Mar 23

Pope Francis’ Message for Palm Sunday

Here is the Vatican-provided text of the message Pope Francis sent to young people of the world on the occasion of the 33rd World Youth Day, to be celebrated at diocesan level on 25 March 2018, Palm Sunday, on the theme, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1: 30). …

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Mar 19

Paschal Triduum/Easter

Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year.  It is more sacred than Christmas! This is because Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord’s life, the very purpose for which Christmas happened. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday (when Jesus made his final entrance …

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Mar 19

Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (March 19)

The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts. When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence …

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Mar 13

Pope Francis 5th Anniversary

On March 13, 2018, we celebrate five years since Pope Francis was first elected

Mar 10

Mid-Lent Joy

As the season of Lent goes by, and as we continue our individual penitential practices, we notice that more and more parts of our divine worship are being taken away. The flowers and decorations in the sanctuary have been removed, the Alleluia replaced, the Gloria eliminated from the liturgy. On Holy Thursday night, the altar …

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Mar 02


Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690), a French nun in the Visitation Order, and gave her the special task to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart at a time when religion was growing cold in the hearts of mankind. He said to her: “Behold this heart which, not withstanding the burning …

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Feb 13

Bishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter 2018

LENTEN PASTORAL LETTER 2018 The Cross: The Kingdom Come To all the faithful, religious and clergy: Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus. (Ph 1:2) [1] In the Cloisters, which are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, there is displayed the Bury St. Edmunds Cross. This highly unusual …

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Jan 17

St. Paul the Hermit, Jan. 17

Of the many men who during the early Christian centuries fled to live in the desert, Saint Paul the Hermit was the earliest. We have this on the testimony of none other than Saint Anthony who came there thinking that he himself was the first. Then, as The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine tells …

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Jan 08

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the …

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Jan 06


For many years in the English speaking world the feast of Epiphany has been overshadowed by that of Christmas. But unless we realize the significance of this great day, we see only one side of the mystery of the Incarnation. Now after contemplating the staggering fact that God has become a human child, we turn …

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