Guide to Christmas Masses

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on catholicmajority.com on 12/24/13. If you go to Mass this Christmas, (which I hope you do!) you will notice that there are four separate sets of readings, each with a different title. Why are there four Christmas Masses? Vigil Mass Mass at Midnight Christmas Mass at Dawn Christmas Mass during the Day The Vigil Mass still keeps a sense of Advent (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, violet is still a vestment option), speaking of Continue reading Guide to Christmas Masses

Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, Second Week of Advent

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest says the Lord. (Matthew 11:28) I’m sure we’re all familiar with the term ‘come to Jesus’ and the meanings associated with it. Sometimes they’re necessary. After I had picked up three stray cats, bringing them home with me and my brother, we decided to pollute to air with more decibels of country music, eventually, I threw his teabag out of the sink again and Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, Second Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Saturday, First Week of Advent

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35 I have never been involved in agriculture. The closest I have come to harvesting is buying a basil plant at a Safeway because I wanted to experiment with making pesto. Despite the success of the pesto and the satisfaction of my dinner guests, thinking about a harvest doesn’t resonate until I come to know Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Saturday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Thursday, First Week of Advent

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” –Matthew 7:21 Words are cheap. St. Francis knew this. He is attributed with the notion of ‘preaching the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, (using) words.’ The bucket of clichés that amounts to ‘actions speak louder than words’ are many, and probably because it contains more than Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Thursday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” –Luke 10:21-22 The first time someone told me that I should consider diversifying my assets, I became physically ill and wanted to check myself into the nearest Urgent Care. This bruising moment of adult realization caused intense mourning for days of sandboxes and dressing up as Robin for Halloween. When Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

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Happy Advent to all! from Catholic Majority!  Welcome to our preparation time before Christmas. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,whether in the evening, or at midnight,or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” – Matthew 13:36-37 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In this first week’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to watch and stay awake. Continue reading Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Let Your Life Sing: Saint Cecilia

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Happy Feast Day to all musicians! Today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, celebrated every year since the fourth century on November 22nd. Saint Cecilia is distinguished as one of seven women, virgins and martyrs, celebrated in the canon of the Mass. The name Cecilia can be etymologically traced to mean lily of heaven or sight to the blind (which is why she is also patroness of the blind). Saint Cecilia’s patronage of music comes from the legend that she heard heavenly Continue reading Let Your Life Sing: Saint Cecilia

Former Catholic Series: Kevin, 40, from Barrington, NJ

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To read more about the Former Catholic Series, click here. To read the previous post in this series, click here. This week, our former Catholic series takes a turn. We interview a former Catholic who eventually came back. Kevin, 40, from Barrington, New Jersey How old were you when you decided Catholicism was not for you? What was your primary reason for deciding to no longer identify as Catholic? Was there an aspect of your Catholic upbringing that gave cause for you not Continue reading Former Catholic Series: Kevin, 40, from Barrington, NJ