Faith

Leaping into the unknown: is it worth it? Just ask Bilbo Baggins.

Leaping into the unknown: is it worth it? Just ask Bilbo Baggins.

During the fifteen years that I was a professional musician I went out on gigs, holding concerts and sometimes doing some public speaking. When my mother died in 2010, I stopped doing that sort of thing. Now, five years later, I’ve decided to dive back in. It is not without fear and trepidation for I […]

Encountering the Divine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Luke 24:35-48 by Father Steven LaBaire

Encountering the Divine: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Luke 24:35-48 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: Sunday’s gospel (Luke 24:35-48) recounts an appearance of Christ to the disciples after the resurrection. Over the years, many people have wondered and asked, what exactly were these “appearances” […]

Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle

Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. Exploring the rich symbolism of the Paschal (Easter) Candle During the entire 50 days of the Easter Season, from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday, the Easter (Paschal) candle stands prominently at the head of the […]

From Kitten Cam to Granny Cam: The beauty of seniors

From Kitten Cam to Granny Cam: The beauty of seniors

Foster Dad John has a new foster—meet Peaches Chutney. She is not a kitten but a beautiful elder calico. At thirteen she (along with four other older cats) was surrendered to a shelter. All five cats have hyperthyroidism, a common condition for older cats that requires treatment. Adopted by a community Foster Dad John’s shelter, […]

When fear stares you in the face, what do you do?

When fear stares you in the face, what do you do?

A month ago while attending mass we sang a song I had not heard in years. It triggered a happy memory; in my mind’s eye I was back in my cantor’s place, playing that song on my guitar, singing, and leading the congregation. It had been a long time since I played that song. It had also […]

An interview with The Priests at St. John’s Food Pantry: International singing stars with the hearts of servants

An interview with The Priests at St. John’s Food Pantry: International singing stars with the hearts of servants

Published in the April 3rd edition of The Catholic Free Press. **************************************************************** WORCESTER–March 27, 2015. On a rainy Friday morning … It was not your typical Friday at St. John’s Food Pantry in Worcester. As some five hundred of the city’s poor streamed in for a hot meal, three new faces greeted them. These men […]

The King on a donkey: reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 14:1—15:47 (Palm Sunday) by Father Steven LaBaire

The King on a donkey: reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 14:1—15:47 (Palm Sunday) by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: In the ancient word, palm branches represented victory and hope. They were often used at political rallies. Carrying and waving palm branches expressed the hope that oppression and tyranny […]

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