Fourth Day Advent

4th Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Gospel Reflection Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS The second and third Sundays of Advent we have been reflecting on the figure of John the Baptist but now Holy Mother Church turns our attention toward the figure of Mary. In the first reading we hear about David wanting to build God a house. The ark of the covenant […]

Third Sunday of Advent Gospel Reflection

Third Sunday of Advent Gospel Reflection

Third Sunday of Advent Gospel Reflection: John 1:6-8,19-28 By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS Happy Gaudete Sunday! Gaudete is plural imperative that literally means “ya’ll rejoice” (if you are from Texas) or “yinz rejoice” (if you are from Pittsburgh). What reason do we have to rejoice on this third Sunday of Advent? Gaudete is the first word in the entrance antiphon […]

fr. Patrick McGuire Zuni mission school reflecting December


Late as usual, I am hurriedly beginning to send out Christmas Cards. I know that I have managed to send out our school card to our donors, friends and supporters now it’s time to contact family and friends. As I write the cards I ask myself why am I doing this? I do try to keep in contact throughout the […]

Advent Week 2 - St. Anthony - Zuni

Advent Week 2

The first week of Advent focuses on the Lord’s second coming at the end of time. The second and third weeks of Advent focus on the appearance of John the Baptist proclaiming the first coming of Jesus. Let us look at what the Baptist has to say to us. We know from the Gospel of Luke that John was from […]

Advent Week 1

Beginning of Advent Week 1

Happy Advent! Mark 13:33-7 Jesus in the Gospel this Sunday calls us to be vigilant. What are we watching for and why? First we are watching for the coming of Jesus. This primarily refers to his second coming at the end of the world when he will separate the sheep from the goats and bring his bride the Church to […]

St. Anthony Indian School Zuni - Blessed Christmas 2020

From the Students at St. Anthony’s

A friend once said that peace flowed in her heart as she considered the silence in the stable in Bethlehem as the home- less family waited to hear the first cry of the newborn infant. It is a silence that resounds with expectation, with hope and with vision. Amid the confusion that Joseph and Mary must have felt, there was […]


Easter Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel: John 20:1-9 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS This Easter Sunday the tomb is empty yet so are our Churches. What does this mean? This Lent we have seen how Jesus revealed himself to his disciples as the source of living water with his encounter with Samaritan woman at the well; as light of the world with […]

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Palm Sunday Reflection

Sixth Sunday of Lent 2020: Palm Sunday Reflection on the Opening Gospel: Matthew 21: 1-11 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS We cross the sacred threshold of Holy Week on Palm Sunday. Yet, we have no palms. How do we welcome our King without our beloved palms? Again we turn to the Gospel for answers. After raising his beloved friend Lazarus […]

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5th Sunday Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2020: The Raising of Lazarus Reflection on the Gospel: John 11:1-45 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS Little did we know when we signed ourselves with the black ashes of burnt palm leaves on Ash Wednesday that we would face a deadly virus and, at the same time, we would be called into a great fast from […]

Father McGuire at Zuni Mission Reflecting on a walk

Reflections 4th Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Reflection on the Gospel: John 9:1-41 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS We are all the man born blind. Adam and Eve’s decision to not walk on God’s path for their life darkened their minds and twisted their hearts. We inherited our first parent’s twisted darkness and we need the light. The Gospels tells us this […]

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Reflection on the Gospel John 20:11-18 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS On Easter Sunday we were left with an empty tomb, burial clothes and the dim rays of Easter faith beginning to dawn in the hearts of the disciples. This week we see how Mary Magdalene and the disciples step into the full brightness of the light Easter faith a […]

6th Sunday of Easter

6th Sunday of Easter Gospel Reflection: John 14:15-21 By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS Our Advocate In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus promises that the Father will send another advocate who will abide with us forever. Who is this other advocate? This new advocate is the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. This is the first of seven times (the […]

5th Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reflection: John 14:1-12 By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS In this Sunday’s Gospel the disciples are huddled in the upper room in Jerusalem on the eve of the crucifixion gripped with terror. The Greek word for being “troubled” here means being terrified by the prospect of death. Yet, Jesus tells them to not let their hearts be troubled. Many of […]

4th Sunday of Easter 2020

Reflection on the Gospel: John 10:1-10 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS The Good Shepherd Discourse that we hear this Sunday comes right after Jesus heals the man born blind who was betrayed by his parents and then kicked out of the synagogue by the Pharisees. Even though the man born blind experienced this hurtful rejection from the people he trusted […]

2nd Sunday of Easter | Divine Mercy Sunday

Reflection on the Gospel of John 20: 19-31 —By Fr. Alcuin Hurl, FHS Last Sunday we began in the dark and saw how Mary Magdalen, Peter and the Beloved Disciple move toward Easter faith. Although Mary Magdalen returns and says: “I have seen the Lord” the disciples are still in the dark. It is evening on Easter Sunday and the […]