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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series – Matrimony

April 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Christian marriage takes the human dimensions of attraction, emotion, friendship and sacrificial service spoken by the couple in their daily life

A Vietnamese bride pushes her groom during a photo shoot for their wedding near Hoi An Dec. 11, 2016. As husband and wife share the common purpose of loving and serving God, they are united in a unique way, finding in each other a call to embody Christ’s sacrificial love as they pursue holiness in their marriage and thus their lives together. (CNS photo/Reuters)

together and makes them a language that communicates the nuptial love of Christ for the church.

Marriage points us to the best kind of friendship: a friendship that is based on shared sacrifice and helping each other become more holy and virtuous.
The marriage relationship can be a source of great joy and comfort, but it also entails difficulty and sacrifice, just as does Christian life more generally.
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Pope accepts resignation of Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholic archbishop

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same archeparchy to be apostolic administrator.

Archbishop Soroka, 66, is resigning for medical reasons. Under church law a bishop is expected to submit his resignation to the pope at age 75. His resignation was accepted in accord with Canon 210 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, which allows a bishop to resign before age 75 “due to ill health or to another serious reason.”

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Encyclical draws connections necessary to coherent opposition to abortion

April 15th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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NEW YORK — Even if one acknowledges that our new cultural moment finally allows “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”) to be heard and discussed in a fair and open way, there are many who find it difficult to take the document seriously given the relationship of contraception to abortion.

There is what seems like a common-sense view, held by even very faithful Catholics, that the church’s position on contraception undermines its position on abortion. If one really cares about the abortion rate — about actually saving the lives of prenatal children — then surely one will want to give women as much access to contraception as possible to limit unwanted pregnancies.

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Salvador’s Blessed Romero canonization probably in Rome in October

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WASHINGTON — During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” take place at end of October after a meeting of bishops.

He hedged his statement in an interview with Catholic News Service saying the final decision is up to Pope Francis. Read more »

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Vatican announces consistory to approve canonizations

April 11th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve several canonizations, the Vatican announced.

The May 19 consistory, which the Vatican announced April 11, will most likely confirm the canonization dates of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

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At annual convention, Catholic educators reminded of missionary roles

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CINCINNATI — Nearly 5,000 Catholic school educators and administrators attended the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati April 3-5.

The three-day convention was filled with workshops dealing with how to help students write more creatively or tackle math concepts, use modern technology safely and live their faith in the modern world, but it also examined constant challenges and a way forward for educators and Catholic education at large. Read more »

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Quebec bishops ponder possibility of married priests

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QUEBEC CITY — The Catholic bishops of Quebec have discussed the possibility of ordaining married men to priesthood.

During a conference dedicated to the future of the Catholic Church in Quebec, Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Quebec said consolidating parishes was not a solution to the lack of priests. Read more »

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In Canada, prayers, tears for victims of junior hockey tragedy

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: ,

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HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (CNS) — Crying, hugging and shaking their heads in grief, the people of Humboldt gathered at the local hockey arena April 8 for an interfaith service to mourn 15 people who died after the bus carrying the town’s junior hockey team collided with a truck.

“I don’t want to be here, but it’s good that we are,” said the Rev. Sean Brandow, the Humboldt Broncos team chaplain and pastor of Humboldt Bible Church.

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Body and soul: Personal trainer promotes exercise as way to honor God

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SAN DIEGO — The catechesis that personal trainer Jordan Friske provides during every workout session is no mere afterthought.
      From his perspective, it’s “the main part of the program” that he offers through his ministry, Catholic Fitness Training.
      “Anybody can … lead an exercise class,” said Friske, 29, a member of St. Margaret Parish in Oceanside. “I want to have a ministry that teaches you how to be fit spiritually, as well as physically.” Read more »

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‘Amazed, grateful and in awe’

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Even after more than 40 years as a priest I find myself amazed and surprised in the ministry. The amazement comes from the types of ministry into which I have been called. The surprise is the way I view priesthood both in itself and in its relationship with the laity of the parishes where I have ministered.

I always felt called to parish ministry. Since ordination, however, I have discovered the rich mosaic of that ministry. 

Looking back, I am amazed that I had the privilege of working in a university campus parish with young adults and faculty, in providing ministry in both Spanish and English, in making weekly visits to share faith with the men on death row at the prison near the parish, and most recently becoming the planter and founder of a new Catholic church community. Read more »

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