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The Drama of Christ's Divine Mercy

Posted by Father James Reutter

April 8, 2018

As we continue to celebrate this 8th and last day of the Easter Octave (the continuous celebration of the glorious feast of the Resurrection of the Lord), we should stand in awe of this, the central mystery of our Christian faith.  Without the Resurrection we would ... Read More »

Holy Week through the eyes of St. John the Beloved

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 25, 2018

As we enter into this holiest of weeks, the scope, depth and the power of the mysteries we celebrate is overwhelming:  Packed into this one week is the celebration of the institution of the holy priesthood and with it, the Mass, the high point of our ... Read More »

Devotion to St. Joseph

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 18, 2018

Tomorrow, March 19th, marks the solemn feast of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This feast is always a welcome break in the Lenten season of penance and fasting, because, by longstanding tradition, the Church allows us (if we want) to suspend our ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Fasting

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 11, 2018

[Part III of a three-part series]. 

I am finishing my series today on the three pillars of making a good Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving with the middle one of the three.  This is perhaps the most neglected of the three in recent times.  But also ... Read More »

Why Do I Have to Confess My Sins Out Loud to a Priest?

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 4, 2018

Those who have been in the parish for a while know that one of my “running themes” since I arrived at the parish almost 12 years ago is to encourage people to go to confession and try to explain why that is so important. It is ... Read More »

A Seamless Garment?

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 25, 2018

During a recent Angelus address, Our Holy Father Pope Francis was reflecting on the state of those defending innocent life.  Here’s an excerpt:

“This worries me … There aren’t many who fight on behalf of life in a world where, every day, more weapons are made; ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Almsgiving

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 18, 2018

[Part II of a three-part series] 

The three-pronged strategy to living the Christian life is Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  Almsgiving is far more than charity.  It includes the motivation for why we practice this charity.  The Church’s Catechism describes it in the context of the great ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Prayer

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 11, 2018

As we begin Lent this week, we have something of an unusual coincidence: Ash Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day, February 14th.  So because of the Ash Wednesday fast, I guess we’ll have to postpone the chocolate candies and Valentine’s dinners.  (The minimal rule is actually age ... Read More »

An Undivided Heart

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 4, 2018

We all know the format of the Sunday Mass: the liturgy of the word has three Scripture readings. To be honest, though, I don’t think anyone really remembers the middle one, sandwiched in between the Old Testament and the Gospel. That’s unfortunate, because it is usually ... Read More »

What makes our school Catholic?

Posted by Father James Reutter

January 28, 2018

This week, all of the parochial schools across the diocese, including Our Lady of Victory’s, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. It’s a time for the students to have fun and do things that are a little bit different, but more importantly for the adults in ... Read More »