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 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

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Havers, Alice; 'But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart'; Norfolk Museums Service; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/but-mary-kept-all-these-things-and-pondered-them-in-her-heart-606

Today’s readings And Mary kept all these things,reflecting on them in her heart. This is definitely the kind of reflection a mom would do. Saint Luke notes all throughout Jesus’ young life that Mary kept the events of Jesus’ life and reflected on them in her heart. At the visit of the shepherds, and again… Continue reading Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings 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 that reality. We are honored today to celebrate the patronal feast day of our parish and… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel can be a confusing one, perhaps even a little difficult to hear.  It’s very disconcerting to see Jesus as being callous to his mother and not receiving her when she came to visit.  But our gut – or rather our faith – tells us that Jesus and Mary had a relationship… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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 of emptiness that… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Luke notes all throughout Jesus’ young life that Mary kept the events of Jesus’ life and reflected on them in her heart.  At the visit of the shepherds, and again after finding Jesus in the temple, Mary kept those memories for… Continue reading Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

#adventnd #blessedvirginmary #advent Today’s readings Blessed Pope Pius IX instituted the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8, 1854, when he proclaimed as truth the dogma that our Lady was conceived free from the stain of original sin. This had been a traditional belief since about the eighth century,… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

School Mass #adventnd #blessedvirginmary #advent Today’s readings 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 so she is very special… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s Gospel story is a fitting one, I think, for this celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The evangelist tells us that Mary’s heart was filled with wonder.  There are a few stories in the Gospels that end with that wonderful line: “and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”  I think… Continue reading The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary