Serving the Catholic Communities of Elizabethtown, Eldorado and Harrisburg Illinois

Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

For His Mercy Endures Forever...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

"Praise the Lord, for he is good;  for his mercy endures forever . . .

Who skillfully made the heavens,  for his mercy endures forever . . .

Who split in two the Red Sea,  for his mercy endures forever . . .

Who struck down great kings,  for ... Read More »

Catholic Relief Services Collection

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports Catholic Church organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts. Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for the poor; legal and support services for poor immigrants; peace and reconciliation ... Read More »

Confession is Time to Encounter God

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Vatican City- While people must be honest and specific about their sins when they go to confession, they will miss the sacrament’s key grace if they are “completely mechanical” about listing their sins, Pope Francis said.

Confession is not a time for judgment, but for an encounter with the ... Read More »

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual ... Read More »

Pope Francis offers Guidance for Lent

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Pope: Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one's faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said.

"Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions ... Read More »

Catholic and Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity of Life

Posted by Nancy Lambert

NEW YORK—On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred. An official delegation of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will participate ... Read More »

Cardinal Dolan's Roe v. Wade Anniversary Statement

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Washington - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14.  His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Row v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme ... Read More »

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation - The Entire People of God Proclaims the Gospel

Posted by Nancy Lambert

After having considered some of the challenges of the present, I would like to speak of the task which bears upon us in every age and place, for “there can be no evangelization without the explicit proclamation of Jesus as Lord,” and without “the primacy of the proclamation of ... Read More »

National Migration Week 2016 to be Celebrated January 3-9

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The National Migration Week 2016 will take place January 3-9 with the theme, "A Stranger and You Welcomed Me." The celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the hardships faced by migrants, including children, refugees, and victims of human trafficking. The call to welcome the stranger plays an important ... Read More »

Mary, Mother of God

Posted by Nancy Lambert

There are four dogmas stating Mary’s personal relationship with God and her role in human salvation.

1) Divine Motherhood:  Mary’s divine motherhood was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431.  Various names are used to describe Mary’s role as mother of Jesus.  She is called “Mother of God” ... Read More »