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Living Our Faith: Advent week four: Surrender

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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We don’t need beautiful carols or exquisite artwork to tell us that, as Mary surrendered to God’s will, she welcomed

Worshippers pray in front of an image of Mary and the Christ Child Dec. 18, 2013, in the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus’ birth, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Advent is a time when Catholics revisit the example of Mary surrendering to God’s will to become the mother of Christ. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters)

God’s beloved Son with joy.

God has a plan — even when I don’t exactly know what it is or why he chose me for it. Mary taught me that.

The Holy Spirit who comes upon me will help me and will not leave me alone as I endeavor to find and accomplish the will of God in my life.

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Free speech curtailed in court ruling, according to Archdiocese of Washington

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WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese of Washington was weighing its options after a federal judge denied a request for an emergency injunction over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s advertising guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Dec. 8 denied the archdiocese’s request that WMATA be required to post an ad promoting its annual “Find the Perfect Gift” initiative for the Advent season.

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Living Our Faith: Advent week three: Joy

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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This Sunday we’ll sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” during the processional. It’s a somber sounding hymn, but

First Sunday in Advent, Sisimiut, Greenland. (Wikimedia Commons)

we are reminded, He is coming and we should be filled with joy.

Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come.

We pray for the grace, this Advent season, to encounter the person of Christ who brings a peace that the world cannot give, a joy and peace surpassing understanding.

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles starts fund for victims of wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has started a fund for victims of the wildfires that have raced through the archdiocese and were threatening to spread to locations in the nearby Orange and San Diego dioceses.

“Friends, as the wildfires continue, the needs of our neighbors continue to increase,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles on the archdiocesan webpage that hosts the fundraising campaign.

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Camden parishioners stand with couple facing deportation

December 7th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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CAMDEN, N.J. — The blistering cold did not stop a group of 35 people from gathering in front of Sen. Cory Booker’s office in Camden Dec. 6 to stand in solidarity with a couple facing deportation.

Camden Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, diocesan clergy, Catholic Charities staff, parishioners and other community members were there to participate in a prayer vigil on behalf of two particular individuals in attendance: Oscar and Humberta Campos.

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In search of peace in Korean Peninsula, ‘repentance’ needed among foes

December 5th, 2017 Posted in International News

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Church leaders seeking peace on the Korean Peninsula emphasized the need for “repentance and atonement” between North Korea and South Korea.

Clergy and laypeople from South Korea, the United States, Japan and other parts of the world also called for fewer military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. at the first-ever conference on the role of Catholics in building peace on the Korean Peninsula and more broadly in northeast Asia.

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Washington auxiliary Barry C. Knestout named bishop of Richmond

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout, 55, as the 13th bishop of Richmond, Virginia.

He succeeds Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, who was Richmond’s bishop from 2004 until his death in August at age 75.

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Typhoon in Southern India claims 32 Catholic fishermen; 200 more missing

December 4th, 2017 Posted in International News

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (CNS) — A typhoon that rapidly developed on the southern Indian coast claimed the lives of at least 32 poor Catholic fishermen who were at sea and another 200 more were missing.

Thousands of other coastal residents had relocated to relief camps by Dec. 4, ucanews.com reported.

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Poems for Advent and Christmas

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Advent I

Humanity in such a tangled snare

… where did this all come from?

A warning rises

A prophet’s voice

“WATCH” into the darkness

A people called again to turn an eager, weary head

In a resistant time

To look through the darkness of a Judean night and

Trust that in the darkness of a Virgin’s womb

The Creator of Light begins to form.

As Advent begins, watch now and trust that

In your own unfamiliar darkness —

Inadequacy, job loss, depression or distance

There is a taste of the Bethlehem darkness,

Containing a flavor of the Promise

A Savior already forming from the Overshadowed One.

Patience, then.

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Advent tidings of comfort and joy

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I dread the shorter, colder days that coincide with Advent here in the Northeast. It’s hard to enjoy a sunset at 4:30 in the afternoon. Fortunately, while the days grow darker, our parish Advent wreath grows brighter with light from an additional candle each week. God’s light has a way of shining brighter when life seems darkest.

The Advent readings also brighten my outlook — especially the prophet Isaiah’s encouraging words: “Comfort, give comfort to my people” (Is 40:1). God asked the prophet to reassure the suffering Israelite exiles in Babylon. Read more »

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