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February 17 – First Wednesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn, (Psa 50:17).” Daily Lent Reflection Today’s readings connect the mission of Jesus to that of the ancient prophet Jonah; the prophet associated with the whale. The symbolism of Jonah in the whale’s belly is associated with the Lord’s days in the tomb before […]

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February 16 – First Tuesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.(Isa 55:11).” Daily Lent Reflection The Isaiah reading describes the Hebrew concept of Dabhar, the creative energy of God which makes things happen. The creation story is […]

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February 15 – First Monday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “‘Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy,’ (Lev 19:2).” Daily Lent Reflection Today’s readings sum up what service to God is about. The Book of Leviticus offers detailed rules which govern the lives of the faithful followers of the Lord; but ultimately, the supreme rule is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” […]

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February 14 – First Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days, (Luke 4:1-2).” Daily Lent Reflection Our Sunday Lent readings this year begin with an account of Jesus’ time being tested.  Luke tells us that Jesus was led […]

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February 13 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “‘Follow me, ’(Luke 5:27).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s gospel we hear the call of Matthew; he is called to be a disciple of Jesus.  Matthew is sitting in the customs house and Jesus approaches him and says ‘Follow me’.  These words change Matthew’s life.  But this call is not just something that happened […]

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February 12 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “Your vindication (integrity) shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard, (Isa 58:8).” Daily Lent Reflection We are called to act with integrity in all aspects of our lives – and we all have the potential to stray from this. Integrity is mentioned many times in Scripture and […]

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February 11 – Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, (Deut 30:19).” Daily Lent Reflection Today we are challenged with a choice – life or death. We might be tempted not to engage with something so stark. Perhaps it is easier to see life and death as either a drawing towards […]

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February 10 – Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “We are ambassadors for Christ, (2 Cor 5:20).” Daily Lent Reflection As we begin Lent this year, let us remember that it is a time for both repentance and renewal. Lent is a season to look at our own inner disunity and the disunity we all experience between our faith and our actions. […]

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What Does Faith Have to Do With Football?

More than 100 million viewers worldwide will watch the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos face off in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday in Santa Clara, CA. A few days later, millions of Catholics worldwide will fill churches on Ash Wednesday to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads. To some, […]

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Using Video to Engage Visitors on Your Website

Every parish website speaks to visitors a little different–some have a welcome message, some have an “I’m New” menu filled with information, and some use video.

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How to Set Up Your Church’s Facebook Page

Facebook is a great tool for churches to engage parishioners, create prayer chains, evangelize the lost, and encourage stewardship. If your church is not already on Facebook, here are some steps to set up your account. Log in to your personal Facebook account. If you do not yet have an account, click here and follow […]

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Four Reasons Why Your Church Needs a Facebook Page

The Apostle Paul spent a lot of time in town squares, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ wherever he went. He spoke of becoming all things to all people, in order to win some to the cause of Christ. And we are each called to do the same. Facebook is the new town square […]

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