Bishop calls for prayers for end to violence

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has asked the faithful of the Diocese to join him in praying for an end to violence. He stated, “Our nation must seek to end violence and injustice wherever, whenever it occurs. We should reflect on the words of the Psalmist (Psalm 34): ‘Turn from evil and do good; seek[…]


A message from Bishop O’Connell on The Solemnity of the Epiphany

 In the earliest centuries of the Church, the “Christmas feasts” occurring after Christmas Day were all celebrated on January 6. By the fourth century, some dioceses began to celebrate the feast of Christmas and the feast of the Epiphany separately, on December 25 and January 6 respectively, creating the “twelve days of Christmas” as the[…]


Year of St. Joseph offers opportunities for intercessory prayer, indulgences • Bishop O’Connell’s Christmas homily

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared prayers released at the Vatican for the newly-established Year of St. Joseph.  The special declaration took place Dec. 8, 2020 to mark the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph’s title as “Patron of the Universal Church,” Pope Francis encouraged Catholics throughout the world to join him in prayer, including the[…]

Keeping Christmas Spirit throughout the Season

The “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 27, 2020); the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1, 2021); the Solemnity of the Epiphany (January 3, 2021);[…]



Bishop’s Reflections for Advent: A Time to Encounter

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., continues his Advent series with a focus on Week 4, “For your reflection, meditation and prayer, drawn from the Church’s rich spiritual history.” In the newest compilation, the Bishop begins with Scripture: The Holy Spirit will come upon you,and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.Therefore the child to[…]

Bishop’s Reflections for Advent: A time to rejoice

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., continues his Advent series with a focus on Week 3, “For your reflection, meditation and prayer, drawn from the Church’s rich spiritual history.” In the newest compilation, the Bishop begins with Scriptural: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.In all circumstances give thanks,for this is the will of God for you in Christ[…]