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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

Thursday, January 14, 2010 By Jeanne Hunt When I was a child, the good Sisters taught me that there are four states of life or vocations: the priesthood, the consecrated religious life, marriage and the single state. I believed that they were presented in that order because priesthood was the

Wednesday January 13, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 On the list of most popular Gospel scenes, the wedding at Cana has to be near the top. One reason for its appeal is its connection with ordinary life. We

Thursday, January 7, 2010 By Father Kyle Schnippel Every year, following the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week, this year from Jan. 10-16. This week is set aside as a call to remind that we all have a

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 By Father Timothy Schehr The Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 40:1-11; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 So far this liturgical year we have been celebrating events in the Lord’s early years: His birth and the worship of the Magi. Now Luke records for us His