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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

The Risen Christ makes himself known in times of tragedy

The Risen Christ makes himself known in times of tragedy On the same Sunday that Deacon Tom Evans preached about the Boston Marathon bombings at St. Matthew Church in Mount Vernon, the beautiful Gospel of the Good Shepherd was proclaimed. Deacon Tom very inspiringly connected the events of Boston with the Good Shepherd, which we may also apply to our per...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Learning to find the risen Christ, even in the midst of evil and despair

Learning to find the risen Christ, even in the midst of evil and despair                     Our human minds can never fully grasp the full meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection. For the Jewish people, Jesus was executed as a “common criminal” outside Jerusalem. Thus, Je...
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Christ's death and resurrection both convey essential truths

Christ's death and resurrection both convey essential truths   Catholics of my generation and older remember the days when funeral Masses were celebrated with the priest wearing black vestments, the casket surrounded by six “orange” candles, and the “Dies Irae” (“Day of Wrath”) was chanted as the sequence before the G...
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Monday, May 06, 2013

Reflections on Dolores Walker and others who have touched my life

Reflections on Dolores Walker and others who have touched my life     Upon hearing the news that Dolores Walker, the mother of Judicial Vicar Father Ken Walker, had passed away last week, the following quote by an anonymous author immediately came to mind: “Our lives are shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse to love us.” I had...
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Addressing the post-Easter spiritual needs of our new members

Addressing the post-Easter spiritual needs of our new members     Welcome and congratulations to all those who joined the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday. What an inspiring experience it is for us who have been Catholic all or most of our lives to witness the Church grow each year! Thank you for saying “Yes” to the Lord’s call to...
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Monday, April 01, 2013

Considering the presence of Christ in our Church and in our lives

Considering the presence of Christ in our Church and in our lives The author of the Letter to the Ephesians beautifully proclaims the presence of the risen Christ in these words: “The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill the entire universe” (Ephesians 4:10). Christians know that the Risen and Ex...
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Examining two ways to count Lent's 40 days

Examining two ways to count Lent's 40 days   Last week we saw how Lent had a double focus. The primary focus is on the preparation of new Christians for initiation on Holy Saturday after a period of faith formation and conversation, and a second focus emphasizes the ongoing conversion of God’s people to become more Christ-like as...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lent is about making real changes, not counting days

Lent is about making real changes, not counting days Every now and then parishioners ask the questions “How do we count the 40 days of Lent?” or “Do Sundays count as days of penance?”  I wonder – what might be the motive(s) behind such questions? Is it a desire to do just the minimum expected of us?  This is qu...
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013