Is Jesus At My Parish Festival?

Well it’s that time of year again! Parish festival season is commencing. Almost every Catholic parish in my city has one during the summer months. For some people it may be the only time they see their fellow parishioners outside of Sunday Mass. And I think that’s too bad because it’s important to...

Death Penalty

On April 30, the Governor of Ohio granted executive clemency to Arthur Taylor, just days before his scheduled execution. That same day there was a botched execution in the state of Oklahoma which led the Governor of Oklahoma to declare a stay on all executions until a review of the botched execution could be...

Bethlehem: Jesus’ Birthplace

On May 25, Pope Francis will visit here, one of the world’s most visited Christian shrines. The Friars Minor have been here since 1347. The current basilica incorporates a 12th-century church built over a fourth-century basilica constructed over an even earlier shrine. Sharing the use of this basilica with...

Our Newest Saints

Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today is also the day we celebrate the canonization of two popes! The following is taken from the article “John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints” by Christopher M. Bellitto which appeared in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger. In his...

Be Not Afraid

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter.  It is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, instituted by then Pope John Paul II, who will be canonized on Sunday.  I remembered a post I wrote this time last year, echoing the words of the soon to be saint that we still hear today: be not afraid!  Here is that...

“Return to Galilee”

On Easter Monday, I joked that I had a “liturgy hangover.” The Easter Triduum is one of my favorite times in the Church year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, decorating our parish church, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday—the weekend becomes not three days but one continuous round of rest and activity....

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