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Catholic schools’ 2017 roll call: Diocesan schools adding ‘recruitment and retention’ efforts to strong ‘faith and academics’ mission

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The number of students enrolled in Catholic schools declined by 285 from last year, according to the diocesan schools office, and while that is a cause for concern, the superintendent and several principals said the figures are only part of Catholic education.

The numbers are recorded annually using the enrollment as of Sept. 30. This year, 9,799 children are enrolled in Catholic education — including parish early education programs — compared with 10,084 in 2016-17.

Most of the schools are within a few students of last year’s numbers, while some have seen significant drops. A number of schools have seen increases. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 29, 2017

October 25th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1) Ex 22:20-26

Psalm 18: 2-4, 47, 51

2) 1 Thes 1:5-10

Gospel: Mt 22:34-40

 

  No need to read any further         

Some Sundays in church I sit and listen to the Scripture readings waiting for something to strike me, but nothing does. All of it is good and important, but nothing shouts “this is meant for you here and now!”

But today I only have to get to the beginning of the first reading: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:20). What could be more “here and now” than that? Read more »

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Saints of the Week: All Saints

October 25th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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All Saints

Feast Day: November 1

The Apostles’ Creed lists “the communion of saints” among Catholic beliefs, and since at least the ninth century the church

Fresco depicting All Saints, Giustao da Padova (Wikimedia Commons)

has honored everyone in heaven, including angels, formally recognized martyrs and saints, and all those who had died in God’s friendship, with a November feast.

As early as 411, the Eastern church celebrated a feast of all martyrs in May.

The custom gradually spread to other regions and included nonmartyrs.

In England the feast formerly was known as All Hallows, that is, made holy, which gave rise to Halloween.

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Deacons and their wives

October 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Here’s one essential acknowledgment for spouses of deacons from Maria Natera: Duty comes first.

“You have to get used to the idea that you sit alone in church,” Natera says. “That was very difficult for me. Sometimes it’s a little lonely in the pew when he isn’t beside me.” Read more »

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A personal vocation story

October 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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A few years ago I came across a paper I wrote in high school. The topic was, “If you were a pilgrim in ‘The Canterbury Tales,’ what would be said of you?”

As a 15-year-old girl, I did not write about career aspirations or goals. I simply wrote that I had fallen madly in love with the man of my dreams and that was who I was. How telling. Read more »

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Discerning the priesthood

October 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“You know you’ll never get married or have kids?” More often than not, that was the response I got when telling someone I was studying to be a Catholic priest. It was usually followed with, “You’re gonna be very lonely and miserable.”

Yet, when someone says they are going off to medical school, the response is usually, “How wonderful!” or “Isn’t that great!” Not, “How will you deal with people dying?” or, “Good luck ever seeing your family again while you’re working all those long hours to pay off mounds of debt.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Living Vocations

October 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I had to learn that a vocation is a call, not something I could bargain about with God and decide on my own terms. He was

Deacon Ruben Mendez poses for a photo with his wife Consuelo, left, and their friend Olga Liriano following his May 25, 2014, ordination to the permanent diaconate at Our Lady of Angels Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Couples are frequently asked for advice about what it takes to combine the mission of the diaconate while coping with the strain it sometimes adds to marriages and family relations. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

calling, I just had to listen better.

Cultivating vocations begins in the family, where Jesus is alive and prayer is conversation with him.

Deacons and their spouses are frequently asked for advice about what it takes to combine the mission of the diaconate while coping with the strain it sometimes adds to marriages and family relations.

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From turnips to potatoes to pumpkins: Irish folklife expert says Jack-O-Lanterns began in Ireland

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DUBLIN — As the seasonal carving of pumpkins gets underway, an Irish folklore expert said there is evidence that the tradition, which is synonymous with Halloween jack-o-lanterns in the United States, actually began in Ireland. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: John Paul II

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Saint John Paul II

Feast Day: October 22

When this popular pope died in 2005, crowds in St. Peter’s Square chanted “santo subito” (“sainthood now”).

Pope John Paul II(CNS photo/Joe Rimkus Jr.)

The Vatican heard, and the sainthood cause for the jet-setting pontiff who helped bring down European communism was put on the fast track; he was beatified in 2011 and canonized in 2014.

A Pole and former actor shaped by World War II and the Cold War, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

In his 26-year pontificate, he evangelized on trips to 129 countries, upheld traditional church doctrine against dissent, connected with the world’s youth, and named more than 450 new saints.

He also modeled Christian values by forgiving his would-be assassin and living an increasingly frail old age in public.

His feast is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration, Oct. 22, rather than the traditional date of death which is used for most saints.

 

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 22, 2017

October 19th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 45:1, 4-6

Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10

1 Thes 1:1-5

Mt 22:15-21

    

Whom do you serve?       

“I am the Lord and there is no other” (Is 45:6).

The prophet Isaiah tells us, in simple yet weighty words, that God’s power is universal, loving and mysterious. Earthly power comes from God alone, Isaiah reminds the Israelites and us.

To confess God’s almighty power has profound meaning for life. For in confessing that God is the source of all power, we place ourselves in the merciful hands of God, with complete trust and humble thanksgiving. Read more »

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