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Third Sunday of Advent - Joy

Posted on December 12, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

Third Sunday of Advent - Joy
This season of Advent is known as one of “Joyful expectation.” In the Church we name the third Sunday of Advent as Gaudete Sunday or “Joyful Sunday” as our waiting for the Savior is almost at an end.  The joy that we highlight this week is the joy that we experience ...

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Second Sunday of Advent-Peace

Posted on December 05, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

Second Sunday of Advent-Peace
Peace:  freedom from disturbance; tranquility. (Oxford Dictionary) According to this definition all of us that live and breathe do not have a chance at attaining peace!  Every waking moment of every day we are inundated by some “disturbance” that requires our physical and...

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First Sunday of Advent-Hope

Posted on November 27, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

First Sunday of Advent-Hope
HOPE Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen: a feeling of trust.   Life in today’s world has more than its share of uncertainty.  Will we go to war? Will I lose my job? Will I remain healthy?  Will I have enough mone...

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Posted on November 20, 2019 in: News, Reflections

Thanksgiving Prayer
Heavenly Creator, In this season of gratitude and abundance, we give You thanks for our many blessings as we pray for all who struggle with hunger and want. Be with them in the dark of night, when all hope seems lost. Keep their faith strong as they await relief. Let Your goodness flow thr...

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All Souls Prayer

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: Reflections

All Souls Prayer
November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls. On this day, we pray that all those who have died— our loved ones, and also those people around the world who we will never meet— through the mercy of God, will rest in peace. Merciful Father, On this da...

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October is Respect Life Month- Read Bishop Cote's Column
Respect Life Month Although we must cherish, protect, and defend human life year-round, the Catholic Church in the United States sets aside each October as Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish...

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40 Days For Life - Why We Do It! - A Reflection
WHY WE PRAY - A REFLECTION Here we are Peacefully praying and fasting for 40 Days - for Life! Started by some college students - young people - that knew "taking life" was wrong. Young people who started this prayer vigil to pray and fast for what is right and stand up aga...

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A Prayer for Healing for Victims of Abuse
Andrea Hoisl I saw this prayer while visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The prayer directly spoke to me because it addressed healing for everyone in the Church – the victims, those who love them and everyone who is “broken...

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Diocesan Lenten Videos-Week 7 Prayer
Week 7 - Prayer   Week 6 - Almsgiving   Week 5 - Fasting   Week 4 - Sacrifice   Week 3 - Reconcilliation   Week 2 - Temptation   Week 1 - Ash Wednesday ...

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Lenten Reflection:  Week Three

Posted on March 20, 2019 in: Reflections

The 40 days of Lent are the perfect opportunity for us to do some…                                                       &n...

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September 2022 Four County Catholic I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Maintaining the dignity of life through its entire earthly journey is one of the essential callings of our beliefs. At the core, it defines our Catholic faith and who we are –– sons and daughters of a loving God. A recent development in our diocese serves as a wonderful example of the dignity of life and the biblical teaching of hospitality. What is hospitality? Going beyond the secular understanding of hospitality, which is to extend k...

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