Why don’t they write hymns like this anymore?

Our entrance hymn this weekend is “For All the Saints” and it left me feeling nostalgic for church music that is vigorous and, in a way, muscular. Read some of my thoughts on church music right here.  But for now, crank up the volume and listen to this spectacular version below. They really don’t write them like [Read More…]

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Pastor Appreciation Month: When was the last time you did something like this for your pastor?

Behold, how they are marking Pastor Appreciation Month at the Elevation Church in North Carolina. Read more about it here.  Did you do this for World Priest Day? Hmmm?  (I won’t even mention World Deacon Day. Oh. Wait…) Oh, and I love the “Holly Spirit” line—which, I guess, refers to the pastor’s wife. [Read more…]

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Brick by brick: Pennsylvania’s Lego-loving priest and his remarkable hobby

From CNS:  Bob Simon fell in love with two things at the age of 5 — the Catholic Church and building with Lego. Now, as a 51-year-old priest, Father Simon has discovered a way to merge both of these passions. The pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow finds that his Lego-building hobby [Read More…]

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John Boehner on the power of the Holy Spirit

This is something exceptional: the departing Speaker of the House, discussing candidly his Catholic faith and how it led to his decision to resign. [Read more…]

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Father knows best—and wears a bullet-proof vest

A Massachusetts reader sent this item my way. Evidently, the new priest at his parish, Fr. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, wanted to ride along with the local cops in Hingham, MA. He got the full “Cops” treatment, too—captured in the video below.   [Read more…]

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“Unsportsmanlike conduct”: football player penalized for thanking God after touchdown

From Syracuse.com:  Late in the first half of Mexico Central Academy’s regular-season football finale atVernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday, Tigers’ quarterback Dante Turo took a snap from center and bolted 73 yards for a touchdown. As he crossed the goal line well ahead of any V-V-S defenders, Turo, a devout Christian, raised his right arm and pointed skyward. He also held the [Read More…]

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Must-see video: a groom’s priceless gift to his mother on his wedding day

When I was growing up, I always heard, “If you want to know how a man will treat his wife, watch how he treats his mother.” Based on that, the bride in this video is blessed. Truly. Break out the Kleenex and watch as this groom dances with his mother—suffering from ALS—at his wedding. Read [Read More…]

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Stunning: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” sung at Ground Zero

I’ve been hearing this song all my life and thought I was immune to it. But when I saw and heard this today, sung by a children’s choir for the pope at Ground Zero — in the presence of families, clergy from many faiths, and towering, battered remnants of the fallen towers—I was blubbering like Boehner. [Read More…]

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Women’s ordination conference concludes in Philadelphia

And this is how it wrapped up, courtesy Tom Fox at National Catholic Reporter. I think this video speaks for itself. [Read more…]

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“Priest on the Street” asks: “What would you like Pope Francis to say to Congress?”

A nifty new video from those talented folks in the Archdiocese of Washington media office. Fr. Michael Paris, chaplain at the University of Maryland (my alma mater: Go Terps!) asks some people in D.C. what they’d like to hear from the pope. Check it out: [Read more…]

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