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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The new school year is at hand, and beginning just after Labor Day, there are many opportunities at St Mary’s to be diligent students of the Lord Jesus: An Introduction to Catholicism is the course which includes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and anyone who wants to learn more… Read more »

Sunday 20 August 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Numinous. This is not a word one hears in casual conversation, but it is an English word that entered our language in the 17th century from the Latin word numen which means divine presence. Numinous is an adjective that includes a field of meanings, including concepts like spiritual, holy, religious, transcendent,… Read more »

Sunday 13 August 2017

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, The Feast of the Transfiguration (described with slightly different emphases by Matthew, Mark and Luke) recalls the manifestation of His divine glory by the Lord Jesus to Peter, James and John on Mt. Tabor. During this revelation of His divine nature to human eyes, Jesus was accompanied by Moses and Elijah,… Read more »

Sunday 6 August 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Who should receive Holy Communion at Mass? Only Catholics who have made their first Confession and received their first Holy Communion may receive Communion at Mass. Communicants should be living according to the Gospel by the obedience of faith and going to Confession whenever needed, and if they are married, they… Read more »

Sunday 30 July 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, We often receive requests from people who want to get married at St. Mary’s or want to have their baby baptized here or who have been invited by a friend or relative to serve as a sponsor for a Baptism or Confirmation somewhere else. And very often these requests come from… Read more »

Sunday 23 July 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In the service of helping everyone participate more deeply in divine worship … Upon entering the church, please a dip a finger into the holy water near the door, and then trace the sign of the Cross on your forehead, heart, and shoulders. This is a remembrance of Holy Baptism by… Read more »

Sunday 16 July 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Our old fiscal year ended on 30 June 2017, and I want to give you an update on our financial health. For FY 2016-2017, we needed to raise an average of $33,150 in the primary offertory for an annual total of $1,723,800, and we actually raised a total of $1,760,073 which… Read more »

Sunday 9 July 2017

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Given the great cultural changes through which we are now living, some Catholics may be tempted to withdraw from the world the better to resist the challenges to Christian life that confront us all. But such a withdrawal is not the Catholic way. Consider, for comparison, the Amish, who are famous… Read more »

Sunday 2 July 2017

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