Catholic Faith

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 […]

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 […]

Clinging to and Letting Go: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 12:20-33 by Father Steven LaBaire

Clinging to and Letting Go: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 12:20-33 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: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” That’s from this […]

Loving this world, warts and all: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 3:14-21 by Father Steven LaBaire

Loving this world, warts and all: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 3:14-21 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: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish.” The world that God loves is not some […]

My traveling companions for the Lenten journey

My traveling companions for the Lenten journey

My monthly column for The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I decided this Lent that I would not […]

Cleaning house: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 2:13-25 by Father Steven LaBaire

Cleaning house: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel John 2:13-25 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: “ He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords […]

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