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Catholic parish radio station now streaming online
A screen capture shows the link where web users can listen live to WLRU. (Screen shot)

A screen capture shows the link where web users can listen live to WLRU. (Screen shot)

Staff Report

Back in March The Catholic Telegraph reported on WLRU, a radio station run by St. Mary Catholic Church in Hillsboro. At the time, the station could only be heard via radio dial at 106.9 FM and only at a limited range with its 100 watt tower. Now the station can be heard worldwide through online streaming at SaintMaryHillsboro.org.

Officially the St. Mary Catholic Broadcasting System, Father Mike Paraniuk, pastor of St. Mary, said WLRU has been reaching an area around Highland, Ross, Clinton, Fayette, Brown and even Adams County. Continue reading

 
September Preview: Defunding Planned Parenthood, preparing for the Pope and more
The cover of the September 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

The cover of the September 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

Staff Report

The September edition of The Catholic Telegraph is reaching mailboxes Friday, Aug. 28, and throughout the weekend. Here’s a glance at what you can expect when your copy arrives.

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The cover story of the edition highlights the July rally in Cincinnati to defund Planned Parenthood. On the pro-life front, Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Family and Respect Life Office Colleen Gerke writes a reflection in this issue on the sacredness of human life.

September also has a story by Menachem Wecker, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist who reports on religion topics. The Catholic Telegraph has contracted Wecker to  provide exclusive coverage of the papal visit to the nation’s capital and elsewhere. Sister Eileen Connelly will also have reports on the visit.

Speaking of Sister Eileen, the CT News Editor has a feature on the local Poor Clare Sisters who celebrated the 25th anniversary of their communities founding in the area.

An update on the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign reports that more than $90 million has been pledged.

Freelance writer Walt Schaefer has stories on LaSalle High School’s drug testing program, a couple getting engaged at a church festival, a retired hospital administrator turned chaplain and a look at the progress of St. Benedict the Moor parish over the past decade.

More stories focus on Sister Dorothy Stang, Latino American History, the Rural-Urban Mass, the Food for All: Be Multiplied campaign and more, along with the usual lineup of columnists.

Many, but not all, of the stories from the September 2015 print edition will appear online over the course of the next month, but to make sure you don’t miss a single story, subscribe to the print edition HERE at no personal cost.

Posted, August 28, 2015

 
CT compiles Catholic HS Football Master Schedule
A Roger Bacon quarterback attempts a pass against Western Hills High School during the 2013 season. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

A Roger Bacon quarterback attempts a pass against Western Hills High School during the 2013 season. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Though the first games of the season have already been played, tonight is the first high school football Friday in the state of Ohio for the 2015 season.

To see the final records and standings from 2014, scroll to the end of this schedule.

The Catholic Telegraph has taken the liberty of helping you support whichever Catholic school in this archdiocese you like by compiling the following 2015 Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Football Master Schedule. Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Summer break rides off into sunset
In this photo, published just more than 75 years ago in The Catholic Telegraph, a group of girls enjoy a summer activity of riding horses. (CT File)

In this photo, published just more than 75 years ago in The Catholic Telegraph, a group of girls enjoy a summer activity of riding horses. (CT File)

Staff Report

By this time next week, all 200+ Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be back in session.

While most are back now, a few start early next week. For those few still enjoying summer break, late August is a chance to squeeze in just a few more of one’s favorite summer activities.

Today’s Throwback Thursday showcases a fun summer activity from 1940 — horseback riding at the Ursulines of Brown County Summer Camp at St. Martin. Girls from ages 6-14 could learn horseback riding at the camp, which operated from 1928 until 1982. Continue reading

 
Breaking: Jim Rigg named superintendent of Chicago Catholic schools
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Jim Rigg speaks during the 2015 Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Jim Rigg speaks during the 2015 Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Press Release
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Jim Rigg, Director of Educational Services and Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since July of 2010, has announced his resignation, effective Oct. 2, to become Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Archbishop of Chicago Blase J. Cupich appointed Rigg to his new position, which will begin Oct. 5.

