Diocesan Lenten Pilgrimage to Holy Land

December 23, 2013 – Join Msgr. McGuirl, Msgr. Harrington, Fr. Vassalotti and Fr. K. Sweeney for a Lenten pilgrimage to the Holy Land on March 25-April 3, 2014.

There are only 15 spots left! Click here to read the brochure.

For more information, contact Lucille at 1-800-catholic (228-4654) ext. 208 or lucille@groupist.com.

“New Birth, New Beginning” by Bishop DiMarzio

December 23, 2013 – Excerpted from “Put Out Into the Deep,” Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

“Every Christmas presents us with a new opportunity to live our lives in a Christ-centered way. We must ask ourselves the question, “Is Christ truly the center of my life? Do I make Him the center of my Christmas celebration?” All of the good traditions, family reunions and all of the gifts, which we give with great love, need to return us to understand the mystery that we celebrate in Christ’s birth. Read more »

The People of Advent

December 5, 2013 – Excerpted from “Put Out Into the Deep,” Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

“We have begun the new Liturgical Year with the beginning of Advent. It is a time when not only do we look forward to the birth of Christ at Christmas but also to His final coming at the end of time. It is a time of anticipation, a time when we can give free reign to our human desire for a better future.

…Advent can be a special family time of powerful liturgical practices. The Advent wreath is one of the most popular family observances of Advent. It envisions the family around the dinner table in the evening to light the appropriate candle, the three purple and one pink, which signify the anticipation for the coming of the Light of the World.”

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