The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings In every age of the world, people have needed hope.  Because in every age of the world, there has been unbelievable hardship.  There has always been war, and disease, and poverty, and oppression, and alienation, and all the rest.  There has always been sin, and broken relationships, and impure desires and that feeling… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan novice at the age of 16. Earlier in life he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin offering him two crowns, a white one of purity, and a red one of martyrdom. Maximilian said “I choose both.” The Blessed Virgin smiled and departed from him. Maximilian devoted his life to… Continue reading Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (Beginning of Vacation Bible School)

Today’s readings God is absolutely, always, faithful to his promises. In our first reading tonight, God makes a promise to Abram, later to be called Abraham.  God calls on him to make an act of faith and go to a foreign land to become a great nation.  This would be a great miracle, because Abram… Continue reading Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (Beginning of Vacation Bible School)

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

Today’s readings Today we have the great honor of celebrating two very important things that happen on this day.  We all know it is Memorial Day, the day of honoring and remembering the sacrifice that many men and women made in order to safeguard our freedom.  We particularly remember those of them who paid the… Continue reading The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

May Crowning

Today’s reading: Luke 1:42-50This was used at a May Crowning prayer service for the school children. I remember a time when I was in seminary, and I was on my pastoral internship, much like seminarian Frank is today.  I visited with a nice lady that I had visited often in the nursing home.  This time… Continue reading May Crowning

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings I am so glad that Pope Francis declared this the year of Saint Joseph, because I think we, as a Church, as the people of God, have been needing to be stronger in our devotion to Saint Joseph for a long time now.  Saint Joseph is the intercessor and the model for all of… Continue reading The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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 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

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Matthew’s account of the genealogy of the Lord is unusual for many reasons, but most notable among those reasons, and the reason it was chosen for Mass today is because it contained the name of five women. This might not seem all that amazing to us today, but back in Matthew’s day, genealogies… Continue reading The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary