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Communion Services Begin May 30-31

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I want to begin with a note of gratitude. Thank you for your patience! I know that for many of you, Sunday Mass is the highpoint of your week. It gives you a chance to connect with God and with your church family and focus on the things that matter. You leave with a renewed sense of your identity as …

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The Easter Sequence

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Easter Sunday, you might have noticed a pause before the priest read the Gospel. This pause was the Sequence, an ancient poem set to music. While it has been translated into English, the original is so much nicer. We can sing the Sequence for every day of the Octave of Easter. Take a little time to listen to it and …

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How to Celebrate Easter at Home

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Easter Sunday, many people in our community will realize for the first time that churches are closed. Instead of a church service and a big family party, people will have to settle for live-streamed services at home. Fear not! A little planning and Easter at home can be your most memorable Easter ever. And the planning begins, appropriately, with the …

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How to Celebrate Palm Sunday at Home

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Scripture for the day: Matthew 21:1-11 Ways to celebrate the day: Put a small statue of Jesus in the center of your dinner table Use palm branches from church and have your own triumphal procession to the dinner table Talk about it: Over dinner, talk about what it means that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. …

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Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

The traditional date of Epiphany is January 6, but in the United States it is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. It is sometimes called “Little Christmas” and marks the arrival of the Wise Men (Magi) to the manger in Bethlehem. The custom of blessing homes while recalling the visit of the Magi is celebrated in …

Advent: Your New Favorite Season

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Advent often gets forgotten in the rush to Christmas. In fact, in a gathering of priests, only one thought to name it as his favorite season. I want to share with you the secret to enjoying Advent. You have to think of it like a walking pilgrimage. Instead of a big “aha” moment at the end, you learn to enjoy …

A Power Source Greater Than the Sun

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

You often hear me talking about a personal relationship with God. By personal, I don’t mean “private.” I’m not encouraging everyone to have their own “personal” Jesus. I am referring rather to a relationship between persons. You are a person, and the One God is three Persons, and so your relationship with God is a relationship between persons. Now Pope …