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From the Pastor: Advent—The Great Story Begins

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Every year, on the First Sunday of Advent, we begin to tell the Jesus story again. We tell it every year, and you might think that we would exhaust the story, but that is far from the truth. The meaning of the Jesus story is inexhaustible. As a priest I have preached the 3-year cycle […]

From the Pastor: Jesus Is Our King

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This Sunday we conclude the Church’s liturgical year with the celebration of the Feast of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, usually called Christ the King. This feast honors the final victory of Jesus at the end of time when He comes in glory to reign as King of all Creation. That final […]

From the Pastor: “It’s the End of the World, and I Feel Fine”

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The quote above is a song by the band REM. I am sure some of you will recognize it. It does not express my personal feelings, but I thought it might be a good way to catch people’s attention.    As we have noted over the past couple of weeks, during the month of November, the Church […]

From the Pastor: Please Pray for Vocations

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The first vocation, or call, that we receive is the call to follow Christ as His disciples, and to be baptized. For many Catholics, there is a second call—either to marriage or to Holy Orders. Some, such as permanent deacons, are called to both marriage and Holy Orders. We all begin life as single, so those […]

From the Pastor: Why Saints Matter

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The month of November begins with two of the greatest feasts of the Church. On Nov. 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, and on Nov. 2 we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. Throughout the Church’s liturgical year, many saints are honored. But there are far more men and women whom the Church […]

From the Pastor: A God of Justice

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The first reading for this Sunday is from the Book the Wisdom of Sirach. In some Bibles, it is called the Book of Ecclesiasticus (the Book of the Church), because it was used so extensively in giving instructions to converts to Christianity. It is a collection of Wisdom sayings, intended to give ethical guidance to […]

From the Pastor: Why Read Scripture?

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Recently, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Jerome, the great Biblical scholar, and the patron saint of Scripture scholarship. He is famous for his statement that, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” making it clear how important it is for all of us to read and pray and study the Word of God. […]

From the Pastor: Being Blessed Has Nothing to Do with Luck

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I am always struck by the difference between feeling blessed and feeling lucky. Luck is just about a random experience of good. For instance, if I win the lottery, I am lucky. God is not picking lottery winners. Praying to win the lottery is asking God to cheat. To be blessed is to know that […]

From the Pastor: Pro-Life Landscape Has Greatly Changed

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The month of October is set aside by the Church as Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is Respect Life Sunday. In the past few months, we have seen a remarkable change in the pro-life landscape with the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which had made abortion legal throughout the country. The […]

From the Pastor: What Is Our Concern for the Poor?

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In the Gospel for this week, we are told the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. It is interesting to note that the rich man who “dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day” is not given a name in this story. But Lazarus, who “lay at the rich man’s […]

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