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Sat 4:00 PM
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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of

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Second Sunday of Advent

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Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way

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Saturday of the First Week of Advent

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Saturday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”He answered, “I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself.”Then he asked,

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Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of

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Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

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Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death

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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear

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Monday of the First Week of Advent

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Monday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come,The mountain of the LORD’s houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:“Come, let us climb the

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First Sunday of Advent

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First Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 You, LORD, are our father,our redeemer you are named forever.Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?Return for the sake of your servants,the tribes of your heritage.Oh, that you would rend the heavens

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Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:15-27 I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh,and I was terrified by the visions of my mind.I approached one of those presentand asked him what all this meant in truth;in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED PART 14

Guidelines For The Reception Of the Holy Communion, Given by US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) On November 14, 1996, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the following guidelines on the reception of Communion. FOR CATHOLICS As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are

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Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:2-14 In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,from which emerged four immense beasts,each different from the others.The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings.While I watched, the wings were plucked;it was

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Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

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Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18 Brothers and sisters:If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.For one believes with the heart and so is justified,and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.The Scripture says,No

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Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,with whom he drank.Under the influence of the wine,he ordered the gold and silver vesselswhich Nebuchadnezzar, his father,had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,to be brought in so that

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Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 2:31-45 Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:“In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,very large and exceedingly bright,terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.The head of the statue was pure gold,its chest and arms were silver,its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,its feet

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Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 1:1-6, 8-20 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon cameand laid siege to Jerusalem.The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah,and some of the vessels of the temple of God;he carried them off to

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED PART 13

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: Table of The Lord Communion is the word, we use, when we participate at the table of The Lord. This word is derived from two Latin words: com (which means “with, together”) + unus (which means “oneness, union”). The Latin root of Communion is communionem, meaning “fellowship, mutual participation

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord GOD:I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flockwhen he finds himself among his scattered sheep,so will I tend my sheep.I will rescue them from every place where they

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Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 6:1-13 As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,he heard that in Persia there was a city called Elymais,famous for its wealth in silver and gold,and that its temple was very rich,containing gold helmets, breastplates, and weaponsleft there by Alexander, son of Philip,king

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Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

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Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59 Judas and his brothers said,“Now that our enemies have been crushed,let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it.”So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of

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Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29 The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasycame to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.Many of Israel joined them,but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:“You are a

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Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,who has done wondrous things on earth;Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,and fashions them according to his will!May he grant you joy of heartand may peace abide among you;May his goodness toward us endure in Israelto deliver us in our days.

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrestedand tortured with whips and scourges by the king,to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,who saw her seven sons

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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,a man of advanced age and noble appearance,was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,he spat out the meat,and went forward of his own

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Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander’s officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.She puts her hands to the

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Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven’s royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9 All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,or the

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED Part 12

“Lamb of God…” is a prayer of humble petition and invocation to Jesus Christ to purify the soul from every sin. It is also an immediate preparation before approaching the table of The Lord. Then follows the invitation for the people, who are prepared, to come and take part in the banquet of The Lord.

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Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 7:22b–8:1 In Wisdom is a spiritintelligent, holy, unique,Manifold, subtle, agile,clear, unstained, certain,Not baneful, loving the good, keen,unhampered, beneficent, kindly,Firm, secure, tranquil,all-powerful, all-seeing,And pervading all spirits,though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,and she penetrates and pervades all things

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Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 6:1-11 Hear, O kings, and understand;learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse!Hearken, you who are in power over the multitudeand lord it over throngs of peoples!Because authority was given you by the Lordand sovereignty by the Most High,who shall probe your works and scrutinize

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Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 2:23–3:9 God formed man to be imperishable;the image of his own nature he made them.But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,and they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the just are in the hand of

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Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

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Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Reading 1 Wis 1:1-7 Love justice, you who judge the earth;think of the Lord in goodness,and seek him in integrity of heart;Because he is found by those who test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.For perverse counsels separate a man from

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,and she is readily perceived by those who love her,and found by those who seek her.She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,for he shall find her sitting by his

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED Part 11

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: With the prayer of glory and doxology, “Through Him, with Him and in Him…” the Eucharistic prayer comes to an end. Now we begin our immediate preparation to receive the nourishing spiritual food, the Body and Blood of Christ. Communion Rite: Step one: As a first step of our

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Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

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Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop Reading 1 Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 Brothers and sisters:Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus,who risked their necks for my life,to whom not only I am grateful but also all the churches of the Gentiles;greet also the Church at their house.Greet my beloved Epaenetus,who was the

