May 23, 2019

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Summer Sunday Mass: Obligation or Option?

Sunny day over Sava river

Sunday is reserved as the “Lord’s Day,” the day to remember the Resurrection and to offer our praise and worship. God gave us the Third Commandment as a solemn obligation, not a suggestion or an option.

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May 16, 2019

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What is new about the new commandment?

New Commandment

At the Last Supper Jesus told his disciples, “I give you a new commandment: love one another.” Jesus said that his commandment was “new.” What is new about it?

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May 9, 2019

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St. Matthias, Apostle and martyr

St. Matthias

St. Matthias is mentioned in chapter one of the Acts of the Apostles and nowhere else in Scripture. He was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot, and with his selection the number of apostles was restored to twelve.

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May 9, 2019

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Mothers who are Saints

Sts. Constantine and Helena

Mothers’ Day is a beautiful occasion to give tribute to mothers, each person’s own mother, for all of the love she has shared, and all mothers, for all they contribute to the wellbeing of the family and society. It is a day set aside to give special praise and thanks to those mothers who are alive and to honor the memory of those who have passed away. Spiritually, it is an opportunity to highlight mothers who are saints, because their good and holy lives can serve as an inspiration to the mothers of today.

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May 3, 2019

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The Easter Season

Length. The Easter Season is fifty days, not forty days, like Lent, or four weeks or slightly less, like Advent. The Easter Season extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. It is sometimes known as the “Festival of Weeks,” seven weeks of seven days (49 days), plus one, the fiftieth day, Pentecost.

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April 18, 2019

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Why did Jesus rise from the dead?

Jesus Risen, The Resurrection

After Jesus died and his body was placed in the tomb, he could have ascended to heaven without appearing to anyone. But Jesus rose and he appeared to his disciples, and he did so for a number of very important reasons.

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April 12, 2019

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord A Dual Feast

It has traditionally been known as Palm Sunday because the Mass begins with a gospel text that recounts how palm branches were used to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, and because palm branches are blessed at the beginning of Mass and carried in procession as part of the Entrance Rite. It has also traditionally been known as Passion Sunday because the Passion Narrative is proclaimed during the Liturgy of the Word.

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April 5, 2019

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St. Vincent Ferrer

St. Vincent Ferrer

St. Vincent Ferrer was born on January 23, 1350, in Valencia, Spain. His parents were William Ferrer, an Englishman, and Constantia Miguel, a Spaniard, both of noble families. He entered the Dominican Order at the age of seventeen and was sent to Barcelona where he studied philosophy and theology. He advanced quickly and at the age of twenty-one was sent to Lerida where he served briefly as a philosophy instructor (1371-1373).

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March 29, 2019

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Laetare Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Rose in Stained Glass

Laetare is a Latin term for joy, rejoicing, or gladness.

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March 22, 2019

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Forgiveness, the Major Point of Emphasis in Lent

Prodigal son

The readings for Lent in each of the three liturgical years have a vertical thread, a unifying theme or topic that runs up and down over a series of consecutive weeks.

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