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

Benedict’s Change to the Rite of Baptism

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Shortly before Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned, he implemented a small but significant change to the rite of Baptism in the Catholic Church. Currently, the priest or deacon at the rite of baptism closes with the words ‘the Christian Community welcomes you with great joy.’ The words were changed, effective March 31st of this year to: ‘the Church of God welcomes you with great joy.’ Practically speaking, this effect will be seen later at parish levels as the USCCB prepares Continue reading Benedict’s Change to the Rite of Baptism

The Godfather

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Recently, I was asked by a family in my parish to be the godfather for their baby boy, Cole. In the same week, my youngest sister had a baby girl and asked me to be baby Ellie’s godfather. Having no kids myself, I felt honored to suddenly have two godchildren. On the surface, I always saw this role as an affirmation from the parents to the godparents, affirming that I was of importance in their lives and they wanted to Continue reading The Godfather