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Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Rom 15:14-21 I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,that you yourselves are full of goodness,filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,because of

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 13:8-10 Brothers and sisters:Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;you shall not kill;you shall not steal;you shall not covet,and whatever other commandment there may be,are summed up

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Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 12:5-16ab Brothers and sisters:We, though many, are one Body in Christand individually parts of one another.Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,let us exercise them:if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;if ministry, in ministering;if one is a teacher,

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Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 11:29-36 Brothers and sisters:The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercybecause of their disobedience,so they have now disobeyed in order that,by virtue of the mercy shown to you,they too may now receive

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10 A great King am I, says the LORD of hosts,and my name will be feared among the nations.And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:If you do not listen,if you do not lay it to heart,to give glory to my name, says the LORD

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Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

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Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop Reading 1 Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29 Brothers and sisters:I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Of course not!For I too am a child of Israel, a descendant of Abraham,of the tribe of Benjamin.God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.Do you not know what the Scripture says

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Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 9:1-5 Brothers and sisters:I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witnessthat I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed<br>(All Souls)

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed<br>(All Souls) Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in

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Solemnity of All Saints

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Solemnity of All Saints Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angelswho were given power to damage the land and the sea,“Do not damage the land or the sea or the treesuntil

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Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 8:18-25 Brothers and sisters:I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothingcompared with the glory to be revealed for us.For creation awaits with eager expectationthe revelation of the children of God;for creation was made subject to futility,not of its own accord

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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 8:12-17 Brothers and sisters,we are not debtors to the flesh,to live according to the flesh.For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,you will live. For those who are

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED PART 10

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: Following the response of the assembly to the invitation of the priest to proclaim the Mystery of Faith saying, “We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again”, the priest continues to pray as the presider of the assembly. Prayer for unity and intercession:

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 22:20-26 Thus says the LORD:“You shall not molest or oppress an alien,for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,I will surely hear their cry. My

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Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

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Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held

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Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 7:18-25a Brothers and sisters:I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.For I do not do the good I want,but I do the evil I do not want.Now

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Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 6:19-23 Brothers and sisters:I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurityand to lawlessness for lawlessness,so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.For when you

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World Mission Sunday – 2017

Sunday was World Mission Sunday, a day to reflect upon the missionary work of those sent to bring the good news to the world. We typically think of these people as priests and religious who undertake a dedicated ministry in other countries when we think of mission work. This is understandable but does not address

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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 6:12-18 Brothers and sisters:Sin must not reign over your mortal bodiesso that you obey their desires.And do not present the parts of your bodies to sinas weapons for wickedness,but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to lifeand the parts of your

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Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 Brothers and sisters:Through one man sin entered the world,and through sin, death,and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned. If by that one person’s transgression the many died,how much more did the grace of Godand the gracious

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Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:20-25 Brothers and sisters:Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to Godand was fully convinced that what God had promisedhe was also able to do.That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.But it

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,whose right hand I grasp,subduing nations before him,and making kings run in his service,opening doors before himand leaving the gates unbarred:For the sake of Jacob, my servant,of Israel, my chosen one,I have called you by your name,giving you

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Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:13, 16-18 Brothers and sisters:It was not through the lawthat the promise was made to Abraham and his descendantsthat he would inherit the world,but through the righteousness that comes from faith.For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift,and

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Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters:What can we say that Abraham found,our ancestor according to the flesh?Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works,he has reason to boast;but this was not so in the sight of God.For what does the Scripture say?Abraham believed

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Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

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Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30 Brothers and sisters:Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,though testified to by the law and the prophets,the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christfor all who believe.For there is no distinction;all have

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Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist

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Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25 Brothers and sisters:I am not ashamed of the Gospel.It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:for Jew first, and then Greek.For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;as it is written, “The

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Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED PART 9

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: Concluding the Preface with singing “Holy, Holy, Lord God of Holiness…”, the priest begins the proper Eucharistic Prayer. Consecration: The most solemn moment of the Holy Mass is the consecration. Up to this moment, what was on the altar is merely bread and wine. Giving praise and thanks to

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesa feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,the web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord

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Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 4:12-21 Thus says the LORD:Let the nations bestir themselves and come upto the Valley of Jehoshaphat;For there will I sit in judgmentupon all the neighboring nations. Apply the sickle,for the harvest is ripe;Come and tread,for the wine press is full;The vats overflow,for great is

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Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!wail, O ministers of the altar!Come, spend the night in sackcloth,O ministers of my God!The house of your God is deprivedof offering and libation.Proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the elders,all who dwell in the land,Into the house

