This report from NBC News notes Hispanics represent roughly a third of the 70 million Catholics in the U.S., and the number is growing. But there are challenges to keeping them in the fold: The share of Catholic believers is dropping in the U.S. and in Latin America, and young people are the most likely to leave, according to Pew Research. To draw in millennial Latinos, some Catholic leaders are speaking out in support of immigrants and LGBTQ rights, and churches across… Read more

This classic remains a popular choice for this weekend’s feast: Trinity Sunday. While its authorship is murky and listed as “anonymous,” the music is credited to Gott Vater Sei Gepriesen, from the early 19th century. While each stanza references a different person of the Trinity, the refrain is familiar to any Catholic: O most Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity; Holy God, Mighty God, God Immortal, be adored. Enjoy. I bet you hear it at your parish this weekend. Read more

From The New York Times:  Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, the prime minister said Saturday, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church. The surprising landslide cemented the nation’s liberal shift at a time when right-wing populism is on the rise in Europe and the Trump administration is imposing curbs on abortion rights in the United States. In the past three years alone,… Read more

Years ago, I was in Los Angeles for business for CBS, and they put me up in a very nice hotel: the Beverly Wilshire, right off Rodeo Drive, steps away from some of the most exclusive and expensive stores in the world. The hotel is something of a legend. It may be most famous as the setting for the movie “Pretty Woman.” I have to tell you, I didn’t really fit in. I’m usually a Holiday Inn Express kind of… Read more

This is how to cover an ordination. Excellent work by the Diocese of Savannah communications crew! The story also was the lead item in the diocesan newspaper, Southern Cross. Clearly, this is a place that puts a high premium on deacons and values a vocational culture. They know this is big news and are happy to share that with the faithful. I have no doubt the bishop is setting the tone. From Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer’s homily: The Church needs… Read more

And now, a year later, she has an amazing story to tell: The joy of a problem-free pregnancy faded to fear when Stacey Johnson felt a lump in her left breast. Yet today, she has a healthy baby boy after seeking a second opinion and putting her trust in The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Stacey’s journey began 10 days after she discovered she was pregnant with her second child. She felt the lump while showering and told her obstetrician… Read more

Some other places are showing an uptick as well. Why is this happening? The vocations director of Fort Wayne-South Bend has some ideas:  The five young men who will be ordained as priests June 2 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception — the largest group since 1975 — represent part of a renewed interest in the religious life among young people, the local Catholic diocese’s vocations director said. “I am very proud of the guys we have in seminary… Read more

Disturbing news:  Our Lady of Providence Seminary has no men entering its program from Providence Diocese this coming fall but church leaders say it isn’t time to panic just yet. Over the past five years, between two and six men have entered the seminary every fall but that’s not the case this year. “Entering the fall we don’t have any new seminarians applying for the Diocese of Providence, which is rare,” Fr. Chris Murphy, the Catholic Diocese of Providence’s assistant vocation… Read more

Check out this news from Mary Help of Christians Academy in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey (h/t to ChurchPOP):  The fire alarm went off in the Chapel at Mary Help of Christians Academy, 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ at 1:29 am on Friday, May 18th. The four-alarm blaze brought responses from the fire departments of North Haledon, Hawthorne, Franklin Lakes, and Paterson municipalities, and was finally extinguished around 4:00 am. Originally built in 1976 and later renovated in 2016 due to water… Read more

This is just beautiful. Details:  An apprentice at a Texas salon filmed a touching scene of a husband taking a crash-course in hair styling because his wife no longer had the fine motor skills after suffering a stroke, the Houston Chronicle reported. Raigen Kelley, 19, an apprentice at the Foundry Salon in New Braunfels, Texas, posted the video on her Facebook page. “Proof that true love really exists,” she wrote. “From products, to the way you hold the brush and dryer…truly one… Read more

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