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Pastoral Care of the Sick

As we prepare this Lenten season to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is an opportune time to stop and spend a minute in reflection on the sacraments and how they can assist us in our own transition from this world to the loving embrace of our Father. We recently…

Our Lenten Journey in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Throughout his letter announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy in April 2015, Pope Francis repeatedly emphasized his point that mercy is a chief characteristic of God; a key aspect in the ministry of Jesus; and a central foundation in the mission of the Church: “The Lord asks us above all not to judge and not…

Be merciful O Lord we have sinned

Ash Wednesday invites us to a life of authenticity. It is a time of fasting, prayer and penance (almsgiving), which leads us through the forty days to Jesus’ resurrection. Symbolically the forty days remind us of Jesus spending forty days in the desert praying and fasting. By observing prayerfully the days of lent, the individual…

St. Vincent Pallotti

In every age God has been generous in giving special gifts of the Holy Spirit to certain men and women, according to the needs of the time and the place. In the 19th century, St. Vincent Pallotti one among those called by God for a unique apostolate. That was the time when the Church was…

They have no wine

In the context of this Sunday’s Gospel reading we are called to reflect on the theme ‘they have no wine’ for the wedding feast at Cana. We see Jesus, his mother and his disciples at a wedding. And it is not the religious ceremony but a wedding party. Jewish weddings of those days could last…

Baptism a Hidden Treasure

Ann Thomas tells this story of herself. She was at a garage sale with her friend Betty. Ann had just sorted through a tray of trinkets. Betty came up and asked, “Any luck?” “No!” said Ann. “It’s just a pile of junk. She stepped aside to let Betty see for herself. Betty took one look…