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Let's pray more than one hour a week

Let's pray more than one hour a week In the Jan. 10 issue of The Message, I wrote about the similarities between the Advent/Christmas Season and the initial RCIA Inquiry Stage.  It is my belief that Catholics who celebrate the Church’s feasts with faith and active participation are spiritually renewed – just as our ne...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

RCIA represents more than just teaching Catholicism

RCIA represents more than just teaching Catholicism A parishioner, who sponsored a member joining the Catholic Church, once mentioned how every Catholic should participate in the RCIA because he learned so much from joining the faith-sharing sessions each week.  Although learning “about” the faith is important, the Bishops of Vatica...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Devotion to Mary is also devotion to Christ and the Church

Devotion to Mary is also devotion to Christ and the Church   In his Apostolic Exhortation regarding devotion to the Virgin Mary, Venerable Pope Paul VI emphasized how the Advent Season lends itself liturgically to veneration of the Virgin Mary.  She represents God’s People, who had waited for centuries for the coming of the Promised Savior,...
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Think of hell as a consequence of sin itself

Think of hell as a consequence of sin itself A member of a Church congregation approached the pastor after his 1 ½ hour service one Sunday morning saying, “Reverend, I didn’t know what hell was like until you kept going on and on with your 45 minute sermon!”   Now every preacher has his “on” days a...
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Let go of 'childish' ways of contemplating heaven

Let go of 'childish' ways of contemplating heaven   As a child, thinking about heaven as going on “forever and ever” – and all we would do is sing “Alleluia!” – scared me to death!    Now, my understanding of heaven has changed.  St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:11, writes, “When I was a c...
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Monday, October 28, 2013

So what is heaven really like?

So what is heaven really like? Someone approached St. Paul one day with a question, “Paul, what will heaven be like?”  Paul replied, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much dawned upon the human mind what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).  Paul answered it, y...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Celebrate the bride and groom: Sing at the wedding

Celebrate the bride and groom: Sing at the wedding For some reason, when Catholics gather to celebrate a wedding, they do not seem to know what to do.  Their verbal responses to the prayers are barely audible, and they rarely join in singing the principal parts of the mass (if the wedding is between two Catholics) such as the “Holy, Holy...
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Exploring ideas for new marriage traditions

Exploring ideas for new marriage traditions As a newly ordained priest, I purchased a 25-page magazine-like formatted booklet entitled “Alternate Ideas for Weddings.”  Being very green, I shared some ideas with couples coming for marriage preparation.  Over the years, the booklet must have landed up in the hands of a co...
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Monday, September 16, 2013

More on old and new wedding traditions

More on old and new wedding traditions   In my last article several months ago, I presented the idea that both parents could walk their son and daughter down the aisle on their wedding day as a sign of their support for them, similar to their presentation for baptism and First Communion.  Couples who have chosen this option ha...
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Monday, September 02, 2013

Why a bride isn't seen by her groom before the wedding

Why a bride isn't seen by her groom before the wedding Planning a wedding ceremony can be a very stressful time in an engaged couple’s relationship.  Many of you have probably experienced this because you are dealing with two families with different ideas of what should take place during the ceremony, as well as the reception, often times ov...
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Monday, June 10, 2013