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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

If you're looking for a VBS for the kiddos this summer or want to submit a VBS for inclusion on our calendar, click the sunglasses.

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock out to artists like TobyMac, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Brandon Heath and lots more at Universal Orlando on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis has issued a new document called Gaudete et Exsultate, which is translated "Rejoice and Be Glad". It's a practical and encouraging look at our call to be holy and the modern challenges we face in following Jesus.

Update: Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

IMAGE: CNS photo/Alex Fraser, ReutersBy Michael KellyDUBLIN (CNS) -- Voters in Ireland have optedto remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution,paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizensopted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 33.6 percentvoted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.Voters inserted the original amendment inthe constitution in 1983 by a margin of 2-1, and it "acknowledges theright to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life ofthe mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, byits laws to defend and vindicate that right."That text will now be deleted and replacedwith an article stating that "provision may be made by law for theregulation of termination of pregnancy."Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limericktold Massgoers May 26 that the result "is deeply regrettable and chillingfor those of...

Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

IMAGE: CNS photo/Alex Fraser, ReutersBy Michael KellyDUBLIN (CNS) -- Voters in Ireland have optedto remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution,paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.With votes counted from 30 of Ireland's 40 constituencies,results from the nationwide referendum showed that 67.3 percent of citizensopted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 32.7 percentvoted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.Voters inserted the original amendment inthe constitution in 1983 by a margin of 2-1, and it "acknowledges theright to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life ofthe mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, byits laws to defend and vindicate that right."That text will now be deleted and replacedwith an article stating that "provision may be made by law for theregulation of termination of pregnancy."Minister for Health Simon Harris has said hewould introduce...

Abortion doesn't protect women's human rights, Vatican official says

By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It is a contradiction to claim thatpromoting access to safeabortions is somehow protecting the human rights of women and girls, a Vaticanrepresentative said."In fact, abortion denies the unborn child his orher most basic right --to life itself," said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to U.N.agencies in Geneva.As Pope Francis has said, "Human life is sacred andinviolable. Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first andfundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, beit quantitative, economic or, least of all, ideological," the archbishopsaid.Archbishop Jurkovic spoke May 25 at the World HealthAssembly, a meeting of the member states of the World Health Organization toset W.H.O. policies and programs.He was addressing one of the agenda items of the May21-26 meeting, specifically on the global strategy for the health of women, childrenand adolescents.The Vatican delegation "shares many of the concern...

Veterans found 'life-changing,' 'healing' experience at Lourdes

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tamino Petelinsek, courtesy Knights of ColumbusBy Zita Ballinger FletcherVeterans taking part in the 2018Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage to France said the journey has positively influencedtheir lives and benefited those around them. Maj. Jeremy Haynes, a first-timespiritual pilgrim and Lourdes visitor, said he is a changed man since visitingthe shrine, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in a series of visions in 1858."The trip has been life-changingfor my wife and me," Haynes told Catholic News Service. "With faithas our compass, we remain committed to moving forward." Haynes was shot four times inAfghanistan and sustained injuries that have left him struggling to overcomethe physical constraints of paralysis. It has been a difficult journey. He alsoseeks healing for wounds in his family life that occurred prior to his physicalinjury."With a minimum emphasis onfaith, my family life was a disaster and divorce was imminent. After being shotmultiple times,...

Mercy Friday: Pope surprises students rehearsing after school

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican MediaBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Continuing his occasional series of"Mercy Friday" visits, Pope Francis surprised the students at aschool renamed in March in honor of a student who died of leukemia at the ageof 11.For the visit May 25 to the Elisa Scala ComprehensiveSchool, which includes students from the age of 3 to 14, the pope also broughtbooks for the school library. The Vatican did not provide the titles of thebooks or give any other details about them.Before the city of Rome and the Italian department ofeducation allowed the whole school to be named after Elisa, the library was.Her parents, Giorgio and Maria, said their daughter loved to read and, after shedied in 2015, they started the library, which now holds more than 20,000volumes, all of which were donated. The couple gave the pope a guided tour of the shelves.Pope Francis arrived at the school after classes had endedfor the day. But more than 200 students were there preparing for a yea...

Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Paul HaringBERGAMO, Italy (CNS) -- Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamoand escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffincontaining the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.The route taken for the trip north was kept secret forsecurity reasons.When the procession reached Bergamo's central VittorioVeneto Square, Bishop Beschi told thousands of people gathered there that itwas "with great joy and emotion that I accompanied to our diocese, ourcity, the urn with the mortal remains -- now relics -- of John XXIII, whichreturn for a few days to the land of his birth."St. John, who opened the Second Vatican Council, was born Nov. 25, 1881, in Sotto il Monte, a town nearBergamo. After his ordination as a priest and years of service in the Vaticandiplomatic corps, he was appointed patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected pope Oct. 28, 1958, and died five years later.The pilgr...

Ryan, Brownback, archbishop address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year'sNational Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, asArchbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senatemember and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washingtonhotel May 24.Also speaking was outgoing Speakerof the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who was a staffer for Brownback in thelatter's early days in Congress."We support the right toreligious freedom," said Brownback, now the U.S. at-large ambassador for internationalreligious freedom. It is not because that right appears in the Constitution or theU.N. Declaration on Human Rights, he said, but "because it's a God-given right.""No governmenthas the right to infringe upon a God-given right. No government has the rightto do that," he added to applause."It's important to us because it'simportant to God," Brownback said. The right to religious freedom is "not inour DNA, but it's in...

Scouts see how different faith traditions live out Ten Commandments

IMAGE: CNS photo/Marie Mischel, Intermountain CatholicBy Marie MischelOGDEN,Utah (CNS) -- Each year for the past decade, a group of Boy Scouts in Ogden havespent a day walking from house of worship to house of worship, learning how theTen Commandments are put into practice in different faith traditions."Fromthe very beginning, the idea was to build an awareness of an ecumenicalspirit," said Deacon Herschel Hester, one of the four original organizers ofthe Ten Commandments Walk.Becausemost of the Scouts have never been exposed to a faith outside their own, "thewhole idea is for these young men to be introduced to a larger (faith)community than just theirs," he told the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper ofthe statewide Diocese of Salt Lake City."Ithas nothing to do with a merit badge, but it all has to do with living out the12th point of the Scout Law: A Scout is reverent," said Deacon Hester, who is amember of the diocese's Committee on Scouting and a member of the executiveboard of ...

Chicago priest's effort to build community earns CCHD leadership award

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Natalie BattagliaBy Dennis SadowskiWASHINGTON(CNS) -- A year into his priesthood, Father Matt O'Donnell was named a pastor.Days beforehis 27th birthday in 2013, Father O'Donnell arrived at St. Columbanus Parish in Chicago's South Side Park Manor neighborhood and since then has embraced his ministry to the African-American community.It didn'ttake long for the young priest who grew up at St. Fabian Parish in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeviewto become a leading figure in the neighborhood.FatherO'Donnell, now 31, went about getting to know residents and parishioners and learningwhat they thought the community needed. From that, Father O'Donnell recruited volunteersin spearheading the creation of a variety of services and ministries that has cementedSt. Columbanus as an anchor in Park Manor.Forstarters, there's the parish food pantry that serves more than 500 people 49of 52 Wednesdays a year, the building of a new playground that gives kids asafe space to be kid...

Update: Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet with five priests who sufferedabuse by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said.The pope will meet June 1-3 with "five priests who werevictims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse," the Vaticansaid in a statement May 22. Twopriests who have accompanied the survivors "in their juridical andspiritual journey" and "two laypeople involved in thissuffering" also wereinvited by Pope Francis, thestatement said. They will all be guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae,the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.The pope will celebrate a private Mass with the group June 2and will meet with members of the group togetherand individually, the statement said. In late April, Pope Francis had hosted three laymen whowere sexually abused by Father Karadima."With this new meeting, planned a month ago, PopeFrancis wants to show his closeness to abused priests, accomp...

Thought of the Day

Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged.

James 5:9

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