Month: December 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[…]