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By Father Brian Morris Q: “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8th. December 25 is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, by using these dates either … more
This Without a Doubt Column was originally printed Rhode Island Catholic on Thursday, December 15, 2016. My mom loved Christmas. Each year it quickened her step and lifted her spirits, creating a … more
The East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House is an early nineteenth century building boasting a door, walls, roof, floor, windows, a few pews, a pulpit, an organ, and a wood burning stove. The dull blue … more
Christmas cards, pageants, songs and decorations usually portray the same mix of people, angels and animals in an attempt to create visual images of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem 2,000 years … more
There is beauty and wonder in the season leading up to the Nativity, and a hushed reverence thereafter. We are called to embrace the God of True Light, who entered our world of sin and darkness. Many … more
By Father Stephen Battey Recently we received a heartfelt letter that spoke about the fiery preaching that was commonplace in some parishes decades ago. I always think of the scene from the movie … more
The Sunday Gospel readings for this new liturgical year will be drawn mostly from the Gospel account according to St. Mark. Mark’s account is the shortest of the four Gospels, only sixteen … more
By Father Brian Morris Every year on December 8 we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. That day we, as Catholics, celebrate the fact that Mary was conceived without Original Sin. … more
The Jewish nation has been challenged to settle the land of Canaan several times both in ancient times and in modern history. The land originally donated by God to Abraham and his descendants, … more
Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events … more
A familiar expression among Catholics that continues to linger from the old Latin Mass is the reference to the presentation and preparation of the bread and wine at Mass as the “offertory” of the … more
Pope Francis is a determined man with a mission — to lead the church to best reflect Jesus’ call to be the light of the world! Within the course of just one month, he has dramatically moved … more
Father Stephen Battey Q. Do you have any tips to be more thankful to God in day to day life? When I was growing up, I remember gathering together around the family table on Thanksgiving to take … more
Often, when a family bereaved at the death of their mother, wife or sister must make a selection for the Scriptural passages to be read at the Mass of Christian Burial, the passage from the Book of … more
By Father Brian Morris Last Thursday, November 9, we celebrated Mass for the feast of St. John Lateran. Some of you might ask, who is this fellow? You won’t find him in the authoritative … more
Last week, in Newport, we held our biennial Priest Convocation in the Diocese of Providence. About 70 priests, roughly a third of our presbyterate, joined together for a couple days of fraternity, … more
Remember the game of chicken? It’s a foolishly high stakes challenge in which two drivers risking death, drive on a collision course towards each other until one of the drivers chooses to … more
When I was ordained a priest fifty-one years ago, the bulk of the Mass had passed into English but the Canon of the Mass was still in Latin. The body of the Mass, although in the vernacular, was … more
The Celebration of All Saints on November 1st is a joyful and blessed day for the Church; it’s a victory celebration for us. On this day we honor the saints, our heroes, members of the Church who … more
Chuckie probably never missed Mass in his entire life. As a child and even as a teenager he served Mass regularly at his parish Church. Then as a young adult he was only too happy to assist with the … more
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