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With Abundant Joy and Great Rejoicing

You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.  These are the words spoken by the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading for Christmas Mass During the Night.  Today we can truly know abundant joy and great rejoicing for as Isaiah also writes, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon […]

School Visit

This morning I joined our school children for Morning Prayer.   I asked them if there was an important day coming up to which they responded yes.  Then, I asked what the day was.  Lots of hands went up and I told them to say it aloud together.  They gave me a very enthusiastic “Christmas.” I […]

O Come All Ye Faithful

My favorite Christmas song is O Come All Ye Faithful.  Even though it is my favorite, I only know one verse of it because that is all I learned as a child.  For those of you who don’t know me, I can’t sing.  When we sing at Mass, I try to make sure I turn […]

Learning a New Word

Yesterday I said Mass for our school children for the holy day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As I always do, and especially with the new translations, I looked over the prayers before Mass.  Or at least I thought I looked them over but later discoverded I missed a word.  During […]

Sharing Our Passion

We minister to one another in different ways.  As a priest, the prime way that I minister to others is presiding at the celebration of the sacraments.  I also minister in teaching RCIA, visiting the sick, and in the work I do with our various parish committees to name a few.  I have talked before […]

After the First Time

The following article appears on the cover of this week’s bulletin, just one week into using the new translations. Fr. Jeff’s Thoughts on the New Roman Missal About a year ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that on November 27, 2011 we would begin using the new English translations of the […]