Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday we gather in joyful anticipation to celebrate the mass at which palm fronds will be blessed and distributed and we will hear the long proclamation of the gospel of the Lord’s passion, knowing that the most solemn days of the Church year are now very close. On this unique occasion in the […]

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah and this section begins with a brief recollection of all the great things the Lord had done for the Israelites, but it quickly moves to the present and we are told; “See, I am doing something new!” The reading goes on to describe how the beautiful and […]

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4th Sunday of Lent

Today is Laetare Sunday, when the entrance antiphon for mass urges us to exalt with the inhabitants of the holy city:  “Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow.” We have good reason to rejoice on Laetare Sunday since it reminds us that […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent is a loud and clear call to repentance.  We are halfway through Lent and these readings are a reminder to continue to do some soul searching and examination of our consciences during this season of repentance. The people told Jesus about the Galileans who Pilate had slaughtered insinuating that their […]

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Second Sunday of Lent

I am of more or less half Croatian and half Irish ancestry, with perhaps a little bit of German stock added in way back. This year the second Sunday of Lent happens to fall on the seventeenth of March, the feast of Saint Patrick, and so naturally my Irish side (and eyes) are smiling today. […]

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First Sunday of Lent

LK 4:1-13 The Gospel of the temptations of Jesus in the desert should be looked at alongside of the Old Testament accounts of the Israelites in the Desert.  Moses led the Israelites for forty years in the desert as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.  During this time there were periods when they grumbled […]

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Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

March 3, 2019 Between Lent, which begins this Wednesday, the long Easter season, and the special feasts of the Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi, we celebrate today the final Sunday of Ordinary Time until the end of June.  The Church sets us off on our journey through the most important seasons of […]

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