June 21, 2019

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated every year on the Second Sunday after Pentecost. The traditional name for the feast is Corpus Christi. It is one of the three doctrinal feasts celebrated during Ordinary Time.

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June 9, 2019

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Unity in Diversity

Pentecost

A while back I worked at a parish that had a tradition of reading the Mass readings in a variety of different languages on Pentecost Sunday. This tradition points us to the first reading from Acts where it says, “At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.”

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June 7, 2019

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Different portrayals of the Holy Spirit as a dove

Holy Spirit Dove

In religious art the Holy Spirit is most often depicted as a dove. The biblical basis for the dove symbolism is found in all four gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

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May 31, 2019

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The Ascension

Ascension

The Seventh Sunday of Easter is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, how the Father lifted the Son from the earth after the Resurrection, bought him back to heaven, and enthroned him in glory and power at his right hand (Mk 16:19; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55,56; Eph 1:20). The Ascension is a major mystery of our Christian faith, so important that it is the second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

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May 31, 2019

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The Novena: Nine days of prayer

Descent of the Holy Spirit

A Novena, a Devotional Form of Prayer. A novena is a period of nine consecutive days of intensified prayer. A novena may be offered in preparation for a major feast such as Pentecost, to deepen devotion to Jesus, to honor a particular saint, or to make a request for a special grace or favor. A novena may be offered by the entire Church, a particular community, or by an individual. The term is derived from the Latin word novem which means “nine.”

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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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