Welcome to the homiletic and scholarly journal of Rev. Fr. J. Michael Venditti, M. Div., presenting a record of his preaching and non-liturgical essays. Father Michael's Radio Theater© presents mystery and adventure from America's "Golden Age of Radio" from Father Michael's own collection of historical recordings.
     The author of this site is a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, who served for more than half his priesthood in the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church; thus, in addition to homilies based on the two calendars of the Roman Rite, the archives contain many based on the calendar of the Byzantine Tradition as well.
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Special Announcements:

Toward the end of the previous Year of Grace, Father Michael had neglected this website because, in his current assignment, he has few opportunities to preach; nevertheless, preaching remains the first love of his priesthood, and he hopes to keep active as a preacher vicariously on this website by posting his homilies, some of which are new and some repeated from previous years. Because there is no longer any concern for those reading the homilies before they are heard in church, Father will try to post them early enough to be of use to others in preparing their homilies.

Following five years of research and writing, Father Michael's book, A Reader's Companion to Sherlock Holmes, was published in February, 2017. The button below will navigate away from FatherVenditti.com and take you to the book's page at Dorrance Publishing Co.'s online book store, where you can learn more about the book; it is also available at Amazon and most other retail outlets in both print and electronic form.

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Homiles may be based on the Lectionaries of three different Liturgical Traditions, identified by the following legend:

[OF] = The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[EF] = The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[RR] = The Ruthenian Recension of the Byzantine Rite.

9:58 AM 12/17/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of the Greater Antiphons. Star Wars Theology and the Scandal of the Incarnation.

9:25 AM 12/17/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Third Sunday of Advent, known as "Gaudete Sunday." Confession, Part Two: Be Not Afraid.

9:34 PM 12/12/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr; and, the Commemoration of the Second Thursday of Advent. It's Not That Bad.

7:01 AM 12/12/2018 [OF] The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe; and, the Commemoration of the Second Wednesday of Advent. I Have the Need … the Need for Speed.

10:10 PM 12/9/2018 [OF] The Second Monday of Advent. [EF] The Second Monday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Melchiades, Pope & Martyr. God Is Not a Vending Machine.

5:06 PM 12/8/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Advent. Confession, Part One: Don't Be Such a Smart Aleck.

6:13 PM 12/7/2018 [OF] The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. [EF] The First Class Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and, the Commemoration of the First Saturday of Advent. Where is That in the Bible? Try Starting at the First Page, and Go from There.

7:09 AM 12/6/2018 [OF] The First Thursday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the First Thursday of Advent. A Teacher of Moderation, a Model of Faith, and an Example of Virtue.

7:26 AM 12/5/2018 [OF] The First Wednesday of Advent. [EF] The First Wednesday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Sabbas, Abbot. Even Miracles Need Raw Materials.

10:28 PM 12/2/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the First Monday of Advent. The Harder the Nut, the Bigger the Nut Cracker.

3:25 PM 12/1/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Advent. A Judgment Rooted in the Truth is Without Malice.

Archive of homilies from December 3rd, 2017, through October 6th, 2018.

Archive of homilies from November 27th, 2016, through December 2nd, 2017.

Archive of homilies from November 29th, 2015, through November 24th, 2016.

Archive of homilies from November 30th, 2014, through November 28th, 2015.

Archive of homilies from January 5th, 2014, through November 22nd, 2014.

Archive of homilies from January 7th, 2013, through December 29th, 2013.

Archive of homilies from January 2nd, 2012, through December 30th, 2012.

Archive of homilies from October 26th, 2006, through December 25th, 2011.

The Legal Stuff

  • All contents, including text, images, sounds, backgrounds, etc., © 2010 and following by Rev. Fr. J. M. Venditti, M. Div. unless explicitly stated otherwise. FatherVenditti.com© and Father Michael's Radio Theater© are copyrighted terms of Rev. Fr. J. Michael Venditti, M. Div., and may not be used without permission except for purposes of web site review. Texts composed by the author may be shared provided they are not altered and acknowledgment of authorship is given; but, altering their text, resulting in damage to the author's reputation, would be considered libelous and subject to litigation. The dramas and adventures presented on Father Michael's Radio Theater© are in the public domain unless otherwise stated, the assertions of commercial vendors of old time radio broadcasts not withstanding. For permissions, write to postmaster@fathervenditti.com.

  • This site is hosted by Earthlink®, whose services have been purchased for hosting purposes only, and Father Venditti alone is personally responsible for the entire contents of this site. Earthlink®, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Diocese of Metuchen, the Eparchy of Passaic, the World Apostolate of Fatima USA, and any other agency of the Catholic Church share no accountability whatsoever for the contents of this site.

  • Father regards this site as an extention of his priestly ministry, and all expenses incurred in the design and publication of this site are absorbed by Father personally from his own private funds; donations are not accepted. This web site offers no commercial service and generates no income of any kind (the link to the Dorrance Publishing Online Bookstore, where Father Michael's book is available for purchase, navigates away from this site entirely). The site's domain name and address are Father Venditti's personal property, openly purchased by him at private expense; his ownership does not expire.

  • The site was designed by Father Venditti and coded by him; no web site professionals or web design software were employed in its production or design, and all coding was done by hand in Windows® Notepad© in the HTML 5 language with UTF-8 character encoding. The code is open, and can be viewed by right-clicking on most browsers and selecting "View Source".

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