Homily for July 29, 2012: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Note: The Deacon's Wife and I are headed out on vacation Saturday morning, to someplace warm and sunny with lots of water.  I'm not bringing my laptop, and hope to spend as little time as possible in front of a keyboard and computer screen.  But I'm leaving behind a few postings for those who may [Read More...]

Five years on

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s deacon ordination class of 2007 finally got around to holding a five-year reunion Friday night. While a lot of guys couldn’t make it, those who did had a great time, enjoying a night of prayer, fellowship, great conversation….and cake! A grateful diaconal bow to Deacon Anthony Favale and his generous pastor, [Read More...]

Hospitality, perpetual adoration planned near Olympics

From the Catholic Herald:  Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Stratford, east London, throughout the Olympic Games, it has been announced. Not just in London but throughout the country the Church is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priests and religious will [Read More...]

“Water is life”: a 9-year-old girl’s remarkable legacy

This is too good not to share. In anticipation of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith informed her mom that she didn’t want  presents; instead, she asked friends and family to donate $9 to charity: water, so that kids her age in Africa would have clean water to drink. She fell shy of her goal of $300, which is enough [Read More...]

As the Olympics begin, a look at the spiritual power of sports

From the increasingly-impressive videographers and editors at CNS: [Read more...]

In San Francisco, an ecclesial earthquake

Details from Whispers:  Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many [Read More...]

Fly the faithful skies: Miami Airport to offer Mass

Details:  Prayer is on the move in South Florida. First, the Archdiocese of Miami began streaming catechism through an app. Now it’s about to hold weekly Mass at the airport. Religion-to-go is all about accommodating the faithful wherever they are. And where they often are is the airport. Starting 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and every [Read More...]

Worst web domain names. Ever.

They really should have thought twice about some of these. From Huffington Post:  Before you plunk down a pretty penny to register a new domain name, please think twice about what you choose. These 21 websites didn’t. Or perhaps they thought the double entendres their names created when strung together as URLs were just too [Read More...]

Going for the gold: Catholics craft a cross for the Olympics

Details from Catholic News Agency: Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” explained James Parker, Catholic Executive [Read More...]

Obama’s HHS is funding Catholic campaign for healthy marriages

An interesting tidbit, from CNS:  A new Catholic-run Kansas public awareness campaign to promote healthy marriages and relationships also can help build stronger families, said the executive director of Catholic Charities in the Wichita Diocese. “Relationships impact the daily fabric of our society. The services we offer provide tangible tools for individuals that enhance the [Read More...]


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