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  • PRE-CANA DAY

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    PRE-CANA DAY Today, February 9, is our annual Pre-Cana Day. This is a day that is coordinated by a team of St. Brendan and St. Richard married couples for those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. I tell the engaged couples that I work with in preparation for Marriage that the Pre-Cana Day […]

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  • CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK CONCLUDES TODAY

    CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK CONCLUDES TODAY • We thought that registering at St. Brendan School would only involve “signing up” our child to attend the parish’s school program. We had no idea that we were registering for an environment that welcomes the whole family. We had no idea that we were registering for a spiritual, faith-filled […]

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  • THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD

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    NEXT WEEKEND: FEBRUARY 1 & 2 THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD SCRIPTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS FEAST Individuals who attend daily Mass may be familiar with the “Feast of the Presentation of the Lord” since it normally falls during the week in Ordinary Time. However, this year the “Feast of the Presentation of […]

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  • LOOKING FORWARD INTO JANUARY

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    LOOKING FORWARD INTO JANUARY As we move back into the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time, please take special note of the extraordinary ways in which the presence of Christ is proclaimed in our parish community. DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a […]

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  • CONGRATULATIONS ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL!!!

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    As you know, the Diocesan Campaign called “Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope” was designed to help foster growth in five aspects of our Diocesan Church life. One of those areas include assisting Catholic education and Catholic schools. This past September our school principal, Julie Onacila, along with faculty members, Liz Colborn and Noah Patera, […]

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  • 2014, BOOK RECOMMENDATION

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    I recommend this book, Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Liturgical Training Publications. This book is rather simple, straightforward, gives small bits that give perspective of our Church calendar, our liturgical year. It has helped me over the years to be more reflective about time, especially […]

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  • BLESSING OF THE FAMILY…

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    …ON THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY We continue to celebrate the Christmas Mystery. Another element is added to our prayer with this weekend’s feast. Today is a great day to call upon God’s blessing on your own family. The following prayer is taken from The Book of Blessings: We bless your name, O Lord, […]

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  • SECRETS OF ADVENT

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    The hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the ancient hymns of the Church. It dates back to Medieval Times. The verses of the hymn are actually greetings or antiphons used at Evening Prayer to introduce the Magnificat (Mary’s Hymn), or they are used as the Alleluia verses before the proclamation of the […]

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  • CHRISTIAN JOY

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    This weekend we hit the midway point of this season of Advent. This is one reason we light the rose colored candle. This weekend we are reminded about joy and more specifically about rejoicing. Joy is an attitude. Rejoicing is an action of that attitude. Our tradition calls this weekend Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a […]