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Pastoral Team Articles

December 2018

Dec 30

Feast of the Holy Family

Merry Christmas! Here are some thoughts on the readings for the Feast of the Holy Family. Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 The Book of Sirach was written by Yeshua ben Eleazar ben Sira around 180BC. Its main purpose seems to be a promotion of the Jewish way of life over Greek culture. True religion involves both a relationship with God AND a relationship...
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Dec 23

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

—   From all the                     clergy and staff Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will (Luke 2:14) Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to all creation. (Mark 16:15) Nativity, one...
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Dec 16

Changing habits, changing hearts

Changing habits, changing hearts Advent is a time for conversion of hearts and minds which we hope will yield its fruit with more Christ-like actions. Today is Rejoice Sunday when we light the rose-colored candle to symbolize our joy in knowing Christ. I was watching this past weekend at several Masses as hundreds of people were leaving Mass...
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Dec 9

Prepare the Way of the Lord / Communal Penance Service

How We Prepare the Way of the Lord Isaiah announces the central theme of Advent: “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” It is a call to personal conversion and a call to go out into the world with the message of Christ. We cannot give what we do not have ourselves. When we are spiritually empty, all we can share...
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Dec 2

The Spirituality of Advent

The Spirituality of Advent - more of Him, less of me. 524 When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. (Rev 22:17) By celebrating...
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