Church of the
Annunciation

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January 07, 2018

Epiphany

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was though they had always been waiting for that star.” (Pope Benedict XVI) How often do we walk before dawn or during the night and not observe the stars? But on occasion the night sky catches our attention and in a twinkling of a star we are keenly aware of the magnificence of creation and our own insignificance. Today, we commemorate Wise Ones from the East being led to Bethlehem to pay homage to the hidden king. The gift bearers receive the precious revelation of God’s glory.

In the Gospel according to St. John (the Evangelist) John the Baptist and two of his disciples are watching Jesus walk by. John remarks: “Behold the Lamb of God.” The two disciples follow Jesus. Jesus turns and asks: “What are you looking for?” They reply: “Teacher where are you staying?” Jesus says: “Come and you will see.” We are seeking Jesus – a lifetime vocation. The author of “The Cloud of Unknowing” notes: “If you wish to keep growing you must nourish in your heart the lively longing for God. Though this loving desire is certainly God’s gift, it is up to you to nurture it.” 

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December 31, 2017

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

The feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth is an occasion to speak of the importance of family no matter when the time or place. Families connect us to the past and create a sense of belonging; families are a cell or workshop of virtue and discipleship; and families kindle hope in the future. Jesus Ben Sira, author of our first reading, encourages young men (and daughters...

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December 25, 2017

Nativity of the Lord

Christmas carols make this time of the year so special. The traditional English carol “The First Noel” can be traced back to the 13th century; “Silent Night” 1816; “O Come, All Ye Faithful” in Latin “Adeste Fideles” 1743; “Joy to the World” 1719. But not all carols are that old. “The Little Drummer Boy” originally “Carol of the Drum” was compose...

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December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Before the printing press and literacy when many people were unable to read and write, town criers made announcements. A “bellman” made an announcement by calling for silence: “Hear ye! Hear ye!” In England town criers were protected by law as they sometimes brought bad news like an increase in taxes. The bellman was under the protection of the monarch. Harming the...

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December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

Girls and Boys in Pre K 3 & 4 were so excited on Thursday morning with snow falling and Christmas coming. It can be a magical time and hectic too. Buffalo News “Gusto” suggests we should be “making a list and checking it twice” to decide on special things to do! Like: hot chocolate in front of a great fireplace; see old fashioned windows on Central Ave in the V... READ MORE

December 03, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

A loud “pop” and then contagious fear! It happened at Our Lady of Victory Basilica during the annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” with a hushed sellout/capacity crowd. The sound was caused by an old light bulb exploding in the ceiling. The frightening pop occurred during an aria “Rejoice Greatly.” “Advent” means “coming” – the coming o... READ MORE

November 26, 2017

Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

On Good Friday we proclaim the Passion according to St. John. Above the crucified Jesus is the inscription: “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.” The title of “king” seems out of place identifying a man sentenced to death and wearing a crown of thorns. It is hard to believe that Jesus is a King! Yet today we celebrate “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.... READ MORE

November 19, 2017

33 Sunday Ordinary

We are likely to misunderstand the word “talent.” For us it means: “I’ve Got Talent” – artistic or athletic ability displayed in performance and competition. Originally “talent” was a weight to measure copper, silver or gold coins. In the parable of Jesus, a man going on a journey entrusts “talents” i.e. his wealth to three servants “each according to... READ MORE

November 12, 2017

32nd Sunday Ordinary

The parable of the 10 virgins (5 wise and 5 foolish) waiting for the bridegroom seems strange to our contemporary ears but understanding wedding customs at the time of Jesus can give us a better appreciation of the story. The archeological excavation of Simon “Peter’s house” in Capernaum gives us an insight into the family unit. Jonah and his wife, his sons Simon Pet... READ MORE

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