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Why Christmas is December 25th

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The near universal celebration of Christmas on December 25 dates to the early fourth century. It is commonly said that this date was chosen to counter the birthday of the pagan “Invincible Sun” on that date. Personally, I do not find that explanation very convincing. Saint Hippolytus of Rome’s Commentary on Daniel 4:23 (dated A.D. […]

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Conferral of Special Degree

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Dominican Friars are pleased to announce the conferral of the Master of Sacred Theology degree upon our own Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., at St. Albert’s Priory on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30am. The ceremony will begin with midday prayer, followed by the awarding of the degree and a presentation entitled, “The Sky’s the Limit? […]

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Praying for the Dead

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

For years Hollywood has portrayed purgatory as something it is not. Instead of presenting it as a process of purification before heaven, movies like What Dreams May Come and Gabriel depict purgatory as a place in-between heaven and hell. But as Catholics we believe that “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, […]

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Novice Class of 2016-2017

Thursday, October 6, 2016

At the beginning of September, six young men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with different talents and interests, they look forward to giving witness to the kingdom of God as they continue their formation as Dominican preachers.   Br. John Winkowitsch Brother John is from Cut Bank, […]

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The Power of the Rosary

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Blessed Virgin Mary plays an important role in salvation history. She gave birth to the Savior of the world, and because she was so closely united to Jesus in his life and death, she was also given the privilege of sharing in Christ’s triumph over Satan. In this, she becomes an example to all Christians, reminding […]

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Br. Mark Gorski’s Funeral

Friday, September 23, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Br. Mark Gorski, O.P., who died on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, September 29 7pm – Viewing at St. Albert’s in Oakland, CA 7:30pm – Vigil Service at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA Friday, September 30 9:30am – Mass of Christian Burial […]

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Lift High The Cross

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The sign of the cross has been a part of the Church’s tradition for nearly 2000 years. Constantly depicted in film and art, it has become one of the most recognizable Christian acts of faith worldwide. But that was not always the case. In the days of the Roman Empire, crucifixion was a punishment reserved for the worst […]

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The Death of Saint Dominic

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Saint Dominic de Guzman died on August 6 in 1221, after arriving at the convent of San Niccolò nelle Vigne, sick with a fever. After making his confession and being made to rest, Dominic exhorted the friars with his final words, to “have charity for one another, to guard humility, and to make a treasure […]

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Fr. Michael Morris’ Funeral

Monday, July 18, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., who died on Friday, July 15, 2016. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, July 21 7:30pm – Vigil Service at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA Friday, July 22 10am – Mass of Christian Burial at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA Burial immediately following […]

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