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One Bread, One Body, August 27

August 27, Twenty First Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle A Readings:
1) Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8
2) Romans 11:33-36
Gospel) Matthew 16:13-20


Pope leads prayers for an end to 'inhuman violence' of terrorism

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – "Let us beg the Lord, God of mercy and peace, to free the world from this inhuman violence," Pope Francis prayed after a week of deadly terrorist attacks in Africa and Europe.

The blessings of friendship through the turns of life

Entering Carmel is a touching experience, because when you ring the doorbell a tender voice says, “Praised be Jesus Christ, who is it?”  I am always tempted to chant “’tis I, Mary Kathryn, your faithful friend!”

Doing small things with great love

I have a longing to do something great. I want to leave my mark on this world. I crave adventures and a wild and crazy life so people will continually ask, “Ali, what is your life?!” I want to be remembered for being a bold evangelist, like Saint Paul — big desires, I know.

U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

WASHINGTON (CNS) – U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures.

Being legally blind doesn't hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

EASTON, Pa. (CNS) – A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant.

Taking the dog for a walk

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children.

Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

OXFORD, England (CNS) — Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead.

New principals committed to strong academics and firm faith foundation

FORT WORTH — Three Catholic schools in our diocese welcome new principals this school year. Each comes to her position with a strong background in Catholic education.

Fort Worth Serra Club sends off seminarians with support, prayers

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Serra Club hosted its annual seminarian party honoring 30 seminarians on Aug. 6, prior to the start of the new seminary school year.

Young Catholic Professionals celebrate anniversary with Bishop Olson

FORT WORTH — The need for young adult ministry is great and Young Catholic Professionals exists to bridge the gap. Such was the message speakers and participants repeated during the Aug. 9 YCP anniversary event at St. Patrick Cathedral’s Pastoral Center.

New leadership outlines vision for Nolan Catholic High School

FORT WORTH – As the new principal of Tarrant County’s largest Catholic high school, Leah Rios cites several goals but one tops the list. “I want to make Nolan Catholic a place where students love to come every day,” she says enthusiastically.

One Bread, One Body, August 20

August 20, Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle A Readings:
1) Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
2) Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Gospel) Matthew 15:21-28

Iceland is 'eradicating' Down syndrome…by aborting everyone who has it

Reykjavik, Iceland (CNA/EWTN News) – A recent article from CBS News proclaims that “few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.”

Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The just-war criteria that would justify armed conflict with North Korea over its nuclear testing and threats to launch missiles have not been met, said ethicists interviewed by Catholic News Service.

Couple's story captures courage of a French village in World War II

One wintry evening in 1940 the doorbell rang at the home of Magda and Pastor Andre Trocme in the not-yet-famous town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France. Opening the door, Magda saw a German Jewish woman shivering in the cold.

God lifts up the lowly: the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Mary is the expert of Lectio Divina as she not only “pondered these things in her heart” (Luke 2:19), but she even conceived the eternal Word of God in her womb.

Chapel ministers to souls who visit, live amid Grand Canyon splendor

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (CNS) – Father Rafael Bercasio pastors perhaps the smallest parish in America – and the most uniquely situated.

Ready, set, hut! Robert Molyet named Athletic Director for diocese

FORT WORTH — Robert Molyet has taken the helm of sports in Catholic Schools as Athletic Director for the Diocese of Fort Worth, bringing more than three decades of experience to the position.

Knights’ tradition bestows gratitude for priests and religious

KELLER — Prayer, generosity, and thanksgiving were in the air as the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Fort Worth held their 22nd annual Priest and Religious Appreciation Dinner Monday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Keller.

Speaker sees 'decisive battle' being waged against marriage, family

WICHITA, Kan. (CNS) — Scott Hahn told a packed convention hall in Wichita that Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, had once predicted the "decisive battle" between the Lord and Satan would be regarding marriage and family.

Pope Francis: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)  On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy  a point he often returns to  and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.

Papa Francisco: Es triste que algunos católicos se crean perfectos y desprecien al resto

VATICANO (ACI) - El perdón como motor de la esperanza fue el tema que centró la catequesis del Papa Francisco en una nueva Audiencia General en la que recordó que la Iglesia está formada por pecadores y criticó que algunos cristianos crean que son perfectos y desprecian a los demás.

What it's like to be a missionary in North Korea?

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to help, says one priest in that situation.

One Bread, One Body, August 13

August 13, Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle A Readings:
1) 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
Psalm 85:9-14
2) Romans 9:1-5
Gospel) Matthew 14:22-33