Begin Advent With Joy, Courtesy of Scott Hahn

Joy to the World

Lowly shepherds.  Skilled astronomers.  An evil king.  An unaccommodating innkeeper.  A pregnant virgin.  A nurturing foster-father.  A host of heavenly beings.  Some cows, and a baby. *     *     *     *     * This cast of seemingly unrelated characters is brought together in an unlikely pastiche that has become one of the most familiar stories of all time:  the Christmas story.   And it's possible--even likely--that you simply accept this improbable story without challenging its veracity.  Bu … [Read more...]

Planning a Catholic Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving w Fr Roderick

Hey, Catholics!  Does your Thanksgiving look any different from anyone else's?If the mention of Thanksgiving brings to mind images of  plates overflowing with turkey and stuffing, triptophan-induced afternoon naps, and football, maybe there's something you could do to kick it up a notch--and to really do what the holiday suggests, and Be Thankful!Our parish is one of several parishes which helps out on Thanksgiving morning at a local soup kitchen, serving turkey and all the trimmings to t … [Read more...]

Halloween Bores Me


All across America, mothers are busy measuring, sewing, gluing, crafting, to ensure that little Johnny and Jasmine have The BEST Halloween Costumes Evah.Those same families are busy carving pumpkins, setting out scary creatures on the front porch, and creating gravestones for the yard.To which I say:  Meh. *     *     *     *     * When my kids were small, I was always conflicted:Spend lots of money, love and time to create the perfect costume?  Or buy one from the local mall? E … [Read more...]