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From the Pastor: Pray for the Unborn

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On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision known as Roe vs. Wade made abortion legal in every state of the nation. Since that time, over 62 million children have been aborted. One in four of all women in the United States and one in four men have been involved in an abortion in some […]

From the Pastor: Baptism of the Lord Reveals Holy Trinity

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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which we celebrate this Sunday, serves as a pivotal Sunday in the Church calendar. It is the end of the traditional Christmas Season (except for a brief reprise on Feb. 2), and it is the beginning of Ordinary Time. There is no First Sunday of Ordinary Time. […]

From the Pastor: Christ Came to Save Us All

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It is perhaps hard for us to remember that the first Christians believed they were a Jewish sect. They were the Jews who believed that the Messiah had come, as opposed to the other Jews of that time who believed that the Messiah was yet to come. The Christians continued to live out their Jewish […]

From the Pastor: Mary’s ‘Yes’ Signaled Our Salvation

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For the past two weeks, our Gospel readings have focused on the role of St. John the Baptist. He is one of the two great images for Advent, as we hear him proclaiming, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we are given the other great image of Advent, the […]

From the Pastor: Rejoice in the Lord!

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The words “joy” and “rejoice” are repeated throughout our readings for this Sunday. Therefore the Church designates this as Gaudete, or Rejoice, Sunday. We rejoice at this time because Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, is so near. Advent used to be 40 days long, like Lent, and, like Lent, it was a […]

From the Pastor: Prepare the Way of the Lord

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The Gospel for this Sunday begins somewhat strangely. We hear, “In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitus, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiphas, the word of […]

From the Pastor: The Lord Is Coming!

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Happy New Year! This First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the new liturgical year. The liturgical season of Advent is almost totally lost on a cultural level. As a culture, we have begun celebrating Christmas from at least Halloween, and even earlier. But the season of Advent tells us, “It is not Christmas yet!” […]

From the Pastor: What’s the Problem with Kids Today?

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One of the sad realities of our time is the number of young people who have left the Catholic Church. Some, like so many young people in the past, have simply put church-going on the shelf for the time being and plan to return when they settle down and get married and start raising families. […]

From the Pastor: Why I Became a Priest

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Today is Vocations Awareness Sunday. I wrote about the need for vocations to the priesthood last week. This week I want to say why a young man should consider becoming a priest, beyond stating the need of the Church for priests. I want to share some of my own experience. I thought somewhat of becoming […]

From the Pastor: Support Our Seminarians

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If you have been reading about the situation in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, you have seen that they are in a process of yoking their parishes into groups, with a single parish acting as the center. Presently there are 208 parishes in the Archdiocese who will be united into 60 “families of parishes,” which will […]

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