Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Today’s readings “He saw and believed.” The “other” disciple, often called the “beloved” disciple or the disciple “whom Jesus loved,” is Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, the one we celebrate today. Saint John had a very special relationship with Christ. He wasn’t as zealous and boisterous as Peter could be, but he had a… Continue reading Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

The Nativity of Our Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

Today’s readings: Mass During the Night | Mass During the Day We settle for mediocrity way too easily sometimes, I think. All of the “stuff” that we have to have or get to give at this time of year is an example of that. The latest gadgets will be out of date very soon, and… Continue reading The Nativity of Our Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Children’s Vigil Mass

Today’s readings #christmasnd Once upon a time, there was an old shepherd named Elias. He had been a shepherd for his whole life long, just like his father, and his father’s father. Being a shepherd was hard and lonely work. He took care of a large group of sheep and did his best to protect… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Children’s Vigil Mass

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-36 | Psalm 27 | Matthew 5:13-16 During this time of year, there’s a lot more darkness than I’m sure most of us would like to see. The daylight fades very fast, and there’s a lot of cold and cloudy days. And so, as joyful as this season is supposed to… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

Today’s readings  In these late days of Advent, we pray the “O Antiphons.” These antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as found in Scripture. Today’s antiphon is “O Root of Jesse” and it is found as the antiphon for the Canticle of Mary in Vespers: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings #adventnd #christmasnd #advent #christmas What has captured my imagination as I’ve prayed this Advent is how we have been given this wonderful gift. This gift eclipses anything we’ll ever be given, anything we will ever earn, anything that will ever cross our meandering path in life. Today, the readings call that gift Emmanuel… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. #adventnd #advent #Christmas I can’t believe it but Christmas is only just nine days away now! I know everyone is so busy writing letters to Santa, being good so they don’t get on the “naughty” list, wrapping Christmas presents for their parents, and baking cookies for Father Pat!… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Saint Lucy, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings In every age, young people have the difficult task of remaining pure. Some ignore the task, but some take it up at great personal cost. This was true of Saint Lucy, who desired to remain pure because of her commitment to Christ. She was born of noble parents in Sicily around the year… Continue reading Saint Lucy, Virgin Martyr

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today’s readings Appropriately enough, I think, we celebrate a second of Mary’s feasts in the space of just four days.  During Advent, we naturally turn our hearts in gratitude to Mary for her fiat that made possible our world’s salvation.  Last week we celebrated the Immaculate Conception of Mary; today we celebrate a quite different… Continue reading Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Third Sunday of Advent: The Anointing of the Sick at Mass

Today’s readings #adventnd #anointingofthesick #healing #mercy Today’s readings and liturgy call us to rejoice.  That’s the reason for the rose-colored vestments and the more joyful tone of today’s readings.  This is called Gaudete Sunday: gaudete being Latin for “rejoice,” the first word of today’s introit or proper entrance antiphon which says: “Rejoice in the Lord… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent: The Anointing of the Sick at Mass