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The perfect example of a holy family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:22-40 A selection of readings is possible for this feast. These comments refer to one set of readings. The Book of Genesis provides the […]

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At Christmas in Steuben County, ‘food is love’

The churches in Steuben County will bring a bit of comfort to residents who find themselves alone on Christmas Day this year. Thanks to a collaboration between them and Caruso’s […]

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Vatican: Without alternatives, current COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican’s doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines […]

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The weary soul rejoices: celebrating the Christmas season

“Have yourself a merry, little Christmas,” the classic secular song croons. Never before have these lyrics been so apropos. With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading and getting everyone vaccinated is […]

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Living Nativity provides Advent hope in pandemic darkness

A crackling fire and a pavilion filled with hay attracted 100 people for an Advent celebration steeped in joy. On the weekend of Dec. 20, the parishioners of SS. Peter […]

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St. Joseph Parish creates digital Advent calendar

Most Christmas calendars include the 25 days in December. But what lies behind each flap lifted up during the countdown doesn’t always have spiritual value; it’s more likely to be […]

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Doctrine committee sets standards for evaluating, improving church hymns

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Expressing concern for the doctrinal soundness of some of the lyrics of Catholic hymns now available for use in Catholic liturgies, the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee in […]

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For unto us a child is born

There is nothing like the birth of a child to make one appreciate Christmas. Four times, I have experienced such Christmases. Now I am experiencing my fifth. It was the […]

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News Briefs: December 20, 2020

Jupiter, Saturn to put on ‘Christmas Star’ show at winter solstice CLEVELAND (CNS) — A once-every-two-decade conjunction involving the solar system’s two gas giants will give earthbound observers a look […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The kingship of David is fulfilled in the Son of Mary

Fourth Sunday Of Advent Luke 1:26-38 The first reading for this weekend is from the Second Book of Samuel. Once, the two Books of Samuel were a single volume. Translations […]

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Religious issues played big part in 2020 Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) —The busy year for the Supreme Court had the attention of the Catholic Church from major decisions it announced this past summer to oral arguments this fall around […]

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Weekly schedule of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Sunday, December 20: 9:15 a.m. — Mass, St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Columbia City Monday, December 21: 11 a.m. — Mass for Diocesan Employees of Fort Wayne Area, St. Mary, Mother of God […]