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  • Sunday Homily    

  • Today's Readings

    • Reading 1  Acts 4:8-12
      Responsorial Psalm  Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
      Reading 2  1 Jn 3:1-2
      Gospel  Jn 10:11-18
  • Light a candle....
    Offer a prayer....

    It is said: “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
    The church has proclaimed The Risen Christ to be a light shining through the darkness.
    There is an ancient tradition of lighting a candle when offering a votive (gift to God). It is a concrete way of thanking God for His blessings, even as we petition His grace for current needs.

    Also, the lighting of a candle can initiate a prayer that continues to keep vigil for us, in church, when we must move on.

    Whether it is a votive candle in thanksgiving or a vigil light, both sacramentals assist us in our prayer, give witness to those who see the light, and bring that “light” to shine on those in need through our charitable donation (the votive offering).

    The renewal of our candle stand makes each light more visible, by way of the marble riser.  It inspires us to light a candle and offer a prayer through the message etched in the metal, as well as, protecting the church from fire and smoke damage.

    Proceeds from the offerings will go to our charitable outreach; to those in need. What better way to thank God and witness His light in our world?
    Blessings, Fr. Terry