Los Angeles event planned to honor the “Rosary Priest”

Pope Francis declared Father Patrick Peyton to be Venerable on December 18, 2017; Prayer Celebration for Families on June 10 will honor him with Eucharistic Procession, rosary prayer and Mass

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was known around the world for encouraging families to pray the Rosary and his devotion to Mary.  Families in Los Angeles can be a part of this historic event honoring the “Rosary Priest” as he moves closer to sainthood during A Prayer Celebration for Families on Sunday, June 10, at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton.  The celebration … [Read more...]

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Carmelite brother chose to become homeless

Brother Michael, a postulant with the Carmelite Order, voluntarily embraced homelessness as part of a one-man ministry to those living on the streets

From just looking at Brother Michael Ignatius, one wouldn’t suspect it. But the 61-year-old Carmelite is homeless. For several months, his bed was a bench on a bike path near San Diego International Airport. Later, he discovered that he could get a few hours of sleep every night by taking a round trip on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. And there were times when he was so … [Read more...]

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Wounded veterans seek healing and peace at Lourdes

Recent pilgrimage to Lourdes sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus drew more than 200 pilgrims

American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus. Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to Stage 4 brain cancer. “We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We got spiritual healing and … [Read more...]

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“Confirmation isn’t a coming of age ritual”

Director of Parish Faith Formation for Diocese of Orange: "The rites of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, in that order"

The first step in our initiation into Christian life is the sacrament Baptism. In fact, because of your Baptism you are Christian. But in Catholic teaching, Baptism is just the beginning of a full life in Christ. For most children it is a gift to them from their parents while they are still infants.  The sacramental grace of Baptism works within the child’s soul to encourage … [Read more...]

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Catholics prepare to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento

10th Annual Marian Procession will be held Saturday, May 12; event spokesman says, "We will be praying specifically for the people of this state to turn back to God

In this month of Mary, California Catholics are preparing to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento.  On Saturday, May 12, thousands of faithful will gather for the Great Marian Procession, a march culminating with the consecration of California to the Blessed Mother.  Speaking with Church Militant Friday, organizer Michael Solton described the procession as an act of … [Read more...]

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Stockton bishop calls for prayers of consecration to Immaculate Heart of Our Lady

In letter to the faithful, Bishop Myron Cotta writes, "On Monday, May 21, I invite you: the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Stockton, to offer a prayer of consecration of our Diocese of Stockton to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady, Mary, Mother of the Church”

The following is a message from Bishop Myron Cotta of Stockton: My Dear People of God, As we welcome the month of May, we are reminded of the annual celebration of Mother’s Day. It is a time to give thanks to God for our moms, and for the gift of “motherhood.” It is a time to reflect on all that motherhood entails: selflessness, sacrifice, commitment and the nourishing love … [Read more...]

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Bishop McElroy: Catholics should focus on ‘deep-level conscience formation’

San Diego bishop gave second Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture at Loyola University in Chicago last week, favors "affective and inspiring" over "cognitive and exhortational"

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called last week for the U.S. bishops to shift from focusing on Catholic principles and moral issues in the political arena to a “deep-level conscience formation” inspired by Pope Francis. “As bishops, we tend to teach from principles and moral norms,” McElroy said. “Our approach is cognitive and exhortational, not affective and … [Read more...]

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Where are the people? On the Internet and on their phone

Oakland diocese encouraging use of online Catholic platform 'Formed' to meet the people where they are

"The new evangelization, as we have heard, needs to be ardent and expressive," said Rev. Alexander Castillo, who serves as director of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. "Pope Francis calls us to own the process of the new evangelization. He makes it very clear we need to meet people where they are," Father Castillo says. And where are the … [Read more...]

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Government vs. God

People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help, according to the theory. But are people actually more likely to drop religion in places where governments provide more services and stability? In a new paper, psychology … [Read more...]

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Maronite Church: Stop the online “doctrinal brawls”

Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï: Those who use social media, writings, teaching and any other activity to spread content incompatible with the doctrine of the Church are sinning against Christ

Intra-ecclesial online brawls on doctrinal matters are now spreading among Christians in the East. A drift that the Maronite Church is now trying to counter with a singular initiative: a doctrinal handbook, with pastoral instructions, which paradoxically is directed not to those who approach Christianity for the first time, but to all those - priests, religious, self-proclaimed … [Read more...]

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