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Mission: Save Catholic Schools (4391)

The Catholic School Development Program has a plan for helping parochial schools thrive.

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Like many Catholics, Bob Healey was disturbed by the steady rate of Catholic school closures. Healey, however, was in a position to do something about it. Co-founder, with his brother Bill, of the Viking Yacht Co., Healey has devoted a significant part of his fortune to helping children get a good education. His latest mission: to save Catholic education.

Healey’s philanthropic endeavors have included building schools and providing food and aid for poor regions in Mexico and Sierra Leone, creating programs to train at-risk youth in equestrian care and boat building and repair, and funding numerous other projects to help youth get a good start in the world. In 1998, Healy founded the...READ MORE

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As U.S. Withdraws From Iraq, a Chaplain Completes 2nd Tour (3236)

Priest says he'll stay in the Army for as long as his bishop lets him. Next assignment: helping to recruit more chaplains.

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Catholic military chaplain Father Joel Panzer entered the U.S. Army Reserve in 2006 and active-duty military in 2008. Now completing his second deployment to Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters, based out of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, he spoke with the Register by telephone from a military base near Baghdad. A native of Nebraska, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln in 1994. 

How does the experience of combat shape the spiritual lives of soldiers, and where does a military chaplain fit in to that?

Only a small percentage of soldiers engage in actual combat. Most are in support roles. Nevertheless, deployments tend to create unique stressors, and in the...READ MORE

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Pope: Advent Prepares Hearts for the Arrival of Emmanuel (2173)

Benedict XVI reflects on Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 4.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus remarks to encourage Christians to embrace self-examination and repentance during Advent on Dec. 4.

“As we prepare for Christmas, it is important that we find time for self-contemplation and carry out an honest assessment of our lives,” he told thousands of pilgrims in a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square.

“May we be enlightened by a ray of the light that comes from Bethlehem, the light of he who is ‘the greatest’ and made himself small, he who is ‘the strongest’ but became weak.”

The Pope focused upon the historical figure at the center of the Gospel passage, St. John the Baptist. He noted how the Gospel presents...READ MORE

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St. Francis Xavier, Vatican Christmas Tree, St. John the Baptist, Mystic Magdalena Gornik, and more! (3359)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/05/2011 Comment

Ukraine Sends Christmas Tree to Vatican as Relations Thaw Further. Click on the link by Dylan Parry to read more.

A Selection from Louis de Wohl’s novel about Saint Francis Xavier - Ignatius Insight Scoop

Ukraine Sends Christmas Tree to Vatican as Relations Thaw Further - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

The Catholic Witness of St. John the Baptist - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why was John Baptizing? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Parental involvement in New Social Media - Teresa Tomeo, OSV Newsweekly

Magdalena Gornik: Mystic, Stigmatic and Victim Soul - Mystics of the Church

Cohabitation and Marriage: Not Equal Alternatives - Fr. John Flynn LC, Zenit

A Canonical Comment on Newt Gingrich’s Oddball Remark - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Newt Gingrich...READ MORE

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Repentance and Preparing for Christmas (2812)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 4.

12/04/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, Dec. 4, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Thursday, Dec. 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception — America’s patronal feast and a holy day of obligation.


Dec. 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas. Our children put their shoes out before they go to bed the night before and find them filled with chocolate foil-covered coins when they wake up. To hear the story about the original St. Nicholas, check YouTube for the Apostleship of Prayer’s St. Nicholas story — which focuses on stockings instead of shoes — and the Dec. 18 print issue of the Register (see “Travel” section).

Dec. 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Gospel for the day tells the story of the...READ MORE

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Books Celebrate True Gift (1411)

Christmas-themed stories welcome the Christ Child. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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“O come, little children; O come, one and all. To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small,” a beloved German priest, schoolmaster and storyteller wrote more than 200 years ago. Father Christoph von Schmid knew well the heart of Christmas and the hearts of the children he taught. His words — since translated from the original German into many languages and set to music — live on and remind us of the special bond between children and the Christ Child: “God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this day. To be your redeemer, your joy and delight.”

May the children in your life take delight in the stories of Christ’s birth and in the spirit of Christmas.

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Give Generously Without Overspending (2224)

How to celebrate Christmas without going overboard — or over budget. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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How can I celebrate Christmas without going overboard — or over budget?

Our society is especially good at focusing on the externals of Christmas. Some stores have their Christmas aisles all ready to go after Labor Day. You can hear Christmas music non-stop right after Thanksgiving. While no doubt these contribute to a “festive” atmosphere, it’s important for us to remember that the Advent season is a gift from the Church to help us prepare our interior for Christ’s coming.

As the Catechism says, “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah; for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the...READ MORE

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Listen Up, People! (3058)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Mitch Pacwa’s treatise on prayer.

12/03/2011 Comments (2)

At the conclusion of his classic work on the spiritual life, The Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius Loyola encourages his Jesuits and all those who have made a good retreat to continue to live in close union with the Church by providing them with “rules for thinking, judging and feeling with the Church.” Rule Six tells them to “praise frequent attendance at Mass, also chants, Psalmody and long prayers inside and outside the church … the Divine Office and prayers of every kind.” St. Ignatius loved prayer and knew it was the lifeblood of a true disciple of Jesus.

Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, the beloved EWTN host and a son of St. Ignatius, has heeded his founder’s advice and provided a treatise...READ MORE

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