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Archdiocese to mark Holy Week and Easter (Schedule)

The cross is carried out during the recessional hymn at Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains on April 13. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

Press Release

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating Holy Week, the most sacred time of the Church year, beginning with Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) on April 13.   Continue reading

 
April Sports Report: No surprises at state swimming meet

From Staff & Wire Reports

Ursuline Academy won its second-straight OHSAA Division I Swimming state championship Feb. 22 in Canton, scoring 281 points.

The school sent nine swimmers to state, winning eight of 11 events in the process. Continue reading

 
Taking a closer look at the OHSAA competitive balance proposal

Staff Report

The following is a glance at the inner-workings of the new OHSAA competitive balance proposal.

For a story on the proposal, click HERE.

Ohio high school sports are divided into divisions based on enrollment. This way big schools play big schools and small schools play small schools, leading to more competitive equality.  Continue reading

 
OHSAA competitive balance proposal back on the ballot
The 2014 competitive balance proposal by the OHSAA hopes to address perceived inequality between public and private high schools in Ohio. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

The 2014 competitive balance proposal by the OHSAA hopes to address perceived inequality between public and private high schools in Ohio. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

Despite similar measures being voted down in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has put a competitive balance proposal back on the table for voting this May.

The 2014 proposal, which was unanimously approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors and a 27-member Competitive Balance Committee, seeks to address perceived competitive inequality in Ohio high school postseason tournaments between public-closed enrollment, public-open enrollment and non-public schools. Continue reading

 
USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes
Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr, left, listens as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO Roni Luckenbill, center, speaks. Archbishop Schnurr and Luckenbill signed a memorandum of understanding May 2 between the archdiocese and the Girl Scouts. Now the USCCB has released materials related to the church's relationship to Girl Scouts. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr, left, listens as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO Roni Luckenbill, center, speaks. Archbishop Schnurr and Luckenbill signed a memorandum of understanding May 2 between the archdiocese and the Girl Scouts. Now the USCCB has released materials related to the church's relationship to Girl Scouts. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops’ committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization’s responses. Continue reading

 
Pope honors Jesuit killed in Syria, pleads for end to violence

Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats with civilians in early January, urging them to be patient, in the besieged area of Homs, Syria. The Jesuits said April 7 that the Dutch priest, who had worked in Syria since 1966, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head. (CNS photo/Thaer Al Khalidiya, Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the assassination of “my confrere,” a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, “filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and are dying in that martyred country.” Continue reading

 
Letter from the archbishop on Collection for the Holy Land

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The season of Lent, as a journey with Christ towards the Cross the Resurrection, always reawakens our sense of solidarity with our sisters and brothers living in the holy Land. It was there that the Apostles first heard the voice of the Lord Jesus, were made partakes by grace in the Mystery of Redemption, and then to announce it with the witness of their lives. Around them the first Christian communities began to blossom, beginning from Jerusalem. Continue reading

 
Sister shares love of books through Media Center ministry
Sister Rose Marie Weckenmann

Sister Rose Marie Weckenmann

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph 

As a child growing up in St. Louis, Mo., one of Franciscan Sister Rose Marie Weckenmann’s favorite activities was making a trip to the neighborhood library and returning home with stacks of books. How fitting then, that her love of the written word led Sister Rose Marie to a ministry that would enable her to share it with others through the archdiocesan Media Center in Cincinnati.  Continue reading

 
In wife’s name, local man ships aid to Jordan
COURTESY PHOTO Richard Eisele operates Ensaf’s Foundation, in honor of his late wife, a native of Jordan, pictured here.  (Courtesy Photo)

Richard Eisele operates Ensaf’s Foundation, in honor of his late wife, a native of Jordan, pictured here. (Courtesy Photo)

By Patricia McGeever
For The Catholic Telegraph 

If you ask retired salesman Richard Eisele how he occupies his time he’d tell you, “I’m in the collection business.”

It’s serious business, and he’s not in it alone.

“I ship humanitarian aid to people who desperately need it,” he said. Continue reading

 
Two awards presented at biennial KoC dinner
Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

Sometimes people can forget the power of saying thank you.

In the zeal to serve and spread the Gospel, dinners and other events related to church affairs often serve multiple purposes. Some are fundraisers and social gatherings, others aim to raise awareness or spread a particular devotion. Continue reading