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The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Dear Friends in Christ, The liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church assigns solemnities, feasts, and memorials to fixed dates in the solar calendar, and those celebrations are kept each year on the same assigned date. For example, 28 June – which falls this year on a Thursday – is the memorial of St Irenaeus of… Read more »

Sunday 24 June 2018

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Several items for your review: 1) I was ordained to the priesthood on 10 July 1993, which means that next month I will have been a priest for 25 years – 17 of them at St Mary’s! Since the actual anniversary date is on a Tuesday this year, I am moving… Read more »

Sunday 17 June 2018

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Time for a few updates on our finances and coming projects. If our collections in June remain as they have been during recent months, we will finish the fiscal year with a budget surplus of about 1%. In other words, we are right on target, and that is thanks to your… Read more »

Sunday 10 June 2018

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Dear Friends in Christ, As He was ascending to the glory of the Father, Jesus said, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28.20). And He also taught us: “Amen, amen, I say to you: unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,… Read more »

Sunday 3 June 2018

The Most Holy Trinity

Dear Friends in Christ, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the one, only, living and true God, and He gradually revealed himself to Abraham and his descendants in order to make of them a chosen people. Through Moses, God gave to the children of Israel the high privilege and sacred duty of announcing… Read more »

Sunday 27 May 2018

Pentecost Sunday

Dear Friends in Christ, The Jewish feast of Passover commemorates the deliverance of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, and from that day of liberation, Moses led the people to the holy mountain where he had seen the living God in the bush which burned without being consumed. There on Mount Horeb Moses… Read more »

Sunday 20 May 2018

The Ascension of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, Holy Scripture tells us that the Lord Jesus returned to the glory of his Father forty days after his Resurrection, and for that reason, the Church traditionally celebrates the Ascension on the Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter — forty days after Easter Sunday. In recent years, however, the liturgical… Read more »

Sunday 13 May 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, Between the second lesson and the Gospel appointed for today (both written by the Apostle John), the word love appears seventeen times in sixteen sentences, so the message could not be clearer: the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about love. The centrality of love in Christian faith and life often comes… Read more »

Sunday 6 May 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, Gender dysphoria is the name given to the experience some people have of feeling as though their mind or soul is matched with a body of the wrong sex. A woman who identifies as a man or a man who wishes that he were a woman often experience profound emotional difficulties… Read more »

Sunday 29 April 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Scripture readings and Mass prayers appointed for this day in the sacred liturgy. Today’s Communion Antiphon, for example, proclaims that “The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died… Read more »

Sunday 22 April 2018