Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Dear parishioners: The third of the “Feasts of November” is celebrated on this day, the anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome, the Lateran Basilica of Saint John the Baptist. The inscription on the cornerstone bears the words “Mother and head of all churches in Rome and

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: Social responsibilities are highlighted in the text taken from the Book of Exodus (22: 20-26) for our hearing on this day. There are clear reminders that our treatment of the widow, the orphan, the alien, and the other members of the community is to be admirable and “without

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: Images of the first commandment are heard in the text of Prophet Isaiah (45: 1, 4-6) this day, “I am the Lord and there is no other.” Images of the fall are also heard in the Gospel this day (Matthew 22: 15-21) as the Pharisees plot to trap

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: The image of the wedding banquet found in the Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) and of the feast on the mountain (Isaiah 25: 6-10) provide both the comforting promise of that which is to come and the challenging reality of making the promise realized in our midst. Blessed Theresa of

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: In Rome today, the Holy Father opens an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops which will focus on the pastoral realities of the family. The work of the Synod will extend until October 25. Within the context of the Synod, at a Mass to be celebrated on October 19, Pope

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: Once again the parable presented in the Gospel (Matthew 21: 28-32) presents a difficult situation. Parents all too well know the scenario: one child (cheerfully) responds favorably but, then, goes off and does opposite … and the other refuses (puts up a fight) then does what the parent

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: The Gospel parable of this day (Matthew 20: 1-16) is especially challenging in terms of human resources, compensation, and employee morale. The estate owner hires people at various times during the day — beginning at dawn and ending nearly at sunset … and all receive the same compensation!

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Dear parishioners: Along the walls of the Church are placed the “Stations of the Cross.” For most of the year they are often seen as an ornament to the building to be used at Lenten and Good Friday devotions. Almost daily, however, there are a few individuals who can be

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