Reflections from St. Ann DC

Solemn Mass to Commemorate 150th Parish Anniversary - Fr. John Raphael Homily - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

An episode of Reflections from St. Ann DC

By St. Ann Catholic Church
Encounter hope, faith, joy, peace and love: This podcast will feature weekly the Sunday morning 11:00am Mass homilies, Sunday evening 7:00pm Mass homilies, and important talks at our church, such as distinguished theologian George Weigel's "Theology of a Catholic Parish" lecture in November in honor of our parish's 150th anniversary this year! #StAnn150
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Encounter hope, faith, joy, peace and love: This podcast will feature weekly the Sunday morning 11:00am Mass homilies, Sunday evening 7:00pm Mass homilies, and important talks at our church, such as distinguished theologian George Weigel's "Theology of a Catholic Parish" lecture in November in honor of our parish's 150th anniversary this year! #StAnn150

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Lucas Laborde - The challenge of the Sadducees: those who don’t find the idea of heaven attractive
What is the challenge of the Sadducees - in other words, those who don’t find the idea of heaven attractive?
November 13, 2019
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Ivan Pertine - The Art of Conversation
What is the art of conversation?
November 5, 2019
George Weigel on the History and Theology of a Catholic Parish - Women Empowerment, Education, Science, Love, Religion & War
Do you have questions about women empowerment in the Church? Wonder when education in America began and how? Learn about the fascinating history of the Catholic Church in this noteworthy lecture by George Weigel, author, theologian and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel gave this presentation in a distinctly Catholic setting — our church — in celebration of St. Ann's 150th anniversary as a church this year (2019-2020). "The Church in the United States was largely run by women and has been for the last 150 years. Women ran the schools, women ran the hospitals, women ran the social service agencies... This was one of the few venues prior to the last 50 years in American life where intelligent, service-oriented, assertive women could find a leadership role in society." "The faith has to be proposed. People have to be invited. And they have to be engaged." See photos: Celebrate with us! Follow #StAnn150 Read Weigel's biography:
November 4, 2019
17. The Murmurs, the Crowds Condemn Him: Why Isn't Zacchaeus Condemned? - Msgr. James Watkins - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
"The moment you think you're more righteous, you just sinned. That's the beauty of it, in paradox. Christians rejoice in their sinfulness: 'O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, that has gained for us so wonderful a Redeemer!' Had it not been for sin, friends, there would be no need for a Savior."
November 4, 2019
All Saints Day - Fr. Lucas Laborde - We Are ALL Called to Holiness
"We all have a vocation to be a saint, but no one has a vocation to be a saint in the same way you do."
November 4, 2019
16. All Saints Day Homily - We Need Friends on Heaven and Earth - Msgr. James Watkins
“God ordered friendship as a natural good for us,” Msgr. Watkins says. “If that is true in the natural order, it is also true in the supernatural order. We need *friends* in heaven. This is the communion of saints.” #AllSaints
November 1, 2019
Fr. Ivan Pertine - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From the Gospel of Luke 18:9-14: Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
November 1, 2019
15. Perfect People, Being Human and Needing God - Msgr. James Watkins - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
He did everything right. What was his mistake?
October 30, 2019
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Lucas Laborde - Spiritual Resilience in the Face of Evil
"When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Lk 18).
October 24, 2019
Solemn Mass to Commemorate 150th Parish Anniversary - Fr. John Raphael Homily - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"We are extraordinarily blessed by Almighty God to be here today."
October 20, 2019
14. Gratitude: Do Not Delay - Msgr. James Watkins - Homily on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ten lepers were cleansed — but only one returned to give thanks in this weekend's Gospel. Do we delay our gratitude? If you really mean gratitude, show it, so that one day Jesus can say to us, too: "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you" (Lk 17).
October 15, 2019
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Lucas Laborde - Balancing Discipline and Emotions
How do we balance discipline and emotion?
October 15, 2019
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Lucas Laborde - It is Faith that Enables Good Living
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Lucas Laborde
October 7, 2019
13. The First Doctors, Poverty Among Us, Lazarus & More - Msgr. James Watkins Homily - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"God's gift of precious life is no less beautiful when accompanied by sickness or illness, hunger or poverty, mental or physical handicaps, loneliness or old age. At these times, life takes on extra often in and through the weakest of human vessels, God continues to show us the power of His love." Who are the poor around us? How can we really serve them? Is there more than one way?
September 30, 2019
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Why is the Dishonest Steward Praised? - Fr. Lucas Laborde
This weekend's Gospel reading — Luke 16:1-13 — is quite confusing. What does it mean? Fr. Lucas Laborde explains. Here is the full Gospel text: Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.' The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.' He called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.' Then to another the steward said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred kors of wheat.' The steward said to him, 'Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.' And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. "For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon." #DailyGospel
September 24, 2019
12. The Miracle of the Pietà Statue's Pilgrimage to St. Ann: How She Got Here of Her Own Doing - Msgr. James Watkins - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019
Are you at your wit's end trying to muster your own resources, time and talent to accomplish something? Listen to this.
September 23, 2019
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Who are the pharisees today? - Fr. Ivan Pertine
Fr. Ivan Pertine answers in this week's homily: "Who are the pharisees today?"
September 19, 2019
11. Losing Things, Suffering Love and the Perfect Gift: Msgr. James Watkins Tackles 'Loss' - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily
Have you ever lost something? Someone? Are you searching for reasons? Msgr. James Watkins tackles this difficult question of suffering love and "loss" in this week's homily.
