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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Third Sunday of Advent

Dear parishioners: Once again the voice of the Prophet Isaiah (61:1-2, 10-11) is heard on this Sunday of Advent. It is a familiar text, proclaimed each year at the Chrism Mass where the Holy Oils are blessed and consecrated for sacramental use in the coming year. It speaks of the

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First Sunday of Advent

Dear parishioners: The Season of Advent always seems to have a mystical quality about it. While many have some fears related to the darkness, we combat them spiritually and physically with the presence of increased lights. Whether the candles burn on the advent wreath or in windows, and the electric

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners: For those who keep track of the Liturgical Year through the changing of the color of vesture, today will be the last Sunday that we will see green vesture used until January 25th! In the meantime, having celebrated the 4th and 5th of the Feasts of November, the

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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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