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Lent

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 2/14/16

Lent

Prayer, fasting and the works of mercy make up our Lenten program. Intensifying our life of prayer, engaging in acts of self-denial, and increasing our acts of charity will make us grow in holiness. These practices will help us to grow in our love of God and neighbor.

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Canticle of Brother Sun

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 1/21/16

Canticle of Brother Sun

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing. To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name.

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir ... Read More »

Supporting the Pro-Life Cause

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 1/14/16

Supporting the Pro-Life Cause

Friday, January 22nd, is the 43rd anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which made abortion legal in the United States for all nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions legalizing abortion in our country some 57 million ... Read More »

The Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 1/05/16

The Baptism of the Lord

When Jesus entered the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized by John, he did so not because he needed to be baptized – after all John’s baptism was for the forgiveness of sins and Jesus had no sin. Jesus entered those waters ... Read More »

Holy Family

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 12/25/15

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Quotes about the Family

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”   -Exodus 20:12

“The Life of the parents is the book which children read.” –St. Augustine (354-430)

“The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society and a great and lifelong treasure for couples. It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be the fruit of the love, of the total and generous self-giving of their parents.” – Pope Benedict XVI, July 8, ... Read More »

Christmas

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 12/25/15

“God is so great that he can become small. God is so powerful that he can make himself vulnerable and come to us as a defenseless child, so that we can love him.”    (Pope Benedict XVI, December 24, 2005)

Christmas is a feast of love, a feast on which ... Read More »

Advent

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 12/02/15

Advent (November 29-December 24)

     Advent means “Coming.” During this four week period we prepare to celebrate the first Coming (Advent) of Christ, when he was born into our world over two thousand years ago, and we also prepare for his Second Coming (Advent) at the end of time, ... Read More »

Islamic Terror Attacks

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 11/20/15

Islamic Terror Attacks

The terrorist attacks by ISIS in France last week shocked the world bringing about not only a universal outcry against these heinous crimes, but also an outpouring of sympathy and prayers for all the victims. However the question arises: What can and should be done to ... Read More »

Our Lady Undoer of Knots

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 11/13/15

Our Lady Undoer (Untier) of Knots

Pope Francis has a deep devotion to Our Lady Undoer (Untier) of Knots. In the image we see Our Lady untying the knots in a long ribbon. The ribbon is the ribbon of our life. On the one side, there are many knots, ... Read More »

November 6, 2015

Posted by Father Jim Kurtz on 11/06/15

During this month of November we remember and we pray for all the faithful departed, those holy souls who are being purified and made ready for heaven.

 

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read; “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, ... Read More »