Learn your history

The following comes from an April 28 Globe Newswire news release: Lands of Hope and Promise, the newest high school history textbook in a series of highly praised, beautiful history textbooks published by Catholic Textbook Project, earns the highest praise from Monsignor Sal Pilato, … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, Well, the last week has been a good one, but I was definitely beginning to feel a sort of spiritual dryness. My first month here, everything felt so new, and good; there was this peace in knowing that I was going outside of myself, serving others. Then I realized two things: the … [Read More...]

Abortion clinics in blue states are closing, too

The following comes from a May 2 FiveThirtyEight article by Madeleine Schwartz: In many ways, Shauna Heckert, the executive director of Women’s Health Specialists of California, a group of six abortion clinics in Northern California, feels lucky to be working in a blue state. California abortion … [Read More...]

Co-chair of Catholic Green Initiative warns of dire consequences of global warming

  The following comes from an April 27 Valley Catholic post by A.W. Strawa, Co-Chair of Catholic Green Initiative, Office of Social Ministries: “If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the … [Read More...]

“We decided to keep it”

The following comes from an April 25 Catholic Voice article by Mair Moran. Moran is co-director of Birthright of Livermore. As they exited the clinic, the young couple looked downcast. They had been given only one "choice." Even though they were struggling to raise several children, they didn't … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, Well, wonderful as Kolkata is, I still seem to be dreaming about home every night. Last night I dreamed we were all at Thomas Aquinas College for mass, and I was meeting baby Sam. This morning I went to Kalighat as usual. On Sundays we have mass there which is always really cool. … [Read More...]

Why aren’t other dioceses looking to Lincoln?

The following comes from an April 30 Liturgy Guy blog post: So often these days we read of the ongoing collapse of Catholicism in the west.  In diocese after diocese we see parishes and schools closing or consolidating, a decline in priests as older clergy pass away at rates higher than new … [Read More...]

‘I was still in there’

The following comes from a May 2 Washington Post article by Lindsey Bever: Brisa Alfaro had a stroke and slipped into a coma in 2014. While in comatose, Alfaro suffered from the rare locked-in syndrome: she was paralyzed, but painfully aware. Now, Alfaro says she is still on the road to recovery, … [Read More...]

Puppet co-preached homily in front of San Diego bishop

The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Denis Grasska: SAN DIEGO — There was something special about the Mass celebrated on March 8 at Our Mother of Confidence Church. And it wasn’t just the fact that a female puppet co-preached the homily. The sixth annual Missionary Childhood … [Read More...]

Grapes at the graveyard

The following comes from an April 28 Sacramento Bee article by Bob Shallit: Wine grapes could soon take root adjacent to headstones under a plan to convert part of the vast St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in southeast Sacramento into a 9-acre vineyard. The plans, disclosed by city officials on … [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood videographers head to trial in Houston

The following comes from an April 29 Houston Chronicle article by Brian Rogers: Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear ones, Well, it's Thursday, which means we have the day off. I served mass this morning, and when I arrived I started making small chat with the priest before mass began. I had rushed out without my glasses on, so I wasn't exactly operating on all cylinders. Anyway, he was American and he … [Read More...]

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