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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

If you're looking for a VBS for the kiddos this summer or want to submit a VBS for inclusion on our calendar, click the sunglasses.

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock out to artists like TobyMac, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Brandon Heath and lots more at Universal Orlando on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis has issued a new document called Gaudete et Exsultate, which is translated "Rejoice and Be Glad". It's a practical and encouraging look at our call to be holy and the modern challenges we face in following Jesus.

Ryan, Brownback, archbishop address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year'sNational Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, asArchbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senatemember and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washingtonhotel May 24.Also speaking was outgoing Speakerof the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who was a staffer for Brownback in thelatter's early days in Congress."We support the right toreligious freedom," said Brownback, now the U.S. at-large ambassador for internationalreligious freedom. It is not because that right appears in the Constitution or theU.N. Declaration on Human Rights, he said, but "because it's a God-given right.""No governmenthas the right to infringe upon a God-given right. No government has the rightto do that," he added to applause."It's important to us because it'simportant to God," Brownback said. The right to religious freedom is "not inour DNA, but it's in...

Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Paul HaringBERGAMO, Italy (CNS) -- Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamoand escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffincontaining the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.The route taken for the trip north was kept secret forsecurity reasons.When the procession reached Bergamo's central VittorioVeneto Square, Bishop Beschi told thousands of people gathered there that itwas "with great joy and emotion that I accompanied to our diocese, ourcity, the urn with the mortal remains -- now relics -- of John XXIII, whichreturn for a few days to the land of his birth."St. John, who opened the Second Vatican Council, was born Nov. 25, 1881, in Sotto il Monte, a town nearBergamo. After his ordination as a priest and years of service in the Vaticandiplomatic corps, he was appointed patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected pope Oct. 28, 1958, and died five years later.The pilgr...

Scouts see how different faith traditions live out Ten Commandments

IMAGE: CNS photo/Marie Mischel, Intermountain CatholicBy Marie MischelOGDEN,Utah (CNS) -- Each year for the past decade, a group of Boy Scouts in Ogden havespent a day walking from house of worship to house of worship, learning how theTen Commandments are put into practice in different faith traditions."Fromthe very beginning, the idea was to build an awareness of an ecumenicalspirit," said Deacon Herschel Hester, one of the four original organizers ofthe Ten Commandments Walk.Becausemost of the Scouts have never been exposed to a faith outside their own, "thewhole idea is for these young men to be introduced to a larger (faith)community than just theirs," he told the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper ofthe statewide Diocese of Salt Lake City."Ithas nothing to do with a merit badge, but it all has to do with living out the12th point of the Scout Law: A Scout is reverent," said Deacon Hester, who is amember of the diocese's Committee on Scouting and a member of the executiveboard of ...

Update: Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet with five priests who sufferedabuse by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said.The pope will meet June 1-3 with "five priests who werevictims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse," the Vaticansaid in a statement May 22. Twopriests who have accompanied the survivors "in their juridical andspiritual journey" and "two laypeople involved in thissuffering" also wereinvited by Pope Francis, thestatement said. They will all be guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae,the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.The pope will celebrate a private Mass with the group June 2and will meet with members of the group togetherand individually, the statement said. In late April, Pope Francis had hosted three laymen whowere sexually abused by Father Karadima."With this new meeting, planned a month ago, PopeFrancis wants to show his closeness to abused priests, accomp...

Chicago priest's effort to build community earns CCHD leadership award

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Natalie BattagliaBy Dennis SadowskiWASHINGTON(CNS) -- A year into his priesthood, Father Matt O'Donnell was named a pastor.Days beforehis 27th birthday in 2013, Father O'Donnell arrived at St. Columbanus Parish in Chicago's South Side Park Manor neighborhood and since then has embraced his ministry to the African-American community.It didn'ttake long for the young priest who grew up at St. Fabian Parish in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeviewto become a leading figure in the neighborhood.FatherO'Donnell, now 31, went about getting to know residents and parishioners and learningwhat they thought the community needed. From that, Father O'Donnell recruited volunteersin spearheading the creation of a variety of services and ministries that has cementedSt. Columbanus as an anchor in Park Manor.Forstarters, there's the parish food pantry that serves more than 500 people 49of 52 Wednesdays a year, the building of a new playground that gives kids asafe space to be kid...

