Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 12, 2020
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 12, 2020

As far as Sunday worship goes, it is hard to find a more biblical service than the Mass. The readings are awesome enough, but even the prayers of the Mass are chock full of Scripture.  Many lines spoken by priest and people are, in fact, direct quotes from the Bible.  Consider, for example, what the priest says just before communion: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”  That’s a direct quote...

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January 12, 2020 The Baptism of the Lord
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January 12, 2020 The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the...

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The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5, 2020
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The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5, 2020

During the period from the first full week of January (Jan 6-10, 2020) and the following week (Jan 13-17, 2020) we will only have one priest at the Cathedral. Consequently, during that time we will need to reduce the number of weekday  Masses to make it manageable for one priest. The Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule will not be affected. On the weekdays, Monday through Friday we will continue to have Mass at 6:30 a.m. each day,...

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The Holy Family, December 29, 2019
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The Holy Family, December 29, 2019

The Feast of the Holy Family is not only about the Holy Family, but about our own families too. The main purpose of the Feast is to Honor the Holy Family and present them as the model for all Christian families, and for domestic life in general. Our family life becomes sanctified when we live the life of the Church within our homes. This is called the “domestic church” or the “church in miniature.” St. John...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019
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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019

The Joyful Mystery of Christmas After four long weeks of waiting and preparation, the great and joyous feast of Christmas is well within reach. It is at Christmas that we celebrate the coming among us of God as man, and indeed as a “little tiny Child” and “poor youngling” (from the Coventry Carol). Truly “Emmanuel” (meaning God-with-us) makes His dwelling with us and thereby demonstrates just how much God loves us: to the point of...

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Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019
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Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019

Rejoice in the Lord always!  This Sunday (Gaudete Sunday) the tone of the Liturgy begins to turn with great expectation toward the coming feast of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus.  This joyful hope comes up to the surface and even manifests itself in a different Liturgical color, “rose” (every priest wearies of it being called pink!).  I have been reflecting a lot on this week’s Anniversary of the Second...

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Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019
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Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019

My Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, This past year those involved in diaconal formation have requested and received input with regard to the ongoing future of the Order of Deacons in the Diocese of Gallup. We are going to change how formation is accomplished. Beginning in the fall of 2020, we are going to seek, discern, evaluate, accept and start a single cohort of potential candidates for formation to serve our people as...

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