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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Royal Priesthood

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi celebrates the body of Christ, which Jesus offers to the Father for the salvation of the world.  In this sense, it is a celebration of Christ who is both victim and priest in the Eucharist.  Several of today’s readings refer to the ... Read More »

The Holy Trinity - Three Persons, One God

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is ONE.  We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial  Trinity.”  The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves, but each of them is God whole and entire:  the Father is ... Read More »

Pentecost: The Church's Birthday

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Each year the church celebrates 50 days of Easter, culminating at the feast of Pentecost.  Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon

Jesus’ disciples after His resurrection.  Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next, and spent most of their time ... Read More »

Pastoral Message on Growing Older Within the Faith Community

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A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. (Eccl 3:1)

Arriving at an older age is to be considered a privilege: not simply because not everyone has the good fortune to reach this stage ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »