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Confession of our sins to the Priest

by Father Woods What sins are we bound to confess? We are bound to confess all our mortal sins, but it is good also to confess our venial sins. What are the chief qualities of a good confession? The chief ...

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The Stations of the Cross

By Father Woods Sadly, we have many adults – which means even more children – who have never prayed the Stations of the Cross. Those elusive pictures or statues that adorn the walls of every parish church remain mute and ...

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Penance

By Father Woods Aside from the necessity of receiving the Sacrament of Penance frequently, the Church encourages us to embrace other forms of voluntary penance during Lent. Some of these are recommended to us in the form of law: the ...

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Traditions that get us ready for Lent

By Father Woods There are many names and traditions associated with the beginning of Lent, perhaps it’s a good idea to remind ourselves what these things really mean: Shrove Tuesday: At one time in the Church’s history Catholics would go ...

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There’s a right way and…that’s it!

By Father Woods Some things are the way they are just because they are the way they are. Time, tradition or experience often dictate that some things are done correctly or incorrectly. This is true about our religious practice as ...

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Valentine’s Day: lessons of love and pain

By Father Woods St. Valentine’s Day is one of those former religious feasts that has deteriorated into a purely secular observance. In fact, February 14th is the liturgical commemoration of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and not a day in honor ...

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Who’s Appeal?

The annual financial Appeal taken up throughout the Archdiocese of Washington has an unfortunate name: the Cardinal‘s Appeal (or Archbishop’s Appeal in times when our Archbishop is not a Cardinal). Of course the name is appropriate. The Cardinal Archbishop of ...

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Why do we need Catholic Schools?

By Father Woods Why would a family choose to send their child to a Catholic school? With such fine, and in many cases modern, public schools paid for by tax dollars, why would a family make the financial sacrifice to ...

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Mistakes

Sometimes we need to state the obvious: we make mistakes. For example, in our work here in this Parish we try very hard to get things right, but alas we do make mistakes. We fail to return a phone call ...

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The Cross of Impatience

By Father Woods As the author of this weekly bulletin column there is a deliberate effort to keep the words “I” and “me” out of the content of the articles. Choosing patience as the topic this week forces a one ...

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