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Our Lenten Journey, March 28, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032818.cfm

 

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“The minute you walk outside of your church on Sunday you’re in mission territory.”

— Father Robert Barron

 

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

—Francis of Assisi

 

“Tell others about the truth that sets you free.”

— Pope Benedict XVI

 

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Cindy Mann reinstated as principal of Padua Academy

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Cindy Mann has been reinstated as head of school at Padua Academy for the remainder of this school year, according to a statement released by St. Anthony of Padua parish.

Mann had been dismissed as the top administrator at the school after a dispute with St. Anthony’s pastor, Father Nicholas Waseline.

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Emmaus and the Scriptures 

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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On the first Easter Sunday, two of Jesus’ disciples, disillusioned by the events of the past three days, set out from Jerusalem for Emmaus, several miles away. En route they meet a stranger who appears totally unaware of what has transpired in Jerusalem. 

Jesus, they tell the “stranger,” was “a prophet mighty in deed and word,” an earthly hero who, they hoped, would “redeem Israel,” and they seem skeptical about the report of the empty tomb and the women’s “vision of angels.” Read more »

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New members of the church reflect on the past year

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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On average, over 100,000 people enter the Catholic Church every year in the U.S. For those who were received into the church last Easter, the ensuing months brought opportunities to deepen their bourgeoning faith and live out their Christian call to witness.

For Emilee Urichich, a junior at Thomas More College in Kentucky, her conversion has led her to acts of service. She regularly volunteers at Be Concerned, a ministry that provides groceries to the elderly and to the homeless, and a soup kitchen, both in Covington, Kentucky. The life of St. Teresa of Kolkata provides her with inspiration. Read more »

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Easter: We are witnesses

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the church’s energies to a new evangelization.”

What’s more, we are also told that all of us, regardless of personality type or skill set, are called to be evangelizers. This generally makes Catholics squirm. Most of us feel unsuited, unprepared, incompetent. Can’t we leave this to the clergy and the religious education professionals? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Easter

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Being witnesses to the good news of Easter means being able and willing simply to share a bit of our story, to give

This is an American 18th-century painting entitled “Christ on the Road to Emmaus.” On the first Easter Sunday two of Jesus’s disciples, disillusioned by the events of the past three days, set out from Jerusalem for Emmaus, several miles away. En route they meet a stranger who appears totally unaware of what has transpired in Jerusalem. (CNS photo/courtesy National Gallery of Art)

testimony from our experience.

For those Catholics who were received into the church last Easter, the ensuing months brought opportunities to deepen their bourgeoning faith and live out their Christian call to witness.
The encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus prepares the two disciples to be Jesus’ witnesses to the ends of the earth.
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Viewpoint: No harm in gossiping? (¿El chisme no hace daño?)

March 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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During my sophomore year, someone started a rumor about me. I don’t know who started the lie, but my so-called friends repeated the gossip. This resulted in half the class not talking to me, my notebooks being stolen, and my spending the rest of the semester isolated. 

My high school memories of that time are a bit blurry, but I remember that I did not feel completely alone because of my church friends and my family. I survived, but it took years before I could trust people again.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 25, 2018

March 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Cycle B

1) Is 50:4-7

Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24

2) Phil 2:6-11

Gospel: Mk 14:1 — 15:47

 

Divine obedience and human betrayal

The sacred events of Holy Week may lead us to ask — Why did Jesus, the Son of God and second person of the most holy Trinity, suffer a cruel, unjust death on a cross? Was Jesus’ suffering the only means by which humanity could be reconciled to friendship with God?

Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). With these words, this Sunday’s second reading invites us into the heart of why Jesus embraced his passion and crucifixion.  Read more »

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Puerto Rico still suffering; Extension campaign aims to help parishes

March 22nd, 2018 Posted in National News, Uncategorized Tags:

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CHICAGO — Six months after Hurricane Maria wreaked unprecedented devastation on Puerto Rico, the island is still suffering, and much of the relief and recovery help people have received has come from Catholic parishes.

To help those parishes continue “their spiritual and corporal works of mercy and serve their communities,” Catholic Extension in Chicago has launched a new campaign called “Patrons of Puerto Rico.”

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Padua Academy students protest dismissal of principal Cindy Mann

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese, Uncategorized Tags:

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Members of the Padua Academy student body gathered in front of the school Monday morning, joined by parents, alumni and other supporters, to protest the firing of principal Cindy Mann at the end of last week.

The girls, mostly dressed in pink, carried signs, recited prayers and sung as cars passing along on Broom and 10th streets honked their horns.

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