Category Archives: From the Pastor

Joyful Anticipation: the O Antiphons

This week we begin Late Advent, when we focus ever more deeply on spiritual preparation for Christmas. We began on Friday evening with our choirs singing Advent Lessons and Carols, as we listened to the readings that tell of the coming of Christ on Christmas and the carols that tell us to watch and pray…
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Advent and the Saints

The season of Advent is blessed by the commemoration of some of the most beloved saints on the Church calendar, including St. Nicholas and St. Lucy. St. Nicholas and St. Lucy are associated with wonderful stories and customs. St. Nicholas was bishop of Myra, a small city that is part of Turkey today. He was…
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First Sunday of Advent

People have asked me the source of the text I read at the end of my sermon last Sunday at the 9:30 Solemn Mass. It is the first four verses of a hymn by Charles Wesley, one of the great Christian hymn writers, “Lo! He comes with clouds descending”. We always sing it at St,…
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The Last Sunday of the Year

This Sunday marks the last Sunday in the liturgical year. Advent begins a new year for the Church. This is the feast of Christ the King on the Novus Ordo calendar. We celebrate this feast as the culmination of the Church Year and as the culmination of our faith. It is an affirmation that Christ…
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Month of All Souls

The month of November has traditionally been the month of All Souls, the month in which we focus on prayer for the dead. Most parishes celebrate the Mass on All Souls Day itself and then forget about the dead until next year. This is understandable in a Catholic world in which the color white is…
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Homilía: El Domingo 5 de Noviembre 2017

El último miércoles celebramos la maravillosa fiesta de Todos los Santos. Este es el día en que agradecemos a Dios por las oraciones de los santos en el cielo por nosotros. Estos son los hombres y mujeres que se transformaron en esta vida por la gracia de Dios para llegar a ser santos. Nos dan…
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All Saints and All Souls

I write this on what is known as Halloween, which has become the second most profitable holiday for those who sell things related to this holiday. The popularity of the holiday leaves one wondering why this is so. One thing we do know: that the day has lost any religious significance it once had. Hallowe’en…
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Feast of Christ the King

“We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it’s a thing of the past.” This was a quote from an article sent to me published by the Washington Post about the decline of the number of Americans who go to church on a regular basis or even at all. The article…
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The Meaning of Vestments

People often wonder why a priest wears vestments at the Mass. The short answer is that this is how he clothes his own self and becomes “just” a priest of Jesus Christ. Mass vestments, like all church vestments, are meant to point away from the person who is wearing them to what that person is…
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Columbus Day

This past week has seen many instances of the “trash Columbus” movement that surfaced about five years ago. One statue of Columbus in Norwalk and two others in adjoining towns were defaced. According to the local newspaper a “radical leftist organization” is claiming responsibility. Historians have never portrayed Columbus as a saint or lauded him…
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