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Christus Vivit, Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on Young People

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON-The release of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation today is “a wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church,” said the President and committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB). Cardinal Daniel ... Read More »

You Can Make Lent A Priority

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring”, is a time marked by particular rituals, such as reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to “give up some habits, ... Read More »

Lent and Holy Week Notes 2019

Posted by Nancy Lambert

LENTEN SEASON

X The Alleluia is not sung or said during the Lenten liturgies.

X The Gloria is not sung or said during Lent except on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25).

X Violet is the color ... Read More »

Lent and Holy Week Notes 2019

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Each year the Lord Jesus calls the entire Church to a special season of penance and renewal. As we begin this holy time of Lent, we should reflect on our need for conversion of heart, prayer, charitable works and penance.

The season of Lent extends this year from Ash ... Read More »

Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life

Posted by Nancy Lambert

 

Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life Chairman Urges Senate Vote and Passage of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act 

WASHINGTON–Last night, the Senate failed to adopt by unanimous consent the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that would ensure that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of ... Read More »

Philippine Cathedral Bombings

Posted by Nancy Lambert

President of U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference with Chairman of Bishops’ International Justice Committee Condemn Philippine Cathedral Bombings as “Act of Terrorism”

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services USA ... Read More »

Pope: Scapegoating Migrants in Political Speeches Is Unacceptable

Posted by Nancy Lambert

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In today's climate of mistrust, rejection and nationalism, the world urgently needs peacemakers and politicians who protect and lovingly serve others, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1.

"Terror exerted over those who are most vulnerable contributes ... Read More »

Big Question - Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Baptism washes away the original sin (sin we inherited from Adam and Eve), and makes us children of God. So, the big question is, why was Jesus baptized?  Jesus has no sin; Jesus is already the son of God.

Jesus went to John and asked to be baptized and ... Read More »

It's Another New Year

Posted by Nancy Lambert

O yes! It’s another new year. We made it, we are here, thank God. We are grateful to God for his goodness and mercy. God has been so kind to us. Of course, everything that happened in your life in 2018 may not be all you wanted or expected ... Read More »

It's Christmas!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

When we celebrate birthdays, when we send cards and give gifts, we are saying the person whose birthday we celebrate is important to us.

Jesus Christ came into this world as a tiny baby, not as a grown person, not as an alien from outer space. Though he was ... Read More »