God so Loved the World

“Wednesday of the second week of Easter.” That’s the rather bland description the Roman Catholic Church uses to designate weekdays during the run-up to Pentecost. Yet, these 50 post-Easter days are intended to be spiritual enrichment that produces a deeper sense of God’s mercy. During this Easter...

St. Cyril and RCIA

Years ago Catholic parishes offered “information classes” for adults considering conversion to the Catholic faith. But the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Today RCIA programs have become a standard for the season of Lent. Those seeking to...

Lenten Fish Fries

In the Cincinnati area, many Catholic parishes and schools sponsor “fish fries” as social activities and fundraisers during Lent. They are popular. So popular, in fact, that fast food restaurants offer fish sandwiches for Lent, lest they lose customers to the fish fries. Sometimes there are major...

Ashes

If you receive blessed ashes to mark the start of Lent, you will hear one of two phrases used by the minister who smears ashes on your forehead. “Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” “Repent and believe the Gospel.” Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. The Church uses ashes as...

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King National Holiday It’s almost 47 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. At the time of his death, Dr. King was 39. For his funeral, Coretta King, who had heard her husband foretell his death, arranged to have a recording played of Martin Luther’s “Drum...

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