All life is precious. That is the message we shared as a group at the March for Life in Washington, DC this past Thursday. The Saturday prior, we had the opportunity to take a group of Middle and High School students to the Love My Life Youth Rally in Raleigh. The rally featured over 1000…

Every family commemorates important life events together – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and the like. Well, a parish church is a family, too! And we have some very important commemorations coming up for you to save on your calendar. There is an ancient practice among Catholic Christians of celebrating two separate days in a person’s life – their birthday, and…

During my days in the USAF, (a lifetime ago), I was stationed for a time in West Berlin. This was while there was still “the Wall” that cut through the city, and Germany itself, like an ugly scar. Many attempted to escape under or over or through this Wall, and many died in those attempts….

If you have a “proper” understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you know that there is nothing “ordinary” or “common” about it! But those three terms apply to almost everything we see, hear, say, or sing in the liturgy. They just mean something quite different than our usual definitions. “Common” is often misunderstood to mean “commonplace,” that…

Ash Wednesday services

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:2 I was recently introduced to a documentary titled “The Star of Bethlehem” by a friend of mine. In order to prevent any spoilers I am not…

“When Jesus comes to be baptized, / he leaves the hidden years behind, / the years of safety and of peace, / to bear the sins of humankind.” (© 1974, Stanbrook Abbey) Those words are the beginning of a familiar hymn which we’ll sing this weekend, as we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This…

Thanks to the wonderful example my parents have always set, I’ve never hesitated to call on the intercession of the saints. In addition to always asking our Blessed Mother to speak to Jesus for me, I think how St. Maria Goretti really helped me through middle school. St. Therese seemed to take over through high…

What do you know about the Magi or “Wise Men” who came from the East bearing gifts, whom we commemorate at Epiphany? Ummm, they were kings, from the East, bearing gifts, and…oh! There were three of them! You know, “We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts, bum bum bum bum bum…” In fact, we don’t know…