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Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, is a pastoral associate at the St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Steve was the associate director of Busted Halo. Ordained in 2008, Fr. Steve served at St. Austin’s in Austin, Texas, where he led lessons on faith for school-aged kids at summer camp and motivational talks for African-American professionals. He also led retreats and missions for young adults and other groups in the church.
December 28th, 2012

This is not the article that I intended to write. I was putting the finishing touches on the first draft while watching my 3-year-old niece emphatically demonstrate her defiant hold on “terrible-twoness” when my cell phone alerted me to the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Turning on the TV, my shock moved from horror to sadness to fear to anger and round again within minutes. I instinctively picked up my niece and hugged her despite her loud protests. She was not just being my niece whose moodiness I’d gladly prefer to nothing at all; she was also a representation of every child who perished in that massacre and all our babies who have fallen innocently out of our hands.…

December 6th, 2012

‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through our home,
were the decor and dressings
of a quaint yuletide tome.
School-made stockings were hung
to the hymns of a choir,
In the radiant glow
of our fireplace…fire!!!…

Horror ensued as I worried how Santa would ever survive his traditional entrance to our home via chimney. Worse still, how would the robot that he was sure to bring going to fare in the soot and heat? Though I’d been told that Santa worked through my family and friends to bring the presents on Christmas morning, I was always convinced that somehow, somewhere, he really did exist. Ironically, Santa proved me right not at Christmas, but at Easter.
The Easter I became Catholic, members of the parish

November 19th, 2012

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve further clarifies his point that we should look to find and hold onto the strong and reassuring hand of God. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Monday, November 19, 2012)…

November 18th, 2012

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Steve invites us to remember the steadiness and constant presence of God in our lives. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 5:10pm)…

November 7th, 2012

Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve uses the presidential election as a stepping stone to make a greater point about division and unity. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, November 7, 2012)…

November 7th, 2012
November -- A month for remembering those who have gone before us

Since becoming Catholic, I must confess that I look forward to November — the month when we commemorate the dead. It’s a time to remember those who have gone before us and upon whose shoulders we now stand. It is a month when we give thanks for the legacies of our departed wisdom figures and reconcile ourselves to our fallen adversaries. We lament perished innocents, lost victims, and slain heroes who remind us of life’s challenges that we still must face.

November 4th, 2012

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. All You Need Is Love. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, November 4, 2012, 5:10pm)…

November 2nd, 2012

In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed that October 11, 2012, would begin “The Year of Faith.” Longer than a calendar year, The Year of Faith is set to end November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King, which ends the Church liturgical year. During this time, the Pope is calling upon the faithful to renew their commitment to the Lord in the face of growing faithlessness. The Pope chose this particular date because it marks two historical moments in the Church. First — the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), the historic assembly when the Church took a look at its engagement with the modern world and changing society. Second — the 20th anniversary of…

October 31st, 2012

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time. Being Obedient. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:10pm)…

October 28th, 2012

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A Lesson from Bartimaeus: To What Name Are You Answering? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, October 28, 2012)…

October 24th, 2012

Wednesday of the 29th week Ordianry Time (B). St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, 12:10pm Mass. 10-24-12.…

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