Pope prays that Catholics in China may live their faith in peace

IMAGE: CNS photo/Roman Pilipey, EPABy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked people to prayfor Catholics in China so that they may be able to live their faith with serenityand in full communion with the pope.The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady,Help of Christians May 24. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI established the feast as a world dayof prayer for the church in China because Mary is venerated under that title at the Marian shrinein Sheshan, outside Shanghai, China. At the end of his general audience talk in St. Peter'sSquare May 23, PopeFrancis said the feast day "invites us to be united spiritually with allthe Catholic faithful who live in China."He asked people pray to Our Lady so that Catholics therewould be able "to live the faith with generosity and serenity" and sothat they would know how to carry out "concrete gestures of fraternity,harmony and reconciliation, in full communion with the successor ofPeter.""Dear disciples of the Lord in China, the ...

Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although it is not unusual for a popeto set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, PopeFrancis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year.The pope announced May 20 that he would create 14 newscardinals June 29; 11 of them are under the age of 80 and would be eligible toenter a conclave to elect a new pope.In early June, Cardinal Angelo Amato will celebrate his 80thbirthday, which will drop the number of electors to 114. Three weeks later, thebatch of new cardinals will raise the number of potential electors to 125.Cardinal Amato is the last cardinal to turn 80 in 2018. Andit will take until July 31, 2019, for another five cardinals to age out.Confirming the limit of 120 electors set by Blessed Paul VI,St. John Paul II wrote in "Universi Dominici Gregis," his rules for aconclave, that "the maximum number of cardinal electors must not exceed 120."That led one major news agency to report, "If aconclave has ...

Church official cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The executive director of the U.S.bishops' Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicansin Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivalslegislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, tothe House floor."Theyare surfacing the issue forcefully and making the House deal with it,"said William Canny. Althoughhe believes the bills could bring about a "path forward," he said he isnot fully convinced it will happen because of the extent of anti-immigrant sentimentin Congress and the White House.A currentproposal, led by Reps. JeffDenham, R- California, and Will Hurd,R-Texas, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is tappinginto an obscure House rule called "queen of the hill" which would bringfour immigration bills to the House floor for a vote and the bill with the mostvotes would pass.But forCongress to even co...

Encore: Diploma a source of pride, uncertainty for graduating Dreamers

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of current Washington TrinityUniversity graduates are proud of what they've accomplished but also very anxiousabout the future.These emotionscould ring true for almost any graduate, but for this group of 21 graduating Dreamers-- among the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. protected, for now, by theDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA -- these feelings areeven more intense.That'sbecause many of these students who came to the United States as children whentheir parents immigrated here without documentation, never imagined they would beable to afford to go to college or graduate in four years. And now, like othergraduates across the country, they worry about financing grad school or gettinggood jobs all while fearing the worst: possible deportation for themselves ortheir family members as immigration laws remain in flux.Two ofthese Dreamer graduates who spoke to Catholic News Service May 10 -- ...

Accompanying families, reaching out to youth recurring encuentro themes

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic StandardBy Norma Montenegro FlynnWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The CatholicChurch needs to walk with and accompany Hispanic and immigrant families, reachout to youth and young adults, and strengthen faith and leadership formation.These were the recurring themesvoiced by participants of the episcopal Region IV encuentro held May 19, at TheCatholic University of America in Washington.As part of the National FifthEncuentro process, nearly 100 regional participants -- lay and religiousleaders from seven dioceses -- from Delaware, Maryland, the District ofColumbia, Virginia and West Virginia, gathered for the day to "encounter," asthe word "encuentro" suggests, each other and listen to the voices from parishcommunities and organizations within the region.They discerned priorities and strategieson Hispanic ministry and how to better answer Pope Francis' call to becomemissionary disciples reaching out to those on the peripheries."It's important for us to ...

Thought of the Day

"Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another."

Mark 9:49-50

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