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Happy Birthday to the Church! (1289)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 27, Pentecost.

05/27/2012 Comment
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

Sunday, May 27, is Pentecost Sunday (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).

Family

This Pentecost, surprise the family with seven gifts representing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom: new rosaries (or rosary aids).

Understanding: Catholic Bible.

Counsel: Catechism or YouCat for youth.

Fortitude: Catholic movies about moral courage.

Knowledge: a celebration of nature.

Piety: gifts for others.

Fear of the Lord: church architecture and time at church.

Readings

Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

Our Take

Today is the birthday of the Church, and the readings explain why.

1. Jesus commissions the apostles. “As the...READ MORE

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Tying the Catholic Knot: Church Teachings and Wedding Customs (7357)

May 20 feature for the engaged and newlyweds on life happily Catholic ever after.

05/27/2012 Comment
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

Above the confusion and contentious hum that surrounds the redefining-marriage debate stands the Catholic Church. Her beliefs on marriage do not sway with public opinion, but are seated in Christ, the unchanging Truth. The Church passes on what she has received without reinterpretation.

Many people today aren’t aware of the fullness of these teachings and where they come from. As we launch into wedding season, it’s worthwhile to revisit the Church’s teachings as well as various wedding customs.

Marriage Theology

It’s the Judeo-Christian tradition from Genesis that one man marries one woman. This principle is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The matrimonial...READ MORE

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Ministry of Moms Sharing Bonds Mothers in Faith (1509)

May 20 pro-family profile on growing mothers' ministry.

05/26/2012 Comment
Moms group

– Moms group

Editor's note: This group is not connected with a similarly named group called M.O.M.S. It is uniquely and independently created to fit the needs of the mothers at St. Greg's Parish and driven by surveys.

Just over 10 years ago, Dawn Iacono started Ministry of Moms Sharing at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Williamsville, N.Y. The group inspires and encourages women in their role as wives and mothers.

Iacono, a mother of four boys, knew she and other mothers would benefit from such faith fellowship.

Mary Criden joined Iacono in asking several other mothers who belonged to a Rosary group to help with a Mother’s Day tea the Friday morning prior to Mother’s Day 2001 to kick...READ MORE

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Pentecost and Confirmation Sacrament, NFP and Mr., Proper Name of the Holy Spirit, and much more! (572)

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05/26/2012 Comment

Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read and learn more.

Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

NFP and Mr. - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Do You Know the Proper Name of the Holy Spirit? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Bad Religion, Bad Results - The Pulpit

Eight Quotes by St. John Chrysostom: How to Raise Children - J. E. Foyer, St. Peter's List

Children of Famous Nazis Struggle with Their Legacy, They Need Christ's Love which They Never Mention Faith - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

An Average Day in the Pew - Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Why Can’t Christian Films Be Better? - Fr. Bryce Sibley, Crisis Magazine

Go Margeaux! Victorious in Defense of the Eucharist - Stacy...READ MORE

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Romney Pharmaceutical Chief’s Fundraiser Doesn’t Seem to Faze Pro-Lifers (6424)

Republican candidate attends $50K per plate party at home of ‘morning-after pill’ executive. Little opposition voiced.

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– Mario Tama/Getty Images News

A presidential candidate attends a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of a pharmaceutical executive whose company produces an emergency contraceptive commonly known as the "morning-after pill.”

In normal circumstances, one might expect strong statements of disapproval from the pro-life community.

But in an election year, when the opposing candidate's record is unequivocally pro-abortion, politics can have an effect on how some pro-life organizations respond to the situation described above, which is no hypothetical.

On May 16, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, visited the Miami home of Dr. Philip Frost, the chairman of the...READ MORE

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Mary and the Christian (1473)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Stravinskas’ meditations on the Blessed Mother.

05/26/2012 Comment

Looking for a good book to read about Our Lady during this Marian month? Pick up What Mary Means to Christians.

Mary’s role in Christianity — long central to Catholic spirituality — suffers in America for two reasons: Some Protestants see any devotion to her as “Mariolatry,” while some “post-Vatican II” Catholics have marginalized her. Father Stravinskas’ slim book sets the record straight, reintroducing Catholics to their spiritual tradition associated with Mary, while making clear to Bible-believing Protestants that Mary’s role in Christianity has a solid scriptural basis which enjoyed support among reformers like Luther.

The book is divided into two parts. “The Life of Mary”...READ MORE

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5 More Short Stories that Every Catholic Should Read, the Chasuble of Segovia Cathedral, and more! (1707)

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05/25/2012 Comment

Five More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to find out.

Five More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Chasuble, Segovia Cathedral - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The USCCB is Learning from Their Mistakes - The Pulpit

Fifteen Years Later & Silent No More - The Crescat

Catholic Feminist Admits the C.D.F. is Right about Wayward Sisters - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Major DC Comics Super Hero to Come Out: Superman? - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Help a Young Lady to Wear a Habit – Giving is Habit Forming

Hans Küng Slams Pope Benedict XVI Over the SSPX - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

The Same-Sex "Marriage"/Contraception Link - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

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Vatican Authorities Arrest Pope’s Butler on Suspicion of ‘Vatileaks’ (8354)

Paolo Gabriele, being held for further questioning, has been a member of the papal household since 2006.

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The Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele (bottom left), arrives with Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square. The butler, who serves in the apartments of the Holy Father, was arrested May 25 in connection with an investigation into leaks of confidential documents.

– Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s law enforcement bureau arrested Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, on suspicion of leaking a series of confidential Vatican documents and letters to the media.

The Holy See Press Office's director, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters May 25 that investigations initiated by Vatican police to discover the source of the leaks have identified a person “in illegal possession of such material.” Independent Vatican reports confirmed it was Gabriele.

A series of confidential documents and letters began appearing in the Italian media at the beginning of the year, each describing alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts within the Holy...READ MORE

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