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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Dear Parishioners and Friends, The very first verse of the book of the Prophet Baruch names its author. According to Jeremiah, Baruch was his scribe, but it is doubtful that this scribe wrote the book named for him. In fact there may be several authors, for the book consists of five distinct parts, as follows: Prayer of the exiles and…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Dear Parishioners and Friends, Last weekend I indicated that my next message would be on the book of the prophet Ezekiel.   Wrong! I failed to notice the two short books between Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Lamentations and Baruch. Because of it’s somber tone, the book of Lamentations has sometimes been attributed to Jeremiah, but this cannot be the case. Whoever wrote…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Dear Parishioners and Friends, This weekend we begin my favorite season of the liturgical year, Advent. I love it for two reasons. It signifies that Christmas is near, and it is beautiful in its own right. The name of the season comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.” This actually refers to two comings, the return of Christ at…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Dear Parishioners and Friends, After an interruption last weekend I have listed below, for your reading, suggested selections from the prophet Jeremiah: Jeremiah: 1:1-19 The Call of Jeremiah 2:1-9 The Infidelity of Israel 3:14-17 The Restoration of Israel 10:23-25 The Prayer of Jeremiah 14:17-22 The Desolation of Israel 15:16-18 Jeremiah’s Complaint 15:19-22 God’s Response 17:5-10 True Wisdom 20:7-13 Jeremiah’s Crisis…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Dear Parishioners and Friends, This weekend I had planned to share with you my suggestions for reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah, but, given the unfolding disaster in the Philippines, I will focus on that instead. The United Sates, throughout its history, has generally not been a colonial power. After the Spanish-American War, however, the Philippines Islands were…
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