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First Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ, I was ordained to the priesthood on 10 July 1993, which means that this summer I will celebrate the 25th anniversary of my ordination. In observance of that jubilee we will sing Vespers here at 5 pm on Sunday 8 July 2018, and then all are welcome at a reception in… Read more »

Sunday 18 February 2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, I have two items for your consideration: 1. Effective immediately we are changing the way we take up second collections, and I want you to know why. The first collection, taken at the beginning of the offertory rite, is for the support of the parish, and several times each year we… Read more »

Sunday 11 February 2018

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Ash Wednesday is ten days away, and this year for the first time since 1945 Ash Wednesday coincides with the secular observance of Valentine’s Day. However, no dispensation from penance, fasting, and abstinence is given for Ash Wednesday, so if you intend to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it will need to be… Read more »

Sunday 4 February 2018

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas was forty days ago this Friday, and that is why 2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. According to Chapter 12 of Leviticus, every Jewish woman who gave birth required a ritual purification from her flow of blood, and a sacrifice was to be offered to… Read more »

Sunday 28 January 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This Thursday, 25 January, is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Church’s annual celebration of the day when Saul of Tarsus met the Lord Jesus on the Damascus Road — an event that changed Saul’s life and the history of the world. 25 January is also each year… Read more »

Sunday 21 January 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, As the Prophet Samuel and the Apostle Peter were both called by name, so we too have each been called by name on the day of our Baptism. In a universal Church of more than a billion people, in a diocese of more than 200,000 people, and in a parish of… Read more »

Sunday 14 January 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, The Solemnity of the Epiphany is one of the richest feasts in the Christian liturgy, and for this reason, it is also among the most misunderstood. The Greek word which we translate epiphany simply means “appearance” or “manifestation”, and in the Western liturgical tradition the Epiphany is linked most strongly to… Read more »

Sunday 7 January 2018

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas is not just one day on the calendar; Christmas is an entire season of the Church’s liturgical year. The season of Christmas Time or Christmastide begins with Vespers on Christmas Eve and ends with Vespers on the Feast of the Baptism the Lord, this year on Monday 8 January. And… Read more »

Sunday 31 December 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends in Christ, On every Sunday and most other Solemnities of the Year, the texts for Mass are the same for both the vigil and the day of the celebration. For the celebration of Christmas, however, the Church provides four different Masses, each with its own Scripture readings and proper prayers, and this is… Read more »

Sunday 24 December 2017