Two rites make a wrong

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
We are one church and we need just one Mass, this Catholic argues-even if that one Mass is celebrated in any number of languages.

It's a miracle!

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Article Faith and Science Prayer and Sacraments
Does your faith need divine intervention?

Msgr. Fred Easton is not exactly the first person who’d jump to mind when one thinks about miracles. Trained as a canon lawyer, the judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is by nature of his profession rational and methodical. He also came face-to-face a few years ago with the miracle of Phil McCord.


What do you ask for this child?

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Baptism might not have exactly saved this baby’s life, but it showed his family the power of love and faith.

As a religious educator, I have always taught that Baptism can be administered in an emergency by anyone with the right intentions using the ancient trinitarian formula. I never imagined, of course, that I would be that person, baptizing not a stranger but my own flesh and blood, my grandson.


The Canticle of the Sun

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In honor of Earth Day, let’s hear from one of the great saints of our church about the wonders of creation. Be sure to share this prayer with your children. 

By St. Francis of Assisi

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.


From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist

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From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist
By Edward Foley (Liturgical Press, 2008)

Warning: If you read this book you may never look at a chalice the same way again. Instead, you may see, in addition to a sacred vessel, a theological statement about the Eucharist as it was understood at a particular moment in history.


Penitential Rite: The Church is called to repentance

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The Church: called to repentance; called to prophesy

Prayers and reflections for the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He was assassinated March 24, 1980.

Penitential Rite: The Church is called to repentance


Big gifts come in small prayer groups

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

With a wink and a smile and a sueeze of the hand. Gilda Rodriguez naturally knows what question to ask, what personal thing to say to each person she greets. That's no small task in a group of 50 or so Spanish-speaking parishioners gathered at St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish in Tucson, Arizona. As they do every Thursday for two hours, the men, women, and even teenagers come together to pray, sing, and share the Word of God with each other.


Five ways to stay awake at Mass

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The most important activity in the parish is Sunday Mass. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has written a lengthy pastoral letter on liturgical renewal to prepare the people of his archdiocese for the Jubilee Year 2000. He stresses in the letter that the Second Vatican Council held the renewal of the liturgy to be central to the life of the church, and the Sunday liturgy is, indeed, the "very center" of the church's life.


Five ways to stay awake at Mass

By Kevin H. Axe| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The most important activity in the parish is Sunday Mass. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has written a lengthy pastoral letter on liturgical renewal to prepare the people of his archdiocese for the Jubilee Year 2000. He stresses in the letter that the Second Vatican Council held the renewal of the liturgy to be central to the life of the church, and the Sunday liturgy is, indeed, the "very center" of the church's life.


Grave Responsibilities

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Article Spirituality

They always call in the middle of dinner. And they're always from places that sound folksy and green-Willow Park, Heritage Creek, Oakland Hills, Forest Lawn. And I'm never quite sure just what they're selling. Is it golf club memberships or time-share condos or New Age religion or nursing home care?

"Protection...inevitable... eventual reality..." There's a flurry of meaningful concept words.


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