5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Recent statistics have found that the religiously unaffiliated, called ‘nones’, are growing significantly. Researchers call them the second largest ‘religious’ group in North America and Europe. In the United States this group is now larger than Catholic, mainline Protestant, and non-Christian faiths. Studies have found that lack of religious affiliation impacts how people look at life, death, and the world […]

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Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

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This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. The colour of the vestments and candle on the Advent wreath change from violet to rose. The Introit (Entrance Antiphon) for the Mass states, “Gaudete in Domino semper” (Rejoice in the Lord always). On the Third Sunday of Advent we are called to rejoice. In George Frederic Handel’s magnificent Oratorio, Messiah Part One, we […]

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