The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

Walking God’s Path

Today’s Word:

“You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11)


On This Date…

On March 22, 1970, Palm Sunday, the new Lectionary of the Catholic Church went into effect; it came as a result of the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, promulgated in December 1963.

On March 22, 1980 Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) Award for her humanitarian work; she said, “Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”

March 22 is the earliest date possible for the celebration of Easter – the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox – established by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

Today at Mass we prayed, “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence”. Inspired by the Lectionary, Mother Teresa walked God’s path.

– Father McLaughlin

Hear God’s Voice

Today’s Word:

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts” (Psalm 95:8)


On This Date…

Saint Joseph

On March 19, 1925, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Father Angelo Joseph Roncalli was consecrated a bishop. In 1962, as pope, he added the name of Saint Joseph to the Roman Canon of the Mass, the first change in almost a thousand years.

On March 19, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. the founder of Archmere, was buried in DePere, Wisconsin. He had been the pastor of Saint Joseph Church in DePere from 1900 to 1955. Of his accomplishments Abbot Pennings said, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013 Pope Francis was inaugurated as pope. In his homily that day Pope Francis said that Saint Joseph was “constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply his own.”

Today at Mass we prayed, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. Saint John the XXIII, Abbot Pennings, and Pope Francis had ears and hearts for God’s plans.

– Father McLaughlin