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Starting ministries takes creativity, finding untapped niches and creating community

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized


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Methods of evangelization often call for creativity and thinking outside of the box. It doesn’t get more simply efficient and memorable than the Catholic Beer Club (www.catholicbeerclub.com).

That wasn’t what Derek Hough and three of his friends quite had in mind when they came up with the idea as students at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in 2013. Read more »

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Become a missionary disciple today

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized


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Pope Francis’ invitation in the apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”) to all the faithful to be “missionary disciples” has captured the hearts and minds of many. So, it is only fitting that we reflect on what it means to live daily as a missionary disciple. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Catechetical Sunday, Missionary discipleship

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:



“Living as Missionary Disciples” is the theme of this year’s Catechetical Sunday, celebrated on Sept.

Artwork depicting the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles 50 days after Christ’s resurrection is displayed at Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, in this 2014 photo. All of the baptized must see themselves as “missionary disciples,” re-creating the missionary zeal of Jesus’ first disciples. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)


On that day, as catechists are commissioned for their ministry, all the faithful are reminded of their common vocation, by virtue of baptism, to know and live the faith and to witness to the Gospel in word and deed.

How will we put out into the deep today?

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Saint of the Day: Guy of Anderlicht

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


Saint Guy of Anderlicht

Feast Day: September 12

In the late 10th century. Guy was born to a very poor family in a rural area near Brussels.

He embraced his poverty with faith. And he generously shared the little he had with others.

Guy was homeless for a while. Then a parish priest — struck with his simple, devout life — made him


a sacristan at his church.

Thinking he might gain more money to share with the poor, Guy invested much of his sparse livelihood in a business scheme which soon failed.

To repent of his unwise behavior, he made a seven-year pilgrimage on foot, first to Rome, then to Jerusalem.

Sick and exhausted from his journey, Guy returned to Anderlicht in Belgium where he died in 1012.

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Pope Francis hopes Trump reconsiders DACA decision


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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA — Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Cartagena, Colombia, to Rome Sept. 10. Earlier, the pope cut and bruised his face on the popemobile window when he was greeting people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

Trump announced Sept. 5 that he was phasing out the program; his decision was strongly criticized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope Francis said he had heard of Trump’s decision, but had not had time to study the details of the issue. However, he said, “uprooting young people from their families is not something that will bear fruit.”

“This law, which I think comes not from the legislature, but from the executive (branch), if that’s right, I’m not sure, I hope he rethinks it a bit,” the pope said, “because I’ve heard the president of the United States speak; he presents himself as a man who is pro-life, a good pro-lifer.

“If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and its unity must be defended,” the pope said.

Pope Francis said people must be very careful not to dash the hopes and dreams of young people or make them feel “a bit exploited,” because the results can be disastrous, leading some to turn to drugs or even suicide.

Pope Francis spent only about 35 minutes answering journalists’ questions and commenting on his five-day trip to Colombia. After he had answered eight questions, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, told the pope it was time to sit down because the plane was approaching an area of turbulence.

The pope went to the journalists’ section of the plane still wearing a small bandage on his left eyebrow and sporting a large bump, which had turned black and blue, on his cheek. Rather than joking with reporters, he told them that he had been reaching out of the popemobile to greet people and turned. “I didn’t see the glass.”

While his trip back to Rome did not have to change flight plans like the flight to Colombia Sept. 6 did because of Hurricane Irma, Pope Francis was asked about the apparently increasing intensity of hurricanes and other storms and what he thinks of political leaders who doubt climate change is real.

“Anyone who denies this must go to the scientists and ask,” he said. “They speak very clearly. Scientists are precise.”

Pope Francis said he read a report citing a university study that asserted humanity has only three years to reduce the pace of climate change before it’s too late. “I don’t know if three years is right or not, but if we don’t turn back, we’ll go down, that’s true.”

“Climate change, you can see the effects,
Pope Francis said. “And the scientists have told us clearly what the paths to follow are.”

Everyone has a moral responsibility to act, he said. “And we must take it seriously.”

“It’s not something to play with,” the pope said. “It’s very serious.”

Politicians who doubt climate change is real or that human activity contributes to it should speak to the scientists and “then decide. And history will judge their decisions.”

Asked why he thinks governments have been so slow to act, Pope Francis said he thinks it’s partly because, as the Old Testament says, “”Man is stupid, a stubborn one who does not see.”

