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PASTOR'S CORNER

December 2019

Dec 31

TUESDAY MUSINGS 12/24&31

Enjoy the festive decorations of our three parishes this Christmas. Thank you to those who helped make our advent and Christmas liturgy.  Immaculate Conception Parish Immaculate Conception Parish Immaculate Conception Parish St. Luke Parish St. Luke Parish St. Luke Parish St. Bernard Parish As always, we offer prayers...
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Dec 27

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

The Feast of the Holy Family draws its inspiration from the life of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The opening prayer (the Collect) describes the Holy Family as dazzling and to be highly esteemed “…who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family”, asks God “graciously grant that we may imitate them in...
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Dec 23

WELCOME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

There’s nothing like Christmas: a season of joy, peace, hope and love (advent themes). There’s nothing like the friendly and joyful atmosphere almost anywhere you go, the brilliant and glittering lights on porches and streets, the creative and festive decorations in the church, the disarming and measured smile shared on parties not...
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Dec 20

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT A19

On the 14th anniversary of my priesthood ordination, we encounter the birth-story of Jesus, Son of God conceived through the Holy Spirit of David’s royal heritage. This gospel periscope is a continuation of the genealogy of Jesus. Notice that Matthew’s gospel is symbolized as the Son of Man because of his emphasis in the Emmanuel...
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Dec 17

TUESDAY MUSINGS 12/17/19

The annual religious education program Christmas Party and Pageant was held at the CYC Hall last Saturday, December 14. Just before leading the opening prayer, I happened to ask the kids on stage if they were excited about it. One of them said it out loud, No! From the mouth of babes... And the audience went in boisterous laughter. ...
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Dec 14

POPE FRANCIS 50TH PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY

The Catholic Community wishes to extend his Holiness Holy Father Pope Francis warmest greetings of joy, peace and love on the occasion of his 50th Priesthood Ordinary Anniversary (December 13, 1969). Click here for more information. 
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Dec 14

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT A19

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, from the latin, Rejoice! taken from the letter of Paul to the Philippians 4:4-5 in the entrance antiphon "Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again, Rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near." The rose- colored vestment worn by the celebrant/presider, the altar draped in a marvelous and...
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Dec 10

TUESDAY MUSINGS 12/10/19

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of cultural and religious immersion for me. Every year, as the celebration comes closer, I educate myself of the miraculous story, la obra and the profound symbolisms of the Tilma. Although there are tons of information available for our own spiritual enrichment, I suspect no matter how much we try, we...
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Dec 8

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

Quiero compartir las palabras de la bula Ineffabilis Deus que se define la dogma de la Inmaculada Concepcion en Espanol porque me encanta, "Para honor de la santa e indivisa Trinidad, para gloria y ornamento de la Virgen Madre de Dios, para exaltacion de la fe Católica y acrecentamiento de la religión cristiana, con la...
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Dec 6

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT A19

Isaiah dominates advent. Almost every day, we encounter the depths of his thoughts along with the complexity of his writings. This is because no prophet before the birth of Christ articulated the expectation of the Messiah than Isaiah. He started off with, “on that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse”, a positive...
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Dec 4

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Thank you to all (the deacons, parish staff, grupo de oracion and the many individuals) who helped coordinate the marvelous celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Luke, Immaculate Conception and St. Bernard. Muchas Gracias por su cooperacion. I'm slowly learning the depths of this incredible celebration. Please click the...
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Dec 3

TUESDAY MUSINGS 12/03

On the advent season, we hear a lot from Isaiah, the 8th century B.C. prophet whose vision of the coming Messiah sounded loud and clear and referred exactly to Jesus Christ. We spent a great deal reflecting on the complexity of his thoughts.   The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrated on December 9, Monday, is not a holy day of...
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