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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: Is 45:1, 4-6
Second reading: 1 Thes 1:1-5
Gospel: Mt 22:15-21
First Century Feast Date: October 28 Listed among the Twelve Apostles in the New Testament, Simon is “the Canaanite” to Matthew and Mark and “the Zealot” to Luke; Jude is “Thaddeus” to Matthew and Mark, “Judas of James” to Luke, and “Judas, not Iscariot” to John. After Pentecost, they disappear. However, according to Eastern tradition, […]
Q. I recently attended a funeral Mass for a friend — not at my own parish. The pastor informed the family of the deceased that there could be no eulogy given in church — before, during or after the funeral Mass. They were quite upset because they had already asked a family member to deliver […]
Recent improvement in relationships between the two Christian groups, enhanced largely through ongoing ecumenical dialogue, have alleviated (if not eliminated) the challenges that have faced Catholics and Lutherans for half a millennium.
As the Franciscans celebrate the 800th year anniversary of their presence in the Holy Land, a sacred role the 300 friars from 34 countries continue to play, Franciscan Father Wladyslaw Brzezinski reflects on his role as superior at the Church of the Visitation in Jerusalem and the mission of the care of the Franciscan Custody of the 29 shrines in the Holy Land.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: Is 25:6-10
Second reading: Phil 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Mt 22:1-14
Pope Francis reminds us that liturgical fruitfulness is not merely a matter of participating in the Sunday Mass but attuning ourselves to pray fruitfully.
As in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we, too, are called to give healing and comfort to others as Jesus has entrusted the ministry of healing to us, his church.
1826 – 1887 FEAST October 11 As a child in Madrid, Spain, Manuela Torres Acosta reportedly was more intent on getting playmates to pray than to play. In 1851, she and six companions were invited by a Servite priest to provide home care to the sick of his parish. Taking the name Maria Soledad to […]
1182-1226 FEAST October 4 The son of a wealthy Italian merchant, Francis was a playboy who experienced a profound conversion after going to war for Assisi, being imprisoned, and enduring a debilitating illness. He renounced his family and riches, and lived a life of radical poverty and service because he believed Christ had asked him […]
A story in the daily newspaper caught Jennifer Pellegrine Sloss’ eye — about a new document from Pope Francis approving a fourth pathway to possible sainthood: giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others as her dear friend Chiara did in sacrificing her life for her unborn childs life.