Category Archives: From the Pastor

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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Mass Confusion: My Space

One Saturday afternoon I went to the church well before I was to hear Confessions. With the exception of Our Lord and me, our rather large church was completely empty. Sitting in the silence in a pew near the confessional I heard the door open and footsteps approach me from behind. It sounded like more than…
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All Souls Day/Día de Todos los Fieles Difuntos

On November 2nd we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, taking the opportunity to pray in a special way for all the faithful departed who do not yet stand in the presence of God, but who are undergoing the state of final purification which we call Purgatory. While there is no explicit mention of “Purgatory”…
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Learn Your Faith: Why Go To Mass?

The question I most enjoy asking any Catholic is, “Why do Catholics go to Mass?” I love this question because I can be almost certain of the answer I’ll receive, and that answer gives me the chance to talk about my favorite subject... The Mass! Go ahead, test yourself. In one brief sentence answer the…
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Notes from Fr. Ringley

Please pick up your raffle tickets at the front of the church. It’ll save us postage costs! This weekend we welcome Fr. Paul Check, rector of the St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, who will offer the 9:30 Mass. He and some seminarians from the Fisher House will join us for the coffee hour after Mass.…
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Learn Your Faith: Names for the Mass

This week we will attempt to disperse the clouds of Mass Confusion swirling around the variety of names for the Mass. The Mass has been known by many names throughout history. The word “Mass” probably comes from the words used at the dismissal, “The Mass is ended, go in peace”. The Latin words are “Ite,…
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