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Jonah 3:1 – 5, 10

This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Jonah. The passage was clearly chosen to prepare us for the Gospel, as we shall see.  We only hear from this book once every three years on Sunday – that is, this Sunday – so let’s spend some time understanding its genre.  It is listed as a prophetic book, but is unique among the prophets for two reasons: 1) it is not a collection of oracles, but a narrative; and 2) Jonah’s behavior is the opposite of […]

2024-01-18T11:13:33-05:00January 18th, 2024|


1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19

As we return to Ordinary Time, time that is ordered for our salvation, this Sunday we will hear about the calling of Samuel to become a prophet.  You may recall the birth of Samuel to Hannah, who had been sterile (cf. 1 Sm 1:1-28).  Shortly after his birth, Hannah dedicated Samuel to God by bringing him to the temple.  We begin the season of Ordinary Time with a classic vocation narrative. For those who know the story of his early life, Samuel’s call is not much of […]

2024-01-15T11:20:35-05:00January 14th, 2024|

Cecelia Scholar: Tess Varley

Tess Varley is a Philadelphia based violinist who performs with a number of orchestras and ensembles. She is currently Acting Principal Second Violin of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Delaware Symphony. 

Recent orchestral engagements include performances with the Philly Pops, Symphony in C, the Allentown Symphony, and as guest Principal Second of the Reading Symphony. Previous leadership positions include Concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with conductor […]

2024-01-17T11:57:54-05:00January 11th, 2024|


Isaiah 60: 1 – 6

This Sunday, we will hear again from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.  The section we will hear is from the 60th chapter, so we know that it is from trito-Isaiah, which comes from the time when the people have returned from the Babylonian exile.  Whereas Isaiah’s prophecy is filled with warnings of impending doom, here we will hear a message of hope.  Those of you who have the Catholic Study Bible will want to check the footnote on these verses:  The Church makes use of […]

2024-01-15T11:19:37-05:00January 7th, 2024|

Parish Plan Update: Faith Sharing CCO Commissioning January 7, 9:30AM

The three Pastoral Plan committees enter their second year with renewed commitment to make St. Katharine’s an even stronger community of faith. The Liturgy Experience committee continues to find ways to create a rewarding Mass experience for all parishioners while the Parishioner Engagement team strives to offer opportunities for everyone to become involved in our church community.
Faith Sharing remains focused on growing the Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) program. CCO features a series of five small-group studies designed to help participants embrace a […]
2024-05-07T12:55:20-04:00January 5th, 2024|
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