The Sorrowful Mysteries as Modern Stories for Youth — and More

Family Theater Productions Finishes Sorrowful Mysteries to Inspire Youth and Families

03/26/2014 Comments (1)
Holy Cross Family Ministries

– Holy Cross Family Ministries

Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, who founded Family Theater Productions in 1942, made a wonderful series on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary that are timeless, still available and watched by many.

Now, for Lent, Family Theater Productions has just released a drama about the Sorrowful Mysteries, especially meant for teens and their families.

Called Carrying On, this dramatization, a part of the Manifest Mystery Series on DVD, brings the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross, into the present day.

Carrying On focuses on a teenager from Boston who is faced with dealing with her own materialism and self-centeredness when she travels to visit her...READ MORE

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Pope's Prescription for Heart and Soul

Marians offer Medicine for the Heart

02/28/2014 Comments (1)
Courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

– Courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

There is one “medication” everybody needs to take: Mercycardin (Medicine for the Heart), courtesy of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

They are taking the recommendation of Pope Francis for spiritual medicine to heart.

“I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” Pope Francis said at the end of his Angelus address on Nov. 17, 2013. “Some will think, ‘Is the Pope a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make concrete the Year of Faith, which is coming to an end. It is a medicine of 59 little pills strung together. It is a spiritual medicine called ‘Misericordina.’”

Francis held up a “prescription pill box” to show the 80,000 people in...READ MORE

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Ukraine, Then and Now

A Metropolitan Prays and a Priest Reflects on Ukraine

02/21/2014 Comments (6)
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Maidan Square, pre-violence

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Last August, things were very different in the Ukraine, when Archbishop Stefan Soroka, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia for Ukrainians, and Very Rev. Archpriest Michael Hutsko traveled to Kiev and around the country.

Today, as the situation in Ukraine grows ominous, Archbishop Soroka, who is also Metropolitan of all Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, just issued a major statement and prayer being sent to all the parishes in the Philadelphia Archeparchy for services this weekend.

At the same time, Father Hutsko shared what he saw and experienced while in the Ukraine during a conversation with me after the latest violence. He is the pastor of both Sts....READ MORE

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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

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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)
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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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About Joseph Pronechen

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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.