Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 1/20/2019

Dear Parishioners, This weekend we are promoting “Safe Haven Sunday”. Last weekend in my article I talked about the letter (pastoral response) of the USCCB called, “Create in me a clean heart”, and some of the pervasive dangers of pornography in our society. It is very easy for us to...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 1/13/2019

Dear Parishioners, As your pastor, I am always impressed by the love in the families of our parish community and am constantly giving God thanks for your many efforts that truly uphold the dignity of marriage and family life. Thank you! As you work hard to create safe havens for...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 1/6/2018

Dear Parishioners, Hopefully, everyone has had a very Merry Christmas and is beginning to enjoy a great New Year! Last week I pointed out Pope Emeritus Benedict’s latest book on the Liturgy, but there are various others and I would definitely encourage all of you to read them. Even though...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 12/30/2018

Dear Parishioners, Last week we saw Church law concerning the posture of the priest “ad populum” as compared to “ad orientem,” there in the document that I quoted[1] it clearly states that both are permitted, but when Cardinal Estevez goes on to say that when the priest faces the people...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 12/23/2018

Dear Parishioners, Last week I ended in a dilemma. The GIRM gives the instruction to try to celebrate the Mass facing the people on a free standing altar whenever possible, but the rubrics tell the priest various times during the Mass to turn and face the people. After 35 years...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 12/16/2018

Dear Parishioners, I hope everyone is advancing well in their preparation of a gift for the Child Jesus on his birthday and preparing your hearts for his rebirth within you this Christmas. We have been talking about “Ad Orientem” and why it is such an important liturgical principle. Historically, the...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 12/9/2018

Dear Parishioners, Masses on Holy Days of Obligation like this past Saturday—the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception —are obligatory by Cannon Law and the teaching of the Catechism. This obligation makes the subject of Mass attendance on these occasions a serious or grave matter. The Catechism of the Catholic Church...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 12/2/2018

Dear Parishioners, Advent is upon us, and I will be speaking in my homilies about some of the important spiritual aspects. In order to hear these homilies, you have to come to Mass. There has been a lot of confusion and false prophets out there proclaiming things about attending the...

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Weekly Message from Our Pastor – 11/4/2018

Dear Parishioners, We have some interesting celebrations coming up after All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. One is called “The Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran.” Why do we celebrate the dedication of a church building—what is so important about that? St. John Lateran was the first legal...

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