Listen to Your Mother!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:49 PM Comments (2)
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Our Lady of Fatima has the best directions for us, her children.

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Listen to your Mother!

Mother’s Day in May is a good reminder, but a better one is the anniversary of our Blessed Mother’s appearance in Fatima, which we celebrated on May 13.

How many really listen to what our Mother said we must do? She instructs us to pray a daily Rosary and honor the Five First Saturdays.

But how many even know what the Five First Saturdays are?

This year marks the 97th anniversary of our Blessed Mother’s first appearance to the three shepherd children at Fatima — and by extension, to all her children. That’s us. Her messages, advice, and directions were for us.

Like a good mother who wants the best for her sons and daughters, she told us simply and clearly what we...READ MORE

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A Never-Forgotten Moment With a Future Saint

The special story of one American family.

Monday, April 28, 2014 4:00 PM Comments (0)
Courtesy of Pat Clark

Jennie Clark receives a personal blessing from Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Church in Columbia, S.C.

– Courtesy of Pat Clark

“I remember it like yesterday,” Pat Clark said with great joy during a phone chat from his home in Columbia, S.C.

He was referring to Sept. 12, 1987, the day Pope John Paul II came to St. Peter’s Church in Columbia, and Clark saw the future saint bless his two children, Jennie and Christopher. This happy dad never expected the national exposure that blessing would receive.

Months before, he learned that the Holy Father was going to stop at St. Peter’s during his trip to the United States.
But with more than 5,000 people applying for tickets to attend the pope’s service in St. Peter’s, Clark knew they were nearly impossible to get.

But the day before the pope arrived, so did four tickets...READ MORE

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Divine Mercy for the New Evangelization

Friday, April 25, 2014 7:06 PM Comments (1)

Divine Mercy Sunday is certainly capturing more attention this year in the secular world because of the interest in two popes being canonized on this feast day.

Heaven gave us a great confirmation of the feast, especially with St. John Paul II, because he was the promoter par excellence of this devotion; he declared it a feast for the universal Church on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2000, the same day he canonized St. Faustina Kowalska, to whom Jesus gave the Divine Mercy message; he died on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005, right after the vigil Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday; and he was himself beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday and now is canonized on it.

John Paul II also first used the...READ MORE

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The Hidden Rebellion: Coming Soon on Film

This factual film under way details the suppressed story of valiant Catholics during the French Revolution.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:04 PM Comments (1)

The Hidden Rebellion: Untold Story Behind the French Revolution is a movie in the making.

Filming itself is complete, and only the final editing and musical score needs to be added, as anticipation runs high for this true story.

The Hidden Rebellion aims to bring to light the story of the war in the Vendee region of France and the massacre of many people there, who fought to retain and protect their Catholic faith as the architects of the French Revolution attempted to wipe them out because of it.

The film’s producer and writer is Daniel Rabourdin. An American citizen, he was born and schooled in France but has lived in the United States for the past 25 years.

He is an accomplished...READ MORE

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The Passion in Real Time

'Passion 2014' in Irish Village Generates Interest in Europe and America

Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:33 AM Comments (0)
courtesy of Passion 2014

The local grotto on the hill will be the site of Jesus' Crucifixion on Good Friday.

– courtesy of Passion 2014

Most people have heard of the centuries-old Passion play performed every decade in Oberammergau, Austria.

But this year, the Passion play is being performed in Ireland for the first time with such magnitude. The faithful are heading to the small village of Pallasgreen in Limerick County on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and this moving event.

They are arriving not only from Ireland’s counties, but from several countries on the continent.

“We are re-creating the final hours of Jesus Christ, but in a way never done before,” Dara Fraher explained. She is a spokesperson for the "Passion 2014" performance.

“Our actors have spent the last six months becoming the characters, so that they are...READ MORE

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The Sorrowful Mysteries as Modern Stories for Youth — and More

Family Theater Productions Finishes Sorrowful Mysteries to Inspire Youth and Families

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:25 PM 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

Friday, February 28, 2014 5:48 PM 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

Friday, February 21, 2014 5:58 PM 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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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.