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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Joseph the Noble Man

Posted by Nancy Lambert

It’s fourth Sunday of Advent. With the four weeks of Advent season ending, we are ready to start the Christmas season. 

Obviously, not so much was written or mentioned both in the apostolic tradition and in the scriptures in general about this noble man called Joseph. Even the few ... Read More »

Is It Happy Holiday or Happy Christmas?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We have been bombarded with the idea of the “political correctness” of everything you say or do in this society. Any sincere and true Christian will agree with me that there has been a constant calculated and deliberate effort to neuter Christmas.  You and I now live in a ... Read More »

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before ... Read More »

The Lord Blesses Us With a Beautiful Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the ... Read More »

National Vocation Awareness Week Encourages Young People to Encounter Christ’s Call

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. 

Pope Francis, in his message for the 2018 World ... Read More »

Prayer for Priests

Posted by Nancy Lambert

PRAYER for PRIESTS O Jesus I pray for our faithful and fervent priests; For Your unfaithful and tepid priests; For Your priests laboring at home or  abroad in distant mission fields; For Your lonely and desolated priests; For Your young priests; For Your dying priests; for the souls of ... Read More »

USCCB Statement on Hurricane Michael

Posted by Nancy Lambert

President of U.S. Bishops Conference and Chairman of USCCB Domestic Justice Committee Issue Statements on Hurricane Michael       

October 13, 2018

ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement on the devastating impact of Hurricane ... Read More »

Respect Life Month

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities Introduces Respect Life Month with Theme and New, Year-Round Resources 

October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today ... Read More »

National Vocation Awareness Week Encourages Young People to Encounter Christ's Call

Posted by Nancy Lambert

October 1, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.  Pope Francis, in his message for ... Read More »

Domestic Justice Chairman Encourages Congressional Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Nancy Lambert

September 21, 2018

WASHINGTON—As Congress considers a bipartisan bill that addresses several aspects of the opioid crisis, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, applauded Congressional efforts to address the crisis and encouraged lawmakers not to allow politics ... Read More »