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USCCB president: ‘Active love’ needed to further Rev. King’s legacy

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WASHINGTON   — The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is “an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Rev. King’s message, Cardinal DiNardo said in a Jan. 10 statement, is that “the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith.” This year the holiday is Jan. 15.

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Mass offers mothers, families solace after infant loss and miscarriage

January 13th, 2018 Posted in National News

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HOUSTON (CNS) — Reeling from the loss of a second child, Stephanie Regitz and husband Matt stopped to consider their family’s future. “Are we going to have any more children?” they wondered.

The family, longtime ministers at a northwest Houston parish, found abundant support from the community but still felt largely alone. Stephanie sought support for mothers like her and families struggling with infant and child loss outside the church, attending meetings and even a moving candlelight service, but Stephanie said it was “lacking the liturgy.”

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Catholic schools play prominent role in shaping future leadership

January 12th, 2018 Posted in Education and Careers, National News, Opinion

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Millions of Catholics in the United States were educated in Catholic schools during the past two centuries. It is no secret that such education has yielded amazing fruits for this particular faith community and for the larger society.

One could highlight the impact of Catholic education in “worldly” measures such as exposure to a holistic curriculum, preparedness to attend and complete higher education, and even social mobility.

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‘Family Rosary Across America’ debuts on national radio Jan. 15

January 11th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Starting Jan. 15, a new live interactive program debuts on Relevant Radio aimed at bringing together people across the United States to pray the rosary at the same time.

Believed to be the first program of its kind, Relevant Radio’s “Family Rosary Across America” will originate in the Los Angeles area, with the rosary led by Father Dave Heney, pastor of St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier, California. The program will air Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

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DACA expiration will lead to crisis for humanity, says Archbishop Gomez

January 10th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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LOS ANGELES — Congress must separate “the conversation about DACA” from the “larger issues” about U.S. immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead “to a humanitarian crisis,” especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

“As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to the ‘Dreamers.’ These young people have done nothing wrong. And their futures hang in the balance of these debates,” he wrote in a column. “So, I hope you will join me in urging our leaders in Congress to help them in a spirit of generosity and justice.”

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament series – Baptism

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Baptism “grafts” believers “as a living member onto Christ and his church,” Pope Francis said.

Jacob Rivera, 6, is baptized by Father Ilyas Gill during a Feb. 7, 2016, Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jesus said, “Let the children,” including infants, “come to me,” but he calls us all, whatever our age at baptism, to live a life of faith. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Celebrating our baptismal day helps place our faith in the context of our life.

Baptism marks the beginning of a life of faith, not the end.

           

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Baltimore archdiocese wins appeal on pregnancy centers, free speech

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down a Baltimore ordinance that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers in the city to post signs stating they do not provide or refer for abortions or contraceptives.

The 3-0 decision Jan. 5 upholds a lower federal court’s ruling.

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Sisters of Mercy focus on solidarity with immigrants

January 6th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — In a strongly worded message prior to National Migration Week Jan.7-13, the president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas expressed solidarity with migrants and called on others to stop “blaming migrants and fanning anti-immigrant sentiment that divides our nation.”

“We renew our call for an immediate end to the unjust and immoral treatment of migrants and refugees, recognizing that decades of failed U.S. political and economic policies have contributed to the reasons people have fled homelands,” said the Jan. 3 statement by Mercy Sister Patricia McDermott from the sisters’ headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Grant helps translate religious life blog into Spanish

January 4th, 2018 Posted in National News

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MILWAUKEE — A recent stint translating blogs from Spanish to English on Alverno College’s SisterStory website gave graduate Sarai Melendez a lesson in religious life.

Funded under a Conrad Hilton Foundation grant, Melendez’s work also helped bring the story of contemporary religious life to a new audience of Latina women.

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Sister Courtney, inspiration for ‘Trouble with Angels,’ dies at 95

January 4th, 2018 Posted in Entertainment, National News Tags:

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SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 2 for Dominican Sister John Eudes Courtney, who spent 68 years in religious life. Sister Courtney died Dec. 22 at age 95 at the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

She served as inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book “Life With Mother Superior” by Jane Trahey, which was turned into the movie “The Trouble With Angels,” starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy and Rosalind Russell as the mother superior. Trahey was best friends with young Mary Courtney when both were students at Providence High School in Chicago.

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