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Saint of the Day April 30: St. Pius V

April 30th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Pius V

Feast Day: April 30
Antonio Ghislieri began life as a poor Italian shepherd, but became a leader in the Catholic Reformation. Ordained a Dominican in 1528, he

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taught theology and philosophy and served as novice master and prior. A fanatical Catholic, he was named local inquisitor, then bishop, cardinal and grand inquisitor in swift succession. Unanimously elected pope in 1566, he implemented the decrees of the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism, reformed the Roman Missal and Breviary, and excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England. He also organized the European alliance that defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, afterward declaring the battle date the feast of Our Lady of Victory.

Saint of the Day April 28: St. Gianna

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day: April 28

Born near Milan, Italy, Gianna was one of 13 children in a deeply Catholic family. She wed Pietro Molla in 1955; they had three children while

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is pictured on a family outing with daughter Laura in an undated photo. The Italian doctor and mother, who sacrificed her own life for the life of her child, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004. (CNS photo) (Sept. 15, 2009) See MOLLA Sept. 14, 2009.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is pictured on a family outing with daughter Laura in an undated photo. The Italian doctor and mother, who sacrificed her own life for the life of her child, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004. (CNS photo) 

she continued to work as a physician. When she was pregnant with their fourth child, doctors discovered a large uterine tumor. She insisted that surgeons not remove her entire uterus, which would have aborted the baby, but only what was necessary to allow the baby to reach term. She died seven days after giving birth in 1962. Her husband and three of her children were present in 2004 when the pope proclaimed her a saint.

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Living Our Faith: Care for Creation

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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sunset over lakeThere is a personal, moral issue of connectedness between us and God’s creation.

The roots of environmental stewardship lie thousands of years back in our Jewish and Christian traditions.

How can we fulfill our God-given role as caretakers of creation?

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Canadian couple works to improve marriages with ‘tuneups’

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — Phil and Mary Wrubleski are eager to bring practical marriage enrichment opportunities to couples in the Diocese of Saskatoon.

The couple, who chair the diocesan marriage task force, are examining marriage mentoring, in which a younger couple is invited to meet monthly with a more-established couple in the parish who is trained to engage in helpful conversations about marriage, life and children. Read more »

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Cardinal slams Democratic leader’s pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

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WASHINGTON — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee’s chair to support only pro-abortion candidates “disturbing” and “intolerant.”

The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 30, 2017

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 2:14, 22-33

            Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11

            2) 1 Peter 1:17-21

            Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

 

I once served on a parish committee that was tasked with developing a comprehensive design for the interior of our new sanctuary. The idea was to plan the entire decor so that all the artistic elements combined — stained glass, statuary, wall decoration, crucifix — would create a meaningful space to enhance worship.

During our discussions, some committee members observed how the atmosphere in certain churches seemed to enliven the presence of God. Our design consultant, an accomplished artist in a variety of media, also reminded us about the quality of art to both teach and transport. Read more »

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Saint of the Day April 27: St. Simeon of Jerusalem

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Simeon of Jerusalem

St. Simeon of Jerusalem

Feast Day: April 27

The son of Clopas, who is mentioned in the Gospels of Luke and John, and a cousin of Jesus, Simeon became bishop of Jerusalem after the martyrdom of St. James about 62.

During his episcopate, Christians fled Jerusalem for Pella, on the far side of the Jordan River. Arrested during the reign of Emperor Trajan, Simeon was tortured “for being a descendant of David and a Christian,” according to the historian St. Hegesippus, who witnessed Simeon’s crucifixion at the age of 120.

Another early Christian writer, Eusebius, said Simeon’s advanced age probably meant that he “saw and heard the Lord”; he considered Simeon an important figure in the early church. Several European cities claim to hold his relics.

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Saint of the Week: St. Catherine of Siena

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catherine of Siena

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St. Catherine of Siena (CNS)

Feast Day: April 29

Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6. She refused to marry, and about 1367 joined the Third Order of St. Dominic.

She attracted a like-minded group in Siena for prayer and good works, and devoted her last five years to church unity and ending the scandal of rival papacies. Though she experienced the pain of the stigmata, it became visible only after her death at 33.

And, in an odd division of relics, her body is in a Roman church, while her head is in a Sienese church. Named a doctor of the church in 1970, Catherine is a patron saint of Europe and Italy, and the patron of fire prevention, nurses and nursing.

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St. John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima

April 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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This year, we celebrate two important anniversaries.

The first is the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. On May 13, 1917, Mary appeared to the children, bearing the message of her son and pointing to the dire need for conversion of sinners. Read more »

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A brief history of Our Lady of Fatima

April 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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This year the Catholic Church celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the events at the Cova da Iria area of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed by three shepherd children who reported that they saw visions of Mary beginning on May 13, 1917, and then again on the 13th day of five subsequent months.

While tending sheep in a field, Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto, reported seeing a woman dressed all in white, “more brilliant than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.” Read more »

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