Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A  CALL  TO  CLARITY  by Lucinda M. Vardey What is Jesus saying in the last lines of today’s Gospel when he commanded our responses to be “Yes” or “No.”?  And what is he inferring by any other response  as coming “from the evil one”? Jesus always invites us

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ESSENTIAL LIGHT By John Dalla Costa With the bright stars of Christmas now a receding memory, and the new dawn of Easter still months away, the liturgical year turns to helping us live the illumination of faith in ordinary time. Light is the motif connecting all of

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

PRESENTED TO THE COMMUNITY By Leanna Cappiello It has only been one month since I began as your Social & Community Coordinator, and I must say, I’ve grown attached to you all already! Your immediate response to our new initiatives has been doing wonders for this new energy

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE JOURNEY FROM LIGHT TO DARKNESS IS ONGOING By Maria di Paolo Deep darkness will make way for a great light, gloom and anguish for a glorious way by the sea, writes the prophet Isaiah. Matthew’s Gospel quotes this same text just before Jesus calls his first

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

RELATING TO JOHN By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB I have always appreciated the character of John the Baptist, who we hear about in this week’s Gospel.  He is a bold, prophetic, almost larger-than-life personality, and somehow manages to cut straight to the heart of things with simplicity

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES By Emily VanBerkum Today’s Gospel allows us to reflect on the Sacrament of Baptism. Jesus met John at the Jordan River seeking baptism by water. Understandably, John questioned Jesus’ motives. Why is Jesus seeking repentance? Why does Jesus’ baptism occur by water instead

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

WHAT CAN I GIVE HIM? by Lucinda M. Vardey The wise men led by the star to greet the child Jesus not only knelt in adoration but also opened “their treasure chests” to offer what was precious to them. As we pay homage to Jesus – God’s greatest

Feast of the Holy Family

PROTECTING THE PRECIOUS by John Dalla Costa The Holy Family takes on special significance this year, as it precedes the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which Pope Francis convened for 2014. Francis described the family as “the first setting in which faith enlightens the human city.”

3rd Sunday of Advent

A NEW YEAR BEGINS. . .We are now halfway between two New Year celebrations:  December 1 as the beginning of the Church year and January 1 as the beginning of the calendar year.  Thus, it seems a fitting time to share to provide an update

Second Sunday of Advent

A Harvest of Good Fruit By Emily VanBerkum Today’s Gospel presents John the Baptist as a desert preacher declaring the imminence of the Kingdom of God. But there’s a catch. Because the Kingdom of God is at hand, we are invited to respond by heeding Isaiah’s call