Bishop Marshall’s New Year’s message

Read Bishop Marshall’s letter here. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, After a long and difficult year, we will greet 2021 with particular joy. We are anxious to put aside the “stay-at-home” orders, the social distance restrictions, and the masks that prevent us from seeing the smiles of our loved ones. More importantly, we are…

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Christmas Mass Schedules

The following is a list of Mass times and other services happening across the diocese for Christmas. Some churches have several different times listed for each day. This list will be updated periodically through the week before Christmas Day. If your church is not listed, contact your church parish office for dates and times. Thursday,…

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Year of St. Joseph proclaimed: Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021

Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus.  In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (With a Father’s Heart), the pope said Christians can discover in St. Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, “an intercessor, a…

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Statement on COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Our national and international news continues to be filled with reports surrounding the approval, availability, and arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. In many respects, this is indeed good news which brings with it a great sense of hope and optimism as the world continues to face a health crisis. With these recent and ongoing developments, the…

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Catholic all year: keeping Advent

Consider decorating a process rather than a box to check. Decorate throughout Advent.  Start by taking out all of the Nativity sets, adding a few pieces at a time, as well as the Advent calendars to mark our days, and Christmas books to read with the kids.  Then, slowly add things over the coming days…

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health

Watch the recorded presentation here. Please join Dr. Lee Kneipp, a clinical psychologist, as he examines the mental health implications of the pandemic, such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and increased levels of stress and how they are impacting our day to day life, Monday, December 14, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis…

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Penance Services

The following is a list of Penance services scheduled across the diocese. This schedule will be updated periodically through December. If your church is not listed, contact your church parish office for dates and times. Monday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. – St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mansura Thursday, December 17, 5:30 p.m. – St. Francis…

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Funeral arrangements set for Fr. José

Rev. José Robles-Sanchez

Obituary for Rev. José Alberto Robles-Sanchez Fr. José Alberto ‘Kaky’ Robles-Sánchez was born on May 11, 1964, in Manati, Puerto Rico and is the son of Luis Raúl Robles Cortés, and Celia “Cuca” Sánchez Rodríguez. After completing his primary and intermediate studies with the Marist Brothers in Manati, Fr. José went on to high school…

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Seminary Life: a typical day

By Donnie Kuzma Diocese of Alexandria Seminarian As my alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m., I begin my day by rubbing my eyes, asking for Our Lady’s assistance, and quickly jumping in the shower before I realize how tired I still am. I finish getting dressed around 5:30 a.m., and head straight for the coffee…

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