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The best part

The best part

| Alyssa Bormes | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

You know how you sometimes buy a $100 raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to the Holy Land, and then regret the purchase because for that kind of money, you ought to be walking away with groceries in your hands? But then you realize the money is going for a good cause — the parish — so then you forgive yourself, and then you forget about it, but then you win?

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The shirt box

The shirt box

| Alyssa Bormes | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Treasures are funny. So are those little boxes that we keep them in. Usually, when someone finds our treasure chests, the “treasure” part might not be immediately recognizable. I have an old shirt box with scraps of paper, and it is full of gems — that is, they are gems to me: written gems.

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Finding mercy in friendship since 1988

Finding mercy in friendship since 1988

| Alyssa Bormes | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are very few things that I have consistently done since 1988. Some of this is a mercy. Blue eye shadow is no longer among my cosmetics; shoulder pads are absent from my closet. However, since January 1988, two great friends have been in place, and we have a wonderful story.

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The mystery of male-female complementarity

The mystery of male-female complementarity

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 4, 2016 | 7 Comments

James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.“

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Build an altar

Build an altar

| Alyssa Bormes | February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year it’s a little different. Some years the anniversaries pass quietly; this year they were harder. On that December day after Mass when I told my friend that my younger child would have been 25 years old, the intensity of my tears surprised me. It was the same just a few months earlier when my older child would have been 26. The two “counselors” who spoke of the relief that abortion gives never mentioned that the ache of anniversaries intensifies after your own mother dies. Maybe they didn’t know.

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Realizing gratitude

Realizing gratitude

| Alyssa Bormes | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

High school teachers everywhere know what it is like to have students in class who are only there because it is a requirement. This is why a required speech class can really be an adventure. Public speaking is terrifying! In my experience, there is usually one student who is excited to take the class — and he or she shows up every five or six years.

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Can there be too much mercy?

Can there be too much mercy?

| Alyssa Bormes | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are times when it is all just too much. We are too busy, too overwhelmed, tired, lonely or a host of too many other things. But are there ever times when mercy is too much?

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Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

While some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually.

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Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kim Davis, the now-famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated [earlier this month]. She had refused to affix her signature to licenses being sought by two people of the same sex, even after the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage, noting that this would force her to act against her conscience and her deeply-held religious convictions.

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Abortion negates ‘best interest’ standard of consent

Abortion negates ‘best interest’ standard of consent

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently a phenomenon has come to light that involves the partnering of biomedical researchers with abortionists for the purpose of securing a reliable supply of human tissues and organs.

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News Notes: January 29, 2015

News Notes: January 29, 2015

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

– Young adult leadership conference is Feb. 7
– Pastor in Savage to receive national award
– DeLaSalle teacher named distinguished educator
– Former archdiocese auxiliary bishop marks 25 years

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News notes – January 15, 2015

News notes – January 15, 2015

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pray with U.S. bishops to end abortion Jan. 17-25
Event promotes healing from sexual abuse of children

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