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When sharing the faith, don’t just rely on the ‘three Ps’

When sharing the faith, don’t just rely on the ‘three Ps’

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have a co-worker with whom I get along very well who has taken a deeper interest in Catholicism. How do I best direct him to a parish that will make him feel welcome and engage him in a personal way?

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Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

| Deacon Michael Nevin | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we draw ever closer to the great celebration of Christmas, many of us are busy preparing for the festivities that accompany such a great season of joy. The stores have been filled with holiday displays for months, front yards are resplendent with lights and decorations, and life is busy buying gifts for our loved ones.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a pregnancy, the birth of a child and the celebration of the sacrament of baptism, a name must be chosen for the child. A name is a person’s title or identifier for life. This is a not a decision that should be taken lightly. The selection of the name is primarily the duty of the parents, and only secondarily the duty of the sponsor or the pastor.

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Long live Christ the King

Long live Christ the King

| Deacon Stephen Najarian | November 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

Mixed in with the politics of the Mexican revolution of some 10 years earlier, the decades of Church persecution were finally coming to a head.

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When long liturgies keep family from attending Mass

When long liturgies keep family from attending Mass

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 8, 2017 | 4 Comments

Q. My family refuses to go to Mass because there are too many “extras” (like baptisms), too much singing and too many announcements. Why can’t we have a “low Mass” without all of that stuff? Isn’t the Church supposed to adapt and keep up with all the people?

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Replenishing our flame

Replenishing our flame

| Jacqui Skemp | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the liturgical year comes to a close, the Church draws our attention to the ends and beginnings.

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What do we love?

What do we love?

| Deacon Michael Nevin | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many years ago, my wife decided to do some interior decorating in our home, and stenciled the “Great Commandment” from the Gospel of Matthew on the walls of our stairway: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Secret baptisms against the parents’ wishes

Secret baptisms against the parents’ wishes

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 25, 2017 | 7 Comments

Unbaptized children. It is happening more and more these days.

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To have Mass, we need to foster priestly vocations

To have Mass, we need to foster priestly vocations

| Deacon Stephan Najarian | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus used many parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. It’s like a mustard seed, a treasure buried in a field, a pearl of great price, and, as we hear this Sunday, like a wedding feast. The Book of Revelation describes heaven as the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb: Jesus the bridegroom, celebrating the union with his bride, the Church, in one huge banquet for all eternity.

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How can I pray better instead of just rambling?

How can I pray better instead of just rambling?

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I know that prayer needs to be a part of my life, but I never know what to say. I find myself either daydreaming or just rambling to God. How can I pray better?

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The godparent’s role in baptism

The godparent’s role in baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the time for an infant baptism arrives, it is also the time for the parents to select the godparents. This is a matter of tremendous spiritual importance, and the parents should use a number of spiritual criteria to make their choice.

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God is not a personal prayer vending machine

God is not a personal prayer vending machine

| Nell O’Leary Alt | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

I used to pray out my fixed, rigid request list. I considered God to be my personal prayer vending machine. Prayer in; prayer answered.

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