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Why is Lent a Penitential Season?

Why is Lent a Penitential Season? By Fr. Bill Van Wagner, Parochial Vicar During the Lenten season, the Church asks us to take up three particular practices to highlight the important significance of this penitential season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While those three things ought to be par ...

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands “…do not let your left hand know what your right is doing...” This line is from the familiar Gospel we hear every Ash Wednesday for the start of Lent. This injunction from Jesus to his disciples is in regard to giving alms. In other words, as the Gospel says, “…your a ...

Quieting the Book Racks

St. Maria Goretti parishioner and volunteer, Bill Schneider. Quieting the Book Racks When Bill Schneider and his wife Catherine joined our parish, they heard a distinct sound in our church that they hadn’t heard in other churches where they had attended Mass. At the end of many hymns, their keen e ...

Watch and Hope this Advent Season

Watch and Hope this Advent Season Another Advent is upon us. Why does the Church lead us along the same path every year, repeating the same seasons, even the same readings? It is not because of the Church’s lack of creativity or to be overly repetitive. This season serves as a very important and fa ...

Dennis McKinley Honored with Naming of New Performing Arts Center

Dennis McKinley Honored with Naming of New Performing Arts Center Dennis McKinley, St. Maria Goretti parishioner and long-time choir director, was recently honored with Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart’s new McKinley Performing Arts Center. The facility, named after him, features state-of-t ...

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