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Labor Day: A Call to Christians…

On Monday, our country observes Labor Day. Celebrated on the first Monday of September, this holiday pays honor to the contributions and achievements of American workers. This is a time that we set aside to acknowledge not only those who … Continue reading

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The Assumption: All Glory to God, who brings Mary to our Heavenly Homeland!

The Feast of the Assumption – August 15 What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ.  (CCC 487) The commemoration … Continue reading

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Why Mary? Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Mary, Model of Charity Pope Benedict XVI Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48). She … Continue reading

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Freedom in Christ…

Comfort in tribulation can be secured only on the sure ground of faith – holding as true the words of Scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church.  – St. Thomas More As we celebrate our country’s birth & Freedom, … Continue reading

Heart of Jesus: True Love

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” –Rm 5:5  The Church celebrates the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus….In July.  However, as we approach the over … Continue reading

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The Feast of Corpus Christi

The Feast of corpus Christi Click on image for Children’s Catechesis on the Eucharist            From the catechism & the Bible Instituting the Eucharist (1337) At the Last Supper, knowing that his hour had come to … Continue reading

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The Trinity…

Celebrating the Trinity & Sharing Their Love & Life… Click image to join in Praise From the Gospel of Matthew (Mt. 28: 16-20): The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they … Continue reading

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Pentecost: The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Click on image for a video meditation. Acts 11 As I (Peter) began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them as it had upon us at the beginning, and I remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said, … Continue reading

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If I do not go … why we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension

Jesus goes, so that the Holy Spirit can come Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you … Continue reading

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1st Communion…more than a party…

This weekend my daughter celebrates her 1st Holy Communion.  This is a special moment for her, for our family, and for the Church. I echo what Pope Benedict XVI once said, I use both the ‘I’ and the ‘we.’ For on … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018