Respect Life Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life.   Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering.   Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us to bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.  …

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What do we need to be truly happy?

Who among us does not long for lasting happiness? This universal desire is ever present, yet so many today are not happy. Fr. Robert Spitzer’s brilliant exploration of true happiness is an incredible gift for anyone looking for something more satisfying than the next short-lived physical stimulation. With his book, “Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our…

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On the Care of Our Common Home

‘Laudato Si’: The Pope and the Court of the Gentiles By Bishop Arthur Serratelli Even before the June 18, 2015 publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment (Laudato Si’), the media delighted in reporting voices both approving and disapproving of his speaking on the subject. No doubt the debate will continue. But, this is…

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Morning Offering

Have you been beating the snooze blues? What about praying this morning offering to get things started right!? Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day: my work, my prayers, my apostolic efforts; my time with family and friends; my hours of relaxation; my difficulties, problems, distress, which I shall try to bear…

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Descended into Hell?

Real Questions by Real Parishioners! What does it mean when we say in the Apostle’s Creed “He descended into hell”? The difficulty in understanding what it means when we profess that Jesus ‘descended into hell’ revolves around the English word ‘hell’, which we almost always associate with the place of eternal damnation. So how could…

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Why the incense?

What is the significance of the incense? Why is it used during certain portions of the Mass, what is it’s history? Incense has a rich significance stemming from our Jewish roots and anticipating our heavenly goal. Jewish roots: we can think back to the first time God appeared to Moses in a mysterious cloud and…

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