Fifth Sunday of Easter

In the Acts of the Apostles we hear of the travels of Paul and Barnabas. These two men were not part of the original twelve Apostles, but the experience the Apostles had with Jesus was not limited to the chosen twelve, and was passed on to those who followed them. We are told that Paul […]

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4th Sunday of Easter

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas preach to the Jews at Antioch in Pisidia; this was one of their last stops together before they parted ways and Paul devoted his ministry to the Gentiles. In the early Church the divide between Jewish and Gentile Christians seen in Acts […]

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Third Sunday of Easter

The famous Gospel Composer, Professor Alex Bradford, wrote the hymn, “I said I wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody. The Chorus of the song is; I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody, but I Couldn’t keep it to myself! Couldn’t keep it to myself! Couldn’t keep it to myself! I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody, but […]

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2nd Sunday of Easter

The second Sunday of Easter is known by numerous titles which I have discussed in columns in past years, but above all it is especially known as Divine Mercy Sunday. While the idea that a devotion of recent origins (and one resting on private revelation) should overshadow the final day of the Easter Octave must […]

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Easter

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen! This is the refrain that is exclaimed over and over again on Easter, and should be sung throughout the year. Easter is not just today, Easter is a Season that we celebrate for fifty days until Pentecost Sunday. Beyond that, every Sunday of the year is considered a “little […]

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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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