But the other reason, he said, is almost always money.

Talking about his five-day stay in Colombia, Pope Francis said he was “really moved by the joy, the tenderness” and the expressiveness of the people. In the end, they are the ones who will determine Pwhether Colombia truly has peace after 52 years of civil war.

Politicians and diplomats can do all the right things to negotiate peace deals, he said, but if the nation’s people aren’t on board, peace will not be lasting. In Colombia, he said, the people have a clear desire to live in peace.

“What struck me most about the Colombian people,” he said, was watching hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fathers and mothers along the roads he traveled, and they would lift their children high so the pope would see and bless them.

What they were doing, he said, was saying, “This is my treasure. This is my hope. This is my future. I believe in this.”

The parents’ behavior with their little ones, he said, “is a symbol of hope, of a future.”


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Saint of the Day: John Gabriel Perboyre

September 7th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


John Gabriel Perboyre

Feast Day: September 11

A Frenchman drawn to the missions, John Gabriel in 1818 joined the Congregation of the Mission, whose

John Gabriel Perboyre (CNS)

members are called Lazarists or Vincentians.

Ordained in 1826, he was assigned to seminary formation work in France.

In 1835, he finally was sent to Macao, to learn Chinese, then to Hunan.

For two years, he rescued abandoned children and taught them Christianity.

In 1839 in Hupeh, persecution forced missionaries into hiding; John Gabriel was turned in by a recent convert.

Paraded before bureaucrats and mandarins, he would not betray other missionaries or trample the cross.

He was tortured at least 20 times before being strangled on a cross a year after his arrest.

This martyr was canonized in 1996.

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Saint of the Day: Nicholas of Tolentino

September 7th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


Nicholas of Tolentino

Feast Day: September 10

Born in Italy and named for St. Nicholas of Bari, the saint to whom his childless parents had prayed, Nicholas

‘The Miracle of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino’ by Alonso López de Herrera (Wikimedia Commons)

made his Augustinian vows while still a teen.

An early job was distributing food to the poor at the friary gate.

At his ordination in 1269, he already was reputed to be a healer and miracle-worker.

About 1274, after several assignments, he was sent to Tolentino, where he spent the rest of his life.

A successful street preacher, he often spent entire days hearing confessions.

Nicholas truly befriended the poor and sick.

During his sainthood process, the Vatican accepted about 30 miracles attributed to his intercession.

He is the patron of poor souls and mariners.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 10, 2017

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Ezekiel 33:7-9

            Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

            2) Romans 13:8-10

            Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20



An invitation to love


God desires our friendship and love. But do we really believe this? Do we live as if we were convinced that God created us in love and for love?

Today the word of God invites us to discover who we are and who we are called to be in our vocation to love God and neighbor. We are encouraged to recognize the presence of Jesus in our midst in the love we receive and share each day. Read more »

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast Day: September 8

The details of Mary’s birth are unknown.

Her parents, not mentioned in the Bible, are called Joachim and Anne in the apocryphal Gospel of James.

The Our Lady Queen of Peace statue on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle. (Dialog file)

This book claims that Joachim went into the desert to lament their childlessness and learned in a vision or dream that he and Anne would have a daughter.

Ancient traditions put Mary’s birth in Nazareth or Jerusalem.

The feast of her birth originated in the East; in the seventh century, Pope St. Sergius I ordered that it and three other Marian feasts, the Annunciation, Purification and Assumption, be celebrated in Rome.

This feast is another sign of God’s faithfulness to old and new covenant promises that were fully realized in Mary’s son, Jesus Christ.

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Saint of the Day: Frederic Ozanam

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:


Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Feast Day: September 9

At Frederic’s 1997 beatification in Paris, Pope John Paul II called him a model for Catholic laypeople.

Frédéric Ozanam by Ernest Falconnet – Paris, 21. July 1834 (CNS)

Though he earned a doctorate in law and his father hoped he would become a judge, Frederic turned to literature and charity for his life’s work.

He taught literature at the Sorbonne, was happily married and had a daughter.

Beginning in 1831 he was part of a group of young Catholic intellectuals who discussed literature, history and society, while also visiting the poor and sick at home.

They became the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is still active worldwide.

Frederic joined the Third Order of St. Francis shortly before his death at age 40.

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