Utah Church Offers Liturgy of Reparation Following Sunday’s Shooting

Details:  “I love you, Tara.” These were the first words Jim Evans uttered to his wife after being shot in the head by his son-in-law during a worship service Sunday at the St. James the Just Catholic Church. Tara Evans was one of more than 150 congregants who gathered at the church Thursday for a [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 11 New Deacons for Belleville

Details:  Eleven men were ordained May 25 in an almost three-hour liturgy as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Belleville. Some acknowledged their nervousness, but all were excited and happy to have reached their ordination day, which heralds a new chapter in their lives of service to the church. All of the men have participated [Read More…]

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Quiz: Which One is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver?

  Okay, it’s not the second guy from the left. Shown above at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver, from left to right: J.D. Flynn, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver; Your Humble Blogger; John Miller, Associate Director of the Liturgy Office; Deacon Chuck Parker, Director of the Liturgy Office. J.D. tells me he went [Read More…]

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Must-see Video: Stephen Colbert’s Heartfelt Salute to His Mom

Take four minutes and see Stephen Colbert in a new and unexpectedly moving role: a loving son. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive   [Read more…]

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Pope Francis Affirms Vatican Opposition to Death Penalty, Calls for its Abolition

Details:  In a message to participants of the Fifth World Congress Against the Death Penalty held in Madrid, Pope Francis reiterated the Holy See’s support for “the abolition of the death penalty.” Opposition to the death penalty is part of the Church’s defense of the dignity of human life, he said, and it is “a [Read More…]

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Fr. George Rutler Reassigned

The well-known priest—an Episcopal convert, staunch traditionalist and a familiar fixture on EWTN—is leaving the parish he’s pastored for nearly a dozen years. Rutler broke the news in his parish bulletin:  Writing a weekly message to you is a challenge even under ordinary circumstances, because the cruel regimen of the printer requires that it be [Read More…]

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Flooding in France Leads to Two Deaths, Evacuation of Lourdes

Details:  Heavy flooding in southwest France resulted in two dead, hundreds evacuated and the temporary closure of the Catholic pilgrimage site at Lourdes. According to ABC News, the famous grotto at Lourdes was hit by muddy floodwaters, as the entire region was beset by heavy rainfall yesterday. The grotto is a major pilgrimage site for roughly [Read More…]

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Wow. How’s THIS for a Vibrant Parish?

Here in Denver for the Catholic Media Conference, I was struck by the bulletin for a local parish, which shows a whopping seven deacons. I visited the parish website and found even more astonishing facts (as of December 2012): Registered individual Catholics: 15,730 Registered Catholic families: 4,500 Estimate of young adults (8-25): 1,649 Estimate of [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “In this culture, let’s face it, we are the minority…”

From remarks yesterday to the Diocese of Rome: “I’m Not Ashamed of the Gospel” was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis given yesterday afternoon in the Paul VI Hall for the inauguration of the Ecclesial Congress (17-19 June) that concludes the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral year. The theme of the pastoral year was: “Christ, We [Read More…]

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Cuomo Abortion Bill in New York Fails—UPDATED

Details:  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed bill to dramatically expand legal abortion in the state died in the state senate following months of Catholic and pro-life opposition. The four-senator Independent Democratic Coalition, which has a power-sharing agreement to control the senate with the Republican Party, declined to introduce the abortion measure as part of [Read More…]

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Is One of the World’s Greatest Churches About to Become a Mosque?

Reports a few weeks ago indicated as much—and now it’s closer to reality:  While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey — and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks — are quietly transpiring. These include the fact [Read More…]

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UPDATE: Teacher Fired Because of Abusive Husband Offered New Job

An followup on a story I posted over the weekend:  A California Catholic school teacher fired for allegedly posing a safety risk because she was a victim of domestic violence has received a new job offer in a different city, KNSD-TV reported on Monday. Carie Charlesworth told the station that an anonymous school official at a [Read More…]

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Ah, travel

Remember when air travel was like this? Yeah. Neither do I. This is more like it: As I write, I’m sitting at a table in Au Bon Pain at the United terminal at LaGuardia, waiting for my flight to Denver for the Catholic Media Conference (you can follow on twitter at #cmc13). I’m looking forward [Read More…]

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Man Shot During Mass Sunday Expected to Survive

Details: Because James Evans turned his head at just the right moment, the bullet came out through his cheek instead of entering his brain, his wife said. Tara Evans spoke briefly during a news conference Monday at McKay-Dee Hospital. She nodded and smiled, then cried as Dr. Barbara Kerwin, the hospital intensive care unit medical [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 9 New Deacons for Buffalo

H/T to Deacon Don Weigel for passing this along. The men were ordained Saturday at St. Joseph Cathedral. Caption: Laying hands on Deacon Paul Augustyn; Deacon Thomas Friedman; Deacon Mark Kehl; Deacon Francis Lagona; Deacon Marc Leaderstorf; Deacon V. Gregory Moran; Deacon David Rotterman; Deacon Miguel Santos and Deacon John Wlos Photo by Patrick McPartland [Read More…]

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St. Joseph Added to Other Eucharistic Prayers

A pleasant surprise, courtesy Fr. Z:  Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of theMissale Romanum. I received a copy [Read More…]

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Where Can Catholics Renew Wedding Vows?

A reader writes:  I belong to a wonderful parish in GA about 20 minutes outside Savannah, GA.  I would so love to renew our vows for our 40th wedding anniversary, but my husband, [who is not Catholic] will not consent to doing this in church by my priest (even though he was married in the [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 25 New Deacons for Pittsburgh

They are a diverse bunch: The men of the deacon class of 2013, who have made this formation journey together, are a diverse yet cohesive group: They range in age from 45 to 64, with the average being 55. One is single; the rest are married and, collectively, they have a total of 49 children [Read More…]

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