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To Rise With Christ

Posted by Nancy Lambert

TO RISE WITH CHRIST

 “Ad resurgendum cum Christo”

An Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the burial of the dead and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.  Dated August 15, 2016 and released by the Holy See today, October 25, 2016. 

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USCCB Spring General Assembly

Posted by Nancy Lambert

May 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 14-15, in Indianapolis. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address issues of immigration and refugees, religious freedom at home and abroad as well as health care policy ... Read More »

U.S.Bishops Chairman Calls on Senate to Strip Harmful Proposals from House-Passed Health Care Bill

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to strip out the harmful provisions of the bill when the chamber ... Read More »

Share Truth of Family with Mercy

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says in "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") apostolic exhortation  

VATICAN CITY — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken ... Read More »

Important Liturgical Notes for Easter Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

From Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:

The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. In a sense, every day of the Octave is like ... Read More »

Today Is Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Nancy Lambert

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we welcome our Local Ordinary, His Excellency, The Most Revd. Edward K. Braxton to our parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Let us join the Bishop in praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our children.

Mankind’s need for ... Read More »

Joy Comes in the Morning...It's Easter!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The transformative lesson God taught us during Lent is that the morning will come when you learn how to endure the night.  God promised His people, “I will be as the dew unto my people”. Dew is the tiny drops of moisture that appear on cool surface in the ... Read More »

Important Days Ahead...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Catholics and in fact, other Christian churches distribute palms on Palm Sunday to commemorate Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest and Crucifixion on Good Friday. 

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The Death of Lazarus - The Manifestation of God's Glory

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Ordinarily, whenever somebody dies and the family calls or a priest is invited, the issue is not for the priest to raise the dead person but to discuss and arrange funerals. Normally, the family of the deceased does not expect the priest to perform any miracle (bring the dead ... Read More »

"Isn't This the One Who Used to Sit and Beg?"

Posted by Nancy Lambert

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" — which means Sent. So he went and washed, and ... Read More »