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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The government of the United States has no religion so that the citizens of the United States can have whatever religion they each want, including the liberty to renounce religion. In broad strokes, that is the settlement selected by the Founders and Framers of our Republic as the New World’s solution… Read more »

Sunday 17 February 2019

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Abortion. Just the word is enough to elicit the strongest emotions, including rage and grief. Chattel slavery was this nation’s original sin and nearly destroyed our Union, but while the racism which is the illegitimate offspring of slavery still bedevils us, for the past forty years abortion has been at the… Read more »

Sunday 10 February 2019

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Many thanks to those of you who have already made a donation or pledge to our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign which will run through the end of 2023 to accomplish two purposes: 1) allow St Mary’s to play our part in the diocesan bi-centennial campaign, and 2) provide us the… Read more »

Sunday 3 February 2019

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Hatch. Match. Dispatch.  Those are the slightly irreverent terms used by clergy to describe baptisms, weddings, and funerals – three of the Church’s sacred rituals in which those who practice our faith regularly interact in the pews with those Catholics who seldom if ever participate in divine worship and with those… Read more »

Sunday 27 January 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The glories of Christmastide are now behind us, and the rigors of the 40 Days don’t arrive until Ash Wednesday which falls this year on 6 March. That gives us seven weeks before Lent to live in the Thirty-Four Weeks of the Year , so-called Ordinary Time, when the Church is… Read more »

Sunday 20 January 2019

The Baptism of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ, The vast majority of Christians, including almost all Catholics, are baptized when they are infants, and this is most fitting. The sacraments are instruments of God’s grace, and even newborn babies need the grace of God. Moreover, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it, “The sheer gratuitousness of the… Read more »

Sunday 13 January 2019

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 6 January 2019

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, although a brief one, 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… Read more »

Sunday 30 December 2018

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 23 December 2018