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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 By Terrance Callan First Sunday of Lent: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 This is the first Sunday of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation to celebrate Easter. Lent can be seen as a retreat undertaken by the entire church to deepen our faith before our

Thursday, February 11, 2010 By Jeanne Hunt Jesus had a thing about tables. He loved them. To sit with Him at table and sup on good bread and a little fish, He gathered the best and the brightest folks and the least and the not-so-bright folks. So, it is well

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By Terrance Callan Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Jeremiah 17:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 It is uncomfortable to feel that we do not belong in some situation. Often our spontaneous reaction is to find a way to fit in as well as possible.

Friday, February 5, 2010 By Father Kyle Schnippel Jesus’ very last words in the Gospel of Matthew form a basis for the foundation and structure of the church: “Behold, I am with you always, even until the end of the age.”  As He says these words to the 11, He

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 By Terrance Callan Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 A personal invitation has a much greater effect on us than a general announcement that help is needed. We are much more likely to say “yes” to a person asking

Thursday, January 28, 2010 By Michael Daley After several enthusiastic invites from a student’s mother, I finally accepted her invitation to attend a large, nondenominational church with her and her family. This was a good “Catholic” family mind you, with years of both local parish involvement and Catholic education. Yet,

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jeremiah 1:4-19; 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30 The second reading for this Sunday will be very familiar to us. Paul’s teaching on love (“charity” in older translations) has the distinction of being one of the most popular

Thursday, January 21, 2010 By Father Earl Fernandes Sophocles’ play Antigone opposes the wills of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, and Creon, the King of Thebes. Creon had two sons: Eteocles, who was destined to reign, and Polyneices, who was exiled by Creon. Polyneices attacked the city. In the battle, the

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Father James Shappelle On Jan. 22, in dioceses across the United States, Catholics will observe a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Nehemiah 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 The readings this Sunday celebrate the wonder of God’s plan of salvation. In the Gospel we will hear Luke tell his readers he wants to write down “in an