The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

Today’s readings Sometimes we get an awful lot of information to process.  On this, the last evening of the auspicious year of 2020, there’s a lot I could say about all that we’ve been through, more or less together (although certainly socially distanced) this year.  So much of our attention has been, deservedly, focused on the COVID-19… Continue reading The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 (n. VII) in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

Today’s readings The birth of Christ in our world ought to mean something to us: the birth of Christ ought to mean a change in our attitudes and our behaviors and even in the course of our lives. Today is a commemoration of Saint Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who ultimately lost his life… Continue reading The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

The Nativity of the Lord – Mass During the Night & Mass During the Day

Today’s readings We settle for mediocrity way too easily sometimes, I think.  In some ways, I think, it just seems easier.  But in accepting mediocrity, we miss out on the greatness for which our God created us.  All of the “stuff” that we have to have or get to give at this time of year is an example… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord – Mass During the Night & Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Mass (Saint Joseph’s Story)

Today’s readings Once, a very long time ago, there was a man named Joseph.  He was a well-respected and hard-working man, from the family of the great king David.  But Joseph himself was not a great king.  No, he was a humble man, a carpenter, who worked hard and loved God. Joseph was to be married to a… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Mass (Saint Joseph’s Story)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Adventskranz 4. Advent

Today’s readings Do you remember the best gift you ever got?  What was it?  Who gave it to you?  How long did it last?  Do you still have it?  Every gift is a little different: some are big, some are small, some make a lasting impact, some are used up and soon forgotten.  The best gifts, I think, are those… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

O Wisdom

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. Did you hear that? That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it? It always strikes me that this list of characters, which is basically the human family tree of our Lord, is so much like any of our families’ history. This is a list of forty-two generations… Continue reading O Wisdom

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the television shows that I like to watch sometimes is called “Chopped” on the Food Network.  If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you’ve probably seen it because they seem to run it about 18 hours out of the day.  On this show, they start with four chefs, and they give them a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Chefs at a cooking competition (Food and Drink) chefs,competition,cooking,kitchen,preparation,gourmet,culinary

Today’s readings One of the television shows that I like to watch sometimes is called “Chopped” on the Food Network.  If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you’ve probably seen it because they seem to run it about 18 hours out of the day.  On this show, they start with four chefs, and they give them a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

Today’s readings I love that the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated during the season of Advent.  Advent is a season of anticipation: God’s promises echo through the Old Testament, and in these Advent days, we see those promises coming to fruition in exciting and world-changing ways.  Today’s feast is a glorious glimpse of… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readingsSchool Mass I think we’re so blessed that we get to come to church and celebrate so many of Mary’s feasts.  Today is a very special feast because Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America, and also the patroness of our parish, and so she is… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary