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One Bread, One Body, March 25

March 25,  Passion (Palm) Sunday    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 50:4-7
Entrance Procession:   Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
2) Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16  Mark 14:1
— 15:47


Irish-born religious recall leaving homeland to devote lives to U.S. kids

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (CNS) — When Sister Anne McCrohan said goodbye to her parents and most of her 10 siblings at a train station in County Kerry, she thought it was forever.

Cardinal Dolan hopes Supreme Court will uphold free speech

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities said March 20 that he prayed the Supreme Court would "do the right thing and uphold our fundamental right to free speech" when it decides a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

Bishop Olson, Dr. Janet Smith headline conference on truth, wisdom of Humanae Vitae

FORT WORTH — Many Catholic couples form their viewpoint on marital love and family planning using advice from the secular world and American culture. But our nation’s divorce rate hovers around 42 percent, and almost 40 percent of babies are born to single mothers.

St. Joseph Just Got the No-Name Angel

Doesn’t seem fair to St. Joseph. Of course Mary got an archangel. She was going to be the Mother of God. The archangel Gabriel also appeared to Zechariah. He was going to be the father of St. John the Baptist, who’d tell the world that Jesus is coming.

One Bread, One Body, March 18

March 18,  Fifth Sunday of Lent    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15
2) Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel) John 12:20-33

Is holding someone accountable a virtue?

One of the most challenging situations a person can face is holding someone accountable for their actions. Rarely does someone want to be told what they can or cannot do.

Create in me a clean heart

“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” We hear you calling us to deeper conversion and renewal of life.

Ritual, consistency lead to better participation at Mass, study suggests

DETROIT (CNS) — So who really is singing "Gather Us In" at Mass?

In exile we sit and we weep

Time and again God has reached out to His people through His prophets, but they took no heed. Because of their hardness of heart and turning away from God, He allowed Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and to take away a disgraced and beaten Israelite people. 

Missionary priest updates friends on the school that faith built

BEDFORD — Father Robert Thames was more than 4,100 miles from his home in Bolivia, but for the priest from the Diocese of Fort Worth, his recent trip to North Texas was a homecoming for a class reunion and a chance to give an update on the success of Educate the Children, Bolivia.

Wuerl: 'Enduring presence of Christ in Eucharist' at heart of the faith

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity "to reflect on something at the very heart of our faith — the enduring presence of Christ in the Eucharist," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said March 8.

Canadian priest, former bar owner, helps people overcome addictions

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Redemptorist Father Andre Morency used to own a bar. But after his ordination in the early 1990s, he founded a unique shelter in Quebec City, where he has dedicated his life and ministry to offering a Catholic space for the men and women whose lives capsized because of alcohol addiction, drugs or gambling.

Take 5 with Father: ask questions, answer "yes"

Meet Father Ray McDaniel, who was thrilled to convert to Catholicism. But when his previous professional and personal dreams began to lose their luster, he began to suspect “God wanted more of me than just to be a Catholic.” 

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A good confessor is a good listener, Pope Francis said.

CCFW service a win-win for deacon candidates and clients

FORT WORTH  — With the encouragement of Bishop Michael Olson, Deacon Rigoberto Leyva, diocesan coordinator of Pastoral Formation, and Juan Rendon, diocesan director of Permanent Deacon Formation, are connecting some of the 29 deacon candidates with service opportunities at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). The collaborative effort has been a great success, said Deacon Leyva.

Contra Todo Pronóstico

Unos meses antes de casarme con la mujer de mis sueños, amigos y parientes me decían que nuestro “amor romántico” se desvanecería y se volvería una relación fría y distante dentro de los primeros años de matrimonio, especialmente después de que llegaran los niños. Por supuesto, nuestros seres queridos también nos felicitaban, pero muchos insistían en que deberíamos tener una visión realista sobre el matrimonio.

Giving up Facebook for Lent?

Facebook was founded in 2004, but this is the first year that I've noticed so many people giving it up for Lent.

One Bread, One Body, March 11

March 11, Fourth Sunday of Lent    
Cycle B Readings:
1) 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
2) Ephesians 2:4-10
Gospel) John 3:14-21

All for love of Christ

As one who helps prepare people to encounter Jesus Christ in the sacraments and especially at Easter, I find this feast especially humbling. Today’s young saints, Perpetua and Felicity, stood firm in their faith, knowing it would surely mean their death. 

Blessed Paul VI to be canonized at close of synod, cardinal says

ROME (CNS) — Blessed Paul VI will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

Declaring God's glory

For more than a decade, Karen Del Castillo has served in the Diocese of Fort Worth, most recently as youth coordinator for her tri-parish community. Now, she and her two youngest children have recently departed on a two-year mission trip to northern Peru.

A Salvadoran immigrant serves as barber, friend to Washington's poor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hair clippers and brushes are the tools 34-year-old Rudy Romero uses to carry out his mission to help the poor and homeless.

Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis' unique turns of phrase

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis has a striking way with words.

‘God did this’- How a 22 year-old Texan began a Catholic school for Uganda’s deaf children

Rannah Evetts had always wanted to go to Africa. She has no explanation for it, other than that God had planted a deep love of everything Africa in her heart for as long as she can remember.