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Working to reach our true potential as Catholics

Working to reach our true potential as Catholics

| Deacon Jake Greiner | September 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the future. We look at our gifts and abilities, reflect on our experiences and try to think what is truly possible. In other words, we look at the present in order to understand what the future may hold — what our true potential may be.

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What does it take to cultivate a spirituality of stewardship?

What does it take to cultivate a spirituality of stewardship?

| September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

To get at the spiritual root of something is to go back to its original reality — in this case, to discover the essence of stewardship. Catholic spirituality has real meaning in our lives and the lives of others because we connect to the source of that meaning, Jesus Christ and his church.

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Who do you say Jesus is?

Who do you say Jesus is?

| Deacon Brian Park | September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They said in reply, ‘John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’”

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We must be ‘doers of the word,’ even at difficult times

We must be ‘doers of the word,’ even at difficult times

| Deacon Luke Marquard | August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Near the beginning of “Render Unto Caesar,” Archbishop Charles Chaput makes a claim that has remained strong in my mind in the years since I read it — a claim we hear echoed in the current teaching from the bishops of the United States, including our own faithful shepherd.

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Church can teach us about the art of ‘wise hospitality’

Church can teach us about the art of ‘wise hospitality’

| Deacon Andrew Jaspers | August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Sunday’s first reading about Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs (9:1-6) opens our ears and minds to the meaning of Sunday’s Gospel.

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Patron of priests among greatest confessors

Patron of priests among greatest confessors

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

St. John Vianney, whose feast day is Aug. 4, is also known as St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney and the Cure of Ars. He was born in 1786 in Lyons, France, into a devout Catholic family. It was a time of terrible upheaval. The French Revolution was under way, churches were being closed and priests were being killed.

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We must be attentive to the signs of God’s presence

We must be attentive to the signs of God’s presence

| Deacon Joah Ellis | August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Signs play a big part in our lives. We encounter them all the time, often without even realizing it. Think, for example, of just how many road signs you encounter even on a short drive. They are all meant to stand for something else, to point out what lies ahead on the road. This is exactly why they are so important. By indicating the rules of the road and what we will soon encounter, they lead us safely to our destination.

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Summer Gospel readings put spotlight on Eucharist

Summer Gospel readings put spotlight on Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

There will be a major shift in the Sunday Gospels beginning on the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time July 29. This is Year B of the Sunday Lectionary, the year that emphasizes the Gospel of Mark; but for a series of five weeks, from weeks 17 to 21, the Sunday Gospels will be taken from the Gospel of John — the “Bread of Life discourse.”

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What is NFP?

What is NFP?

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of […]

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Natural family planning summer class schedule

Natural family planning summer class schedule

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Natural family planning classes will take place at various sites in July, August and September. Call the provider listed to register or for more information

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Celebrating NFP: A way of love, way of life

Celebrating NFP: A way of love, way of life

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Faithfully Yours” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate God’s design for married love and the gift of life and to raise awareness of natural family planning methods.

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Doctor says priest instrumental in her choosing ‘to do the right thing’

Doctor says priest instrumental in her choosing ‘to do the right thing’

| Dr. Melissa Schimnowski | July 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

I am a family practice physician who stopped prescribing any form of birth control two years ago. What a relief that was! I was finally able to go to work each day without feelings of anxiety and guilt, which had been my constant companions for many months. Still, it took several trips to the confessional before I felt forgiven for the years that I had ordered contraceptive shots and written out prescriptions for “the pill.”

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