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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 »

USCCB Chairmen Call on Congress to Consider Moral Criteria During Debates on Health Care Policy

Posted by Nancy Lambert

As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn and those experiencing deep poverty.

The Bishops ... 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 Anglosaxon 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, food or ... Read More »