The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

[by Rev. John Christman, SSS] When we look at the family in contemporary American society, what do we see? A few years ago I did some research on this topic and was surprised by what I discovered. The New York Times reported a surprising statistic. They said that, “After steadily rising for ve decades, the […]


December 25, 2017 The Nativity of the Lord Christmas

[by Barbara Shanahan] Mass at Midnight: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-3; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-4 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-14 Mass of the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The readings for the three Masses of Christmas set before us a particular insight into the […]


December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 What happens to us when God makes promises and they don’t seem to materialize? Or we pray and what we earnestly seek isn’t happening? Could it be that our expectation of how things should play out does not match up with God’s plan […]


December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54;1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 I do not know to whom to give credit or thanks for this de nition of Joy, but on this Gaudete Sunday, when we are called to “rejoice always”, joy may seem a disconnect from the real world where we live […]


December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1: 1-8 Beginnings and endings give a shape to the readings for this week. How timely as we end an old year and begin a new one. How often in life are endings just new beginnings and beginnings clear endings […]