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Vatican Corner 08-12-18

On July 31, 2018, Pope Francis met with more than 60,000 young altar servers who came to St. Peter ’ s Square for the 12th International Pilgrimage for Altar Boys and Girls. The gathering which is held about every 4 years, began as a meeting of German altar servers...

Pastors Desk 08-12-18

One day in Port Huron, Michigan a partially deaf boy came home from school with a note from his teacher. He handed it to his mother. She opened it and slowly read it. The note suggested that her son was too dull to learn. He was holding back the whole class. It would...

Vatican Corner 08-05-18

The ‘ Holy Stairs ’ or ‘ Scala Santa ’ are a set of 28 white marble steps located in Rome in extraterritorial property of the Vatican about 3 miles outside the walls near the Archbasilica of St. John in Laterano, the most ancient church in the world. That is the...

Pastors Desk 08-05-18

In one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books there is a story told by a doctor. It is about a five-year-old girl named Mary who had suffered a stroke that left half of her body paralyzed. Even more tragically, she had been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor,...

Pastors Desk 07-29-18

Monsignor Arthur Tonne has a funny story on today’s Gospel lesson. A village farmer stopped at a restaurant in the nearby town and sat near a group of young fellows who were acting up, shouting at the cook and heckling the waitress. When his meal was set before him...

Vatican Corner 07-29-18

Pope Francis surprised the wedding guests and Brazilian Father Renato dos Santos the planned celebrant when Francis unexpectedly appeared at the wedding of Luca Schafer, a Swiss Guard, and Brazilian Letícia Vera, a former employee of the Vatican Museums on July 16,...

Vatican Corner 07-22-18

Three dimensional (3D) printing is a manufacturing process using digital data and a printing machine to build up material layer by layer to create tangible objects. Plastics, carbon - fibers, metals, and food are some of the materials being used today in these...

Pastors Desk 07-22-18

Mother Teresa tells how one day she visited an old people's home in Sweden. It was efficiently run. The food was good. The staff was trained, and treated the old people well. It seemed an ideal place in which to end one's days. There were about forty elderly people in...

Vatican Corner 07-15-18

A project of the Jesuit - run global prayer network Apostleship of Prayer is the monthly “ Pope Video ” initiative. In his prayer video of July 3, 2018, Pope Francis asked Catholics to dedicate the month of July to giving a spiritual gift to their pastors by praying...

Pastors Desk 07-15-18

Ms. Teresa Gutierrez – one of the great daughters of St. Joachim Parish journeyed to take her permanent residence in heaven on Sunday July 8th at 1.00 am at the ripe age of 103. She was surrounded by all her loving children when she peacefully passed away. She had...

Vatican Corner 07-01-18

A gathering of gentlemen wearing scarlet trimmed black cassocks in the streets of Rome next to the Vatican is a rare site, especially since cardinals tend to stay in their apartments, offices, and vehicles. But in May, 2018 cardinals seemed to be all around, standing...

Pastors Desk 07-01-18

The whole world was saddened when Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died in a medical clinic in Mexico. What was she doing in Mexico? It's simple. Doctors in the United States had told her they could do no more for her. The clinic in Mexico...

Vatican Corner 06-24-18

On June 29, 2018, Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals and as before, they come from all over the world, including, this time, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, and Poland. Every year, Francis has been selecting new cardinals and many have...

Pastors Desk 06-23-18

Karl Barth, the great 20th century Calvinist theologian, would wake up early in the morning, read the newspaper, and stare at a painting by Grunewald called Crucifixion. Jesus is hanging from the cross, apparently dead, while Mary and others morn. John the Baptist,...

Vatican Corner 06-17-18

On June 11, 2018, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid from his post as the head of the diocese of Osomo, Chile. Francis also accepted the resignations of two other Chilean bishops who had reached the normal...

Pastors Desk 06-17-18

You probably don't recognize the name, Rita Antoinette Rizzo . Rita was born on April 20, 1923. She had a rough childhood which she spent mostly in poverty. When she was a young woman Rita decided to become a nun. At 21 she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual...

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