3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Chairman
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

OCTOBER 2017

My dear friends in Christ:

Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. Looking back over the last year, there’s been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there’s no shortage of reasons we cry out to God.

At such times, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. But we have an anchor of hope to cling to. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid,” reminds us of this promise. Continue reading “3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings

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You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Brothers and Sisters to Us – USCCB:1979

Copied below is the text of Bishop Deshotel’s letter condemning the evil of racism.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Among the opening words of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we read the following: “God created man in His image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them”. (Gen. 1:27) From the very beginning of time, we learn of the dignity and sacredness of the human person as intended by God. In the account of everything created by God, only the human person is created in the image and likeness of God. From this fundamental truth, we learn that each and every human person is a direct and unique creation of God, called into being and given an everlasting destiny of sharing in God’s life.

In light of so many troubling events occurring in our day and time, I find it important to reiterate this fundamental truth. When the sacred connection between God and the human person is clouded or eliminated, the sin of racism raises its ugly head. History teaches us what happens when evil is not exposed and left unchecked. We must remember that evil grows when good people remain silent. Ethnic cleansing of whole populations, enslavement of peoples simply because of the color of their skin, human trafficking, and the holocaust of Jews are just a few examples. These evils begin with an acceptance of racism. Continue reading “2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Christmas

 

 

Readings

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Pope Francis’ homily for Christmas Eve:

Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). In these plain and clear words, Luke brings us to the heart of that holy night: Mary gave birth; she gave us Jesus, the Light of the world. A simple story that plunges us into the event that changes our history forever. Everything,
that night, became a source of hope. Continue reading “Christmas”

Christmas

Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24: 4 & 6 p.m.

Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25: 8:30 & 10 a.m.

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New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1: 9:00 a.m.
Note: January 1, New Year’s Day, is The Solemnity of Mary, The Mother of God. This year it is not a holyday of obligation.

 

Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Today we offer the text of Pope Francis’ General Audience of Nov. 22, 2017, where he continues his catechesis on the Mass.  Consider his reflections on the concept of “memorial” as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King:  That this King whom we rightfully honor is the same King who hung upon the cross, broken and bloody, and is the same King who gives himself to us totally and completely under forms of broken bread and wine, in the Eucharist.

What is the Mass essentially? The Mass is the memorial of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. It makes us participants in His victory over sin and death and gives full meaning to our life. Continue reading “Solemnity of Christ the King”