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Catholic Appeal supports religious ed for people with special needs

March 16th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Uncategorized

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Emily Hurst looked at the slice of bread Lynn Lemon held up for the special needs religious education class at Church of the Holy Child.

“Yum yum yum,” Emily said, as Lemon explained to her students that when they are hungry they might eat a slice of bread.

Taking an unconsecrated Communion host, Lemon described it as a different type of bread that at Mass is changed into the Bread of Life, Jesus. When people are hungry “in their hearts,” or spiritually, she told her students, they can receive Communion.

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 16

March 16th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Here is today’s Do It Yourself Lent

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War drums never stop beating

March 15th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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I hope I’m wrong, but it looks like the United States is preparing to start another war.

While the dust hasn’t even settled yet from the Iraq war, hawks in Congress and the Obama administration are pushing to attack Iran.

But because the fever to attack Iran is even higher in Israel, it appears more likely that President Obama will give the Israelis the green light to launch the initial strike with U.S. support. Read more »

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Sunday readings: Rejoice, Jesus our light is near

March 15th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Readings for March 18

Fourth Sunday of Lent

2 Chronicles 36:14-16; 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

Light has come into the world; whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.

I begin my commentary with a story about a famous golfer who appeared at heaven’s gates. Upon his arrival, our Lord asked him: What did you do to arrive here? The golfer proudly displayed his U.S. Open trophy. The Lord said: that doesn’t count here. Next, the golfer showed our Lord his PGA gold card. Once again, our Lord said sorry, that doesn’t count either. Now, very nervous, the golfer explained that he was a terrific husband and loving father to which our Lord replied: you were supposed to be both while on earth. Finally, the golfer said: you know, Lord, two years ago I turned my life over to Jesus. The Lord said, “You can enter now.” Read more »

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Roman Catholic roll call: Vatican says number of Catholics up, priests up bishops up

March 15th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — The number of Catholics in the world and the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2010, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

At the end of 2010, the worldwide Catholic population reached 1.196 billion, an increase of 15 million or 1.3 percent, slightly outpacing the global population growth rate, which was estimated at 1.1 percent, said a statement published March 10 by the Vatican press office. Read more »

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In heaven there is no beer, but…. Belgian Trappists’ brew ranks as world’s best

March 15th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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OXFORD, England — A hearty dark brown beer produced at a Trappist monastery in Belgium has been rated the world’s best brew by an online community of beer lovers.

Coincidentally, the monks are temporarily boosting production of its special brew to pay for renovation work at its western Flanders abbey.

The monks at the Trappist Abbey of St. Sixtus of Westvleteren said they will temporarily make one additional batch per month and offer it at participating supermarkets, a first for the order. Read more »

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 9

March 9th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Here is today’s Do It Yourself Lent:

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Ten Commandments that are still on target

March 8th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Readings for March 11, Third Sunday of Lent

 Exodus 20: 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

When I began my education in the first grade of St. Catherine’s School in New York, we memorized the Ten Commandments. I didn’t know the majesty of “I am the Lord your God,” which spoke of the special relationship that this God wanted with the Chosen People. We who are Gentiles are, as the Epistle to the Romans says, grafted on to that ancient olive tree (11:17).

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Vatican Letter: New exhibit shows Bible’s evolution, beauty, perseverance

March 8th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — Desecration, censorship, the ravages of time and even nesting mice have been unable to destroy the word of God, handed down for millennia by people of faith.

The endurance of sacred Scripture is the centerpiece of a new interfaith exhibit called Verbum Domini, which brings to the Vatican rare biblical texts and artifacts spanning a period from the third century B.C. to the 17th century.

“We seek to tell the amazing story of the preservation and translation of the most loved, most debated and the best-selling book every year and of all time,” said Steve Green, an entrepreneur and the primary benefactor of The Green Collection, a private collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities. Read more »

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Commentary: Worthy? Not worthy? — Honoring the Communion line

March 8th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Here is an unsigned editorial titled “Honoring the Communion line” that was posted March 1 on the website of the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.

The editorial was prompted by a well-publicized incident in which an archdiocesan priest refused Communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral Mass. The archdiocese later said any issues related to a person’s suitability to receive Communion should be addressed “in a private, pastoral setting” and apologized for the priest’s “lack of pastoral sensitivity.”

Recently there has been discussion about receiving holy Communion, what it means, when a person should not receive Communion or even not be given Communion. Read more »

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