Daily Archives: 24 December 2011

A Holy and Happy Christmas to all of you

Thank you, everyone, for the greetings you have sent by email.
I will remember especially those of you who have been benefactors in a Christmas Mass.
I wish a happy and holy Christmas to you and yours.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily

Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily:


Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus that we have just heard begins solemnly with the word “apparuit“, which then comes back again in the reading at the Dawn … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 24 December COLLECT (2002MR): The consolations of Thy Coming

The Collect for today’s Mass in the 2002MR, the last of Advent, brings us to the very threshold of the humble place where the Lord was born.
COLLECT (2002MR):
Festina, quaesumus, ne tardaveris, Domine Iesu,
ut adventus tui consolationibus subleventur,
qui in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: No record of First Communion in Baptism records! What to do?

From a reader:
We belonged to Parish #1 for several years, and that’s where three of our children were baptized. We moved to Parish#2 in time for our oldest to receive religious education and First Holy Communion. It is now time for our oldest … Continue reading

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NYC Manhattan: Midnight Extraordinary Form Mass at Holy Innocents

Are you anywhere within striking distance of Manhattan?
There will be a Solemn Midnight Mass (Extraordinary Form) at the Church of the Holy Innocents on Christmas (Eve night) at 12:01 AM, – yes, midnight. The Church of the Holy Innocents … Continue reading

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Judge or theologian? Court determines child cannot be baptized.

This from “down under“.
Mum loses biblical row in court
by: Shelley Hadfield From: Herald Sun
A COURT has been forced to intervene in a bitter dispute between estranged parents over whether their seven-year-old daughter should be baptised.
A magistrate decided she could not … Continue reading

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For your caroling edification

I know you have always want to go caroling and sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Ancient Greek.
The Laudator has the lyrics.

And then there is the obligatory Jingle Bells.

I think some Jingle Bell Java would go well with these, don’t … Continue reading

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Rectory Lamp as metaphor

When it’s broke…

Whaddya do?

Parts 3.95
Time 15 minutes
Cost: … light.
And the pastor of the parish has one less thing to do.
If you see something that needs to be fixed, fix it.
You may need to get more people involved, but it … Continue reading

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