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     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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4:52 PM 12/2/2017 — Please note that, beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, 2017, I will no longer be providing the Scripture citations for the Ruthenian Recension of the Byzantine Rite, as gleaning them from the Typicon of the Ruthenian Church has become too time consuming, not to mention the expense of purchasing the massive Typicon each year. They will, of course, remain in the archives. Thus, beginning with this Year of Grace, this site will focus exclusively on the two forms of the Roman Rite. Inasmuch as most of my Priesthood was spent serving in an eparchy of the Ruthenian Church, I regret this decision; but, I do wish this site to continue, and must find a way to reduce the work-load and expense needed to maintain it.

9:33 PM 10/13/2017 — Following five years of research and writing, Father Michael's book, A Reader's Companion to Sherlock Holmes, was published last February. 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.

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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.

6:42 AM 2/18/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Lent. The Leaven of Malice in the Bread of Our Souls.

6:04 AM 2/17/2018 [OF] The First Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. [EF] The First Saturday of Lent. Our Lord Will Meet Us Half-Way; We Just Can't Stay There.

11:00 AM 2/16/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Friday of Lent. Not a Therapist, but a Savior.

7:05 AM 2/15/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Thursday of Lent. Nulla Dies sine Cruce!

5:17 AM 2/14/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. Angels with Dirty Faces.

7:05 AM 2/11/2018 [OF] The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Quinquagesima Sunday. As Long as You Have Your Health … and a Full Head of Hair.

8:49 AM 2/8/2018 [OF] The Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time; the memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani; or, the Memorial of Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint John of Matha, Confessor. How Deep Is the Mine of God's Wisdom.

8:28 AM 2/4/2018 [OF] The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Sexagesima Sunday. The Parting of Friends, Part Two.

8:12 AM 2/3/2018 [OF] The Fourth Saturday of Ordinary Time; the Memorial of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; the Memorial of Saint Ansgar, Bishop; or, the Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [EF] Septuagesima Saturday; and, the Commemoration of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr. I Do Not Recommend the Fish.

7:04 AM 2/2/2018 [OF] The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. [EF] The Second Class Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How to Recognize God When You See Him.

7:38 AM 1/31/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint John Bosco, Confessor. Don't Put the Cart Before the Horse.

8:15 AM 1/28/2018 [OF] The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Septuagesima Sunday. The Parting of Friends, Part One.

9:05 AM 1/24/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Timothy, Bishop & Martyr. The Gasoline of Grace, Part Two.

8:29 AM 1/21/2018 [OF] The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Third Sunday after Epiphany. Dressing the Windows.

8:02 AM 1/14/2018 [OF] The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Second Sunday after Epiphany. How to Listen to God.

9:22 AM 1/12/2018 [OF] The First Friday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The First Friday after Epiphany. When God Says, "No."

6:55 AM 1/11/2018 [OF] The First Thursday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The First Thursday after Epiphany; and, the Commemoration of Saint Hyginus, Pope & Martyr. Can You Keep a Secret?

8:30 AM 1/7/2018 [OF] The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. [EF] The First Sunday after the Epiphany: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Family. The Poor Man's Epiphany, Part Two: Our Own Star to Follow.

8:27 AM 1/3/2017 [OF] The Second Day after the Octave of the Nativity; or, the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. [EF] The Second Day after the Circumcision. At the Name of Jesus, Every Knee Should Bend.

8:30 AM 1/1/2018 [OF] The Octave Day of the Nativity: the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. [EF] The Octave Day of the Nativity. The Poor Man’s Epiphany.

8:18 AM 12/31/2017 [OF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord: the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. [EF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord. When Love Hurts.

8:02 AM 12/30/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Sixth Day of Christmas. The Sound of Silence.

7:25 AM 12/29/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Day of Christmas; and, the Commemoration of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr. How to Recognize God.

7:38 AM 12/28/2017 [OF] The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. [EF] The Second Class Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs; and, the Commemoration of the Fourth Day of Christmas. When Bad Things Happen to Good People; or, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

7:46 AM 12/27/2017 [OF] The Feast of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist; and, the Commemoration of the Third Day of Christmas. If You Did Nothing More, It Would Suffice.

7:46 AM 12/25/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Nativity of Our Lord, God & Savior, Jesus Christ. The Real Christmas Tree.

7:53 AM 12/24/2017 [OF] The Eighth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. [EF] The Vigil Day of the Nativity of Our Lord. Sometimes, You Just Have to Close Your Eyes and Jump.

8:26 AM 12/21/2017 [OF] The Fifth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle; and, the Commemoration of the Fifth Day of the Greater Antiphons. Let's Not Go to Hell.

8:04 AM 12/20/2017 [OF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons. [EF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, Ember Wednesday of Advent. Be Not Afraid.

9:05 AM 12/18/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Second Day of the Greater Antiphons. Be a Man!

7:50 AM 12/17/2017 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

9:07 AM 12/14/2017 [OF] The Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Second Thursday of Advent. Hand-Wringing is Never an Appropriate Posture for Prayer.

8:17 AM 12/13/2017 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr; and, the Commemoration of the Second Wednesday of Advent. The Gasoline of Grace.

10:53 PM 12/12/2017 [OF] The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. [EF] The Second Tuesday of Advent. I Have the Need … the Need for Speed.

8:14 AM 12/11/2017 [OF] The Second Monday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Damasus I, Pope. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Damasus, Pope & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the Second Monday of Advent. God Is Not a Vending Machine.

7:53 AM 12/10/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Advent. All So Transitory…

7:49 AM 12/9/2017 [OF] The First Saturday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. [EF] The First Saturday of Advent. Hurry Up and Wait.

8:10 AM 12/8/2017 [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 Friday of Advent. Where is That in the Bible? Try Starting at the First Page, and Go from There.

9:37 AM 12/6/2017 [OF] The First Wednesday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the Second Tuesday of Advent. A Teacher of Moderation, a Model of Faith, and an Example of Virtue.

8:04 AM 12/4/2017 [OF] The First Monday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint John Damascene, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church; the Commemoration of the First Monday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Barbara, Virgin & Martyr. The Harder the Nut, the Bigger the Nut Cracker.

7:10 AM 12/3/2017 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Advent. His Judgment is Without Malice.

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.

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