Ah, travel

Remember when air travel was like this? Yeah. Neither do I. This is more like it: As I write, I’m sitting at a table in Au Bon Pain at the United terminal at LaGuardia, waiting for my flight to Denver for the Catholic Media Conference (you can follow on twitter at #cmc13). I’m looking forward [Read More…]

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Man Shot During Mass Sunday Expected to Survive

Details: Because James Evans turned his head at just the right moment, the bullet came out through his cheek instead of entering his brain, his wife said. Tara Evans spoke briefly during a news conference Monday at McKay-Dee Hospital. She nodded and smiled, then cried as Dr. Barbara Kerwin, the hospital intensive care unit medical [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 9 New Deacons for Buffalo

H/T to Deacon Don Weigel for passing this along. The men were ordained Saturday at St. Joseph Cathedral. Caption: Laying hands on Deacon Paul Augustyn; Deacon Thomas Friedman; Deacon Mark Kehl; Deacon Francis Lagona; Deacon Marc Leaderstorf; Deacon V. Gregory Moran; Deacon David Rotterman; Deacon Miguel Santos and Deacon John Wlos Photo by Patrick McPartland [Read More…]

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St. Joseph Added to Other Eucharistic Prayers

A pleasant surprise, courtesy Fr. Z:  Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of theMissale Romanum. I received a copy [Read More…]

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Where Can Catholics Renew Wedding Vows?

A reader writes:  I belong to a wonderful parish in GA about 20 minutes outside Savannah, GA.  I would so love to renew our vows for our 40th wedding anniversary, but my husband, [who is not Catholic] will not consent to doing this in church by my priest (even though he was married in the [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 25 New Deacons for Pittsburgh

They are a diverse bunch: The men of the deacon class of 2013, who have made this formation journey together, are a diverse yet cohesive group: They range in age from 45 to 64, with the average being 55. One is single; the rest are married and, collectively, they have a total of 49 children [Read More…]

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In Plea for Peace, Patriarch Consecrates Middle East to Mary

Details:  The Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites Boutros Bechara Rai consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying that all the peoples of the region are freed “from the sins that lead to divisions, aggression and violence “. The solemn Act of Consecration took place yesterday, Sunday, June [Read More…]

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Thousands Pack into New Catholic Church in United Arab Emirates

Details:  There was a huge outpouring an faith and devotion as more than 8,500 worshippers from across the United Arab Emirates celebrated the first Mass at the emirate’s new Catholic church on Friday the 14th June 2013. It was one of the biggest ever turnouts, with residents travelling from across the country despite the summer [Read More…]

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Priest Develops App to Let His Flock Know When He’s Hearing Confessions

Details:  God may be omnipresent — but His priests aren’t. So a holy man in Madison, Wisc., has turned to app development, along with divine guidance, to find a better way to tend to the needs of his 800-family flock. Father Richard Heilman is launching a My Confessor App that will let his parishioners know [Read More…]

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Forgiven: Woman Sentenced to Death Will Leave Prison, Go Shopping with Victim’s Grandson

Paula Cooper’s case garnered international attention—earning sympathy from Pope John Paul II and from an Italian friar, Fr. Vito Bracone (shown above) who organized a petition drive to spare her life. Now, after nearly three decades, she is about to go free. Details:  Paula Cooper was just 16 years old when she became the youngest [Read More…]

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