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of

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Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I

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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an

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Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED Part 8

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: Following the Presentation of the Gifts, which symbolize our heart & soul and our entire life in the form of bread and wine, we move to the next stage, which is the central and most important part of the Holy Mass. The Eucharistic Prayer: The long prayer forms the heart

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED Part 7

Part Three: Liturgy of the Eucharist: With the homily and Creed, the Liturgy of the Word comes to an end. Then begins the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the third part of the Holy Mass. After having listened to the Word of God, having reflected over them and having proclaimed our faith, we move to the

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 5:1-7 Let me now sing of my friend,my friend’s song concerning his vineyard.My friend had a vineyardon a fertile hillside;he spaded it, cleared it of stones,and planted the choicest vines;within it he built a watchtower,and hewed out a wine press.Then he looked for the crop of grapes,but

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 Fear not, my people!Remember, Israel,You were sold to the nationsnot for your destruction;It was because you angered Godthat you were handed over to your foes.For you provoked your Makerwith sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,and you grieved

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Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Bar 1:15-22 During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:“Justice is with the Lord, our God;and we today are flushed with shame,we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,that we, with our kings and rulersand priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,have sinned in the Lord’s

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Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month,

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Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi Reading 1 Neh 2:1-8 In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,when the wine was in my charge,I took some and offered it to the king.As I had never before been sad in his presence,the king asked me, “Why do you look sad?If you are not

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Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 8:20-23 Thus says the LORD of hosts:There shall yet come peoples,the inhabitants of many cities;and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”;and, “I too will go to seek the

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Memorial of the Guardian Angels

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Memorial of the Guardian Angels Reading 1 Zec 8:1-8 This word of the LORD of hosts came: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion,stirred to jealous wrath for her.Thus says the LORD:I will return to Zion,and I will dwell within Jerusalem;Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,and the mountain of

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 18:25-28 Thus says the LORD:You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”Hear now, house of Israel:Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,it is because of the iniquity he committed

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Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.I asked, “Where are you going?”He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,to see how great is its width and how great its length.” Then the angel

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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from

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Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hg 1:1-8 On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggaito the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak: Thus says the

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Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

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Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Reading 1 EzR 9:5-9 At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God. I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my

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Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20 King Darius issued an order to the officialsof West-of-Euphrates:“Let the governor and the elders of the Jewscontinue the work on that house of God;they are to rebuild it on its former site.I also issue this decreeconcerning your dealing with these elders

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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 EzR 1:1-6 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persiato issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,both by word of mouth and in writing:“Thus says Cyrus, king of

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 55:6-9 Seek the LORD while he may be found,call him while he is near.Let the scoundrel forsake his way,and the wicked his thoughts;let him turn to the LORD for mercy;to our God, who is generous in forgiving.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my

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HOLY MASS EXPLAINED Part 6

Part Two: Liturgy of the Word: The second part of the Liturgy of the Word comprises of the homily, the recitation of the Creed and Prayer of the Faithful (General Intentions). Homily: Even though the priest celebrating the mass or the deacon assisting at the Mass takes the effort to prepare the homily, this part

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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 1 Tm 6:13-16 Beloved:I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,and before Christ Jesus,who gave testimony under Pontius Pilatefor the noble confession,to keep the commandment without stain or reproachuntil the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christthat the blessed and only rulerwill make manifest

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Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Tm 6:2c-12 Beloved:Teach and urge these things.Whoever teaches something differentand does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christand the religious teachingis conceited, understanding nothing,and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,and

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Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

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Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one

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Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

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Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Tm 3:14-16 Beloved:I am writing you,although I hope to visit you soon.But if I should be delayed,you should know how to behave in the household of God,which is the Church of the living God,the pillar and foundation of

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Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13 Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,married only once, temperate, self-controlled,decent, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,not contentious, not a lover of money.He must manage

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Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Tm 2:1-8 Beloved:First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,for kings and for all in authority,that we may lead a quiet and tranquil lifein all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior,who wills

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 27:30—28:7 Wrath and anger are hateful things,yet the sinner hugs them tight.The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,for he remembers their sins in detail.Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.Could anyone nourish anger against anotherand expect healing from the LORD?Could anyone

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Holy Mass Explained Part 5

Before leaving for my vacation in August, I started explaining about the Holy Mass. I stopped with Part 1, “Gathering Rites”, which concludes with the Opening Prayer. This week I resume it from Part 2. Part 2: Liturgy of the Word After the Gathering Rites, we sit down and listen to the Word of God.