“Officials at the Archdiocese of Chicago undertook a nationwide search to find the best Catholic school superintendent, and they succeeded,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “Dr. Jim Rigg is an exceptional educational leader. Now he will be putting his talents at the service of the nation’s largest Catholic school system. Continue reading

 
Xavier, Mount St. Joseph team up to start “Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic”
Lauren Hill, center, walks onto the floor of Xavier University's Cintas Center on Nov. 2, 2014 for her first collegiate game. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now)

Lauren Hill, center, walks onto the floor of Xavier University’s Cintas Center on Nov. 2, 2014 for her first collegiate game. (Courtesy Photo/The Cure Starts Now)

Staff Report

Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University basketball player who’s battled with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) captivated the nation before her death earlier this year, was not likely to be forgotten by anyone who knew her story. A collaboration between The Mount and fellow Catholic institution Xavier University was crucial in catapulting Hill to national recognition, and the two colleges are at it again to assure her name is never lost to history.

The schools will open their respective women’s basketball seasons with a doubleheader at Cintas Center on Saturday, Nov. 14 in what will be called the “Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic.” The games will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio. The event will be the annual kickoff for Xavier and Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball teams. Continue reading

 
Navajo visitors make lasting impression at area parish
Star, Acoma, and Sadie, Navajo, bless the room before a Navajo ceremony while their group was visiting its Cincinnati twinning partner, Sts. Peter and Paul in Reading. (CT Photo/Colleen Kelly)

Star, Acoma, and Sadie, Navajo, bless the room before a Navajo ceremony while their group was visiting its Cincinnati twinning partner, Sts. Peter and Paul in Reading. (CT Photo/Colleen Kelly)

By Patricia McGeever
For The Catholic Telegraph

A little muscle and manpower from the Navajo Nation has left a lasting impression on Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Reading. The parish has a twinning relationship with St. Mary’s Mission in Tohatchi, N.M. Parishioners have made 11 mission trips to New Mexico over the past 17 years. This year, for the first time, members of St. Mary’s made the trip here.

“It feels really good because they helped us a lot helping with the Bible school and the church and took the time to come out and spend time with us so we’re going to repay that favor,” said Coranell Iyua.  Continue reading

 
Historic St. Aloysius commemorates 150 years
St. Aloysius Parish in Carthagena marked 150 years in June. (Courtesy Photo)

St. Aloysius Parish in Carthagena marked 150 years in June. (Courtesy Photo)

By Sarah Anne Carter
For The Catholic Telegraph

Designated a historical landmark in 1979 as part of the “Cross-Tipped Churches,” St. Aloysius in Carthagena commemorated its 150th anniversary in June.

The parish building dates back to 1878, but the congregation can date itself back to 1865.

“Saint Aloysius is certainly unique in its African-American origins,” said Precious Blood Father Tom Hemm, pastor of the St. Henry Cluster Parishes. The cluster includes four other parishes along with St. Aloysius. “The original community of Carthagena, Ohio, was formed by former slaves who had been emancipated after the Civil War. The original cemetery that borders the parish cemetery reverences the remains of many who immigrated to this region from Virginia once released from slavery. When I arrived, I observed the African St. Perpetua in one of the glass windows and St. Peter Claver evangelizing slaves in the slave trading center of Carthagena, Colombia, honoring the African connection of the original community.” Continue reading

 
Editor’s Note: When Catholicism was fabric of our lives

Steve TrosleyIf anyone doubted that Major League Baseball plays a vital role in the life of this city, the hosting of the 2015 All-Star Game July 14 should have cleared the matter up.

The celebrations, the recognition of local heroes and the crowds drawn downtown to fight weather, traffic, media tweeters and each other for a chance to be a part of the Mid-Summer Classic more than confirms that baseball is a huge part of the fabric of this community.

So it was once with Catholicism and Catholics. A fellow writer once said when someone pines about how good things were in the good old days, think about dentistry. But do consider: Continue reading

 
More than 1,300 protest Planned Parenthood in archdiocese
Rows of people two-deep lined the streets for three blocks in front of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Aug. 22 for a #DefundPP Rally. (Courtesy Photo/Gail Finke, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati)

Rows of people two-deep, roughly 1,100 in all, lined the streets for three blocks in front of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Aug. 22 for a #ProtestPP Rally. (Courtesy Photo/Gail Finke, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati)

Staff Report

With each successive protest held against national abortion provider Planned Parenthood, more and more people are turning out to support life.

Just less than a month after a weekday protest drew nearly 500 pro-lifers, on Saturday Aug. 22, more than 1,100 turned out for a #ProtestPP rally at the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood location on Auburn Avenue. The event was held in conjunction with others across the United States. More than 250 rallies, including 11 in Ohio, were scheduled.

A similar rally was held in Dayton, drawing roughly 300 people. Continue reading