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God is with us and He saves 

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In this weekend’s First Reading, Isaiah delivers the famous prophecy: “The young maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God-is-with-us’.” Then our Gospel Reading tells us that Mary fulfilled these words when she gave birth to Jesus. This nicely sets the […]

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Rejoice Already

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This Third Sunday in Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” It’s a reminder that Christ’s birth is getting nearer and that we Christians should always be a people of joy. Some people might object to this invitation to rejoice in the middle of Advent. They may say […]

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‘Joy, Hope & Peace’

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Last week, the general theme of our Liturgy of the Word, was to ‘stay awake’, and to be prepared for the coming of Our Lord at all times, because we do not know the day or the hour when he will come. This week, preparation for Christmas, will be taking place in many homes across […]

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We wake up, we begin

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At the start of the Church’s year, we enter the wondrous season of Advent with an exhortation to ‘stay awake’.  We begin a time of preparation and anticipation as we look forward to welcoming the Christ Child into the world at Christmas. Christ calls each of us today to be awake to his presence in […]