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The Apostles of Christ

Posted by St. Joseph

I’m often asked where the Apostles went and how did they die after Christ’s Ascension into Heaven.  Of course, they followed the command of Jesus to go out to the whole world and bring it the Good News.  So, here is what we know:

+Peter:  First Pope.  He was ... Read More »

Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by St. Joseph

Today is the official end of the Christmas season for the Christian.  With the Epiphany of  the Lord, we celebrate all the promises of God.  His revelation to us that we matter,  that our Faith in Him will save us, and that He is always present to us more ... Read More »

Happy New Year!

Posted by St. Joseph

Well, I’m finally going to get serious.  With 2018 upon me (and all of us), I turn 58 (in February).  With high blood pressure and pre-diabetes, it’s time to lose 50 lbs. and get in much better shape.  As always, every goal will have its challenges, but, today starts ... Read More »

Merry Christmas

Posted by St. Joseph

With the dawn of the Romantic Period of over 200 years ago, the way we celebrate Christmas stands in stark contrast to the Middle Ages and certainly before.  In the early 1800’s, with the advent of the play “A Christmas Carol” and the joyful season versus Scrooge, the way ... Read More »

An Invitation to Confession

Posted by St. Joseph

This week we have another wonderful opportunity to go to Confession before Christmas.  At each parish there will be several priests.  Take some time to examine your conscience properly.  If you have to, write them out so as not to forget what you really need to say.  Never fear ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by St. Joseph

Today’s Gospel tells us to “prepare the way of the Lord”.  St. John the Baptist cries out as a herald of both joy and challenge.  The consequence of truly “preparing” our heart for Jesus is joy!  Doing it, regularly and faithfully, is the challenge.

To grow in our spiritual ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Advent

Posted by St. Joseph

I can’t believe that the Advent Season is upon us!  It must be a consequence of growing older, but, time seems to be really moving fast.  These Advent days are a great way to prepare for Christmas.  This Advent is a wee bit shorter.  So, there will be less ... Read More »

Christ the King

Posted by St. Joseph

A few years back, a former Vicar for Clergy in our Diocese, sent me a strongly worded letter to the effect that “we don’t talk about Jesus as Victor! Such language is of the past!”  I informed him that the advanced degree in theology he attained was an obvious ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by St. Joseph

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m already slipping into a tryptophan induced coma of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and stuffing.  My taste buds are exploding in this very writing.

Family, friends, faith, and food are all part of this day.  I want to thank God for the many blessings which ... Read More »

The Principle of Tithing

Posted by St. Joseph

Tithing is the biblical precept that 10% of our income (before taxes) should be given back to the Lord in gratitude for the many blessings which come our way.  It is not a principle only for the rich.  A 10% tithe is a gift back to God, no matter ... Read More »