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Daily Mass: We are part of a larger story. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary we hear in the Gospel of Matthew the genealogy of Jesus as the context for the birth of the Lord. The reading demonstrates how we are part of the larger story of salvation history; God works in and through countless lives to weave together our journey from this life to the next.

Mass Readings – the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Holy Mary, Mother of God…pray for us!

Daily Mass: St. Paul offers a Bible study, Part II. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul continues the message we heard yesterday, highlighting keys points about Jesus.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: St. Paul offers a Bible study, Part I. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul preaches to the people, showing how Jesus is the fulfillment of salvation history.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter


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Easter Vigil: Embrace your faith! Catholic Inspiration

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This night we hear the great message of salvation history, fulfilled in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is our faith! May we live it with conviction and joy!

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil


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The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

As the Church celebrates the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we recognize that all of us – in great and small ways – have a part to play in salvation history. Following Mary’s example, will we say yes to the Lord today?

Mass Readings – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Daily Mass: Know your history; know your story! Catholic Inspiration

Paul’s preaching about Salvation History reminds us how crucial it is to know the history of faith so that we can share it with our own generation. For if we don’t know our story, how can we pass it on?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: God guides and empowers our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord speaks to the people about John the Baptist as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.  He is Elijah, who points out the Lamb of God, and from this foundation of faith we take our part in God’s great story of salvation history.

Mass Readings – Thursday of 2nd Advent (St. Lucy)


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Daily Mass: Christ teaches us loving service. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent

Paul testifies at Antioch that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation, descendant of David and heralded by the prophets…the Lord of all creation.  And he taught us to serve one another – giving us the example of the foot washing – that we might understand that God’s love is comprehensive and accessible to all.


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Easter Vigil


Study:  How did you learn your Christian faith?  When did it become something you claimed for your own?

Pray:  This is a good time to count our blessings and draw near to the Lord in gratitude for the gift of life.

Serve:  Perhaps there is someone to whom you might want to say, “I love you.”  Perhaps this is a good time right now…

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil 

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast (7 minutes, given at Cathedral on April 4, 2015)

This holy night finds the Church celebrating the profound mystery of Christ’s saving work.  The Easter Vigil recalls the great moments of salvation history, rejoices with those who enter into full communion with the sacramental life of the Church, and is nourished by Eucharist.  Here are the four key components:

  • The Liturgy of Light
  • The Liturgy of the Word
  • The Liturgy of Initiation
  • The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of Light (or Lucernarium) begins the Easter Vigil.  In the darkness the image of light is used to proclaim our hope in Christ.  Several things happen:

  • A new fire is blessed and from its flames the light of the paschal (Easter) candle is lit
  • This candle is processed into church where the faithful light their own candles from it.
  • By this sea of candlelight the great Easter proclamation of Christ our Light – the Exsultet – is offered.

The Liturgy of the Word recounts the epic story of salvation history through several Old Testament Scriptures:

  • Creation – Genesis 1:1-2.2 and Psalm 104 or 33
  • Abraham’s Sacrifice – Genesis 22:1-18 and Psalm 16
  • Passage through the Red Sea – Exodus 14: 15-15:1 and its Canticle (Exodus 15)
  • The New Jerusalem – Isaiah 54:5-14 and Psalm 30
  • Salvation Offered Freely to All – Isaiah 55:1-11 its Canticle (Isaiah 12)
  • The Fountain of Wisdom – Baruch 3:9-15 and Psalm 19
  • A New Heart and a New Spirit – Ezechiel 36:16-28 and Psalm 42-43

We then move from the Old t0 the New Testament:

  • The Gloria is sung
  • A reading from  Romans 6:3-11 – Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more!
  • The Alleluia is sung
  • The Gospel is read – Mt 28:1-10; Mk 16:1-7, Lk 24:1-12 (depending on the year)

The Liturgy of Initiation then follows where those who have been preparing to enter the Church now receive their sacraments.

  • The Litany of the Saints is sung
  • The Baptismal Font is blessed
  • The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated
  • The Assembly renews their Baptismal Promises
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated

Finally, the Liturgy of the Eucharist allows the entire community to draw near to the altar to receive Jesus Christ in the sacrament of his Body and Blood.  The newly baptized receive Holy Communion for the first time in the company of their fellow Catholics.  Like every Mass:

  • Bread and Wine are brought to the altar
  • The Priest prays the Eucharistic Prayer
  • The Lord’s Prayer is said, followed by the Sign of Peace
  • We receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion

The great promise of faith, founded upon God’s saving work through time in the history of salvation, is proclaimed on this holy night.  May Christians around the world renew their faith in Jesus Christ – sharing his love and light with one another.

Christ our Light!

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