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The Sunday Gospel

Family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God

Feast of the Holy Family Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 The Book of Sirach is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. As are many other books in this body […]

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Nativity sets keep Christ in Christmas year-round for Vermont Catholic

By Cori Fugere Urban GUILFORD, Vt. (CNS) — Christmas comes early to Shirley Squires’ Guilford home. Actually, it never quiet leaves her home, if the scores of Nativity sets she […]

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Varsity Catholic: ‘life-giving’ evangelization

Fellowship of Catholic University Students has a presence on 159 campuses in the U.S., and on five international campuses, for the purpose of evangelizing to college students. An offshoot of […]

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Deny and go forward: an Advent renewal

St. John the Baptist and Holy Family parishes in South Bend were overjoyed to welcome John Beaulieu, director of evangelization and engagement at Franciscan University of Steubenville, for a three-evening […]

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Santa has heart for bringing joy, true meaning of Christmas to children

By Dave Hrbacek WOODBURY, Minn. (CNS) — Bob Mathewson got a celebrity’s welcome at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School one early December morning. All it took were three simple […]

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Obituaries

Rest in Peace: December 22, 2019

Bremen Ginette L. Rethlake, 81, St. Dominic Decatur Blas G. Mendez, 94, St. Mary of the Assumption Fort Wayne D. James Kessler, Jr., 67, St. Vincent de Paul Yiordana Quandt, 64, […]

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Around the Diocese: December 22, 2019

Thirty young adults were received into the Catholic Church at a Mass with Confirmation and Rite of Reception into Full Communion Sunday, Dec. 15. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop […]

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Focus on accommodation allows ‘profound’ faith experiences

In the Gospel of Luke, when John the Baptist sent messengers to ask Jesus if He was the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus pointed to works of healing He had performed — […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God asks for our honest, total love this Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Matthew 1:18-24 This weekend the Church celebrates the fourth and last Sunday of Advent 2019. For its first reading, this weekend’s liturgy offers a reading from […]

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Pay It Forward Scholarship awarded to young volunteer

Receiving a four-year, full-ride scholarship to a Catholic university was unexpected for a young woman whose greatest desire is not to receive, but to give. The University of Saint Francis, […]

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Bishop Conley of Lincoln, Neb., to take medical leave of absence

LINCOLN, Neb. (CNS) — The Diocese of Lincoln announced Dec. 13 that Bishop James D. Conley will take a medical leave of absence, effective immediately. Due to serious medical issues, […]

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Pope tells his elderly peers the prayers of the old are powerful

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of his 83rd birthday, Pope Francis met with a group of his peers — although many were a few years younger — and […]