Christmas 2016

“REMEMBER YOUR DIGNITY” By: John Dalla Costa Such joy to relish this day. A light is born that no darkness can swallow; a hope has been enfleshed that no despair can ever despoil. The angels were right acclaiming: “Glory to God in the highest!” How can our hearts

Fourth Sunday of Advent

DO NOT FEAR THE UNEXPECTED By Leanna Cappiello Mary was ‘just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world’. Joseph, a humble God-fearing guy, had full intention of marrying Mary… until the news of her being pregnant with someone else’s child was made known to him.

Third Sunday of Advent

THE COMING OF THE JUDGE By M.J. Santa Ana A common thread in this week’s readings is the anticipation and preparation of the coming of the Lord as judge. Isaiah calls the people of Israel to “strengthen the weak hearts, and make firm the feeble knees”

Second Sunday of Advent

THE SEASON OF ADVENT By Lisa Fernandes Today is the second week of four weeks which make up the season of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning coming and this time is about both the coming of Christ at Christmas as in his

1st Sunday of Advent

A DROP OF WATER IN THE FLOOD By Leanna Cappiello Ever wonder who is sitting next to you in the pew, that stranger with a story? You may take him or her in at a glance… But do you know who they are, what brought them here, what

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

RESURRECTION & THE “GOD OF THE LIVING” By Emily VanBerkum I have tried to put myself in the mindset of understanding the Sadducees’ denial that the dead would resurrect. After all, they were Jewish and their frame of reference was the written Law. Yet, I find

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

SLOW DOWN AND SEE By Lucinda M. Vardey We are reminded in today’s scriptures of the beauty and love of God that is present in all creation. I have the privilege of living in the countryside for about one-third of the year and it has allowed

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

WHAT’S NEXT? By John Dalla Costa With the Year of Mercy ending soon, our question as church, and as individuals, is whether this year has made any difference. Personally, I’d grade myself an “incomplete.” I’d liked to have done more, learned more, and changed more. But