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Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m afraid of sacrifice. Not that I am afraid of giving up stuff or letting go of what I need to let go of, but I am afraid of what God might possibly call me to sacrifice some day.

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How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

How are you preparing a way for the Lord?

| Deacon Charles Mugabi | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Growing up, I observed how my family prepares for visitors. Whenever we expect a relative, friend, priest or government official, we prepare a couple of things to show hospitality, depending on how long the visitor is staying. Usually, we clean the house thoroughly, including the back yard, washrooms and couches, prepare good food, and, if a visitor is staying for a couple of days, then his or her bed is properly made. My family takes time to prepare for visitors so that they can experience a warm welcome and feel at home.

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Good St. Nick

Good St. Nick

| Jessica Weinberger | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Feast day celebrations point to saint’s charity

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Explaining Eucharist to child; defending Mary Magdalene

Explaining Eucharist to child; defending Mary Magdalene

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. At Mass recently, after listening intently to the words of consecration, our 4-year-old granddaughter whispered to my wife, “Is wine really blood?” How would you answer her question? Also, would your answer be different for a 7-year-old, a teenager or an adult taking RCIA classes?

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Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

| Deacon Doug Liebsch | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is one feast in which we recognize the grand majesty of Jesus. This feast helps deepen our understanding of who Jesus is.

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Daily Scriptures: November 8 – November 22, 2015

Daily Scriptures: November 8 – November 22, 2015

| November 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Nov. 8
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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Christ’s sacrifice helps us make our own

Christ’s sacrifice helps us make our own

| Deacon Dan Gehler | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

So many times when we hear the readings on Sunday we think, “Oh, it’s this one again,” and we might tune out because we think we know what it’s all about. The readings for Nov. 8 can fall into that category.

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Believe in ghosts? Regardless, pray for the dead

Believe in ghosts? Regardless, pray for the dead

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. What does the Church teach about ghosts? Are they real? What are we supposed to do with them?

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Daily Scriptures: October 25 – November 8, 2015

Daily Scriptures: October 25 – November 8, 2015

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Oct. 25
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

| Deacon Charles Friebohle | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just imagine that you’re going up north on vacation, and on the way you see a blind beggar on the side of the road. You stop to help the man, and he tells you something about yourself that not even your family members can see. This describes the Gospel passage for Oct. 25.

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Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q.I have attended a Catholic church with my husband for 15 years. I am not a Catholic, but I am Christian. We have raised our children as Catholic, and we all attend Mass each week. When I go up in the Communion line with my family, I cross my arms and receive a blessing. Now I have been asked to be a cantor at Mass. Am I allowed to?

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Daily Scriptures: October 11 – October 25, 2015

Daily Scriptures: October 11 – October 25, 2015

| October 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, Oct. 11
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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