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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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Catholic, Souls
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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Pro-Life
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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Lenten Reflection:  Week Two

Posted on March 13, 2019 in: Reflections

During the Lenten Season we are encouraged to change our routine.  We are called to “cut back” on the parts of our everyday life that take us away from strengthening our relationship with God our Father. These are the habits and behaviors that make us complacent and unmotivated spiritually.  Lent challenges us to practice abstinence, almsgiving and penance to move us out of t...

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Hand in Hand with All God’s Children: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
By Kathy Gaito Prayer, fasting and almsgiving (assisting the needy) are synonymous with the Lenten season which this year began on March 6, Ash Wednesday. While these Lenten practices are a way for us to reconnect with our spiritual relationship with God, they should also be viewed as a stepping ...

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Lenten Reflection:  Week One

Posted on March 06, 2019 in: Reflections

We began this Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday where we received ashes on our forehead in the sign of a cross.  Those ashes mark the 40 day period of preparation we set aside as Catholics, to journey with Jesus.  We spend the next 40 days praying, fasting, reflecting, almsgiving and acknowledging our need for penance, so that we can change and grow physically and spiritually. What types...

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Posted on December 21, 2018 in: Reflections

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
  The Fourth Sunday of Advent   Goal for the Week…  Welcome our Savior into the World! "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16   This last wee...

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