Easter Season (Apr. 28, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is still enjoying our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. We are so filled with joy that our feasting overflows into eight days, which we call the Octave of Easter. While God created the world in seven days, on the eighth Christ rose to recreate…

Happy Easter! (Apr. 21, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Regina Coeli, laetare, alleluia! Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia! Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia! Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia! Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia! For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia! Has risen, as he said, Alleluia! Pray for us to God, Alle- luia! We cry out with…

Holy Week (Apr. 14, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It’s hard to believe, but today we begin Holy Week with the Mass of Palm Sunday. As our Lenten journey draws to a close, we enter Jerusalem with Christ and walk with him through the moments which form the very heart of who we are as Christians. If any…

Passiontide (Apr. 7, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today the Church enters what has been traditionally known as Passiontide. During these last two weeks of Lent we focus on the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ in a more intense and vivid way. As the most sacred days of the Church year draw close, we…

Laetare Sunday (Mar. 31, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate Laetare Sunday. Taken from the introit, or first words, of the Mass “Laetare Jerusalem,” meaning “Rejoice, O Jerusalem,” we rejoice as we cross the half-way mark of Lent. The somber violet vestments are traded in for brighter rose to experience a moment of joyful expectation…

Almsgiving (Mar. 24, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In today’s Gospel Christ offers a very challenging image. He speaks of a person who has a fig tree that puts forth no fruit and decides that it should be cut down. His gardener convinces him to relent and give the tree another chance, but the first portion of…

The Universal Church (Feb. 24, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We don’t often think about it, but when we speak of the Catholic Church, we use the word “catholic” which comes from the Greek for “universal.” Something revolutionary about our faith in Christ is that it was destined for all peoples. While the Jewish faith was cultural and tribal,…