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Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 18, 2019

Aug 18 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

The Assumption of Mary for Converts and non-Catholics

Aug 15 19 • 0 comments

Mary was assumed into heaven. It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe. In 1995, I wrote an article for Protestant newspapers called “Trends in Christian Fiction” which considered the possibility that a Christian fiction book might […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

Aug 11 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 4, 2019, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 4 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

 First Five Saturdays 

 First Five Saturdays 

If ever there was a good time to make reparation for the offenses to the Blessed Mother, now would be a good time.  Even if you have already made the Five First Saturdays, it’s something we can do again and again. At Fatima, through the Blessed Mother’s apparitions to the 3 shepherd children, the devotion […]

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

Get to Know St. Anne, Your Our Grandmother in Heaven

Years ago, I attended a non-Catholic, Christian event with a couple of my teens at our civic center. It was called “The Fire” and was an all-out, sing-and-praise-your-heart-out-for-the- Lord evening. But in the midst of thousands of people, a feeling of emptiness unexpectedly came upon me. I felt the absence of those that were missing: […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

Jul 21 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

Hard to Imagine the Afterlife?

Jul 13 19 • 0 comments

I know. St. Paul had the same problem though, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Right now our knowledge of God is conceptual, we use analogies from this created world to speak of the Totally Other: […]

The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

Fireworks.  Baseball games.  Picnics.  This is what the 4th of July means to most Americans today.  But July 4th, 1776, was a very solemn day for the 55 men who affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.  For in so doing, they were risking their lives and fortunes to defend the proposition that “all […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Jun 22 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Jun 15 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

Jun 9 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: May 26, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: May 26, 2019

May 26 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: May 5, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: May 5, 2019

May 4 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Living Holy Saturday

Living Holy Saturday

Apr 20 19 • 0 comments

“For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:9) On Good Friday, the impossible happened. God Himself was executed by His creatures. On Easter Sunday, this same God, our Lord Jesus Christ, rose from the dead, victorious over the power of the grave. In so doing, […]

Good Friday: God is Dead

Good Friday: God is Dead

Apr 19 19 • 3 comments

Behold the wood of the cross, on which has hung our salvation: come let us adore (Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion). As we trod with Jesus the steps to Golgotha that draw Lent to a close, it is worthy to note that these are not the waning days of a dry, tired Lent. Instead, they […]

Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week

Taking Palm Sunday into This Holy Week

Apr 15 19 • 0 comments

Jesus wanted His Apostles to spend time with Him before He died. Instead they slept. He awaits our visits to Him as He remains imprisoned in the tabernacles of His Churches, but we don’t come. How harsh we are on Judas. Yes, he betrayed our Lord. But have not we done so repeatedly as well? […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: 5th Sunday of Lent

Breaking Open the Word at Home: 5th Sunday of Lent

Apr 6 19 • 0 comments

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass […]

Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation

Faith, Hope, and Love in the Annunciation

Mar 25 19 • 0 comments

One of my most fond memories of my semester in Rome was from our trip to Northern Italy. We visited quite a few museums and beautiful churches, yet one moment that stuck with me was our visit in Florence. After a long and beautiful Tuscan day, several of us went to a bar. Nights like […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 20, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 20, 2019

Mar 24 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 17, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 17, 2019

Mar 17 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: March 10, 2019

Mar 9 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Fasting: A Source of Trial

Fasting: A Source of Trial

Lent is a season of prayer and fasting, a time for conversion of the heart. As in all things, the Christian looks to Christ’s example and seeks his grace to be able to follow him. To look to Christ means, first, to see and hear him in the Gospel. We will hear Jesus ask us […]

Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?

Are you Crazy? Preparing for Lent?

When I was a kid, preparation for Lent meant Mardi Gras. My mother was so good she always looked for fun things to do, also instructional things at the same time, which would help us both to learn and enjoy.  So, at St. Anne’s we would sometimes have candies or cupcakes on Mardi Gras.  Sometimes […]

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