Friendship

Last week the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). St. Andrew holds a special place in the hearts of many of the seminarians of the Camden Diocese, myself included, as many of us attend or are alumni of St. Andrew’s Hall. To celebrate St. Andrew’s...

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Thanking God for the Gift of Life

April 25 has always been my favorite date of the year. Not because it is the latest date that Easter can be, nor because it is mentioned as the “perfect date” in the movie “Miss Congeniality” (“Its not too hot, not too cold; all you need is a light jacket”),...

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Closing the Holy Doors

Two days ago, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as we always do on the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. This year, however, was especially important in the life of the Church because it marked the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of...

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Repent and Believe in the Gospel

On Ash Wednesday, many of the parishioners at my pastoral assignment were shocked to know that this was my first time ever giving out ashes! Of course, I had never had the chance before since while I was at the seminary it was always the priests on faculty who distributed...

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What Does A Priest Do All Day?

What does a priest do on Monday through Friday? Do they sleep in the church? Are they ever allowed to be out of uniform? Back in June, I began my Pastoral Year at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Gibbsboro. A Pastoral Year has been described as a “year of...

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Serving at the Altar

I first altar served Mass on Easter Sunday in 2001. Since that time, I have served Mass countless times, not only Sunday Mass at my parish but various Masses at the seminary, for special events and pilgrimages, even once for the pope! However, this past Sunday, March 1, I took...

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Being the miter bearer for Pope Francis

On Sunday, Oct. 12, I was able to serve a Mass of thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of two Canadian saints celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis. Both St. Marie of the Incarnation and St. Francois de Laval were missionaries from France to what was then known as...

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