Pastor’s Corner – January 6, 2019

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the last of the Christmas Holy Days, which recalls and celebrates the visit of the Magi, astrologers from “the East” (i.e. lands beyond Israel) who followed the light of a heavenly phenomenon to find the newborn King of the Jews.  “Epiphany” comes...

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Pastor’s Corner – December 30, 2018

Although many seem to think that Christmas ends on December 25, we who are steeped in Roman tradition know that such important celebrations cannot be confined to a single day.  In pre-Christian Roman culture, important feasts were celebrated for 8 days, beginning and ending on the same day of the...

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Pastor’s Corner – December 23, 2018

As the season of waiting gives way to the season of fulfillment, let’s explore some of the more familiar symbols of Christmas, especially since many of them have become so secularized that you may not realize their Christian roots.             The Christmas Wreath we hang on our front doors or...

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Pastor’s Corner – December 16, 2018

A few years ago I came across an article written by novelist Jennifer Coburn titled “Christmas Shopping As Substance Abuse.”  She argued that the way many approach Christmas is too gluttonous, which can make this beloved holiday every bit as dangerous as other forms of substance abuse, particularly for children....

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Pastor’s Corner – December 9, 2018

Continuing our look at the symbols of Advent, we now turn our attention to the color chosen for the liturgical celebrations of this great season of anticipation. As you probably know, each season of the liturgical year is assigned a specific color.  Green, which symbolizes hope, is for Ordinary Time,...

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Pastor’s Corner – December 2, 2018

          Welcome Advent, the season of joyful anticipation and expectation!  From the Latin “adventus” meaning “to come,” Advent reminds us that as God promised His people deliverance from bondage to sin and death, and made good on that promise in the first coming of the Christ,...

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Pastor’s Corner – November 25, 2018

As you know we are in the midst of the Leadership, Major and Advancedphases of Catholic Strong, an ambitious, diocesan-wide campaign that seeks to raise $50 million to invigorate, strengthen and expand our efforts as an Apostolic Church.  Each parish of the diocese has been assigned a goal based on...

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Pastor’s Corner – November 11, 2018

  We were all saddened, outraged and alarmed by another act of senseless violence last week, this time at the Tree of Life Congregation, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.  Whenever a place of worship is attacked it is particularly disturbing for the faithful of every religious denomination. We mourn the...

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Pastor’s Corner – October 14, 2018

Last month, our long-serving Parish Secretary Mrs. Dee D’Orazioannounced that she was retiring, effective October 1.  Dee has been more than just an integral part of our parish staff.  She’s been the heart and soul of our parish office for over 30 years!  She knows more about the parish -its...

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