Year: 2021

Staying engaged throughout the Christmas season

Bishop O’Connell reflects on the Christmas Season’s Feasts and Solemnities December 28, 2021The “Christmas Season” in the Catholic Church lasts from Christmas Eve until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and includes Christmas; the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (December 26, 2021); the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God[…]

Bishop O’Connell reflects on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

In his reflection for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2021, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shares “Nothing is impossible with God” NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in today’s Gospel[…]

Bishop O’Connell reflects on Second Sunday of Advent

A Voice Cries Out: Prepare His Way A reflection by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. In this Sunday’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (3:1-6), St. John the Baptist features prominently, proclaiming a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”  The sacred author reminds us of the words of the prophet Isaiah which he uses to[…]

Bishop’s Advent message: ‘Hope-filled waiting and expectation’

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued the following message Nov. 26: The Church year is celebrated with different seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost. This weekend, we begin the Season of Advent: four weeks before Christmas. The two seasons are related but distinct. Advent is NOT Christmas; Advent is the beginning of the[…]

Bishop participates in USCCB meeting • Religious freedom is focus for Solemnity of Christ the King • Support urged for CCHD collection on behalf of poor

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joins other U.S. bishops for the annual USCCB Fall General Assembly held Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore.   This will be the first in-person meeting of the full body of bishops since November 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2020 spring meeting was canceled, and the November 2020 fall[…]