Browsing News Entries

Browsing News Entries

The intention missing from Mass

I’m sure most deacons can relate to this. My wife and I attended Mass this morning at The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe in Orlando—a popular destination for Roman Catholics on vacation, and a beautiful example of a church that manages to blend the old and the new with […]

What happened when a gay man found Courage

A refreshing and even inspiring reflection in America magazine by Karl Miller, who describes his journey to the apostolate Courage, and what it has given him: The numbness brought on by drink or drug was replaced with the reality of the loneliness I was experiencing. It was the loneliness that I imagine St. Augustine felt […]

Horror: priest killed in Mexico while hearing confession

From UPI:  A Roman Catholic priest was killed Friday in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, the second priest murdered within one week in the country. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was performing the sacrament of penance when attacked at a parish in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, according to a statement from the […]

Historic: Pope Francis appoints three women as consultants to Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

Details:  In a historic decision, Pope Francis has appointed three women—two Italians and one Belgian—as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as part of his ongoing effort to give a greater role to women in the work of the Roman Curia offices, the central administration of the Catholic church. The Vatican announced today, […]

Catholics could soon outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland

From the BBC:  It is likely Catholics will outnumber Protestants by 2021 in Northern Ireland, according to a leading academic. Dr Paul Nolan, who specialises in monitoring the peace process and social trends, told BBC News NI that there could be more Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland by the centenary of the foundation of […]

Bishop: Deacons ‘will lead the charge’ of the New Evangelization

A great write-up of the recent convocation of deacons in Brooklyn by Ed Wilkinson of The Tablet:  Permanent Deacons are the ones who will lead the Church in the New Evangelization. That was the message from Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano as he addressed the annual Diocesan DiaconateConvocation in Douglaston. The April 15 meeting at the […]

Bishops in Quebec discuss possibility of married priests — and potential impact on deacons

From Canadian Catholic News:  The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec have discussed the ordination of married men to the priesthood, but have reached no conclusions, said the Assembly’s president. “I don’t want people to have the impression a decision was made,” said Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield, referring to the bishops’ meeting in March […]

Virtual Earth Day Retreat

Virtual Earth Day Retreat

Looking for a way to celebrate >Earth Day this year? Try Busted Halo’s Virtual Earth Day Retreat and spend some time reflecting on the spiritual meaning of creation in our lives. Download the retreat (if you print it -- print on both sides of the paper!) by clicking the image below. Take a few minutes out of your day -- at your desk, on your lunch break, between classes -- and grow an even deeper appreciation for all God’s creation. Happy Earth Day!

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Catholic family with 13 boys welcomes #14

Some may remember the story I posted about this family a couple months back. Well, the stork just made a delivery:  The wait is over. The well-known Kent County couple with 13 sons has welcomed another baby into the family and — you guessed it — it’s another son. Jay and Kateri Schwandt on Wednesday, […]

Praying for justice: Churches decide to stop calling the police

From The Washington Post:  First Congregational Church of Oakland shares a neighborhood with many homeless people who often come to the church in times of mental health crises. Sometimes church members feel unequipped to deal with the erratic behavior: The most heart-wrenching scenes, volunteer leader Nichola Torbett says, are the times when the church is […]