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SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
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SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
MOVIE & BOOK: The Shack Father Gabriel's homily last week focused on the book and movie 'The Shack'. The Shack has become an international phenomenon, sitting atop The New York Times bestseller list for months and now inspiring a blockbuster movie. It's a modern retelling of the Biblical story of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
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THE ARCHANGELS FATHER GABRIEL'S CORNER | The Archangels Dear Parishioners, In the course of the Church's Liturgical year, there are two commemorations of angels, i.e., September 29, the feast day of Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and all Archangels, and October 2, the feast day of the Guardian Angels. Originally, September 29... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
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MOVIE: SCORSESE’S “SILENCE” AND THE SEASIDE MARTYRS By: Bishop Robert Barron I have long been an ardent fan of Martin Scorsese’s films. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Last Waltz, Casino, etc. are among the defining movies of the last forty years. And The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
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St. Maximilian Kolbe was filled with zeal and love for Jesus and his Immaculate Mother. From a young age, he sought to evangelize the world through modern technology and by establishing missions in Europe, Japan, and India. His profound Marian spirituality and insights filled him with the heavenly strength he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at SJA Table Talk
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For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears… Job 33:14-16a December 17th In his homily, Father Gabriel reflects on when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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This much-loved saint was the son of a wealthy merchant and born in the 13th century. After a carefree life with other well-to-do young mean, he underwent a dramatic conversion experience - in prayer, he heard Christ calling from a crucifix in the church of San Damiano, saying 'Rebuld my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
Watch the cute and funny Superbowl commercial where a pregnant mother, undergoing an ultra-sound, is annoyed by her husband who is absent-mindedly munching Doritos while their baby’s image is displayed on the screen. But as the father moves the corn chip, the baby in the womb moves with it; and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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Dear Parishioners, In the course of the Church's Liturgical year, there are two commemorations of angels, i.e., September 29, the feast day of Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and all Archangels, and October 2, the feast day of the Guardian Angels. Originally, September 29 was the feast of St. Michael the Archangel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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Once in a while, a film will come along that manages to introduce us to key aspects of faith, allowing us to glimpse timeless truths through the language of cinema. These movies become windows to the essentials; they give color, sound and voice to that which is invisible to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
Music Connection: Mumford & Son's The Cave (see below) In Bishop Barron’s video post below, he wants to address an issue that is infecting the minds of many young people today, namely scientism. Not to put too fine a point on it, scientism is the reduction of all knowledge to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
What do atheist's sing about when they get together? When comedian Steve Martin thought about this he teamed up with his band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, to make a song. And the result is absolutely hilarious! Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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The Spiritual Master Pope Francis wants us to read > Pope Francis suggests The Divine Comedy is vital reading for the Year of Mercy> The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
Multiplied is a song that displays how the band Needtobreathe was feeling at a rough time in their lives. Needtobreathe's lead singer, Bo, says that the first line from his favorite hymn sings these words: "The Love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell". Bo... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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Watch on Amazon Movies | Watch the Official Trailer Note that Dorothy Day was an Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, IL Read More> "If you feed the poor, you're a Saint... if you ask why they're poor... you are a communist" ~ Dorothy Day The story of this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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Watch Original T.V. version on Youtube (25 minutes) > Watch Movie With Jim Carey and Steve Carell on Amazon > | Watch Trailer > Even if you are not a Dr. Seuss fan, you will be surprised by how much you will enjoy watching the movie with your children. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
A teen is blindsided when he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant. He tells the audience that his dreams of skipping town after graduation and hanging out on the coast are ruined; in the chorus he sings, "There goes my life." By the next verse he is married to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
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'The Light of the World' (1853) by the pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20) The biblical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
U2 is the most successful rock band of all time. But few people realize how religious many of their songs are as well as the band - particularly their front man, Bono. Below are just a couple examples of great U2 rock & roll that honors God. Reference: for context... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at SJA Table Talk
'By acting like a man in love, he became a man in love again' That is the main lesson from the 5 minute short film Bastille, Paris Je T'aime. St. Thomas Aquinas would embrace this film, as it suggests that the Body & Soul are inextricably intertwined. That the body... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at SJA Table Talk
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By Father John Riccardo, an expert on JPII's Theology of the Body Podcast Link: LISTEN NOW> Audio Notes: the first 20 minutes are about the dignity of life (not focused on abortion). The most provocative segment is when Father reads the supreme court testimony that describes the abortion techniques. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at SJA Table Talk
Tim Timmons spoke and performed for the students at Benet Academy. The main focus of his talk was to ask the question 'What if all that we know of Jesus is really true? Would we live our lives differently? How would it change this town?" This is a very enjoyable... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at SJA Table Talk
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One of the most brutally realistic and spiritually powerful depictions of the crucifixion is the central panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece painted in the late fifteenth century by the German artist Matthias Grunewald. Jesus's body is covered with sores and wounds, his head is surrounded by a particularly brutal crown... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at SJA Table Talk
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A Great Family Movie - that should stimulate great family conversation Inside Out is the newest release from Pixar Animation Studios and Disney. We know the Pixar brand’s penchant for entertaining both children and adults, alike (Up, Monsters Inc, andCars just to name a few), and they have certainly lived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at SJA Table Talk