First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Lent begins with a rainbow in the sky (Genesis 9:8-15) and the Lord Jesus being tempted in the desert for 40 days (Mark 1:12-15). Covenants and signs “of old” are transformed into the “New Covenant” in Christ Jesus, the “ark” who carries us through the cleansing flood, “the

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The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, In one sense, the Book of Leviticus (13:1-2, 44-46) presents a harsh picture of the isolation that is caused by the threat of contagious illness. The legal prescription that the afflicted person must present themselves to the priest is meant to be a safeguard for the person so

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Saint Mark (1:29-39) shares with us a major glimpse of the ministry of the Lord Jesus, healing the sick and expelling hidden demons. At work in the families of those he has called in the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, touching the lives of the

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The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Two pairs of fisherman brothers are “called” to follow the Lord in a deepened way (Mark 1:14-20).  Peter came to follow Jesus at Andrew’s urging (John 1:35-42). Andrew, who had been a disciple of John the Baptist, recognized the “Lamb of God”. The sons

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The Baptism of the Lord

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Beyond the “history” of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River, which we proclaim this day (Mark 1:7-11), we recall and renew our discipleship in the Lord Jesus who leads us through the waters of death to the

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Dear parishioners: Happy Christmas and Happy New Year! Today we celebrate not only the fulfillment of the days of Christmas but also the beginning of a new year of grace. As the year unfolds, with its unknown blessings and challenges, we pray: May God, the source and origin of all

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Dear parishioners: Merry Christmas, everyone! I have always loved this Sunday following Christmas Day. While, to some, it might seem to be a minor feast in light of the great Solemnity which we have just celebrated, the very fact that it is called “Holy Family,” especially while some families are

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear parishioners: The Gospel account of the Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-38), heard also on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, heralds us into the coming days of Christmas! The sending of an Angel reminds us that God has a plan. That God has found “favor” on this

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