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Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

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Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Tm 1:15-17 Beloved:This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.Of these I am the foremost.But for that reason I was mercifully treated,so that in me, as the foremost,Christ Jesus might display all his patience as

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Reading 1 1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our saviorand of Christ Jesus our hope,to Timothy, my true child in faith:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to him who has strengthened me,

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent

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Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Col 3:1-11 Brothers and sisters:If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with

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Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 2:6-15 Brothers and sisters:As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,rooted in him and built upon himand established in the faith as you were taught,abounding in thanksgiving.See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophyaccording to the tradition

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Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col1:24–2:3 Brothers and sisters:I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,and in my flesh I am filling upwhat is lacking in the afflictions of Christon behalf of his Body, which is the Church,of which I am a ministerin accordance with God’s stewardship given to meto

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 33:7-9 Thus says the LORD:You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, “and you do not speak out to dissuade

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Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest

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Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest Reading 1 Col1:21-23 Brothers and sisters:You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;God has now reconciled youin the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,to present you holy, without blemish,and irreproachable before him,provided that you persevere in the faith,firmly grounded, stable,and not shifting from the

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Sharing about my Vacation

Having returned to the Parish after my vacation, I would like to share some of my experiences and impressions, which I gained in India. This time I did not go beyond the territory of my State, Tamilnadu, so named after the language is spoken by the people. The Tamil language is one of the most

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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a The LORD says:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,too small to be among the clans of Judah,From you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;Whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she

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Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:9-14 Brothers and sisters:From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for youand asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s willthrough all spiritual wisdom and understandingto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,so as to

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Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of

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Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, “Peace and security,”then sudden

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Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 20:7-9 You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.All the day I am an object of laughter;everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out,violence and outrage is my message;the word of the LORD has

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You Are Thinking Not As God Does, But As Human Beings Do

Jesus had just been proclaimed the Messiah, the Son of the living God by Peter in Matthew’s Gospel. We heard that passage last week, now Jesus explained to his disciples that He must suffer, die and then rise again. Peter, thinking in human terms tells Jesus; “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen

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Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters,

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Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you

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Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel

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Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As

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Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

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Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 2:1-8 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,that our reception among you was not without effect.Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,as you know, in Philippi,we drew courage through our Godto speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.Our

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Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you,remembering you in our prayers,unceasingly calling to mind

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:“I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to

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“You Are Peter, and Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church”

Our Gospel reading from Mathew today (16:13-20) is a familiar one.  Peter gets it right and proclaims Jesus as; “the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus knows this proclamation is due to the Father’s revealed truth coming from the mouth of Peter. Jesus then states that Peter will be the rock upon which

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Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,of the clan of her husband Elimelech.Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,“Let me go and glean ears of grain in the fieldof anyone who will allow me that favor.”Naomi said to her, “Go, my daughter,”

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Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;so a man from Bethlehem of Judahdeparted with his wife and two sonsto reside on the plateau of Moab.Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,and she was left

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Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

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Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rv 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,“Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was

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Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jgs 9:6-15 All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came togetherand proceeded to make Abimelech kingby the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem. When this was reported to him,Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,cried out to them in

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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Jgs 6:11-24a The angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite.While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine pressto save it from the Midianites,the angel of the LORD appeared to him and

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Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope

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Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope Reading 1 Jgs2:11-19 The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,who led them out of the land of Egypt,they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD. Because

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come,my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,ministering to him,loving the name of the LORD,and becoming his servants—all who keep the sabbath free

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Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:14-29 Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,and addressed them, saying: “Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,and serve the LORD.If it does not please you to

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My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer for all Peoples

The reading from Isaiah ends with this statement; that God’s house is open to all. The prophets of the Old Testament were sent to Israel, the northern kingdom, and Judah, the southern kingdom, to bring about conversion. The people had intermingled with those who worshiped other gods and had begun to worship them as well.

