Priest Celebrates “Star Wars” First Communion

It happened in Germany. Details:  It wasn’t Darth Vader who gave the blessing to the first communion children. This was personally undertaken by Pastor Christoph Nobs with a bright green laser sword at the celebration of a Star Wars First Communion Mass. The idea for the stars-War Communion came from Nicolas Gkotses community director. Star [Read More…]

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In Rare Move, Diocese Gets into the Funeral Home Business

Details:  The Catholic diocese of Sacramento has purchased a funeral home in Land Park, making it only the fifth diocese in the nation to offer mortuary services. The local Catholic Church’s purchase of the George Klumpp Chapel of Flowers on Riverside Boulevard followed more than 18 months of discussion and inquiries by the diocese, according [Read More…]

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“It Feels Good!”: For First Time as Pope, Francis Celebrates Mass in His Native Spanish

From today’s homily:  May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday [Read More…]

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White House “Strongly Objects” to Amendment Protecting Religious Liberty for Soldiers

Details: Breitbart News reported last week that Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate. The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) [Read More…]

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Bucket List with a Difference: Dying Wife Leaves Behind Goals for Her Husband After She’s Gone

And it included a trip to Lourdes. Details: When Nicola Murray was told she had just two weeks to live, she made her husband George a list of things she wanted him to promise he would do. Nicola, 34, who had a rare hereditary gene that caused her to develop cancer, wanted him to help [Read More…]

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“Partners in Our Husbands’ Ministry”: The Vocation of the Wife of a Deacon

Some words to ponder from Mary Gannon Kaufman, the wife of a deacon candidate, from Homiletics and Pastoral Review:  I was at a retreat in another diocese, when a man in formation for the permanent diaconate was sharing his recent experience with the Rite of Candidacy. His eyes glistened as he looked towards heaven and [Read More…]

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“You Are a Freak. But I Mean That in a Good Way…”

A jaw-dropping, forehead-slapping performance from “America’s Got Talent.” Folks, this has to be seen to be believed. [Read more…]

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Catholic Church Praises “Breakdancing Jesus” Mural in England

Details: A new 30-ft piece of street art depicting Jesus breakdancing has attracted praise – from the Catholic church. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Clifton said the new piece should “get people talking about religion” in Bristol. The giant mural, painted next to The Canteen – a Stokes Croft diner part-owned by Bristol mayor [Read More…]

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Wow: Check Out How One School is Trying to Boost Enrollment

When in doubt, sing! And make it a number from “Les Mis”! This creative video was produced for the Trinity School in South Bend, Indiana.   Read this blog post to learn how it came together: We polled the student body to see if they had ideas about what we could do to represent life [Read More…]

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In the E-mail: “Are Deacons Allowed to Vest for Priest Ordination Liturgies?”—UPDATED

A deacon writes: In your diocese, are permanent deacons allowed to vest for priest ordination liturgies? Also, do you know if other dioceses allow this? A few of us were perturbed when we received notice from the chancellor that we were not welcome to vest for our most recent priest ordination. Different dioceses have different [Read More…]

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