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PASTOR'S CORNER

November 2019

Nov 27

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT A19

Advent ushers a new liturgical season, a new year for our church, a new way of looking at things, a preview of what lies ahead to see, time and again, from a different perspective huge windows of opportunities in which to anchor our lives. Advent interrupts the ordinary, helps us see life differently, consider it afresh amidst the busy holiday...
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Nov 26

TUESDAY MUSINGS 11/26

Last Sunday, the 2nd year confirmation students of the Immaculate Conception Parish enrolled themselves in the program in a solemn rite following the homily at the 12pm Mass witnessed by parents, godparents, families, friends and the community in attendance. Sorry, no photos available. We didn't get the chance for a photo opt. Before the...
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Nov 22

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE C19

On the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, Holy Mother Church celebrates the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe which marks the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar. This feast, elevated into a solemnity by Pope John XXIII, was formally instituted by His Holiness Pius XI in his December 11, 1925 Encyclical Quas...
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Nov 21

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most significant, well-celebrated and cherished holidays in the states in which people travel coast to coast, even across the globe, to celebrate this joyous occasion with families, share a laugh or three, watch football, engage in conversation (silly or not), gather at table for dinner (turkey is a must), pause...
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Nov 19

TUESDAY MUSINGS 11/19

The 2nd year confirmation students had an (enjoyable) day-long retreat last Saturday given by Fr. Jorge.  The day following the retreat, the 2nd year confirmation students of St. Bernard pledged to enroll/commit themselves in the program in the presence of their families, sponsors, guests and the (packed) gathered community. As they...
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Nov 17

33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME C19

As the liturgical season slowly draws to a close suggesting an end- of- times religious tone, we are reminded once again not to panic but stay calm despite the impending dangers of divisions, wars and revolutions and endless threats to peace and security. We are told that disasters such as earthquakes, plagues and famines do happen, extremely...
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Nov 12

TUESDAY MUSINGS 11/12

We marvel at the changing colors of autumn. We're fascinated by the gradual falling of the leaves. While driving home to Douglas yesterday, I stopped and parked by the shoulder of the road (historic interstate 80) for a moment at a place (photos below) I don't remember exactly, possibly somewhere between Benson and St. David. We may not have the...
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Nov 8

32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Perhaps, many of you are wondering how come the readings sound odd and seem strange talking about marriage, martyrdom and resurrection at a time when the holiday season is just about to kick- off starting of course, with thanksgiving. It would have been be a real treat if the readings gave us new recipes for meals and tips for shopping wisely....
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Nov 5

TUESDAY MUSINGS 11/5

The parade of Saints at Loretto School was a sight and a joy to behold. It was lovely seeing the students donned in their favorite saints costume. Just watch the short clip as I struggle to find the right words to type. video to be posted later... Although the participation was thin at Friday evening’s Memorial Mass in honor of the...
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Nov 2

31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Not all conversion stories are created equal. This familiar one from Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, is one of the most deeply moving in the New Testament. It is considered by many as a masterpiece designed to brazenly demonstrate and highlight the extravagant desire of God, "to seek and save the lost," without which the mission of...
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Nov 2

ALL SOULS' DAY

This year, the Catholic community experienced so many deaths in various circumstances. The memory is still fresh as ever. I can still vividly picture those moments when I stand at altars in funeral masses and graves at burial services. Words fail. Many, if not all, are still mourning for the loss which might take decades, even a lifetime to get...
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Nov 1

ALL SAINTS' DAY

I’ve often been asked about the number of those attending Masses. I usually reply with John’s vision of the saints "marked with the seal" in the book of Revelation 7: 2-4, 9-14 (first reading) “a hundred and forty-four thousand…out of every tribe of the children of Israel and “a great multitude which no...
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