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Feb 17, 2020

Babies crying, parishioners walking in late and the person with the nagging cough. What's a Catholic Priest to do? First, be thankful their attending mass. Then, pray they are 'present' during the service. Let me explain what I mean by 'present’.

Feb 14, 2020

A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by Mary, the mother of Jesus. A perception of Mary in ordinarily-explainable natural phenomena, and miracles associated with Marian artwork, such as a weeping statue. The Catholic Church has a formal process for assessing claimed apparitions.

Feb 8, 2020

The Church requires that a crucifix be visible during the celebration of Mass to remind us of the sacrifice of Jesus on the altar of the cross, which is made present for us each time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Does the distinction matter? In some cases, yes. Crucifixes are generally preferred by Roman...

Feb 3, 2020

There's an old joke about a fellow who gets confused and sends a postcard that says "Weather is here, wish you were beautiful!" Well, I thought of that as I was flying to Naples, FL. I'll be assisting at St. Elizabeth Seton for the next two months. I'm looking forward to helping out and making new friends. The...

Jan 29, 2020

NBA legend Kobe Bryant was a devout Catholic and reportedly attended mass hours before he died with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Calabasas, Calif. When tragedy is sudden.