Father’s Articles

A New Week – February 25, 2024

This year, our Parish Lenten Project is for the benefit of the St. Joseph Housing Initiative. Each Lent, every Catholic is asked to take up some form of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and our Parish Lenten Project is an opportunity for us to do that collectively as a parish family, praying, sacrificing, and giving for the good of this valuable Catholic ministry which serves families in need right here in our local community.

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A New Week – February 18, 2024

This week Fr. John is including a recent letter from Archbishop Rozanski regarding a new evangelization program for our parish.

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A New Week – February 11, 2024

Lent begins this Wednesday, February 14; are you ready? Amid our Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day celebrations these days, faithful Catholics should also be looking forward to Lent and preparing now. After all, anything worth doing well is worth preparing for!

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A New Week – February 4, 2024

This past Saturday, February 3, was the Feast of St. Blaise. St. Blaise was a physician, the bishop of Sebaste…

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A New Week – January 28, 2024

Today is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, a week set aside to celebrate Catholic education in our nation, and to celebrate our own parish school in particular. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.” I want to encourage all our parish family to join in this celebration by supporting and praying for our parish school!

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A New Week – January 21, 2024

This Sunday, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, was designated the Sunday of the Word of God by Pope Francis in 2019. Consequently, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the word of God.

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A New Week – January 14, 2024

It is still January, which means many of us have made, kept, or struggled with New Year’s Resolutions.  Since we should strive to be better each day of the year, here are some “New Year’s Resolutions for Absolutely Everyone”, courtesy of Fr. James Martin, SJ.

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A New Week – January 7, 2024

It is a long-standing tradition of the Church to announce the Date of Easter and the other moveable feasts of the Liturgical Year on the Feast of the Epiphany. So, on this Epiphany Day, the traditional announcement is offered here.

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A New Week – December 31, 2023

These Christmas days are bright and beautiful! This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As we gather with our own families during these days, let us pray for them and pray that all our families grow in holiness.

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A New Week – December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas, one and all! We not only remember that Jesus was born in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago; we celebrate that Jesus is born anew in every human heart today and every day when we open ourselves to him. Indeed, Christ is born today!, and that is worth celebrating! Welcome to all who gather at St. Margaret of Scotland during Christmastime!

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A New Week – December 17, 2023

These late Advent days are filled with many blessings! You might take some quiet time on your own during these busy days to open your Bible to the beginning of the Gospel of Luke or Matthew and read these Gospels for your own prayer and reflection. The Great “O-Antiphons” also mark the Church’s prayer during these late Advent days.

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A New Week – December 10, 2023

Pop Quiz: During which month of the year do Catholics traditionally honor the Blessed Virgin Mary? Yes, May and October are both months when Catholics traditionally honor the Blessed Mother, but I’d like to propose another: December.

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A New Week – December 3, 2023

December is a most joyful month as we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth.  May your days be joyful and prayerful and peaceful as we prepare!

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A New Week – November 26, 2023

Today, on the Feast of Christ the King, we honor the unique kingship of Christ. His kingdom is not here; his kingdom is with his Father, and yet it is mysteriously being built up in our very midst!

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A New Week – November 19, 2023

Part Two of the “Letter to the People of God” from the Pope and participants of the recent Synod on Synodality.

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A New Week – November 12, 2023

At the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality in Rome last month, the Pope and the participants released a “Letter to the People of God”, highlighting the proceedings and conversations at the Synod. Since this letter is addressed to the People of God – to you! – it’s important to share.  This is part one, next week will be part two.

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A New Week – November 5, 2023

During this month of November, Catholics are encouraged to remember the faithful departed and to reflect on the mystery of death.

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A New Week – October 29, 2023

Happy All Hallows’ Eve, Happy All Saints, and Blessed All Souls to one and all! Enjoy these days, but also remember to keep these days holy.

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A New Week – October 22, 2023

October is Respect Life Month, a time to reflect on life’s sanctity and advocate for human rights, human dignity, and respect for all. This involves combating issues like gun violence, slavery, inequality, and advocating for the vulnerable, including the unborn, poor, and minorities. Everyone is encouraged to contribute using their unique abilities, whether through direct service, advocacy, writing, or prayer.

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A New Week – October 15, 2023

On October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis issued a new apostolic exhortation entitled Laudate Deum (“Praise God”). The Pope issued a dire warning to Catholics and to all people of good will that our planet is approaching a “point of no return”.

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