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January 6, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Building Communities of Welcome

National Migration Week 2019

January 6-13, 2019


For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims ... Read More »

December 30, 2019

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 Jesus, Mary ... Read More »

December 23, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As Christians and Catholics, we cannot celebrate Christmas without contemplating the Child Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph, along with an ox, an ass, shepherds, etc. More than likely you have a crib in your home along with the Christmas tree, wreaths, etc. But it wasn’t always ... Read More »

December 16, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Here we are just about one full week before the Feast of Christmas, yet liturgically we are still very much in the midst of the Advent Season. We still have the prominence of the Advent wreath in the sanctuary, the environment is toned down in amount and color, the ... Read More »

December 9, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Every Advent we once more get the chance to reflect on a number of important people from the Old Testament, especially the person of John the Baptist, who plays such an important role in the bridge from the Old to the New Testament. St. Luke’s Gospel tells us that ... Read More »

December 2, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Advent is that special time of year when we realize there is so much to do, yet so little time to get it done. We race in Advent toward that which we already possess. As the Collect on the Second Sunday of Advent notes, “in haste” we go to ... Read More »

November 25, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Recently I was reading an article in The Tablet (October 6, 2018) that dealt with the issue of loneliness, especially in Great Britain, since The Tablet is the International Catholic Weekly in England. What I read in the article I found both interesting and astounding and, after doing some ... Read More »

November 18, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend we celebrate the Second World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis has written a marvelous letter to us for this occasion, so I would like for all of us to spend some time reflecting on his words and the perspective from which he writes.


“’This poor ... Read More »

November 11, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we are about to celebrate Veterans Day (Monday this year since the actual date falls on a Sunday), it is important that we all take time to reflect on the meaning of this holiday and to remember all those who have and still do serve in our Armed ... Read More »

November 4, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This week we celebrate one of the most important days of our lives: we have the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and thereby do what our democracy is all about. Studies have indicated over and over that the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote in a ... Read More »