Bishop’s Blog: Welcoming Christmas

Bishop’s Blog: Welcoming Christmas

  My first Christmas in the United States came in 1978, and it had a very different feeling to the ones I celebrated in Brazil. I had only arrived in the U.S. in February of 1978, soon after the famous Blizzard of ‘78. It was a very

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Bishop’s Blog: Preparing for Christmas

Bishop’s Blog: Preparing for Christmas

O Antiphons The Church has its own countdown—the O Antiphons of Advent— which begin on December 17 and conclude on Christmas Eve.  The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of

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Bishop’s Blog: Advent 2020

Bishop’s Blog: Advent 2020

  Taking Care of Our Children The events of 2020 have not only been difficult for adults but also for our children and adolescents. They have struggled through this crisis physically, emotionally, and, yes, even spiritually. In increasing numbers, we are seeing the rise of depression, anxiety,

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Bishop’s Blog: USCCB 2020 General Assembly Meeting

Bishop’s Blog: USCCB 2020 General Assembly Meeting

  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for the 2020 Fall General Assembly from November 16-17, this year, in a virtual format. This gathering, one of the best-attended general assemblies, was unique not only in its form but in the necessity of condensing three

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