Presentation of the Lord

Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple was a consequence of the Torah’s prescription regarding women who had recently given birth: forty days after the birth of a male child (and eighty days after the birth of a female child) the mother was to offer a sacrifice through a priest to symbolize her “purification” following birth (Lev […]

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Energized by the Advent and Christmas seasons, as the Church goes forth into the new year we are presented with a strong challenge and equally strong encouragement in today’s readings: the challenge is the call to divine servanthood, and the encouragement comes from the prophetic words of Isaiah and John the Baptist. The Book of […]

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Baptism of the Lord

In less than a month’s time our Holy Day and Sunday Celebrations have taken us from the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem to thirty years later when he was Baptized by John in the Jordan River.  The reason for this rather rapid movement of time in the life of Jesus is that the Scriptures tell […]

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Epiphany of the Lord

The name of the month of January is derived from the ancient Roman god Janus, whose intercession was invoked for protection in times of transition and new beginnings—hence the month named for him begins the new year. In Catholic tradition, on September 19th, we honor a great bishop and martyr of the early Church in […]

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Father Luke E. Policicchio, O.S.B.

Father Luke Policicchio, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Sunday, December 29, 2019. He was born in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1941, a son of Carmine Policicchio of Vandergrift and the late Mary (Gallo) Policicchio. His brothers are Frank (Christina) Policicchio of Monaca and James (Kathy) Policicchio of Vandergrift. He attended Saint […]

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