Defiant St. Louis Church Wins… What?

St. Stanislaus Kostka

They get to keep the building—but at what price?  In exchange for the property rights, the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis, Missouri, are no longer Catholic.After a decade-long dispute, parishioners have won the right to keep their church property and assets.  St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Bryan Hettenbach ruled against the Archdiocese of St. Louis—siding with parishioners in 10 of 12 questions, finding that the archdiocese had no legitimate ownership claim on the pa … [Read more...]

A Little Lent Within Lent: The Tradition of Ember Days

An Ember Day (or "Ymber Day") Pie, baked from a recipe found in a fourteenth century book.

Do you remember Ember Days?If you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember those days of fast and abstinence which occurred in four seasons of the year.  Father John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, explained the Ember Days like this: They were the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St. Lucy (December 13), the First Sunday of Lent, Pentecost, and the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14). So this week we would observe the Ember Days, were the rule still in effect.  A … [Read more...]