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Chrism Mass: Being anointed in Christ brings joy

The majesty and ceremony of the Catholic Church is manifested in a grand way during Holy Week. The blare of brass instruments and chorus of voices singing God’s praises opened […]

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Second annual St. Joseph pilgrimage set for April 30

The Year of St. Joseph, a religious initiative declared by Pope Francis, lasted from Dec. 8, 2020, until Dec. 8, 2021, to remember “the 150th anniversary of the declaration of […]

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Father Tom Shoemaker finds peace in carpentry

Carpentry and woodworking hold a prominent place within Sacred Scripture. Noah assembled his ark out of wood before the flood, while Bezalel was a carpenter who built the acacia structure […]

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Children’s Adoration gives parents and children a time to be with Jesus 

Every first Saturday of the month, families gather at St. Joseph Church in South Bend to spend an hour in Eucharistic Adoration. This time is set aside as “Children’s Adoration” […]

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Annual devotion provides opportunity for local exploration

While there are dozens of parishes in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, many Catholics only frequent their home parish to celebrate Mass and partake in the sacraments. A centuries-old […]

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Bearing the cross of infertility –  Springs in the Desert retreat walks with couples, individuals

Living with infertility is an ordeal nearly unfathomable to those who do not share it. Today’s culture praises those who limit their family size or have no children at all, […]

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Afghan refugee families find welcome in Fort Wayne

One family group had a relatively easy time getting to the Kabul airport for their evacuation flight out of Afghanistan last August. The other rode to freedom on the last […]

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‘Autistic Priest’ helps people with disabilities grow in faith

Three years ago, on World Autism Awareness Day – April 2 – a priest announced to the world the news of his unexpected new diagnosis. Like many people with autism, […]

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Bishop Joins Pope in Consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades joined Pope Francis in the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Pius X Parish in Granger on Friday, March […]

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Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, in communion with Pope Francis and the global Catholic Church, will pray the Rosary on Friday, March 25, at 11:40 a.m., followed by the Act of […]

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‘I feel like I’m home:’ candidate professes joy at conversion

Born in Valparaiso but now living in North Manchester, Julie Potter from St. Bernard Parish in Wabash will enter into the fullness of the Catholic Church this Easter season. Potter […]

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Catholic students prepare for confirmation

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend hosted a confirmation retreat at Bishop Dwenger High School on Saturday, March 12. More than 200 students registered for the retreat. The theme for […]