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Fifty Days Have Past

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 6/03/17

The term "Pentecost" comes from the Greek word pentekostos, meaning fiftieth, from which one of the most important feasts in the Jewish calendar derives its name. Fifty days after Passover, the Jews celebrated Sukkot--the "Feast of Harvest"  (The word Sukkot is the plural of the Hebrew word sukkah, meaning ... Read More »

1st Communion, 1957

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 5/05/17

Do you remember your First Communion?  I remember parts of mine—memorizing the acts of faith, hope and love in Sr. Rosabelle’s Second-Grade class, the excitement and anticipation of the occasion, and on the big day itself, kneeling at the altar rail with butterflies in my stomach, waiting for Fr. ... Read More »

Hi Ho! Hi Ho!

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 5/04/17

OK, So I was reading something on the Internet and came across this aMAZZZZZZing fact:  the real names of the Seven Dwarfs. It wasn’t until a Broadway play in 1912, a full century after the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale first appeared, that the gentlemen were given individual names: Blick, ... Read More »

A New Commandment

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/13/17

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was ... Read More »

"Let Us Make This Week Holy"

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/10/17

Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ’s redemptive grace and by living holy lives. The Word became flesh and redeemed us by his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept redemption by living grateful, faithful, prayerful, generous, just and holy lives. ... Read More »

Google AND Gospel

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/23/17

"In an address after his Angelus blessing Sunday at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis posed a question:  What if we check the Bible like we checked our cellphones?

What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we ... Read More »

The Obstacles In Our Path

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/01/17

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by  and simply walked around it..  Many loudly blamed the King for not ... Read More »

Lent 2017

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/23/17

From the very earliest times, Christians took time out before Easter to reflect on their faith, cultivate it, and prepare for a most joyous celebration of Easter. The Church sets aside 40 days prior to Easter for us to get ready. These days, many observe Lent – but, too ... Read More »

Here and There

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/20/17

Last Saturday morning, after laundry, mopping, scouring and a short walk, I sat at my computer and began to sort through some old files with somewhat strange titles (remember when you could only use eight letters in a filename).  Often times, when surfing the web, I’ll cut and paste ... Read More »

Troubles

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/31/17

Recently I heard a short story about a carpenter who was hired to assist in the restoration of an old farmhouse.  The carpenter had just finished a pretty rough first day on the job—a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now ... Read More »