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Salisbury children learn about Advent from St. Nick

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SALISBURY, Md. — St. Nicholas helped religious education students at St. Francis de Sales Parish learn about Advent while providing them an example of how they can prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day by following his example.

St. Nicholas, portrayed by Mike Hooks, gave a brief account of his life to about 100 people, most of them students from pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade. He moved throughout the parish hall to various stations where students learned more about Advent; colored church liturgical calendars with the colors for each season — Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, etc. — constructed pipe-stem-cleaner Advent wreaths for their bedrooms; made St. Nicholas popsicle-stick ornaments; and developed artwork for a Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” contest. Read more »

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Hard work provides standout Tynes with bright future

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Dialog reporter

Athletic and academic accomplishments open a world of opportunity for talented St. Mark’s senior

MILLTOWN — Matt Tynes has been a very visible success story at St. Mark’s High School. The senior is a standout football player, starts for the basketball team, and shines in track.

But if you ask Tynes, his proudest accomplishments have come inside the school building. He arrived in the fall of 2014 as a middling student, but since then he has worked at least as hard on his academics as his athletics, and an Ivy League college education is on the horizon. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 10, 2017

December 7th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Second Sunday of Advent

            Cycle B

            1) Is 40:1-5, 9-11

            Psalm 85: 9-14

            2) 2 Pt 3:8-14

            Gospel: Mk 1:1-8

           

 

The Advent blahs

 

Advent: time to figure out which commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas.

Is that the message of today’s readings?

Sure, that’s part of it. But primarily an announcement is being made. God is going to do something! Read more »

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No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

The U.S. bishops already saw this coming at the beginning of the year and said Catholics should attend separate Masses for the two days. Read more »

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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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Advent: Now and forever

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Promises are part of our lives. As kids we extract promises from parents and friends just as we learn to make promises. Some are simple like the promise to bring a treat. Others demand more commitment like the promise to be there when our friends need us.

The most significant promises that I witness take place at marriage ceremonies. As the officiating minister I ask both the man and the woman if they will repeat after me. Then they say how they promise to be faithful in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor all the days of their lives. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Advent week two: Promise, prophecy and return

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The world needs modern-day prophets like Isaiah who continue to declare hope during bleak times and can remind people that

A sculpture showing an expectant Mary with Joseph traveling to Bethlehem is seen in a Missouri church during the season of Advent, the time of anticipation and hope before Christmas. Artists throughout the centuries have used their craft to shine a light on the prophecy of Christmas. (CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston)

God has not forgotten them. God’s promise lives on.

Advent is a time of preparation through repentance. We must admit our sinfulness. Yet, it is repentance born out of hope.

We celebrate our Savior’s coming to be with us that first Christmas. We also have his promise that he will come again and take us to be with him. God kept the first promise so we can trust him to keep the second.

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Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members.

“Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to pay fees to ensure that our high-bandwidth content receives fair treatment on the internet,” said Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vermont. Read more »

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Royal engagement announcement brings attention to Catholic school

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Catholic News Service

 

WASHINGTON — When the news broke Nov. 27 of Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended: Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School.

“They’ve been scaling the walls,” Callie Webb, communication director for the school, said with slight exaggeration, but maybe not too much, of the reporters calling and visiting the 112-year-old school with mission-style terra cotta roofs just a few miles from the landmark Hollywood sign. Read more »

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