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Podcast: November 1, 2009

This week’s issue covers the synod of African bishops, which concluded last week. The Vatican has announced a special structure for  Anglican who want to be in full communion with […]

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Christ brings everlasting reward

Feast of All Saints Mt 5:1-12a This weekend the church celebrates the feast of All Saints, rejoicing in the holy lives of all its members who have died and are […]

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What not to say at a funeral

I have threatened for several years to write a book on funeral and grief support etiquette. It’s title would be … you guessed it, “What Not to Say at a […]

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Consider a healthcare representative rather than a living will

Question: What is the official Roman Catholic stance on having a living will? Recently my father-in-law died, who was a practicing Methodist, and he had a living will. I saw […]

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Praying with the saints, poor souls in purgatory, in November

The month for the deceased When people die in your family, you become very aware of November as a gift. It could be called the month of the Communion of […]

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Catholic News Around Indiana

Compiled by Brandon A. Evans Diocese of Evansville Brother of Evansville priests: Father Paul Etienne is named bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming By Mary Ann Hughes (Message staff writer) There was […]

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Samaritan’s Feet reminds students to wash the feet of a child

FORT WAYNE — The sound of students’ feet echoing through the hallways as they entered the gym and climbed the bleachers was especially poignant during a recent assembly at Bishop […]

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Book of the Month

This month’s featured selection: “My Life with the Saints” by James Martin, SJ Reviewed by Kathy Denice Today’s Catholic book club choice this month is “My Life With the Saints,” […]

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Office of Worship answers questions concerning funerals

Are there diocesan rules about funerals? Yes, please consult the Web site of the Office of Worship (www.diocesefwsb.org/diocesan-offices/worship-office/diocesan-guidelines-norms) for our diocesan guidelines on funerals and liturgies with cremated remains, including […]

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The importance of the Catholic funeral Mass

By Karen Clifford Death is a subject most people don’t usually wish to talk about. But communicating final wishes to loved ones is vital. Father Michael Heintz, rector of St. […]

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A sacrifice for community

By Lisa Kochanowski SOUTH BEND — “We have a long way to go before we can call the world a body of Christ,” said Chris Culver recently, and it is […]

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Pope appoints pastor to be auxiliary bishop for Diocese of Joliet

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father Joseph M. Siegel, a pastor in Elmhurst, Ill., to be an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Joliet, Ill. The appointment […]