Rejoice!

Today is Gaudete Sunday, which means “rejoice” in Latin. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent the Church rejoices that Christmas is almost here. Gaudete was the first word we would hear at the old entrance antiphon used at this Mass. We sacramentalize this...

Prayer in Advent

Do you to know this prayer by heart: “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into...

Confessions

Since we begin our annual Advent pilgrimage today, it is time to think about your Christmas confession. There is an ancient tradition that we confess our sins before Christmas and again before Easter. In anticipation of Christmas and knowing how busy we get as the...

Appreciating Mark

The liturgical year renews with the first Sunday of Advent, which this year will be on December 2nd. Beginning then, the liturgical focus changes from Saint Mark’s Gospel to Saint Luke’s Gospel since we will be in Cycle C. I thought that it would be beneficial to our...

Praying for Souls

I am sure that you like making new friends. One great way to make a friend is by aiding them to pass from Purgatory into heaven! November is customarily the month to pray for souls in Purgatory. God has deigned that we need each other to make our way to heaven. That...

Mother Theresa’s Spiritual Life

Today is the last day of our exhibit of Mother Teresa, who is formally known as Saint Teresa of Kolkata. I hope that you will stop in to Big Mac to visit the displays and interact with the Missionaries of Charity. In this Pastor’s Corner, I offer the third and final...