Being “A Church that Must Go Out” in the Digital Age

Bishop Ricken on pilgrimage in Mexico, via his Twitter account

In the busyness of the past few days, I almost missed an incredible piece by Bishop Ricken. Along with being one of my favorite bishops to follow on Twitter, Bishop Ricken is the spiritual shepherd of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. This portion of his remarks truly [Read More...]

Following the @USCCB #PeacePilgrimage Online

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As a Catholic geek, I love the fact that when our Bishops do something as important as take a “Peace Pilgrimage” in the Holy Land, they go out of their way to share it with the faithful using the latest tools of technology. An overview of the trip is provided by the USCCB: This week, [Read More...]

Praying for Peace in Iraq

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Pope Francis led us in prayer today with three separate posts on Twitter for those living in Iraq: These were followed up with a press release (included below) from the USCCB’s Committee of International Justice and Peace. It is clear that these persecuted families need our immediate prayers and attention. Please join me in praying [Read More...]

How We Can Help with The Plight of Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Today, I am pleased to share my recent email interview conversation with Christine Donnelly, Communications Manager, USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services. I’ve asked Christine to bring us up to date on this humanitarian crisis, what the USCCB is currently doing, and how we — as Catholic families — might respond to the situation with prayer [Read More...]

Church to Welcome Thousands

From the USCCB:   Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter   Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the Church Galveston-Houston welcomes over 2,000 people Easter Vigil rites will be held in English, Chinese, other languages in some communities   April 10, 2014   WASHINGTON–A widow honoring his late wife [Read More...]

USCCB: Haiyan Funds to Be Split between Relief & Reconstruction

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Just released from the USCCB: USCCB Committee Votes on Distribution of Funds from Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan; Proceeds to be Split Evenly for Immediate Humanitarian Relief and Long-Term Church Reconstruction Needs April 9, 2014 WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Text of Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Homily from #Bordermass

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Thanks to my friends at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for sharing this on their Facebook page: Cardinal Seán’s homily in Nogales, Arizona today for the #BorderMass remembering immigrants who have lost their lives and for immigration reform: For 20 years I worked in Washington D.C. with immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and from [Read More...]

#Bordermass – USCCB and Bishops Take Immigration Reform to Social Media

"Bishops had to maneuver under barbed wire fence to walk in the desert where so many have died." from the USCCB Facebook page.

Did you hear about today’s “Border Mass” when you were at your parish this weekend? Just curious. I’m guessing that many didn’t, which is why I think it’s terrific that the USCCB team is working overtime to employ social media to share this experience with the faithful around the world. In short, here’s an overview [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/15/14 — The Anniversary Edition

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Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Papal Tweet:  Please pray for me. (Pope Francis, March 13th 1 Year Annniversary) Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress (The Washington Post) http://ow.ly/uzChK  The Rev. Jim Martin muses over merging Jesus’s spiritual and historical personas – The Washington Post http://ow.ly/unolO  [Read More...]


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