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St. Rita School for the Deaf celebrates 100th anniversary

At left, St. Rita School for the Deaf is seen in an aerial photograph. Right, Classroom assistant Jennifer Estes works with St. Rita students James Schlichter and Aubrey Ernst on letter recognition. (CT File/Courtesy Photo)

By Patricia McGeever
The Catholic Telegraph

One hundred years ago, a young priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was given a special assignment.  Archbishop Henry Moeller instructed Father Henry Waldhaus to build a school to educate deaf children.

This was a challenge on so many levels. But a century later, the mission he accomplished continues to thrive as St. Rita School for the Deaf.  Continue reading

Archbishop asks prayers as justices consider same-sex marriage

Left, a group of about 30 supporters of traditional marriage pray the rosary outside a courthouse in downtown Cincinnati in 2014. At right, a concurrent rally of a larger size took place with supporters of so-called same-sex marriage. (CT Photos/John Stegeman)

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Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr has urged archdiocesan priests and deacons to keep their congregations informed on the case before the Supreme Court that could federalize same-sex marriage, making it a right and the law of the land.

“Over the past several years,” the Archbishop writes, “we have heard and been a part of discussions regarding those aspects of the Affordable Care Act which threaten religious liberty by forcing religious institutions to cooperate with contraception and abortion.” Continue reading

Supreme Court doesn’t tip hand: asks tough questions of both sides in marriage case

Citizens gathered in downtown Cincinnati last August to argue for and against the redefinition of marriage. The debate continues now at the U.S. Supreme Court. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By Matt Hadro & Adelaide Mena

U.S. Supreme Court justices asked tough questions of both plaintiffs and respondents at oral arguments on Tuesday in a possibly landmark marriage case that is expected to be decided in June.

“Clearly, the justices were conflicted over this issue,” stated the Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon senior fellow Ryan Anderson, who attended the April 28 oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Writer, sister, friend – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh remembered for ‘dedication to the truth’

Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, 68, a writer in the Catholic press and longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops, died April 28 in Albany, N.Y. She is pictured in a 2012 photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Mary Rezac & Michelle Bauman
Catholic News Agency 

Many journalists would say they have a passion for truth, but for Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, that took on added significance as she worked for the Church she loved.

Ubiquitous in the world of U.S. Catholic media, Sr. Walsh was well-known among Catholic news publications across the country and beyond.

The 68-year old Catholic sister and former director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) passed away on April 28 after multiple battles with cancer. Continue reading

Archbishop Schnurr urges participation in Nepal collection

Earthquake survivors of Harsiddhi village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, retrieve belongings from their destroyed homes April 29, five days after a major earthquake struck the region. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara)

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A 7.8‐magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in the late morning of April 25, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic and claiming thousands of lives.

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, in a message to all parishes of the archdiocese, said: “Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful earthquake. Please join with the Catholic community across the United States in responding to our suffering brothers and sisters through a special collection for the work of Catholic Relief Services in Nepal.” Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Cathedral under construction

In this Throwback Thursday photo, the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains is seen under restoration and expansion in 1955. The photo appears to have been taken from City Hall. (CT File)

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If the above photo of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains is worth a thousand words, the Throwback Thursday team is relieved to know there isn’t much to type.

Put as succinctly as possible; Construction began on the cathedral in 1841 and it was dedicated in 1845. It fell into disrepair in the 1930s and ceased to be a cathedral for nearly 30 years. In the 1950s under Archbishop Karl Alter, St. Peter in Chains underwent restoration and expansion (seen above) and was rededicated a cathedral in 1957.

The black and white photo accompanying this post appeared in The Catholic Telegraph 60 years ago yesterday, in 1955. Continue reading

Altar servers, sacristans enjoy Reds game courtesy of Serra Club [Photos]

A group of altar servers, attending a Reds game as guests of the Serra Club of Cincinnati, cheer a Todd Frazier home run in the first inning April 29 at Great American Ballpark. (CT Photo/Tim Mayer)

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For the second consecutive year, the Serra Club of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Reds made discount tickets available to scores of altar servers and sacristans as a way of saying thanks for their service. This year participating servers and sacristans attended the April 29 game at Great American Ballpark.

While the Reds lost the contest with the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3, the grade school-aged students and chaperones were able to enjoy good weather and an afternoon of baseball.

“Winter, spring, summer or fall, 6:30 Mass or noon, the parishes can count on their servers and sacristans for not only preparing the church for the liturgy, but assisting in facilitating the services,” wrote Dottie Ciok in a statement provided to The Catholic Telegraph. “THANK YOU SERVERS AND SACRISTANS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!”

Eight schools/parishes participated in the Reds outing: St. Ann (Hamilton), St. Aloysius (Shandon), St. Nicholas Academy (Norwood), St. Columbkille (Wilmington), St. Dominic (Delhi), St. Cecila (Oakley), Queen of Peace (Milford) and St. John the Baptist (Harrison).

The Serra Club, part of Serra USA, promotes vocations under the patronage of Blessed Junipero Serra, a priest who will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis later this year. The Serra Club has been active in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since 1970.

Posted April 29, 2015

The 2015 church festival guide is here!

Young patrons enjoy the St. Aloysius Gonzaga festival in 2014. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

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The sounds of laughing children, whooshing rides and public address announcements will soon carry throughout the neighborhoods of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Summer church festival season is nearly back and The Catholic Telegraph’s 2015 Festival Guide has arrived.

To see the listings for more than 90 parish festivals, click HERE. Be sure to check back often as more information will be added to the festivals taking place each weekend. Continue reading

My Journey: Husband can’t deny wife’s faith, finds his own

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

When Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Eric Edward’s wife, Keri, told him she was considering reverting to the Catholic Church, he flat out told her no.

The couple met as eighth graders at an Evangelical Christian school and their faith was a major part of the relationship. The two read the Bible and attended services together. When Keri appeared to be leaving that world, Eric wasn’t ready.

“Very arrogantly, I told her no,” he said. “I took the whole role of ‘I’m the spiritual head of this household, and this is not the faith our relationship was based on.’ Continue reading

Fleeting peace as Baltimore pays final respects to Freddie Gray

A demonstrator jumps on a damaged Baltimore police vehicle during clashes in the city April 27. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to address the violence after the unexplained death of a 25-year-old black man while in police custody. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

By Paul McMullen
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE — For four hours April 27, Freddie Gray Jr. was patiently and prayerfully memorialized.

That peace, however, was extremely fragile.

Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after being arrested on a weapons charge and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in West Baltimore while in police custody. Thirty-six hours after a downtown protest over his death turned violent, a funeral was held for Gray a few miles to the northwest, at New Shiloh Baptist Church. Continue reading