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Our confession schedule has been expanded during Holy Week to provide you with many opportunities to make use of this sacrament in which we experience God’s love and mercy in a very personal and profound way. You can download a printable brochure (PDF) by Fr. Tom Welbers to explore  how God wants to draw close to you in this wonderful sacrament: How To Make the Best Use of Confession – Lent 2014.

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A Panorama of Popes

Last week I read a very thought-provoking essay in Commonweal magazine on the two popes being canonized on April 27, soon-to-be Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. Provocatively, it was titled, “The Odd Couple,” perhaps because of perceived differences between the two. It certainly has been my experience that strong devotees of the greatness of one, tend to find reasons, according to their own ideological leanings, to downplay the other.

I believe each pope was exactly what God’s Providence deemed best for the Church and the world at that moment. In fact, I’m more and more convinced that the hand of Providence is evident in all the popes of the 20th and (so far) 21st centuries. Why can’t we appreciate the rhythm of diversity, instead of fighting over differences?

I believe in the hand of God’s Providence, but not manipulating history like a puppeteer, nor as a director Continue reading

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Announcements for April 12-13 – Palm Sunday

Click here for this week’s bulletin (PDF), and here for past bulletins archive. For parish announcements as a web page, Continue reading

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The “Turkish Pope”

In the courtyard of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Istanbul (in Turkish, “Sentantuan”), stands a beautiful and richly symbolic statue of the man who will be canonized as Pope Saint John XXIII in a few weeks, on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Muslim Turkish tour guides proudly refer to him as “our Turkish Pope.” In fact, there is a street named after him, “Papa Roncalli Sokağı,” Continue reading

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” . . . have mercy on me, a sinner.”

We have a lot of trouble with sin.

Mostly because we run away from it. We deny it, at least in ourselves.

But we easily recognize sin in others. We are quick to accuse people we don’t like; and equally quick to excuse those we do like.

And yet, we can’t escape it.

Everywhere we turn we are confronted with Continue reading

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Behold the Wood

In 1981, I composed a photo-poem about the Way of the Cross from the perspective of the wood of cross.  If you were the tree upon which Jesus was crucified, how would you feel? What would your reactions be?  Behold the Wood is a journey that carries you deep into the meaning of the central Event of our salvation.

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