What's a precept and how is it different than a commandment? As we get used to a "normal" schedule at Holy Cross, many parishioners still have questions about whether they are obligated to go to Mass on Sundays.
Sunday homily for the Solemnity of Ascension from the parish's Sunday Mass.
Deacon Tim reflects on Jesus' meaning that pain, sorrow, and grief pass because God always reveals his great providence in drawing closer to Him.
Paul's preaching in Greece is rejected by those in the main square. A few are curious, a handful become disciples. Paul gives us a good example of what to do when we witness to Jesus Christ and our witness is rejected.
Jesus promises to send another Advocate. After Philip's preaching and baptisms in Samaria, Peter and John travel their to confer the sacrament of Confirmation.
To follow in the footsteps of Christ also means to know rejection by those in the world. Carry the peace of Christ within you anyway.
Let's talk getting back to church and these new "spikes" in COVID-19 cases in our area/county.
On this Feast of Saint Matthias, we look at how he was chosen to replace Judas, what the rest of his ministry might have looked like, and how this ancient choosing of an apostle lays the foundation for the choosing of bishops.
Deacon Tim offers a salient reflection on today's Gospel regarding the peace that Jesus gives and the same peace that we must rely on in these times.
I am the way, the truth, and the life — the Gospel and Homily cut from today's Mass for the 5th Sunday of Easter.
A second interview with Tyler Kramer, mental health counselor, on the different ways to take care of our mental health during these uncertain days.
Jesus says that he has come not to judge but to save. Does this mean that all will be saved? Exposing the heresy of universalism.
Many Protestant Bibles differ in the number of books in the New and Old Testament. Fr. Carter explains why the differences arise and why Catholics have "more books" in the Bible than other communities and churches.
Christ teaches his disciples in the image of a shepherd and sheep. He identifies himself as the sheep gate.
As the three persons are bound together in a holy union of love, the Holy Eucharist binds us to the Trinity in love.
As Christ promises to not lose anything given to him, we must also promise to not lose the divine life that Christ gives to us.
From the live broadcast of Mass, the Gospel is the appearance of Jesus to two disciples on the way to Emmaus. Through the Scriptures, Christ brings us into full participation in the Eucharist.
Fr. Carter interviews Tyler Kramer, a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who practices in Mecklenburg County. Tyler gives some great insights on how we all can cope with stress and anxiety. He speaks about married couples facing tensions and conflict. He speaks about what different things children need in these times, as well as concrete advice for teenagers.
Jesus says to Nicodemus that the works done in the light are wrought by God. There are a number of other passages that show that faith alone is not what God asks of us, but deeds of love done because of our faith.
Nicodemus questions Jesus. Jesus corrects Nicodemus' failure to believe in a spiritual rebirth. Jesus uses the image of Moses raising up a serpent in the desert.
The Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday is read and Fr. Carter goes over what makes a good confession.
Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the way to Emmaus do not convince the other disciples about our Lord's Resurrection. Jesus upbraids them for their unbelief and gives them the great commission to baptize. Wherein Fr. Carter rants about the "reformed" lectionary.
Jesus appears to the disciples as they are fishing. They do not recognize his appearance, but do recognize him by what he commands them. He eats a meal with them by a charcoal fire.
Easter Sunday Mass homily recorded during the live broadcast of Mass. The Gospel comes from St. John 20:1-9.
Tune in live to Sunday morning Easter Mass at 8am: https://youtu.be/eDPdMPCtzqc.
Let's talk plague! The models don't lie? The help of sheltering in place cannot be measured. When will we get "back to normal"? The "longest week" versus "Holy Week." Who's to blame for us being stuck at home?
Mary Magdalene anoints Christ's feet with oil. Judas is indignant. Let us prepare with Mary Magdalene to accompany Christ to the Cross.
Christ enters triumphantly into Jerusalem as king and Messiah. Judas hangs himself. Mary accompanies Christ, and now us, in all suffering and tribulation.
Tune in today to hear a short reflection on today's Gospel reading (John 10:31-42), as well as our plans that are forming for Holy Week.
Father Carter announces that parishioners can drive-thru the parish parking lot to receive blessed palms and pamphlets that can be used to lead your household in a Palm Sunday procession in your homes! Visit holycrossnc.org for a map and a PDF of the prayers.
Christ confronts the Pharisees because they do not believe that he is the Messiah, but warns them that if they do not believe in him, they will continue to search for a Messiah and die in sin.
In today's Gospel, a woman who has committed adultery is brought before him, the accusers ready to stone her. After he causes them to drop their stones and go away, there is a wonderful exchange of absolution and "sending" to live a reformed life.
Father Carter offers some thoughts on the Gospel of John 11:1-45, the Raising of Lazarus. After a reflection, he offers a message to parishioners regarding the church remaining open and the Church offering indulgences during this time of suffering.
La homilía del p. Carter tomada de la misa dominical celebrada el quinto domingo de Cuaresma. La resurrección de Lázaro y lo que significa para nosotros sufrir.
Jesus' words are not enough for the Jews, but Jesus tells them that there is more than just his own words that testify to his preaching.
Announcements happen all the time. What makes this one different? How our lives can be annunciations to others of God's abiding love for them.
The Healing of the Paralytic
Gospel and Reflection, plus a few considerations on our current state.
The Man Born Blind
El padre Carter lee el Evangelio de hoy del hombre nacido ciego, luego ofrece una meditación y predica.
March 20's Daily Gospel and Reflection
St. Joseph reminds us to practice fidelity and perseverance during times of uncertainty.
In today's readings, we are reminded that truth is founded upon the written word and oral tradition.