Tag Archives: Jesus

Tomorrow: Catholic Campaign For Human Development Collection

For over 43 million Americans, there is a thin line: between eviction and home, between hunger and health, between unemployment and work, between anxiety and stability. This line is the Poverty Line.  For a family of four, that line is $24,257 a year. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2015.)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.

Together, we can make a difference in families and communities across the United States. Please donate prayerfully and generously. Thank you.

 

Support the Fortnight for Freedom 2017

To learn more about how you can join in prayer to protect and preserve our religious freedom read the corresponding article in the June 13th edition of the Catholic Herald on page 2 or go  to:  http://www.archgh.org/resources/fortnight-for-freedom/

 

40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent

by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

When it comes to practicing our faith, Lent is a time of heightened intensity. With Lent upon us, I’m pleased to offer these 40 Lenten activities.

40 Ideas for 40 Days calendarThese activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various websites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.

May this Lent be a time of heightened focus on faith formation for you and for those you teach!

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Second Sunday of Advent: Prepare the Way

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In this week’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist described as “A voice of one crying out in the desert,”  If you would like to watch a video regarding today’s Gospel messae go to:
http://bcove.me/7hqrft6f

 

The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant

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During times when we wish to express repentance and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms.  The penitential designation of these psalms dates from the seventh century.  Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness. For audible or printed version of the pslams go to: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/seven-penitential-psalms-songs-of-suffering-servant.cfm

“Merciful like the Father”

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(Taken from the USCCB website) How can we show others the mercy of God? We say that God is compassionate, but we ignore the poor. We say that God loves us and has mercy on us, but we hold grudges against our friends. Our actions need to authentically reflect God’s mercy. To explore the different ways that you can live out that mercy every day go to: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/index.cfm

5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

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What exactly is the Octave of Christmas?  It is the first eight days of the Christmas Season which begins on Christmas Day and ends on the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 10th this year.  To learn more about the Octave of Christmas go to the Catholic Connection and read the article by Fr. Matthew Long.  http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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In the midst of the celebration of the Christmas Season, today we remember the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. These male children who were two years old or younger were martyred by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus whom the three magi described as the newborn king. (Matthew 2:16-18). The Holy Innocents remind us of how cruel sin can be. In order to defeat such cruelty and sin, Christ was born.