Penance And Priesthood

4th Sunday of Advent Advent 2021 The guides for Advent are prominent in this last Sunday of the season leading up to Christmas.  The Mass texts come from Isaias the Prophet, St. John the Baptist fulfills the prophecies in the Gospel and the Blessed Mother is honored in the Offertory and Communion.  The Mass itself…

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Preserved Immaculate

Feast Of The Immaculate Conception 2021 Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854 after years of preparation and prayer.  In the encyclical that contains the definition the pope begins to prove the truth of the doctrine by showing that the liturgy of the Church from its earliest days honored Our…

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Abound In Hope

Second Sunday Of Advent 2021 The feasts of Saints Nicholas, Ambrose and Damasus are this week.  It would be good for parents to teach their children about the practices we have during this season like the Advent wreath, Santa Claus and the Christmas tree.  St. Paul in the Epistle reassures us Gentiles, using the prophet…

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Signs Of His Second Coming

First Sunday Of Advent 2021 Today begins a new liturgical year and prepares for Christmas and Christ’s return at the end of time.  We have been given signs which will alert us to the second coming and these are explained so that we who remain faithful to Our Lord will lift up our heads and…

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The End Of The Liturgical Year

26th & Last Sunday After Pentecost 2021 This Sunday marks the end of the liturgical year and is a reminder not only of our own particular judgment but that of the general judgment.  Our Lord prophesied about this and used the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans as a sign of what is to come. …

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Do Your Job

Feast Of St. John the Baptist 2021 No man born is greater than today’s saint whose birthday we celebrate.  This along with other details of St. John’s life parallels those in the life of Christ.  Six months before the Annunciation St. Gabriel appeared to St. Zachary and revealed the birth of a son who would…

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Liturgy: Yesterday, Today and Forever

First Friday – Feast Of St. Agatha 2021 With the beginning of the Easter Cycle through the season of Septuagesima it is a good time to review what the Sacred Liturgy is and how it leads our spiritual lives through the purgative, illuminative and unitive states.  The Holy Mass is the highest form of prayer…

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That Is Your Call

Gaudete Sunday 2020 Father Brown’s Greeting After Mass After offering his first High Mass, our newly ordained priest spoke in thanksgiving for his vocation and offered advice for those who feel called to the priesthood themselves. #20201213B 1 1350039

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Ordination

Gaudete Sunday 2020 This is indeed a Sunday to rejoice because it is the first High Mass of our newly ordained priest.  Father was ordained on the feast of Our Lady’s Presentation in a ceremony which showed the sacredness of this sacrament of Holy Orders.  Ordination imprints on the soul of the new priest a…

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Warning Signs Of The End

First Friday Conference December 2020 Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas and the second coming of Christ.  The sacred liturgy has the ability because of God’s power to relive a past event like the Nativity, bring its graces to us in the present and prepare us for its fulfillment in the future with…

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