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Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:1-13 Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,summoning their elders, their leaders,their judges and their officers.When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: In times past your fathers, down

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Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17 The LORD said to Joshua,“Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel,that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenantto come to a

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Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 34:1-12 Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,and the LORD showed him all the land—Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,all the land of Judah as far as

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -<br>Vigil

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -<br>Vigil Reading 1 1 Chron 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORDto the place which he had prepared for it.David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites. The Levites bore the ark of God

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -<br>Mass during the Day

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -<br>Mass during the Day Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God’s temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on

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Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

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Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr Reading 1 Dt 10:12-22 Moses said to the people:“And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of youbut to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly,to love and serve the LORD, your God,with all your heart and all your soul,to keep the

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a At the mountain of God, Horeb,Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him,“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountainsand crushing

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“O You of Little Faith”

We hear the story of Jesus walking on the water today. Peter, the impulsive man he was, asks Jesus to bid him to come to Him on the water. Peter does well until he became aware of just how strong the wind was blowing and became frightened and then he begins to sink into the

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Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 6:4-13 Moses said to the people:“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,with all your heart,and with all your soul,and with all your strength.Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.Drill

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Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin

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Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin Reading 1 Dt 4:32-40 Moses said to the people:“Ask now of the days of old, before your time,ever since God created man upon the earth;ask from one end of the sky to the other:Did anything so great ever happen before?Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the

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Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr

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Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-10 Brothers and sisters:Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,so that in all

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Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26a-29a, 34-35 The LORD said to Moses [in the desert of Paran,]“Send men to reconnoiter the land of Canaan,which I am giving the children of Israel.You shall send one man from each ancestral tribe,all of them princes.” After reconnoitering the land for

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Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

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Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest Reading 1 Nm 12:1-13 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretextof the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?Does he not speak through us also?”And the LORD heard this.Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man

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Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:4b-15 The children of Israel lamented,“Would that we had meat for food!We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt,and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,the onions, and the garlic.But now we are famished;we see nothing before us but this manna.”

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The Transfiguration

This familiar story of Jesus showing His glory to Peter, James, and John is truly a beautiful one. In this brief section of the Gospel Jesus gives these three disciples a glimpse into Heaven, Jesus’ eternal dwelling place. Jesus shows these disciples that He is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. They are left

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;his throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where

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Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 25:1, 8-17 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,“Seven weeks of years shall you count–seven times seven years–so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;on this, the Day of Atonement,

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Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

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Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest Reading 1 Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 The LORD said to Moses,“These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrateat their proper time with a sacred assembly.The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month,at the evening twilight.The fifteenth day of

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Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.On the first day of the first month of the second yearthe Dwelling was erected.It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,and set up

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Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down from Mount Sinaiwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiantwhile he conversed with the LORD.When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Mosesand

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Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent,

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Reading 1 Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 Moses turned and came down the mountainwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;tablets that were made by God,having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.Now, when Joshua heard the

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The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…

Jesus gives three examples of what the kingdom of Heaven is like in today’s Gospel reading. I struggle with the comparisons He uses compared with the norms in today’s world; after all we don’t hear of people finding buried treasure today. But I realized I was missing the point of these parables. Jesus is simply

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon answered:“O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, kingto succeed my father David;but I am a mere youth,

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Memorial of Saint Martha

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Memorial of Saint Martha Reading 1 Ex 24:3-8 When Moses came to the peopleand related all the words and ordinances of the LORD, they all answered with one voice,“We will do everything that the LORD has told us.”Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,rising early the next day,he erected at the

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Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 20:1-17 In those days:God delivered all these commandments: “I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.You shall not have other gods besides me.You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of

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Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt,on its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai,they pitched camp. While Israel was encamped here

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Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Ex 16:1-5, 9-15 The children of Israel set out from Elim, and came into the desert of Sin,which is between Elim and Sinai,on the fifteenth day of the second monthafter their departure from the land of Egypt.Here in the desert the

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Feast of Saint James, Apostle

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Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body

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Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 14:5-18 When it was reported to the king of Egyptthat the people had fled,Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them.They exclaimed, “What have we done!Why, we have released Israel from our service!”So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his soldiersBsix hundred

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Holy Mass Explained Part 5

Part Two: Liturgy of the Word Usually, when we gather as a family or as friends for a meal, we begin with a conversation telling our stories. Likewise, after the gathering rites during Mass, the Liturgy of the Word follows. God speaks to us in the inspired Words of the Bible and we listen to

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 12:13, 16-19 There is no god besides you who have the care of all,that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.For your might is the source of justice;your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.For you show your might when the perfection of your

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Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

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Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene Reading 1 Sgs 3:1-4b The Bride says:On my bed at night I sought himwhom my heart loves–I sought him but I did not find him.I will rise then and go about the city;in the streets and crossings I will seekHim whom my heart loves.I sought him but I did not

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Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 11:10—12:14 Although Moses and Aaron performed various wondersin Pharaoh’s presence,the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,“This month shall stand at the head of

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Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 3:13-20 Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,“When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am

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Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 3:1-6, 9-12 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,the mountain of God.There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fireflaming out of a bush.As he looked on,

