: https://www.stoccc.org     Facebook.com/St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community    

Youtube.com/ St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community     Live streaming Mass every Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook and YouTube.

Father Victor Ray celebrates a mid-week Mass on Wednesdays at 9:00 am which is live streamed on our national church Facebook page at Facebook.com/ Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

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Contact us at 1- (800) 603-0644

Our mailing address is:

Fr. Joseph Reynolds, Chancellor

9314 Doris Dr.

Oriental, NC 28571

Good Friday, is this your Last Friday?

Posted in homily by frvictorray on April 2, 2021


“Death is the only impartial friend we have!” Mark Twain knew it played no favorites. No fear plagues our hearts more than the fear of death. Rather than fear it, befriend it. Live the lessons it’s teaching. Yesterday is over and done. Tomorrow may never come. We can either waste the 1440 minutes we are given each day, or us them wisely. We are not guaranteed even the next breath. This could be someone’s last Friday.


Keep life in perspective. Thomas Watson Sr., founder of IBM said, “Everyone from time to time should take a step back and watch themselves go by.” It is all in how we look at life. Many people live with their finger on the panic button, making mountains out of mole hills. Perspective, folks. Step back and see the bigger picture.


Keep people close to you. In the end, it is never about what we drive or our financial worth – it is about people. It is saying, ‘I love you,” or “I’m sorry.” Treasure the people around you while you can.


Everyday is a new beginning. It is an opportunity to change the direction of our lives so, in the end, we don’t leave their world with a pile of regrets. Jesus says today, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to his disciples, “Behold your mother.” John 19:26-27.


Today: Make plans to turn off electronics, smart phones, Facebook, etc., between Noon and 3PM. If you can, spend this time outside or in a quiet space. Read short portions of John 18:1 – 19:42….might do our souls well. Good Friday!

St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community, a CACINA parish, St Petersburg, FL

He gave his life for us

Posted in homily by frtonys on April 2, 2021

Today is referred to a Good Friday, it is strange that we celebrate the day that Jesus died,as Good. What really is the reason why we celebrate? And why is the day on which Jesus died called “Good”? The answer to both these questions can only be found if we focus on the Passion and death of our Lord from the perspective of the Resurrection. Because if Christ was not resurrected, his death would have been meaningless. His death would have been the end. But because he rose again, his death took on a new meaning, a meaning that death never possessed before.

It is in the light of the resurrection, that we must look at the death of Christ and what it means for us today … and yet, we must remember that the Passion and Death of Jesus were indeed historical events, that Jesus had to suffer and die. That Jesus had to go through the ignominy of the cross before his resurrection.

Jesus offered him self and became the High priest through the mystery of his Passion, Death, Resurrection and Exaltation. Since he gave his life for others, his Father gave him back his own life. Jesus died believing that the Father would raise him on the third day and He did. And this is why we celebrate today, and this is why the day on which Jesus died is called Good.

I leave you with this question,how does reflecting on the death of Jesus make me feel?  Do I have any new insights into the importance of Jesus’ death?  How can I make the reality of the relationship which I have with the Lord Jesus-as my savior be made more alive in my relationships with others?

Let us pray that our celebration of the Passion and Death of Jesus will transform our lives into lives that resemble his, so that like Jesus, we too in our own way may be a people for others.

Remember Me As…..

Posted in homily by frvictorray on April 1, 2021


When asked, “How do you want to be remembered?” Kobe Bryant said, “I want to be remembered as a player who didn’t waste a moment: didn’t waste a day. I felt blessed with God-given talent; I never took it for granted.”


One of the privileges I have as a priest is to be invited into the final days of someone’s life. At that point, most people drop all the pretense and live authentically. They focus on telling stories and sharing memories that say, “this is who I really am; this is how I want to remember me.”


On this evening, Jesus had one last chance to say to his disciples, “This is who I really am; this is how I want you to remember me.” A teacher true to his word, Jesus made himself vulnerable and approachable. As the disciples shared their last meal with Jesus, their minds were flooded with memories of the sick being healed, the weak gaining strength, outcasts being welcomed, the dying knowing peace, and sinners being given a fresh start.


When you die, how do you want to be remembered? You’re creating those memories right now. So focus on living a meaningful life so people will talk kindly of you long after you’re gone. Jesus says, “Do you realize what I have done for you?” John 13:12.


Todays practice: Complete this phrase: Remember me as……Wonder what your answers might be. Blessed Holy Week.

St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Community, a CACINA parish, St Petersburg, FL.