Parish Mission 

This Sunday evening (3/5) we will begin our parish’s 3-day Lenten Mission.  Lent is the season when we take up in a more serious and intentional way the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  In my experience, it’s hard to engage these disciplines on our own.  It’s helpful when we give up dessert asContinue reading “Parish Mission “

What Are We Doing for Lent? 

Ready or not, it’s almost Lent.  February 22 is Ash Wednesday, so if you haven’t given any thought to what you’ll be doing for Lent, now’s the time to start. If you’re wondering what we’ll be doing in the parish for Lent, below is a list of things in our calendar that we’re encouraging peopleContinue reading “What Are We Doing for Lent? “

Behind the Veil

This weekend we enter Passiontide, the final phase of the Lenten season, during which we traditionally veil statues and holy images in our churches until the Easter Vigil.  I recently came across a poem by John Hart entitled, “Veiled Images at Passiontide,” which contemplates this ancient custom.  A purple kite  against the wall  with theContinue reading “Behind the Veil”

Fish on Fridays

By now, it is a well-known story. In the early 1960s, a man named Lou Groen noticed a dramatic decline in business on Fridays at his McDonald’s restaurant in Cincinnati. He realized that this was due to the city’s large Catholic population – and Catholics did not eat meat on Fridays.  So, Groen approached RayContinue reading “Fish on Fridays”


Msgr. Luigi Giussani (1922-2005) was an Italian priest and professor of theology, who spent many years teaching in Milan but who is best known as the founder of the Communion and Liberation movement.   When he died in 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) preached his funeral Mass, saying: “[Msgr. Giussani] understood that Christianity is not an intellectualContinue reading “Easter”


The first reading for today’s Mass is from the Book of Numbers (21:4-9).  Numbers is one of the first five books of the Bible, which together are called the Torah.  Numbers tells the story of the Israelites after their liberation from slavery in Egypt, during their 40-year period of wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land.  In those days of wandering, theyContinue reading “Detox”