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The priesthood: A ministry not my own

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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The most meaningful day of my priestly career began with a call from a former student. Her grandmother had been lying in bed at the final stage of her life while the family waited for the end to arrive. 

After two weeks of waiting, her aunts began to wonder why their mother was holding on to life with such tenacity. My former student guessed that her grandmother, a believing Catholic, was waiting for a priest’s visit before beginning her passage into eternity.  Read more »

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The sacrament of holy orders: At the service of communion

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Over the course of 2,000 years, the church has canonized myriad bishops, priests and deacons. Certainly each of these men lived an exemplary life of holiness, but what is common to all of them is their path to holiness was marked by a unique sacrament: holy orders. 

The term “order” (“ordo” in Latin) refers to a group or a body into which a man is incorporated through the rite of “ordination” (“ordinatio”). Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series — Holy Orders

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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The rite of ordination bestows on the new bishop, priest or deacon a special gift of the Holy Spirit, which

Eleven men lie prostrate during their ordination as priests in the Dominican order during a May 21, 2016, Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Herb Weber, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio, said sharing in the universal priesthood is what has allowed him to be part of the community in which he can also serve in a way that constantly holds him in awe. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

enables him to exercise a sacred power for the service, upbuilding and communion of the church.

A priest knows that he is not alone in his ministry. It is not his ministry to begin with. It is the ministry of Jesus that he entrusted to the church.

There is a relationship between ordained priesthood and the universal priesthood of the baptized. The priesthood is not for the priest alone but for the entire community.

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Far-flung Wildcats celebrate Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova basketball

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By Wyatt Noble
Catholic News Service
ROME — The Villanova men’s basketball team claimed its second national championship in three years April 2 with a 79-62 win over Michigan, and I was an ocean away from 99 percent of my fellow Wildcats.

But it turns out the 1 percent here with me in Rome was all I needed. Around 1 a.m. April 3, more than 20 Villanova students and a few Michigan students poured into the Highlanders Pub in Rome.

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Rusty Staub, Catholic baseball star for 23 seasons, dies at 73

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — Rusty Staub, 73, the New Orleans-born Catholic baseball star who was a fan favorite in a well-traveled, 23-season career, died March 29 in West Palm Beach following a heart attack.

Born Daniel Joseph Staub in 1944, he became the second player after Ty Cobb to belt a major-league home run both before his 20th birthday and after his 40th birthday. He also became the first player to collect 500 base hits for four different teams: the Houston Astros, the Montreal Expos, the Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets. Read more »

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St. Faustina Kowalska and divine mercy

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Known as the apostle of divine mercy, St. Faustina Kowalska brought the message of God’s deep and passionate love for all of humanity. 

At her canonization, St. John Paul II said, “The life of this humble daughter of Poland was completely linked with the history of the 20th century. … Christ entrusted his message of mercy to her. … It is not a new message but can be considered a gift of special enlightenment that helps us to relive the Gospel of Easter more intensely.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Considered a mystic, St. Faustina Kowalska spread the message of divine mercy in her personal journal called “Divine Mercy in My Soul.”
 
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter. As the popularity of the day has grown, more

A stamp showing St. John Paul II, Jesus of Divine Mercy and St. Peter’s Basilica was jointly issued by the Vatican and Poland in 2011 to celebrate the beatification of the Polish pope that year, three years before his eventual canonization. There are many notable things about the life and papacy of St. John Paul, but the most notable is his devotion to divine mercy. (CNS photo/courtesy of Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office)

churches are using the day to remind parishioners about the power of mercy, confession and forgiveness.

St. Faustina’s message reverberated in St. John Paul II’s heart. During the homily for her canonization on April 30, 2000, the pope declared Divine Mercy Sunday to be celebrated worldwide.
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Still seeking mountaintop 50 years after Rev. King’s assassination

April 1st, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Father Pat Connor was on his way from a graduate class at the University of Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital to visit a priest friend the evening of April 4, 1968.

That’s when he heard the news crackle over his car radio speakers: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been critically injured by a gunshot wound and was being rushed to St. Joseph.

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Knights give more than $1 million to Iraqi, Syrian Christians

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As part of its ongoing support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus committed more than $1 million to Iraqi and Syrian Christians for Easter.

Announced during Holy Week, the support includes $800,000 in new financial assistance and $250,000 as part of its ongoing commitment to rebuilding an Iraqi Christian town. The funds will help with food, clothing, shelter and education for Christians targeted by Islamic State militants.

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Father Robert Christian appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Dominican Father Robert F. Christian as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Bishop-designate Christian, 69, is a native of San Francisco. He entered the Dominicans at St. Albert Priory in Oakland, California, in 1970 and made his solemn profession as a Dominican in 1974. He was ordained a priest in Oakland June 4, 1976.

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