December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Let us pray. I abandon myself into your hands, do with me whatever you will. Whatever you do, I thank you: I am ready for all; I accept all. Let only your will be done in…

December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: THERE ARE MANY STRANGE NAMES in today’s Gospel. They are the names of people and places most of us have never heard of. Why does Luke mention these people and places? First of all, because he is simply following the custom of his day both for Jewish and Greek writing. But, more…

November 28 – First Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: On the first Sunday of Advent, the scripture readings do not turn us towards the warmth of Christmas or the wonders of the season. We aren’t invited to follow Mary’s path into Bethlehem, or share in the joy of a new babe.  We don’t see shepherds on the hillside, or hear the…

November 21 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My Dear Parishioners: Paul speaks of Jesus Christ at the end of time handing over the Kingdom to God the Father. Today’s preface repeats this, describing Christ’s kingdom as one of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace. This ideal is not to be merely a future hope but is…

November 14 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: One of the most wonderful things about our Catholic faith is that it is very incarnational. By this I mean that not only our minds, but our bodies and senses, too, are engaged completely when we worship during Mass. For example, scented incense is sometimes used to represent our prayers rising to…

November 7 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: “It’s all taking and no giving!” as Dolly Parton belted it out, in the Film: Working Nine to Five, and her next line was to mock that way of life: “What a way to make a living!”. Today’s Scriptures point to another way. The good life manages to blend gracious taking with…

October 31 – Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: Jesus has just given us his challenging advice on how to be good people. He has told us, in fact, how to be the best people we can be, and about the qualities he wants to see in us, his followers. A quick focus on those qualities shows us that they are…

Cathedral Commemorative Ornaments

Our Saint Stephen Cathedral commemorative ornaments aren’t just for Christmas; they make great gifts all year through!   

October 24 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: There are many stories in the gospel about blind people being healed, but this one about Bartimaeus is probably the best known, and it has a nice lesson for us. The poor man was blind, and when he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he had to make a choice,…

October 17 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: The theme of the willing servant matches the missionary ideal perfectly. The ideal missionary is so devoted to the good of the people whom s/he is sent to serve that they plan both their activities and their life-style to match the real needs of those people. There is a huge effort of…