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Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15a A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,who conceived and bore a son.Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,daubed it with bitumen

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Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 1:8-14, 22 A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.He said to his subjects, “Look how numerous and powerfulthe people of the children of Israel are growing, more so than we ourselves!Come, let us deal shrewdly with them to

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downand do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,so shall my word bethat goes forth from my

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Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a Jacob gave his sons this charge:“Since I am about to be taken to my people,bury me with my fathers in the cave that liesin the field of Ephron the Hittite,the cave in the field of Machpelah,facing on Mamre, in the

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Holy Mass Explained Part 4

Part 1: Gathering Rites (Cont’d) Greeting: While the entrance hymn is sung, the priest kisses the altar, which represents Christ, as a sign of surrender and adoration. Following the hymn, the Mass begins with the sign of the Cross and greeting. This greeting is significantly for wishing well, to all present, in the name of

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Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

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Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin Reading 1 Gn 46:1-7, 28-30 Israel set out with all that was his.When he arrived at Beer-sheba,he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called,“Jacob! Jacob!”He answered, “Here I am.”Then he said: “I am God, the God of

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Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5 Judah approached Joseph and said: “I beg you, my lord,let your servant speak earnestly to my lord,and do not become angry with your servant,for you are the equal of Pharaoh.My lord asked your servants, ‘Have you a father, or another brother?’So

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egyptand the people cried to Pharaoh for bread,Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians to go to Josephand do whatever he told them.When the famine had spread throughout the land,Joseph opened all the

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Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

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Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot Reading 1 Gn 32:23-33 In the course of the night, Jacob arose, took his two wives,with the two maidservants and his eleven children,and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.After he had taken them across the streamand had brought over all his possessions,Jacob was left there alone.Then some man wrestled with

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Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 28:10-22a Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran.When he came upon a certain shrine, as the sun had already set,he stopped there for the night.Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his headand lay down to sleep at

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 9:9-10 Thus says the LORD:Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!See, your king shall come to you;a just savior is he,meek, and riding on an ass,on a colt, the foal of an ass.He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,and the horse from Jerusalem;the warrior’s

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And I Will Give You Rest

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Jesus makes a promise to us in the passage from Mathew’s Gospel today.  Doesn’t this sound inviting to you? Which one of us doesn’t need rest? We live in a world consumed with busyness, one where we are asked to

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Holy Mass Explained Part 3

The Holy Mass could be described as the ritual celebration of what Jesus fulfilled only once in history: The Last Supper on Holy Thursday, His Death on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The celebration of the Mass can be divided into four parts: Gathering rites Liturgy of the Word of God Liturgy

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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 27:1-5, 15-29 When Isaac was so old that his eyesight had failed him,he called his older son Esau and said to him, “Son!”“Yes father!” he replied.Isaac then said, “As you can see, I am so oldthat I may now die at any time.Take your

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Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 The span of Sarah’s life was one hundred and twenty-seven years.She died in Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron)in the land of Canaan,and Abraham performed the customary mourning rites for her.Then he left the side of his dead one and addressed the

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Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 22:1b-19 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a burnt offeringon a height

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Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 21:5, 8-20a Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaningAbraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptianhad borne to Abrahamplaying with her son Isaac;so

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Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 19:15-29 As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, “On your way!Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here,or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom.”When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy,seized his

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Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

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Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held togetherand grows

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a One day Elisha came to Shunem,where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man

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Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:1-15 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre,as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent,while the day was growing hot.Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby.When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet

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Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to himand said: “I am God the Almighty.Walk in my presence and be blameless.” God also said to Abraham:“On your part, you and your descendants after youmust keep my covenant throughout the

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Vigil

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Vigil Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Mass during the Day

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles<br>Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jewshe proceeded to arrest Peter also.–It

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Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

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Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Gn 15:1-12, 17-18 The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram!I am your shield;I will make your reward very great.” But Abram said,“O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,if I keep on being childlessand have as my heir

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Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 13:2, 5-18 Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.There

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Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 12:1-9 The LORD said to Abram:“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolkand from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. “I will make of you a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,so that you

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Holy Mass Explained Part 2

On June 4th, Pentecost Sunday, I started explaining the Holy Mass for your benefit and for the benefit of your children. Through my simple effort, I would like that you may be enlightened so as to understand the value of the Holy Mass. This week I want to explain to you about the purposes of

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 Jeremiah said:“I hear the whisperings of many:‘Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!’All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.’But the LORD is with me, like

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Mass during the Day

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Mass during the Day Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his

