Homily for November 1, 2015: All Saints Day

When I’m doing a baptism, the first question that is asked in the ritual is: “What name do you give your child?” Everyone answers that perfectly. But the second question is trickier. “What do you ask of God’s church for your child?” The correct answer, of course, is “Baptism.” Even though we’ve gone over this in [Read More…]

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NYC board reportedly to vote on removing “St. Patrick” from annual parade

  View image | gettyimages.com The late Cardinal John O’Connor must be turning over in his crypt. The scoop:  [Parade board director] John Lahey has called a meeting of the parade’s board of directors for Thursday, October 29, the purpose of which is a vote on several proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws. According to the [Read More…]

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From John Paul, a message for our time—and all times

The great pontiff’s feast day is today, and you’ll find this inspiring (and timely) gift in the Office of Readings, from his first homily as pope: The new Successor of Peter in the See of Rome today makes a fervent, humble and trusting prayer: Christ, make me become and remain the servant of your unique [Read More…]

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Synod, shmynod

Enough already. Put down that crockery. Count to 10. Breathe deeply. Then follow doctor’s orders: take this prescription from a Doctor of the Church, on her feast day… [Read more…]

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Michigan Corrections Department turns down relics of Maria Goretti, the saint who forgave her killer

From The Lansing State Journal:  State of Michigan Corrections Department officials have denied a request by a Vatican-sponsored program to bring the relics of a Catholic virgin martyr saint, known for forgiving her killer, to the Macomb Correctional Facility. The remains of St. Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old Italian girl stabbed to death while resisting a [Read More…]

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Egypt to begin construction of “Church of the Martyrs” to honor slain Christians in Libya

Details:  Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honor the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, [Read More…]

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A first: new Catholic parish in California to be named for Blessed Oscar Romero

Big news this week out of the Diocese of San Bernardino:  Bishop [Gerald R.] Barnes announced to the priests at the convocation Friday that he has established Blessed Oscar Romero Parish in Eastvale and has appointed Fr. Pat Kirsch as the first pastor of the Parish. Oscar Romero, of course, was beatified just this year. [Read More…]

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“Fastest nun in the West” moves toward sainthood

Details:  An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday. Supporters and researchers presented their case before the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at a ceremonial “first inquiry” in Albuquerque on why Sister Blandina [Read More…]

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St. Monica, pray for us

Today is the feast day of the mother of St. Augustine. I’ve always loved this image of her, from the great John Nava, who created the stunning tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The picture here comes from the website for the Church of St. Monica in the Diocese of Trenton, New [Read More…]

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Meet the man St. Maximilian Kolbe replaced in Auschwitz

Today is the great saint’s feast day. The story of his martyrdom is well-known, but I’m not sure how many know the details about the man whose life he saved. It’s chronicled in Wikipedia:  Franciszek Gajowniczek, a Roman Catholic, was born in Strachomin near Mińsk Mazowiecki. He lived in Warsaw since 1921, and had a wife and two sons. He was a professional [Read More…]

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