Happy Anniversary, Palm Beach deacons

The diocese is marking 10 years since it began its diaconate program; the first class (12 of them, like the apostles!) was ordained in 2006, and is pictured below. Florida Catholic takes a closer look at this vocation and the men who are a part of it: As the 12 men received the special sacrament [Read More...]

Divorced grandfather ordained a priest in California

He’s shown above with his children and grandchildren (and, according to the caption, his ex-wife on the far right).  His surprising vocation is described in The Tidings: Grandfather-of-three, Patrick Sheridan, was ordained a Benedictine priest during a July 16 concelebrated Mass at St. Mary in Palmdale with Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar, presider, and Abbot Damien [Read More...]

Your morning kick-start

Padre Steve Leake, of the fine Da Mihi Animas blog, alerted me to some wonderful work being done by the young men in his Salesian formation program: a media ministry that’s spreading the Good News through modern media like YouTube. These guys have their very own Facebook page and have already produced some snazzy videos. [Read More...]

"This was grace"

Feeling sorry for yourself?  Annoyed at your kids?  Angry at your boss? This will change everything.  Take four minutes and be moved beyond words. This puts it all in perspective.  Beautifully.  Painfully. (H/T to Gerard Nadal, who posted this on his FB page.) [Read more...]

Cross words: man wages legal battle to put cross in his yard

A New Jersey man is arguing that he has a right  to be able to put a cross in his front yard — though local authorities disagree. Details: It started as a simple gesture. But it could have implications far beyond the quiet Livingston street where Patrick Racaniello affixed a wooden cross on a tree [Read More...]

What we've come to: "Heterosexual Pride Day"?

I mean…really? From the AP: The city council of South America’s biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December. Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the legislation for it to become law and has said only that he is studying it. [Read More...]

Finally, a water sport for the rest of us

Ladies and gentlemen: couch surfing. The only thing that would make this better?  A TV. [Read more...]

"In Catholic thinking, the right to immigration is a 'natural right'…"

“In Catholic thinking, the right to immigration is a ‘natural right.’ That means it is universal and inalienable. But it is not absolute. Immigrants are obliged to respect and abide by the laws and traditions of the countries they come to reside in. Catholic teaching also recognizes the sovereignty of nations to secure their borders [Read More...]

Remember when people just used paper?

Think weddings have gotten out of control?  Behold, the most extravagantly creative (and ridiculously over-priced) wedding invitation of the moment: a customized Viewmaster, featuring snapshots of the happy couple and delivered in a cardboard box.  You can order a hundred of these for a mere $3450.  (That doesn’t include postage, for mailing them to family [Read More...]

Our changing American church: bigger, more diverse

There are some fascinating nuggets in this look at the recent CARA report on “The Changing Face of Catholic Parishes,” — including some valuable statistics on the diaconate: The study found that lay ecclesial ministry — somewhat formally defined in recent years as working at least 20 hours a week in paid parish employment as [Read More...]