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Closing No More: Boston Archdiocese Pioneers New Parish Evangelization Plan (5710)

The new pastoral plan restructures parishes into ʻcollaborativesʼ with a mission of evangelization.

08/19/2013 Comments (13)
Archdiocese of Boston.

Coat of arms, Archdiocese of Boston.

– Archdiocese of Boston.

BOSTON – After a long period of struggle with both finances and church attendance, the Boston archdiocese has created a new pastoral plan that emphasizes evangelization, while encouraging parishes to share their resources.

“Restructuring and evangelization must be absolutely tied to one another so that we don’t get back into the mindset of ʻwe stabilize by downsizing,ʼ” Father Paul Soper, the Archdiocese of Boston’s director of Pastoral Planning, told CNA.

“There’s no need for that. That would only be necessary if the Spirit were not still at work in the Church,” he said.

The archdioceseʼs “Disciples in Mission” pastoral plan organizes parishes into “collaboratives” typically of...READ MORE

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What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary, A Thriving Church, Kirkstall Abbey and Much More! (6030)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/19/2013 Comment

What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary. Follow the link by an Evangelical to Catholic blogger to read more.

What Made Me Leave a Southern Baptist Seminary by an Evangelical to Catholic blogger – BigPulpit.com

A Thriving Church – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

St. Joseph: Patron of Universal Church and Domestic Church – Bishop James D. Conley, Truth and Charity Forum

Breathing with the Two Lungs of the Church – Tom Perna

This Coexist Poster Is Much Better - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Kirkstall Abbey – Zephyrinus

The Perfect Relationship - Sarah Gould, Catholic Insight

Anne de Gaulle - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

I See Everything with Catholic-Colored Glasses, Writer Interview – CatholicFiction.net

Do We Trust More in the Power of God or...READ MORE

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Imitating Mary's Faith (4567)

Homily for EWTN Family Celebration

08/18/2013 Comments (2)

Our Lady of the Pillar

– Wikipedia

Today, we are offering a special votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pillar of Faith. This title, Our Lady of the Pillar, is one of the oldest known and approved devotions of the Blessed Mother. There is a shrine in Zaragoza, Spain, to commemorate Our Lady under this title. She is the patroness of Spain and the Hispanic world.

Within the context of this Year of Faith, called by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and continued by our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, let’s consider Mary’s faith and how her faith is the model for the Christian. 

First of all, faith is the very foundation of our life in Christ. Faith is a theological virtue. Why do we call it theological? 


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The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day, Is the Church Imploding from Within and More! (4400)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/18/2013 Comment

The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day. Click on the link by Ben Yanke of the New Liturgical Movement blog to read more.

The Church Is Imploding from Within from Saint Etheldreda's Place – BigPulpit.com

The Extraordinary Form of Mass at World Youth Day – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Prudence: A Practical Virtue? – Mary Kaufmann, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

No Vacation From Faith – Fletcher Doyle, Catholic Lane

Coptic Christians Suffer at the Hands of the Muslim Brotherhood - BigPulpit.com

The Lack of Racial Diversity in Mainstream Catholic Media – David L. Gray, Aleteia

America the Beautiful – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Self-Respect and Morals vs. Peer Pressure – Suburban Banchee, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness - Patti...READ MORE

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Welcome to 1950! Surprising Stats About Parish Priests; Humor in Defense of Virtue and Much More! (7139)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/17/2013 Comments (1)

Welcome to 1950! Surprising Stats About Parish Priests. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Welcome to 1950! Surprising Stats About Parish Priests by Msgr. Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

Humor in Defense of Virtue – Kaye DeMetz, On the Square

Get Involved in Your Church! – Molly M., Ignitum Today

Ave Verum Corpus, Josquin – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Finding God in a Byzantine Church – Byz Pulpit

Gay Panic Over New Russian Laws - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Honest Abe and Dagger John – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Judge Vindicates Cardinal Dolan, S. N. A. P. Stunt Exposed, the New York Times Remains Silent – David F. Pierre Jr., TheMediaReport.com

Roundup of Links on Christians Suffering in Egypt – BigPulpit.com

Marriage, Holy Matrimony...READ MORE

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Dominicans Share ‘Gift From God’ and Love of Eucharist and Mary Through Song (4286)

Michigan nuns dedicated to ‘spiritual motherhood’ showcase their sacred singing on first album.

08/17/2013 Comments (9)

Editor’s note: EWTN will air a 30-minute special on the sisters and a behind-the-scenes “making of” their debut recording on Aug. 18 at 2pm Eastern.


Sacred music sung by choirs of sisters has topped the classical music charts of late.

Now, another sacred music album has debuted: The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist of Ann Arbor, Mich., released their first recording, Mater Eucharistiae, on Aug. 13.

The CD, from De Montfort Music’s Decca label, gives the faithful a chance to hear the young, vibrant community. Founded in 1997, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist already has 110 sisters.

Twenty sisters sing on the album, which features songs...READ MORE

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D.C. Concert Staged to Assist Catholic Blogger Thomas Peters (3587)

Doctors have been amazed by his progress to date, since a devastating accident last month; but he still faces a long and difficult recovery.

08/16/2013 Comments (1)

Catholicity is evident in the hospital room of Thomas Peters.

– tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com

WASHINGTON — More than 150 Washingtonians, many of them Catholic, attended a benefit concert on the roof of the Investment Building in Washington to support Thomas and Natalie Peters Wednesday night.

Just over one month ago, Peters was severely injured in a swimming accident that left him in critical condition, with a broken fifth cervical vertebra and additional damage to his neck and lungs.

Peters, 27, founded the American Papist blog in 2006. In 2010, the blog was picked up by Catholic Vote, where Peters writes about Catholic news and social issues, with a particular focus on marriage and pro-life causes. His Twitter account, @AmericanPapist, has almost 18,000 followers, and his...READ MORE

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Most Americans Would Find Immigration Wait ʻUnthinkable,’ Says Advocate (6098)

The legal process forces immigrants to wait 10 – 20 years to find the American dream.

08/16/2013 Comments (52)
Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Migrant workers from Mexico pick cucumbers on a farm in Blackwater, Virginia.

– Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While undocumented immigrants often face blame for circumventing the law to come to the United States, U.S. immigration policy is so broken that it produces wait lists of inconceivable length, says a Catholic migrant advocate.

“People have to wait 10, 20 years before immigrating to the U.S., and it’s just unthinkable for Americans that we would have to wait that long,” Corey Almond, vice president of family immigration services at Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, told CNA.

“I don’t think that’s a concept we get, as Americans, because we go anywhere we want mostly,” he said.

Almond explained that without a family or an employee sponsor, “the...READ MORE

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