Category Archives: From the Pastor

Survey: Saturday Evening Masses

  Dear Parishioners: Having been here for five months I have observed that the Saturday Evening Vigil Masses (4:00 PM English and 7:00 PM Spanish) are not well attended. Furthermore, they tend to bring in around $400.00 each, oftentimes less. Given the expenses incurred by offering these two Masses on Saturday evening (music, utilities, liturgical…
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A Christmas Legend

[caption id="attachment_8068" align="alignright" width="300"] This classic icon has several interesting details. You can read about the ox and the ass in this article. Notice that the Baby Jesus is wrapped up like a mummy. This foreshadows his burial in the tomb. Notice, too, that the manger resembles a crown of thorns, which foreshadows the Lord’s…
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Learn Your Faith: The “O” Antiphons

The Church’s “other” liturgy, the Liturgy of the Hours (LOH), also known as the “Breviary” or the “Divine Office” consists of hymns, psalms, and short readings from the Scriptures, and is prayed daily by priests and religious. Until recently the LOH was always prayed in Latin, and although the prayer is now much more accessible…
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Learn Your Faith: Our Lady of Guadalupe

On March, 4th, 1519 the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes landed at Veracruz in what is now known as Mexico. The indigenous people had been enslaved by the Aztecs whose religion included wholesale human sacrifice. The Aztecs were expecting the return of their god Quetzalcoatl and mistook Cortes for their god. With this misunderstanding and the…
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Learn Your Faith: The Season of Advent

The word “advent” provides us with much material for reflection on the meaning of the season of the liturgical year we call “Advent”. The Latin word advenire means “to come to”, “to reach”, or “to arrive at”. Meditating on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, we may ponder the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ…
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Know Your Faith

Death/La Muerte: At the end of the liturgical year the Church traditionally reflects on the “last things”, i.e. death, judgment, heaven, and hell. Tradicionalmente, al terminar el Año Litúrgico, la Iglesia medita sobre Los Novísimos: Muerte, Juicio Final, Cielo e Infierno.

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