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The Heart of Summer (1240)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 22.

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Sunday, July 22, is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B).

Jeremiah 23:1-16, Psalms 23:1-6, Ephesians 2:13-18, Mark 6:30-34

Our Take
Pope Benedict XVI once called a weekend like this, late in July, "the heart of summer." And so it is. The Pope is on vacation, and so are many Register readers.

It feels like "the heart of summer" in today’s Gospel, when Jesus hears the work report of his apostles and invites them on a "mini vacation" of their own. "The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught," says the Gospel. "He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’"

You can read the vacation theme into...READ MORE

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‘Let the Little Children Come’ (1730)

July 15 issue feature: How Parishes Ensure That All Are Welcome, Especially Those With Disabilities

07/22/2012 Comment

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The Church is open to everyone, but the disabled and the parents of the disabled can be excluded from parish life due to difficulties in the logistics of being more involved. Many times the problem is a lack of awareness, but churches and dioceses across the country are doing their best to address these special needs.
Churches might make accommodations for their physically disabled members by widening doors, adding ramps, installing elevators, and providing special seating areas. However, is it enough? Father Dan Schlegel of the Church of the Holy Angels in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, doesn’t think so."

Parishes should make sure that seating for the disabled is not limited," Father Schlegel...READ MORE

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Archdiocese for the Military Services Receives Knights of Columbus Scholarships (1291)

$200,000 will launch Father McGivney-named awards for chaplains.

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CHAPLAIN PRIEST. Bishop Sam Jacobs of Houma-Thibodaux, La., ordains Stu King a Catholic priest during a Mass May 26 at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma.

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Early in July, the Archdiocese for the Military Services in Washington received a big boost from the Knights of Columbus. The fraternal organization handed the Military Archdiocese a check for $200,000 to launch the “Father McGivney Military Chaplain Scholarship.”

This check represents the first part of a $1-million commitment that the Knights have made through 2015 for a seminarian scholarship program to help future military chaplains.

The scholarship assistance to keep these men in formation will be a great help as education costs rise continuously.

In a statement at the presentation of the check in early July, Archbishop Timothy Broglio noted that over many years the Knights of...READ MORE

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Faith, Family and Special Needs (1620)

July 15 issue interview with David Rizzo, author of Faith, Family, and Children With Special Needs: How Catholic Parents and Their Kids With Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life.

07/21/2012 Comment

We first spoke with David Rizzo last year, in our article "Catechesis for the Autistic," when Loyola Press published the "Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit" created by Dave and family to prepare daughter Danielle, who has nonverbal autism, for her sacraments. It’s the first teaching tool of its kind, and it fills an important gap in special-needs catechesis.

Now, Dave has followed up with a book that explores the challenges and joys of special-needs parenting from a Catholic perspective. In Faith, Family, and Children With Special Needs: How Catholic Parents and Their Kids With Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life (Loyola, 2012), Rizzo offers hard-won advice to...READ MORE

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Second HHS Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed on 'Technical Grounds' (3622)

Decision 'simply delays Belmont Abbey College’s ability to challenge mandate for a few months,' says Becket Fund lawyer.

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Belmont Abbey College president William K. Thierfelder

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as being premature.

Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which was representing Belmont Abbey College in the case, said that the decision was made “on technical grounds.”

Smith explained in a statement that “the judge thinks that the case should be delayed for a matter of months” in order to give the federal government time to “fix” the mandate.

On July 18, federal judge James Boasberg dismissed the suit filed by the Catholic liberal arts school last year. The suit is the second of the nearly two dozen cases...READ MORE

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Like Sheep Without a Shepherd: Metaphor for Spiritual Combat, Communal Spirituality, and Much More! (2329)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/21/2012 Comment

"Like Sheep Without a Shepherd": A Metaphor for War and the Spiritual Combat. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

"Like Sheep Without a Shepherd": A Metaphor for War and the Spiritual Combat – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

On the Alien World of Communal Spirituality – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Anglicans Battling to Become Catholic by Ashley Powers of the Los Angeles Times – Big Pulpit

I Cannot Feel God’s Presence, am I a Bad Person? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Happy Wives, Happy Husbands – Catherine Rose, It’s Fun to Be a Girl

We Are Products of Our Culture – Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

Google Faces Criticism Over Global Push for Gay Advocacy – Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

The Queer Rebellion Against Reality – Dale O’Leary, Crisis...READ MORE

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Probing a Mystery of the Fourth Gospel (8863)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account'

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In the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke specifically treat the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Of their combined 46 verses on the Last Supper, 10 are specifically about the institution of the Eucharist.

Scholars over the centuries have wondered why John the Evangelist never mentions the institution of the Eucharist, even though his Last Supper account totals five chapters and seven verses. He spends much of Chapter 6 previewing the Eucharist.

But John does treat it, explains Msgr. Anthony La Femina in his book Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account. The book is the culmination of Msgr. La Femina’s 35 years of research and prayer to unravel what...READ MORE

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Dealing With Postpartum Mood Disorder, Love of Beauty and the Birth of the Artist, and Much More! (1330)

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