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December 31, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



We gather this weekend with many thoughts and concerns on our minds. First of all, this weekend we think about our families as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. It is all too easy for us to overly idealize the Holy Family by forgetting that ... Read More »

December 24, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It is very unusual for us to celebrate both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve on the same day. It actually only happens once every six or seven years. It will certainly seem strange to come to Mass Sunday morning seeing the violet vestments and ... Read More »

December 17, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Christmas is only a week away, and we come to Mass today filled with all kinds of images, hopes, dreams and expectations. Maybe adults are thinking about all the details that still need attending to before they will be totally prepared for the feast and for all ... Read More »

December 10, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



If you feel like Advent is running on overdrive, you are not alone. With only three weeks this year to try to absorb the spirit and the meaning of Advent—and trying to do it while everywhere we hear Christmas carols and advertisements that constantly want to entice ... Read More »

December 3, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Today we begin the Season of Advent, usually four weeks long but this year only three due to the fact that the Fourth Sunday is also Christmas Eve. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season looking forward and waiting ... Read More »

November 26, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Having just celebrated one of the biggest American holidays—Thanksgiving, it is appropriate that I take this opportunity to thank all the people who come to St. Peter’s either on weekends or weekdays for Mass and for the many others who stop by for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, ... Read More »

November 19, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


As I mentioned last week, Pope Francis has instituted a World Day of the Poor, which every year will be celebrated on the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. This first year of the celebration takes place this weekend. In conjunction with this new observance Pope Francis has written ... Read More »

November 12, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Some months ago Pope Francis created a World Day of the Poor, which beginning this year and continuing into the future to be celebrated on the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the current year that would be on November 19th. He also declared in that announcement ... Read More »

November 5, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This week—November 5-11—is National Vocations Awareness Week, a time set aside to help all of us focus on the reality that God calls each and every one of us to a specific way of life within the Church. For some that is the marriage vocation, for others ... Read More »

October 29, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



On this final weekend of October, a month dedicated to Respect Life Issues, I would like to draw your attention to parts of a document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, approved and published ... Read More »