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Thursday, November 12, 2009 By Father Kyle Schnippel Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a conference sponsored by the Coming Home Network focused on the issue of papal authority in the church — how it developed and what it means for the church today. The main focus of ministry

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 By Terrance Callan Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32 All things come to an end. Sometimes that makes us happy; the ending of something can be a welcome release from it. At other times the end of something saddens us,

Friday, November 6, 2009 By Scott Mussari “Those who do not take the opportunity to read who can, are no more advantaged than those who cannot” (Anonymous). It was family reading time, which meant everyone gathered collectively while reading individually. Our 5-year-old, Michael, decided that on this day book-thickness trumped

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 By Terrance Callan Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 We are inspired by stories of heroism, such as that of St. Maximilian Kolbe who volunteered to die in the place of another concentration camp inmate who had been condemned to

Thursday, October 29, 2009 By Father Rob Waller Children being sent five days a week to a Catholic school and not being brought to Mass on Sunday, and a pastor addressing the situation: it is like walking a tightrope.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 By Terrance Callan All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a This Sunday we celebrate the feast of All Saints. On other days of the year we commemorate particular saints. On this day we commemorate all who have attained the goal of human life

Thursday, October 22, 2009 By Sister Carol Gaeke, O.P. There were three bricklayers who were working on a church. Someone asked the first one what he was doing and he answered, “laying bricks.” The second said that he was building a church, and the third answered, “I am helping to

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 By Father Timothy Schehr 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 The Gospel reading for each Sunday this October introduces us to people who came to Jesus with questions. The Pharisees were looking for loopholes in God’s plan for us; a wealthy

Thursday, October 15, 2009 By Father Kyle Schnippel Known for the way he developed the interplay between light and darkness in his paintings, the Italian master Caravaggio has had a lasting impact in the world of art since his troubled life ended nearly 400 years ago. His distinctive paintings, especially

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 By Father Timothy Schehr Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 James and John probably imagined themselves to belong to the Lord’s inner circle. They were among the Lord’s earliest followers, coming just after Simon and Andrew. Only James and John, along