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A Prayer for Father's Day

Posted on June 13, 2024 in: Reflections

A Prayer for Father's Day
Dear God, Thank you for loving us with your perfect heart of a father. We ask you this Father's Day and always to guide and protect the hearts of all men in fatherly roles who are striving to love with your heart and do your work. Give them pure, chaste, courageous...

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Embracing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Time
In the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time often goes unnoticed. At first glance, it may seem mundane, a simple filler in the spiritual calendar. However, a closer look reveals that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary; it’s a profound opportunity for spiritual growth and deepen...

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Discovering the Joy of Christ: Delving into the Humor of the Divine
My spiritual journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Last year, when I was asked by my friend Mary Ellen Mahoney, the Annual Catholic Appeal director, to speak to the Christopher Society at their annual dinner on behalf of the diocesan Communications Office and the Four County Cat...

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Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my...

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'
Mary is our heavenly mother and the month of May, dedicated to her, always provides us an opportunity to consider how much our Mama loves us and cares for us. Nowhere is her maternal protection over us more evident than in the numerous visits from heaven that she has made. Each apparition of Our ...

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A Question of Faith- What is Papal Infallibility?
Have you ever questioned or wondered about some aspect of the Catholic faith? Well now is your chance to do just that! Four County Catholic Magazine is introducing a new column entitled A QUESTION OF FAITH. Every edition will offer our readers’ the opportunity to ask and have their questions a...

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Sharing in Our Humanity

Posted on April 07, 2024 in: Reflections

Sharing in Our Humanity
At Mass, the deacon is the minister of the cup. He prepares the chalice of wine and elevates the cup of blessing with the priest in his elevation of the host.  It always humbles me when I pray the Prayer of Preparation for the chalice: “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we com...

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“Peace be with you!” - Bishop Cote's 2024 Easter Message
  Easter Message 2024   My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, The peace of the risen Lord be with you and all whom you love. On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Assembled with their companions, the Eleven apostles first heard th...

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Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

Oh Happy Day!
Some years ago, a Gospel song made the top 10 charts, it was called “Oh Happy Day.” The refrain of the song is, “Oh happy day, oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.” The “happy day” is Good Friday, because that is the day when Jesus brings salvation to hum...

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Answering the Divine Call 

Posted on March 27, 2024 in: Reflections, Lent

Answering the Divine Call 
The Risen Lord knows us so very intimately, calling each of us by name. In our sinfulness, imperfection and unworthiness, we are not abandoned.     In the Easter story, a meaningful and very vulnerable exchange occurs between Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord, as depicted in t...

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A Prayer for Father's Day
Dear God, Thank you for loving us with your perfect heart of a father. We ask you this Father's Day and always to guide and protect the hearts of all men in fatherly roles who are striving to love with your heart and do your work. Give them pure, chaste, courageous, and creative hearts like Saint Joseph. Give them hearts that never tire of serving those they are called to love. Give them hearts that seek out their loved ones and gently turn their gaze to see You, who is Love.  And we ask you, Father, to bless them abundantly today....

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Discovering the Joy of Christ: Delving into the Humor of the Divine
My spiritual journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Last year, when I was asked by my friend Mary Ellen Mahoney, the Annual Catholic Appeal director, to speak to the Christopher Society at their annual dinner on behalf of the diocesan Communications Office and the Four County Catholic magazine, I jumped at the chance. Here are a few of the highlights of the talk I gave. It is based on research for a term paper I wrote many years ago, where I sought to unravel a mystery.  I am constantly on the lookout for imponderables — you know, those ...

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Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my small concerns. Meanwhile, my contemporaries in Rwanda had real problems: a genocide unfolding around them. There had always been tensions between the two tribes that inhabited Rwanda: the Hutu and the Tutsi. But now, it was exploding into intense violence. Almost overnight, ...

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Embracing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Time
In the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time often goes unnoticed. At first glance, it may seem mundane, a simple filler in the spiritual calendar. However, a closer look reveals that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary; it’s a profound opportunity for spiritual growth and deepening our relationship with God. Ordinary Time, marked by the color green, symbolizes life, hope and anticipation. It’s a season that invites us to cultivate our faith in the everyday moments of life. This period encompasses the life and teachings of Jesus, His miracles, p...

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