September 18, 2019
Highlights: St. Ann's History, Architecture and Stained Glass Windows Tour
Do you know what the Pietà in our church is made of? Can you tell which saints are depicted in our stained glass windows? Hear all the highlights of this past Saturday's stained glass, history and architecture tours during Art All Night!
September 15, 2019
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Counting the Cost - Fr. Ivan Pertine
Fr. Ivan Pertine explains this difficult Gospel that tells us to "hate" our family by hitting on three key points in his homily: 1) Put God first. Above everything. Everything. 2) Deny yourself. Take up your cross. Sacrifice. 3) Give Jesus everything. Turn it over to Him. If you can't, ask Him for the grace to eventually.
September 10, 2019
10. Could You Give Up Your Cell Phone? - A Msgr. James Watkins Homily
Jesus tells us in Luke 14: “...anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” How do we digest this? How can we apply its meaning? Msgr. James Watkins dissects this 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel message.
September 9, 2019
9. Can we "Humble Ourselves" in Washington? - A Msgr. James Watkins Homily
Luke 14 tells us in the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time's Gospel: "For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Is this realistic in Washington?
September 3, 2019
8. Get to Know Jesus: Body to Body, Blood to Blood - A Msgr. James Watkins Homily
We hear from Jesus in today's Gospel in Luke 13 that some people will hear "I do not know you; depart from me..." when attempting to enter heaven. How can we be sure that Jesus will "know" us when we want to enter His Kingdom at the end of our lives? How can we develop a personal relationship with Christ here and now? Msgr. James Watkins explains in today's homily on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
August 25, 2019
7. Jesus Came to Establish “Division, Not Peace” and a “House Divided”? - the Gospel Explained
This Gospel message sounds weird to our ears. Msgr. James Watkins explains in this homily on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time what Jesus is trying to tell us in the Luke 12 Gospel, verses 49-53: Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’”
August 20, 2019
6. The Fascinating Dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary - A Homily by Msgr. James Watkins
There are only two infallible dogma in the history of the Catholic Church proclaimed by the Catholic Church. The first is the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed on December 8, 1854 by Pius IX. The second infallible dogma is the Assumption. On November 1, 1950, Pius XII declared the dogma of the Virgin being assumed, Body and Soul, into heavenly glory. Both infallible dogma are about Mary. This is fascinating. But why?
August 15, 2019
5. Time: A Gift, Our Treasure - Msgr. James Watkins' Homily on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Msgr. James Watkins explains what it means to "be ready" and the precious gift of time. Gospel of Luke 12: Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.   Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” 
August 13, 2019
4. Workaholics, Vacation, People, Places and Things: Msgr. James Watkins Tackles 'Greed' - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily
Beginning with a prayer for the victims of the mass shootings this weekend in El Pasos, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Msgr. James Watkins explains today's readings - "Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!" (Ecclesiastes 1) - in light of our own struggles with busyness, exhaustion, and making people, places and things "deities," when they possess us more than we possess them.
August 4, 2019
Farewell and Thank You to Fr. Deogratias Kateregga!
After visiting us and serving with us for three weeks, Fr. Deo has returned to Uganda. He gave these touching remarks at all Masses last weekend, thanking St. Ann’s parishioners for their generosity, prayers and kindness. #StAnn150
July 30, 2019
Meet the Grandmother of Jesus: Her Life, Art and Teaching - by Natalie J. Plumb, Caitlin Greenhill Caldera and Susie Chorro
In this episode, meet St. Ann, the grandmother of Jesus. Hear about the history of art depicting this great saint, prayers and devotions to invoke her intercession, and popular pilgrimage sites that honor her. We even tell the story of a mini miracle that happened here at St. Ann's: Parish patroness, pray for us! Speakers (in order of appearance): Natalie J. Plumb, Director of Communications and Youth Ministry, St. Ann Catholic Church Caitlin Greenhill Caldera, Artist, Art Consultant Susie Chorro, Director, Gold Leaf Studios We hear first of St. Ann in the non-biblical gospel of James. Childless after 20 years of marriage, Anna (as named in the book of James) and St. Joachim begged God for a child. An angel appeared separately to the two parents saying they would conceive a child to be called Mary, who was to be dedicated to God. Mary's parents were obedient and we have so much to learn from them and their daughter.
July 29, 2019
3. A Story from Msgr. James Watkins on Prom 40 Years Ago and Being Persistent with the Father - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Msgr. James Watkins tells a story of his childhood: Forty years ago, he asked a girl to his senior prom. He needed money in order to go. Watkins had to be persistent with his father in asking for help, much like we should do with our Father in heaven. This would be his only prom. This Sunday's Gospel from Luke 11 reads: "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
July 28, 2019
2. Feast of Saint Ann Homily - Msgr. James Watkins
Learn more about the life of the patroness of our church, St. Ann, and her husband St. Joachim, in this homily Msgr. James Watkins gave on her Feast!
July 26, 2019
1. 30th Priesthood Anniversary Homily - Msgr. James Watkins
On the occasion of his 30th priesthood anniversary, Msgr. James Watkins, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, DC, counts his many blessings during his #30yearsapriest. Watkins also reflects on the priesthood, the Eucharist and the mystery of our salvation.
June 23, 2019
The priesthood of Christ: How we may encounter Jesus through the Holy Eucharist
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B. Hear a selection of our special Gregorian-Chant Mass along with Msgr. James Watkins's teachings of the oldest Christian order, the order of Melchizedek. Ponder on the priesthood that Jesus instituted for our salvation. Christ has set himself as the chief intermediary with God the Father, through his Holy sacrifice at the Mass in the Eucharist.
October 29, 2018
Homily 10/14/18
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October 14, 2018
Homily 09/30/2018
Listen to Fr Watkins's homily at St Ann's, Washington DC. God Bless!
September 30, 2018
Homily 09/23/2018
Listen to Fr Watkins's Homily at St Ann's Washington DC
September 28, 2018
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