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by Father Cioppi

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT – GAUDETE

Today, violence is everywhere: physical violence, psychological violence and spiritual violence. Attacking all around us, trying to bring us down. And yet today is Gaudete Sunday and the Church bids us rejoice! But how can we rejoice when people cut … Continue reading

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

Legend has it that while painting the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci has a terrible fight with one of his assistants. Afterward, when he went to his studio, picked up his brush and prepared to paint the face of Jesus, … Continue reading

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Usually around the 4thof July, I begin singing just a few lines of Winter Wonderland: ‘sleigh bells ring are you listening…” My staff yell at me that it is too early for Christmas music and that I am wishing my … Continue reading

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“The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!”

The third Act of ‘Our Town,’ by Thornton Wilder, opens with the narrator walking amid the graves in the town cemetery of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. He stops and says to the audience, “An awful lot of sorrow has been … Continue reading

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Have the children learned to pray for souls?

These last two weeks before Advent, the Scriptures speak of the end of time when all things will be made new. The Church gathers us together to help us prepare. At the end of our life, what will we be … Continue reading

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What about our ‘mite?’

The widow this morning becomes an icon for us in our spiritual journey to heaven. God has given us everything. Nothing we have belongs to us. We are simply stewards of God’s creation. Saint Augustine puts it matter-of-factly: “Find out … Continue reading

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Act on your gifts, you will not be far from the Kingdom

Today a young man of our parish wishes to be fully initiated into the Church as a Catholic. He is willing to open his heart to the gifts which will soon be called down upon him in order that he … Continue reading

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God is near; He frees us of our blindness!

  Mark reveals the desire of Jesus that we see the inner beauty of life, that we cast off whatever blindness leads us to isolation and that we understand that inside people are new exciting possibilities to be better and … Continue reading

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World Mission Sunday

This is World Mission Sunday and our minds and hearts reach out today to people who in extraordinary ways make it their business in life to live out the Gospel of Jesus on the Continents of Africa and Asia, and … Continue reading

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