Jan 2

Homily from the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

When we encounter the new year, we may be tempted to ignore our past. But the truly wise person, like Mary, will ponder all that happens in their life and learn from their past.

Mass Readings from January 01, 2017:
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21
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Dec 26

Homily from the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas).

The world is a dangerous place. To be a Christian is a dangerous call. Jesus offers us a mission and a role, but not certainty. To be a follower of Jesus means to leap, to risk, and to fight.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2016:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18
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Dec 13

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

Is it possible to love without conditions? Is it possible to have faith without conditions? Is it possible to have joy without conditions? When we love to love God for His own sake, unconditional joy can be a reality.

Mass Readings from December 11, 2016:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
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Dec 6

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

Christian joy is more than a feeling. It is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. A life “lived in God” is eminently practical; it simply involves the honest prayer, “Father, Thy will be done”. If a person lives this prayer in every environment, one can experience the joy that thrives in any environment.

Mass Readings from December 4, 2016:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12
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Nov 28

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

God desires your happiness. But this happiness is more than mere pleasure and more than mere emotion. True joy, like true love, is a decision. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the result of the certain expectation or possession of one’s heart’s desire.

Mass Readings from November 27, 2016:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122: 1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44
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Nov 23

My name is Aly and I am a 2015 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

My favorite thing about Newman at UMD is the dynamic community centered around love of Christ!

What is my favorite saint? Do I have to pick just one? JP2, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Bl. Miguel Pro, etc etc etc….

My favorite Bible verse is… So many….John 10:10 is probably my go-to:

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Of course, I love music too!


My Music

All We Ever Knew – The Head & The Heart is one of my favorite music groups, and I just love this song from their newest album! It is the perfect blend of melancholic nostalgia and carefree, adventurous joy! It always lifts my mood and makes me want to dance.



The Arrow by Josh Garrels – One of my favorite musical artists, Josh never fails to impress me with his incredible falsetto…it brings me to a place, you know? And the lyrics of all his songs are so deep, true to our Catholic identity. This song is about seeking reconciliation with God and one another! What a man, what a song.