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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Reading 1 Dt 7:6-11 Moses said to the people:“You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God;he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earthto be a people peculiarly his own.It was not because you are the largest of all nationsthat the

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 11:1-11 Brothers and sisters:If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me!Please put up with me.For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God,since I betrothed you to one husbandto present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.But

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Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

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Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-11 Brothers and sisters, consider this:whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,so that in

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Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 8:1-9 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of Godthat has been given to the churches of Macedonia,for in a severe test of affliction,the abundance of their joy and their profound povertyoverflowed in a wealth of generosity on their

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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 6:1-10 Brothers and sisters:As your fellow workers, we appeal to younot to receive the grace of God in vain.For he says: In an acceptable time I heard you,and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time;behold,

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Reading 1 Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a Moses said to the people:“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,has directed all your journeying in the desert,so as to test you by afflictionand find out whether or not it was your intentionto keep his commandments. He therefore let

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Happy Father’s Day

Being a father calls for many challenges and hardships, which every dad bears with pride and happiness. Your dad has been your first friend who has always been with you, no matter what. He is the one person who has bestowed you with unconditional love and care, without asking for anything in return. When it

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Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 5:14-21 Brothers and sisters:The love of Christ impels us,once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;therefore, all have died.He indeed died for all,so that those who live might no longer live for themselvesbut for him who for their sake

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Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying

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Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 3:15—4:1, 3-6 Brothers and sisters:To this day, whenever Moses is read,a veil lies over the hearts of the children of Israel,but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the

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Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 3:4-11 Brothers and sisters:Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take creditfor anything as coming from us;rather, our qualification comes from God,who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,not of letter but

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Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

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Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 2 Cor 1:18-22 Brothers and sisters:As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us,Silvanus and Timothy and me,was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes”

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Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor1:1-7 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother,to the Church of God that is at Corinth,with all the holy ones throughout Achaia:grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Reading 1 Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9 Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinaias the LORD had commanded him,taking along the two stone tablets. Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses thereand proclaimed his name, “LORD.”Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious

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Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20 Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him, “Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.” So he called Raphael and said, “Take as your wages half of all that you have

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

We celebrate The Most Holy Trinity today. This solemnity reminds us of the triune nature of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are reminded of this every time we enter the church and bless ourselves with holy water. Our priest also gathers us together in the words of the second reading today from 2

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Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Tb 11:5-17 Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come.When she saw him coming, she exclaimed to his father,“Tobit, your son is coming, and the man who traveled with him!” Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father:“I am certain that his eyes will be opened.Smear the fish

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Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a When the angel Raphael and Tobiah had entered Media and were getting close to Ecbatana,Raphael said to the boy,“Tobiah, my brother!”He replied: “Here I am!”He said: “Tonight we must stay with Raguel, who is a relative of yours.He has a daughter named Sarah.” So he brought him to

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Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a Grief-stricken in spirit, I, Tobit, groaned and wept aloud.Then with sobs I began to pray: “You are righteous, O Lord,and all your deeds are just;All your ways are mercy and truth;you are the judge of the world.And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me,and look with favor upon

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Holy Mass Explained – Part 1

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As Catholics, we know that the Holy Mass is the center of our faith and the source of divine life. Hence, the Church teaches us to participate in the Holy Mass regularly on Sundays and on Holydays of obligation and also on weekdays, whenever possible. If we understand the value of the Mass, we would

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Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Tb 2:9-14 On the night of Pentecost, after I had buried the dead,I, Tobit, went into my courtyard to sleep next to the courtyard wall. My face was uncovered because of the heat. I did not know there were birds perched on the wall above me, till their warm droppings settled in my

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Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

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Reading 1 Tb 1:3; 2:1a-8 I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my lifeon the paths of truth and righteousness.I performed many charitable works for my kinsmen and my peoplewho had been deported with me to Nineveh, in Assyria. On our festival of Pentecost, the feast of Weeks, a fine dinner was prepared for

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Finding Time to Pray

Day after day in our busy schedule, we don’t find time to pray. For those, who ask a question within, “How can I find time to pray?”, here is a witness of a young woman, Ruth Baker, who suggests 8 ways, to find time to pray. Ruth Baker, 26, loves running, wild camping and writing.

