December 2021

As each Christmas comes upon us, we’re reminded how God graciously loves and cares for all of us. May we foster our Savior’s love and spread it among our family and community, so that the love between us grows stronger each day. In the Gospel today, we hear the story of the Magi who look at the Star of heaven. They see the handiwork of God and something that is also mysterious. This inspires them to sense that the entire universe

On behalf of Father Reynold, Father Thanh Tai, and the entire parish staff, may God grant you a joyous, blessed and faith-filled Christmas! We thank God that He so loved the world that He gave us His Son nearly 2000 years ago! Today, as we look back at our Savior’s birth and look forward to His return, we might consider how wonderfully disruptive that first Christmas was. Nothing about the Christmas story is normal, natural, or expected. The incarnation completely upended

As you are reading this, it’s the 4th Sunday in Advent. Christmas is only 6 days away. But I’m writing this little ferverino (that’s a churchy Italian word for “pep talk”) on December 8th – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. So even though I am writing a few weeks before, there is a great connection between the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 4th Sunday of Advent this year. And that connection is Mary, our Blessed Mother! And

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. In our Catholic tradition, this Sunday is called “Gaudete” Sunday. Gaudete is from a Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” We hear from the prophet Zephanaiah in the first reading today: “Shout for joy, sing joyfully! Be glad and exult with all your heart.” In the second reading, we hear Saint Paul’s saying: “Rejoice in the Lord always! Rejoice, for the Lord is near.” This time of Advent is a time of rejoicing, yet some

Please join us at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church as we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve - Friday, December 24, 2021 4:00 pm Church 4:00 pm Colman Hall 5:30 pm Church, Livestream 8:00 pm Church, Livestream 10:00 pm Church, Livestream Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25, 2021 9:30 am Church, Livestream 11:15 am Church

Luke tells us that Zechariah looked upon his newly born son and said, “you, child…will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.” When he grew older, we read that John told all who would listen that they should, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John was a man of preparation! As an Eagle Scout, the words “Be Prepared!” have a very special significance in my life. Scouting taught me that there were few greater sins than

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