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“O Lord, we beseech Thee graciously hear the prayers of Thy people; that we who are justly afflicted for our sins may, for the glory of Thy name, mercifully be delivered.”[1]

     The Latin word “Septuagesima” tells us that...


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Apology concerning last week’s sermon:
The website on which I looked up the Mass texts for the third Sunday after Epiphany gave me the texts for the Third Sunday of Lent!!

Ordinary of the Mass

Blessing of Candles and Mass of the Day

«Now Thou d...


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    The Bible is filled with names that may not be comprehensible to modern Americans.  Everyone has heard of Lucifer and Satan—most of us would translate both names, simply, as “the Devil,” although there is probably a distinction between the...

“Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

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On Prayer

“Thou hast kept the good wine until now.” [1]

    The scriptures read at Mass today tell us something about how we ought to pray—particularly our prayer of petition....

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    Today is the feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  The Gospel finds them making the annual pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem to observe the feast of Passover.  Jews who lived within Israel were required to make this pilgri...

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 “Behold, this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel,
and for a sign which shall be contradicted:
and thy own soul a sword shall pierce….”[1]

    The Mass this morning anticipates the liturgical season.  The Gospe...


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    First of all, if I have not already done so, let me wish you a holy and a happy Christmas. And let me thank those who work so hard and give so generously of their time and resources to make it possible for us to worship together and to pre...

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We read in the Book of Wisdom: 

"All were foolish who were in ignorance of God, who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing Him who Is, and from studying His works did not discern their Artisan:  but instead either fire or wind ......

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“I will put enmities between thee and the woman,
and thy seed and her seed:
she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”[1]

    To understand the Immaculate Conception, we must go back to this verse in Genesis...

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    Every year on this first Sunday of Advent we are reminded that the Church's year is beginning again. After getting toward the back of the altar missal, all of a sudden we have to go to the front of the book to find the text for the Sunday...

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