Pray for Marriage Before Valentine’s Day

02/06/2014 Comments (9)

We don’t have to go through the litany of the attacks on marriage these days. We’re fairly familiar with them by now.

And we’re familiar with the big-buck pleas from advertisers to make sure that Valentine’s Day will be celebrated in the best of secular ways.

So why not do something positive for marriage, like taking advantage of prayer and Mass to protect the sanctity of marriage and to strengthen marriage and all its joys for yourself and those you know?

One handy way comes from Johnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace, which starts a St. Valentine novena of Masses today. It will be in honor of the sacrament of matrimony to coincide with World Marriage Day and the celebration of St....READ MORE

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Family Rosary Opens Creative Contest for Students Everywhere

01/16/2014 Comment
Courtesy Holy Cross Family Ministries/Family Rosary

From a past contest, a grade-5 student's first-place-winning entry

– Courtesy Holy Cross Family Ministries/Family Rosary

Family Rosary has announced its 19th annual “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest.

Family Rosary, which is part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, in the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, who knew the importance of the Rosary and recognized the value of media, is calling children and teens nationwide to express their faith through art, poetry and prose for this year’s particular contest theme.

For 2014, Family Rosary has announced the theme is “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” The focus is on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation in the Temple.

This mystery includes the story of Simeon, who recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah. With great faith, Simeon...READ MORE

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Actress Tells How Wonderful the Film Was and Is

Virginia Patton Moss shares many memories from filming It's a Wonderful Life.

12/26/2013 Comments (7)
Courtesy of the St. Nicholas Institute

Virginia Patton Moss as Ruth Dakin Bailey meets her new brother-in-law George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart.

– Courtesy of the St. Nicholas Institute

It’s a Wonderful Life is a perennial favorite film at Christmastime. Certainly it’s one of the best and most memorable movies ever made.

It was one of the 45 films the Vatican singled out in 1995 on its list to commemorate the 100th anniversary of filmmaking that year. It is among the top five films on the Register’s informal poll list from 2004.

Virginia Patton Moss knows how special that film is — right from the time it was being made in 1946. She had the great privilege and blessing to be an important part of the cast.

In October 2013, the St. Nicholas Institute recognized her for being such an important part of motion-picture history by bestowing on her at the institute’s gala...READ MORE

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Free Nativities for 2014 Public Display

Keep Christ in Christmas with free crèches from the Thomas More Society and American Nativity Scene Committee.

12/20/2013 Comments (2)

Not many Christmas gifts arrive a year early, but the Thomas More Society and American Nativity Scene Committee are offering a free crèche to those folks who would like to display a privately sponsored and funded Christmas Nativity scene in a designated or traditional public forum, either inside or close to their state capitol or city hall next Christmas — December 2014.

The generous society is taking applications for the free Nativity displays between now and this Christmas, Dec. 25, 2013.

And there is a bonus gift attached for the first 50 crèche displays approved.

The Thomas More Society will give the first 50 approved applicants no-cost assistance in the legal permit process.


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Calling All Catholics Home for Christmas

New Evangelization calls, 'O come all ye faithful ...'

12/09/2013 Comments (2)

“Come Home for Christmas” is part of the New Evangelization efforts by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the archeparchy is getting out the message and invitation to as many people as possible using DVDs and YouTube broadcasts.

“Come Home for Christmas” is his effort to reach out not only to Ukrainian Catholics, but to all people.

He calls it his “personal invitation,” one that is “universal for all Christians.”

The five-minute DVD entitled Come Home for Christmas, which the archeparchy produced, features Metropolitan Soroka not only making this heartfelt invitation, but also recapturing in brief the story of Christmas.


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Wish Pope Francis a Happy Birthday!

There is still time to sign the Holy Father's birthday card and give him a gift, too!

12/04/2013 Comments (31)

More than 10,000 people have already signed a special birthday card for Pope Francis.

You can be among the thousands more expected to sign the card and pledge a simple gift for the Holy Father.

Francis celebrates his 77th birthday on Dec. 17, and this four-foot-tall birthday card will be shipped to the Vatican and presented to him in time for his special day.

This card features a large depiction of “Mary, Undoer of Knots,” a painting done in 1700 that moved a priest named Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now the Pope) when he saw it.

Father Bergoglio brought the image to his native Argentina and expanded it into a devotion in the 1980s. He even composed a prayer to Our Lady under the title....READ MORE

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A Million Book FREE Giveaway for Mary

10/16/2013 Comments (10)
Courtesy of the Marians Fathers of the Immaculate Conception

A couple looks over a copy of 33 Dias hacia un Glorioso Amanecer , ready to begin their consecration to Jesus through Mary.

– Courtesy of the Marians Fathers of the Immaculate Conception

One million books to give away for FREE?

This is what happens when the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass., take one of the most popular Catholic books of the last two years — 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Marian Father Michael Gaitley — and translate it into Spanish.

“Right now, we’re doing one of the largest consecration pushes ever,” Father Gaitley says. “We decided to print a million copies of a magazine version of the book in Spanish and give them away for free.”

Why would the Marians do this?

“Because our mission is to serve the Church where the need is greatest,” says Father...READ MORE

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Best Buddies See a Win in Upcoming Challenge

Group that helps people with Down syndrome fundraises for a worthy cause.

10/05/2013 Comment
Courtesy of Austin Ruse

The Austin Ruse team takes time off their bicycles for a photo at the Best Buddies Challenge in 2012.

– Courtesy of Austin Ruse

Growing up, most of us did some bicycling with our best buddies. Some still do today for a most important and essential cause.

On Oct. 19, Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), is one of the many people taking to the pavement to ride in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge.

The Best Buddies Challenge is an annual event that raises funds for Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to helping those with Down syndrome.

The challenge is no cake walk. Ruse and his team will be riding over a 62-mile (100 kilometers) route around Washington, D.C., and into Virginia that includes more than 4,000 feet of mountain climbs. There are also...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.