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Disciples in Mission Pastoral Planning ReportSister Pat Boyle

In 2014, a small group of lay people and clergy were appointed by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley as the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB). This group of people were charged with the task of evaluating ...

Straighten the pathScott Hahn

Our God is coming. The time of exile -- the long separation of humankind from God due to sin -- is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today's liturgy. Isaiah in today's First Reading promises ...

Advent and the return of the KingFather Steve Grunow

In the weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas, many Christians will sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," a traditional hymn of the Advent season that implores: O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom ...

Burial of unbaptizedFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My son passed away recently at the age of 35. We held a memorial service for him since we could not have a funeral Mass. (He was not baptized as an infant -- which was my decision, of course, not his.) ...

Missing the gloryJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It's hard to believe that Advent has rolled around again. But it seems to feel that way every year. It's always nice to see the violet and pink candles of the wreath be lighted in turn week after week. ...

An Advent meditation: Memory and hopeMsgr. J. Brian Bransfield

"So ... what are you giving up for Advent?" Lent gets all the attention. There is Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, the daily "giving up" of chocolate and meatless Fridays. Lent has a lot of reminders. ...

Creating a culture of intentional discipleshipJoan Lamar

''There's no silver bullet in forming intentional disciples," said Catholic evangelist Bobby Vidal at the Archdiocese of Boston's recent conference Intentional Discipleship: Moving from Maintenance to ...

Watch for HimScott Hahn

The new Church year begins with a plea for God's visitation. "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down," the prophet Isaiah cries in today's First Reading. In today's Psalm, too, we hear the ...

How St. Joseph is an Advent modelDavid Gibson

"Let us see your face." The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent's first Sunday. Heard in the responsorial psalm after the first biblical reading, ...

Advent prompts questions of the heartFather Jose Medina

Within hours of Black Friday, if not sooner, streets become adorned with Christmas lights, coffee cups change color and stores ready for another holiday season; the Advent season begins. The liturgy ...