Holy week is at the very heart and center of the Church year – the time when we celebrate the great mystery of our Redemption. Holy Week not only commemorates events of the past. Holy Week is something that happens to us now. The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of ourRead More →

Today is Passion Sunday – a turning point in the Season of Lent. In the first four weeks of lent, we have been concerned with personal conversion and Repentance – now we focus on the passion and Death of Jesus. In the Gospel today, we find Jesus sitting within theRead More →

Today the Church throughout the world celebrates “Latare Sunday” (which means) “Rejoice Sunday”. The opening prayer of today’s Mass speaks of this joy. The readings chosen for today’s Mass have a common thread. We should be filled with joy because of the love and forgiveness of God our Father. TheRead More →

On Wednesday, we will begin the Holy Penitential Season of Lent. This season of Lent recalls the forty years spent by the Israelites in the desert while on their way to the Promised Land. During that time, the Israelite people experienced what it meant to live in tents without aRead More →

There is no person in this church who doesn’t want to be happy. We all long for and search for happiness. Some people search for instant happiness: “I’m only going_to be young once – I need to live it up.” Other people search for happiness in an affluent lifestyle. StillRead More →

At the trial of Jesus, Pilate asked the question: “Are you the king of the Jews?”  Jesus replied: “Yes, I am a King.  I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truthRead More →

In the Gospel today, Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles were invited to a wedding in Cana. Many more people came to the celebration than were expected so as the festivities continued, the wine ran out. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, became aware of the problem and asked her Son JesusRead More →

Today we celebrate a journey – the journey of Three Persian astrologers – three kings – who set out on a long journey to an unknown land in search of a child. As we remember these mysterious men paying their homage to the infant of Bethlehem, our thoughts go back not so much to the sceneRead More →

December 30, 2018 Feast of the Holy Family – 2019 Today, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. The Gospel takes us on an annual pilgrimage made to the Holy City of Jerusalem – Jesus was about 12 years old. When the family was returning, Jesus stayed in Jerusalem, without his parents knowing it. After a day’s journey, MaryRead More →

December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent Long before anyone decorated a Christmas tree or heard about Santa,  the Church celebrated the season of Advent.  From the fifth century, the weeks before Christmas have been a time for special prayers and Scripture readings at  Mass  – all pointing to the birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem.   Today we embark on that special journey of Advent. In thisRead More →