Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 31

1. Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter vigil, April 4, including a retired Marine captain who appeared on the cover of National Geographic, a woman from The Gambia now living in the Pacific Northwest and a woman from Pittsburgh whose faith journey has drawn her own mother back to the Church.

2. Catholic News Service looks at the journey of some of the people joining the Catholic Church.

3. Pope Francis has named Father George D. Gallaro, 67, a priest of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts, as bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Piano degli Albanesi in Palermo, Italy. Father Gallaro currently serves as professor of Canon Law at St. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Seminary in Pittsburgh and as judicial vicar of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

4. Pope Francis has been tweeting throughout Holy Week, including today's entry:

5. God loves you.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 30

1. Pope Francis led Palm Sunday Mass and started Holy Week in Rome.

Pope Francis' advice for Holy Week
A subdued #PopeFrancis preaches on the meaning of Palm Sunday and Holy Week -- including the importance of humility -- at Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
Posted by Catholic News Service on Monday, March 30, 2015

2. Thomas Awiapo shares his story of how a school in Ghana, supported by CRS Rice Bowl, changed his life forever.

3. The 2015 annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 25-26. This appeal helps to sustain nearly 45 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural, struggling areas in the country and in a number of U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

4. If your Lenten journey has been difficult, remember that it’s meant to be that way. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on the Cross for all of us.

5. God loves you.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 27

1. Pope Francis greeted people who are homeless yesterday at the Sistine Chapel, telling them, "this is the home of all; it is your home. The doors are always open for everyone. "

2. A software engineer working on a 4G network but felt the call to service to the Church? It happens. See Sister Maria Jose Acosta's story.

3. Today, we pray for teenage parents, that they might received the care they need and that God might strengthen them.

4. Sunday is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week in the Catholic Church. Read this reflection on Palm Sunday, written by Mar Munoz-Visoso.

5. God loves you

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 26

1.The White House confirmed today, through press secretary Josh Earnest, that Pope Francis will visit President Obama and the First Lady there during his trip to the U.S. in September The White House said, "During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope."

2. Later this year, Pope Francis will lead the Synod on the Family. Join in prayer for the Synod in both English and Spanish. He said yesterday that prayer, not gossip, is needed.

3. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop James A. Tamayo will join faith in visiting families at Dilley Detention Center , a consultant for USCCB Committee on Migration Last year, more than 68,000 families from Central America fled violence in their home countries. Many are being detained in order to deter further migration, causing them more trauma and emotional pain. These families can be released into alternative to detention programs which provide them case management and community support, a more humane option. The faith leaders will highlight these concerns and call upon the U.S. government to halt the practice of family detention. Follow their journey on Twitter at @USCCBLive and with the hashtags #EndFamilyDetention and #Catholic

4. In case you missed it, the Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).
5. God loves you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

50 Years After Selma to Montgomery, We Must March On

 By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

“If we do not walk together, if we do not pray for one another, if we do not collaborate in the many ways that we can in this world for the people of God, then unity will not come about.” –Pope Francis, from January 25th, 2014, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As we gather at St. Jude Parish to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, we are flooded with vivid memories. We must never forget the images associated with this historic march. They are pictures of men and women standing as still as stone against a coming rush of violent resistance during the first attempt to march. They are images of solidarity, of complete strangers coming together all along the way for a noble purpose, at times literally binding up one another’s wounds. As with St. Jude, we see compassionate souls creating space for rest and hospitality for the weary when many others would not take the risk.

What we beheld in the Selma to Montgomery March shed needed light on the toll of racism, and, for many, put a human face on those impacted by its evils. The perseverance, sacrifice and peaceful witness against violence we recall today moved a nation to earnestly seek to heal divisions within the human family. Selma marked a turning point in the national conscience and conversation.

Today, we honor the sacrifice of many brave and often unnamed heroes—most of deep faith, including a number of Catholics—who worked for years to ensure equal access to the benefits of democracy, benefits that include the right to vote and fully participate in the processes that safeguard the common good. Those who marched did so as part of a poignant chapter in a long struggle.

We recognize the significant progress that has been made against the scourge of racism following the dramatic events of 1965. Because of the very real sacrifices of so many like those who participated in this march, real and lasting change has taken root in our country and we are better for it. There is still much to be done in fully transforming hearts and minds; let us use the energy of this anniversary to finish the work of healing divisions that remain and ending the cycles of violence that grip too many of our communities. With firm faith and trust in a gracious and loving God, we must march on.


Archbishop Kurtz delivered these remarks in Selma, Alabama March 24, 2015. He is president of the USCCB and archbishop of Louisville.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 24

1. CBS' 60 Minutes profiled Christians persecuted by Isis in Iraq in an emotional story. The U.S. Bishops recently called for prayer for those persecuted for their faith.

2. Did you know that in the Diocese of Fairbanks some parishes are only accessible by boat? Watch this video to learn more about how Catholic Home Mission Collection assists those in need.

3. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop-Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, said Pope Francis "tells it like it is, because he wants people to hear it as it truly is."

4. How does a Harvard-educated woman decide to pursue the religious life? Sister Ann Kateri Hamm explains her journey.

5. God loves you.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 23.

1. In case you missed it, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), the Council of the District of Columbia ran afoul of federal law and constitutional principles, says a letter sent to Congress by six members of the USCCB on March 20. The bishops are asking Congress to rescind these two pieces of legislation.

2. Major League Baseball players spend nearly two months in spring training. So, how do Catholic players address their spiritual needs? Catholic Athletes for Christ helps out and players say they are grateful. Watch this video as well:

3. Pope Francis said that where there is no mercy, there is no justice.

4. Join Cardinals Jean-Louis Tauran and Kurt Koch from the Vatican, along with other Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars, at the Catholic University of America, May 19 through 21, to commemorate the legacy of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II's declaration onnon-Christian religions.

5. God loves you.