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Taking Active Participation in the Mass

You or any of your family members may have been a little while since you last went to Mass. If you think, why to go for Mass regularly, just think that God wants you to grow in his life, which he imparts through the Body and Blood in the Mass. Here are some suggestions for

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SAINT OF THE GUTTERS

“The saint of the Gutters” – this is how Mother Teresa, who dedicated her whole life to the service of the sick, outcast, those who suffered from any chronic decease and the dying, was called. Today the Catholic Church declared her formally a Saint, even though she was known as a Saint among the people

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Embrace the Year of Mercy : The Importance of Commitment

When I was young my parents helped my four brothers and three sisters and I to include prayer as part of our family life. We prayed our meal prayers together always before we started eating and a decade of the Rosary during Advent and Lent. At times, it became difficult with all of the sports

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Missionary Task of the Disciples

Last week, the theme for reflection was, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This Sunday, the emphasis is on the task of the disciples to be missionaries of peace of the Kingdom of God. The message that the disciples are asked to carry is the message of peace, which is an

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Challenges of Christian Discipleship

The Gospel passage presents Jesus’ resolute departure to Jerusalem for his suffering and death on the cross. His decision to go to Jerusalem is a deliberate decision, in order to fulfill the will of his heavenly Father. The evangelist describes it as a great journey that Jesus takes to his destiny, as determined by His

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Our Repentance and God’s forgiveness

This Sunday the liturgy focuses on forgiveness, which entails repentance. There are two outstanding examples in the Bible, which portray human repentance and God’s forgiveness,highlighting His love and mercy. The first happened in the life of king David, the one chosen by God himself to be the king of Israel (2 Samuel, chapters 11 &

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Living our life fully

We hear the story of Jesus acting with great compassion to a widow in the city of Naim, by raising her only dead son to life. Human experience shows that death causes pain; closer the bond, greater is the pain experienced. The event in the Gospel describes that a widow lost her only son. Having

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Corpus Christi Sunday

This Sunday the Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, which means The Body and The Blood of Jesus Christ. We remember gratefully the mysterious selfgift of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Gospel passage describing the multiplication of bread gives us a foretaste of the spiritual food, which Jesus instituted in the form of bread

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Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit!

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, namely, the descent of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus Christ, before his Ascension. With the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Risen Lord is made present in a new and astounding manner. So also is made present universally The Father in Heaven. Thus, The God, who

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ & Mother’s Day

The Ascension of Jesus Christ & Mother’s Day This week we are celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mother’s day. I would like to share briefly about both the events. Through his Ascension, Jesus departed from earth where his presence was a matter of fact to heaven, on account of which his

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Preparing the Church to take its root

As we are drawing closer to the Ascension of Our Lord, which celebrates the Risen Lord’s enthronement and the feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles, the Gospel for this Sunday (John 14:2329) is leading us to these two events. The Gospel for this Sunday is

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Imitate Jesus

The reading from Revelation today speaks of a “new heaven and a new earth”. My Bible cautions readers that this book uses “extravagant symbolism”. The introduction to this last book of the Bible goes on to say that symbolic descriptions  are not to be taken literally. So what can we take away from this reading?

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Voice of the Good Shepherd

In today’s culture, many voices clamor for our attention. But the voice of the media is louder than anything else. Intruding our freedom, they sound through television, internet, cell phone and what not. Whether we like it or not, they arrest our minds and hearts with various messages, commercials and videos. In the midst of

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Catch Someone for Christ!

Many of you are fishing enthusiasts, or perhaps have close family that takes a strong interest in this sport. States and provinces regulate fishing seasons within their own boundaries. For some species, the fishing season is open all year long and for others, there is only a brief time. It is amazing, for me originating

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Rejoice! He is Risen!

“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb.” Peter was unique in his response to the news of Jesus’ resurrection. Whereas, the other apostles disregarded the reports from the women who had seen the empty tomb and heard the angels announce the truth of the resurrection. On this Easter day, we have a choice

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The Lenten Journey

We have entered once again into our Lenten journey. These forty days are meant to help us step back from our busy lives and reflect upon our relationship with God; where am I in union with God, where do I need to improve. Those of us who have been through a few Lenten seasons may

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Lent, a Season of Renewal

We begin the season of Lent from Wednesday, February 10th, which is known as Ash Wednesday. Lent denotes 40 days of penance, a time of conversion and a time for deepening one’s faith. This season has twofold character: one is that we recall our baptismal commitment to live as the children of God and the

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Our Staff

Father Arul Joseph V.

Deacon Ray Heitzinger

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We welcome you to contact our parish.

  • Phone Number (715) 344-6115
  • Office Hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 3:00
    Friday 8:30 - 11:30
  • Where We Are 800 Fourth Ave
    Stevens Point, WI 54481