Spend your Monday with Mary and join us live for a very special Perpetual Novena and Mass. Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, of the Archdiocese of the Military in Washington D.C., will be preaching on The Feast Day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Homily begins at 32:40.
Bishop Joseph Coffey is the fifth of nine children and the proud uncle of 46 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews. He was raised in Philadelphia and is a life-long fan of all the Philly sports teams.
He graduated from La Salle University in 1982 with a double major in English/French, which included a year of study at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. After college, Bishop Coffey worked as a grade-school teacher, a ski instructor in Switzerland, and in the automobile industry in Germany and Belgium for five years.
Heeding a call to the priesthood, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. While in seminary, Father Coffey was given permission to enter the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in May of 1992 with the rank of Ensign. Following ordination in 1996, he was assigned as an Associate Pastor to St. Katherine of Siena parish in Philadelphia. After five years in parish ministry, he was given permission by Cardinal Bevilacqua for full-time active duty as a Navy Chaplain in September of 2001.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Sea Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Service Medal, 3 Battle E Ribbons.
Below is an Act of Spiritual Communion that you can make during Holy Communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Gospel: John 2: 1-11
On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
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