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19th Sunday of the Year: We have been given so much. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord exhorts the disciples to be prepared and ready to act. For those to whom much has been given, much is expected!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the major themes in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Joshua 5:9a,10-12

  • The people of Israel no longer eat manna; they now eat the produce of the land of Canaan.
  • This marks a new transition as the the Lord has “removed the reproach of Egypt” from them.

Psalm – 34:2-7

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • The Lord, who brings blessings and deliverance, is the source of our hope and joy.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

  • Whoever is in Christ is a new creation.
  • As ambassadors for Christ we are given the ministry of reconciliation with one another.

Gospel – Luke 15:1-3,11-32

  • The parable of the Prodigal Son reveals God’s goodness, patience, and desire for our reconciliation.
  • The Father reaches out to both his wayward younger son and his angry, stubborn older son.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

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Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.


Daily Mass: David gives thanks and praise to God. Catholic Inspiration

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David gives praise and thanks to God for the blessings he has witnessed. It begs a question for each one of us: when was the last time I counted my blessings?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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St. Angela Merici, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Take a moment and reflect on the Good News. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings and joy of life. As we prepare for Christmas, may the Good News help us to see God at work in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Advent

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St. Peter Canisius…pray for us!


17th Sunday of the Year: An example of giving and receiving. Catholic Inspiration

My parents, Pat & Diane Ricci, making ravioli for a feast!

Christ nourishes body and soul as he feeds the 5000 following his time teaching and healing. As the crowd’s hunger is satisfied with the Lord’s abundance, we gain spiritual insight into how we generously give and gratefully receive the blessings of life.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord is the source of all our blessings. Catholic Inspiration

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Isaiah the prophet reveals how God takes the initiative as creator and redeemer, inviting us to turn to the Lord in our need and count our blessings every day.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent


Daily Mass: God gives us abundant blessings. Catholic inspiration

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The readings today proclaim the abundant blessings we receive from the Lord…inspiring us to share this abundance with those around us.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent


Thanksgiving Day

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Gratitude is a precious spiritual medicine which helps us truthfully and positively engage the gift of our lives, drawing us closer to the Lord and one another. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Optional Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day (USA)


Daily Mass: We have been given so much; how are we using it? Catholic Inspiration

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The end of today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke will challenge each one of us as we reflect on how we are using the blessings we have received.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 29th Week of the Year


Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day offers a fantastic opportunity to stop, reflect and offer gratitude for the blessings God showers upon our lives. While life is filled with a mix of good and bad moments, being thankful offers us a powerful lens to make sense of it all as we keep our focus on Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day

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To my family…all my love on this Thanksgiving Day. This is photo is a personal favorite of mine!


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