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January 12, 2014: The Baptism of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending …

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January 5, 2014: Epiphany of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, …

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December 29, 2014: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15; 19-23 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the …

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Christmas is a Season

by Sean Ater

Christmas only begins on December 25th. Pope Francis expressed in his Dec. 2 homily – “Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful; Christmas is more…Christmas is an encounter!” In order to highlight the entire season of Christmas, we are hosting a giveaway that will end when the season of Christmas ends, on January 12th, 2014 Enter to win a Roku! Roku is a little box that makes it easy to enjoy the hottest movies, TV shows, music, games and more on your TV by streaming it directly from the Internet. …

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December 22, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Advent Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife …

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The Unfulfilled Vocation

by Wayne Topp

The story goes something like this (and I’m changing some of the details because I haven’t gotten permission from this person to use the story): There was a young man who worked closely with young people and taught them about our Catholic faith. He shared with them about the Church’s teachings on vocation and doing God’s will, and all the while, he felt like he was being called to the married life and, at the same time, that he may never be married. He had discerned religious life and came to realize, through prayer and …

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Sanctuary

by Joe Ollier

When I was 16 my extended family took a trip to Arizona to visit one of my mom’s cousins, who was celebrating 25 years as a missionary on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  On the way, we stopped at a place called Canyon de Chelly, which some folks call the Little Grand Canyon.  It’s about a 2 mile hike to the bottom, and a few of us decided to make the trek.  By about 1/2 way down all but three of us had bailed and gone back up to the canyon rim.  And at that point, …

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December 8: Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America On December 8 each year we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  A solemnity is the highest ranking feast day on our liturgical calendar, and this particular feast day is also a holy day of obligation.  And yet the Immaculate Conception might be the most misunderstood of all our feast days.  If you were to poll Catholics as to what we are celebrating on this feast day, most would respond that we are celebrating Mary’s conception of Jesus.  But …

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Saint Nicholas

by Sandra Chakeres

On December 6 we celebrate the feast day of Saint Nicholas. Even though this feast is an optional memorial on our liturgical calendar, Saint Nicholas is one of the best known Advent Saints, and perhaps one of the most widely known  of all the saints!  It has even been said that aside from Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Saint Nicholas has been depicted by more artists than any other saint.  While there are numerous legends about Saint Nicholas, we actually have very few historical facts about his life.  In fact, about the only thing we …

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November 3, 2013: 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and …

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