February 18, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent

The words that close the gospel reading today are the same words spoken to each of us as we received ashes on our heads:  “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lent is a time for us to take on the ascetical practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  And in addition […]

January 7, 2018 – The Epiphany of the Lord

The proclamation of the date of Easter and the other movable feasts on Epiphany dates from a time when calendars were not readily available. It was necessary to make known the date of Easter in advance, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on its date. The number of Sundays that follow Epiphany, the date […]

December 25, 2017 – The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

My dear brothers and sisters, finally the wait is over, and I can truly wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Today is born for us a Savior—Christ the Lord!  Christmas is truly a time of celebration, and we Catholics love to celebrate!  In fact, we don’t just have one day of Christmas, we have fifteen days […]

December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

I think it was the late ‘90s when the movie “Liar, Liar” came out.  It starred Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer and a father of one.  He is constantly making commitments to his son, and then breaking those commitments.  So, when his son’s teacher asked him what his father does for a living, the […]

December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent

Do you like surprises?  Or do you prefer to know what’s going to happen before hand? I can say, without a doubt, that I am in the second group of people.  Whether it’s company coming over,an exam at school, or just the weather, I always want to be prepared.  I guess I get that from […]