Christmas 2016       Of all the special movies of the season, each of them with their unique and heart-warming message, one that has become my perennial favorite is “Polar Express.” I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it “gets me” every time. You remember the story; the young boy has become a cynic about Christmas, a…

Everyone knows this by now – your parish Music Director is positively OBSESSED with the Mass Propers, those seemingly insignificant little snippets of scripture and their associated chants which define the “processional” moments of the liturgy – the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion antiphons and their associated verses. The antiphons are given in our Lumen Christi…

Before I became Catholic, I had only a vague awareness of the different apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary which have been approved for devotion by the Church. In each place that Our Lady appeared, her message was entrusted to the poor and lowly, not to the strong and important and powerful. And there were…