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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, If you are in the habit of leaving the church immediately after receiving Holy Communion at Mass, then I beg you to replace that habit with a new one: receive Holy Communion reverently and devoutly, and then return to your seat in the pew to give thanks to God for the… Read more »

Sunday 25 June 2017

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” (Mt 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 18 June 2017

Solemnity of 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 11 June 2017

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 4 June 2017

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 6th Sunday of Easter — forty days after Easter Sunday. In recent years, however, the liturgical… Read more »

Sunday 28 May 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, If you discovered a cure for cancer, would you keep it secret? If you developed an absolutely effective way for addicts to be delivered from slavery to drugs and alcohol, would you keep it hidden? If you had knowledge of how to achieve immortality, would you tell no one? Christians who… Read more »

Sunday 21 May 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, Illness and Mass Attendance In the last couple of months, several people have had to leave the church during Mass because of a health problem, some under their own steam and some with assistance from others. Because several incidents have  happened in a short time, it seems opportune to make these… Read more »

Sunday 14 May 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” 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. The Latin word for shepherd is pastor, and… Read more »

Sunday 7 May 2017

Third Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends in Christ, Marriage is one of the seven sacraments given by Christ to His Church, but it is also a natural bond that exists between men and women of all religions and no religion. Moreover, marriage is also a contract acknowledged – and in some ways regulated – by civil authority in every… Read more »

Sunday 30 April 2017

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Dear Friends in Christ, Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! These Greek acclamations mean “Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen!”, and in the Christian East — both Catholic and Orthodox — these acclamations replace the usual greetings of hello and goodbye during the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost, the liturgical season of Easter or Eastertide…. Read more »

Sunday 23 April 2017