Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 3 Advent Reflection

Rejoice! Gaudete Sunday! This week Fr. Elmer talks about the virtue of Hope and the simple secret to strengthening the virtue. He reminds all of us to stay close to Jesus and His mother, Mary, as they are the source of hope. […]

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent
Today’s Gospel Acclamation (Luke 3:4-6) makes a simple declaration: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” And in today’s Gospel (Mark 1:1-8), we are shown the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert, sent to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ.  

John’s role in scripture can really be described as “preparer.” He called people to repentance for the forgiveness of their sins. His invitation is for us to transform our lives to that we can recognize God when he comes in human form. What must I do to prepare my heart for Jesus? This time of Advent provides us with a chance for reconciliation, a time to cleanse our hearts and to seek forgiveness.   […]

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The Feast of St. Nicholas

 “In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~ Acts 20:35

On the eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas, I wanted to share a few thoughts and a reflection, so that perhaps as a family you might find your own meaning in the stories of this beloved Saint. […]

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1st Sunday of Advent, Advent Wreath Blessing

Advent Wreath Blessing, 1st Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we begin preparing ourselves for the birth of Jesus. I will be the first to admit that when the Hallmark Channel starts showing Christmas-themed movies in July and 100.3 WNIC starts to play Christmas music on November 1, I’m right there. I find comfort in those. […]

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