Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

As a convert, there are still a great number of things that I have been unable to create habit forming devotions to, despite my acceptance of the Catholic faith. I wish I was better at getting to, and properly receiving the graces associated with the Sacrament of...
Commandery 381 – 29th Annual Wish Tree

Commandery 381 – 29th Annual Wish Tree

A special thank you goes out to all members of Commandery 381 (West Seneca, New York) for making this year’s Christmas “Wish Tree” a success, most notably Captain Thomas Fischer. This will be the 29th year for our annual Parish “Wish Tree” at St. John XXIII, Parish,...
The World, Waiting for a Sign

The World, Waiting for a Sign

We have all seen them, either on the big screen, little screen, or even in real life. That man standing on the street corner, holding the sign that says the end is near. They are often dismissed by the general public as crazy, a religious zealot taking his reading of...
Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

Oh Gaudete Sunday, how I long for you to come every year. There are a great number of reasons to be excited when it comes to Gaudete Sunday. Living in the Northeast, it means I am one week closer to the end of Winter, God (and almost everyone else I know) knows that I...
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this year marking the 125th Anniversary of the Coronation under this title. If you are unfamiliar with the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego four times, requesting...
The Year of St. Joseph

The Year of St. Joseph

On the same day that the universal church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a day in which we look to the loving tenderness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis declared the next year to be The Year of St. Joseph. The proclamation comes on the...
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Hail Mary, full of grace. At the very end of his earthly ministry, Jesus gives one final proclamation. In the Gospel of John, chapter 19, verses 25-29, Jesus makes a compassionate plea to a disciple that he loved behold his mother. Widows had nothing, no property, no...
2nd Sunday of Advent

2nd Sunday of Advent

Closer and closer we come to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. All too often we rush through the season of preparation to get to the celebration. How many times have you seen a child on Christmas morning, or their birthday for that matter, rip open their presents...