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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

If you're looking for a VBS for the kiddos this summer or want to submit a VBS for inclusion on our calendar, click the sunglasses.

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock out to artists like TobyMac, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Brandon Heath and lots more at Universal Orlando on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis has issued a new document called Gaudete et Exsultate, which is translated "Rejoice and Be Glad". It's a practical and encouraging look at our call to be holy and the modern challenges we face in following Jesus.

Encore: Diploma a source of pride, uncertainty for graduating Dreamers

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of current Washington TrinityUniversity graduates are proud of what they've accomplished but also very anxiousabout the future.These emotionscould ring true for almost any graduate, but for this group of 21 graduating Dreamers-- among the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. protected, for now, by theDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA -- these feelings areeven more intense.That'sbecause many of these students who came to the United States as children whentheir parents immigrated here without documentation, never imagined they would beable to afford to go to college or graduate in four years. And now, like othergraduates across the country, they worry about financing grad school or gettinggood jobs all while fearing the worst: possible deportation for themselves ortheir family members as immigration laws remain in flux.Two ofthese Dreamer graduates who spoke to Catholic News Service May 10 -- ...

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he would make14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner,the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop ofKarachi, Pakistan, among others.Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that comingfrom 11 nations, the new cardinals "express the universality of thechurch, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people ofthe earth."Pope Francis' list included three men over the age of 80 "whohave distinguished themselves for their service to the church."When the pope made the announcement, the College ofCardinals had 213 members, 115 of whom were under the age of 80 and thereforeeligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Amato,prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, was to celebrate his 80thbirthday June 8.Under Pope Francis, the idea that some church posts andlarge archdioceses always a...

Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will declare BlessedsOscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during themeeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.The date was announced May 19 during an "ordinarypublic consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters ofsainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.During the consistory, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of theCongregation for Saints' Causes, formally petitioned the pope "to enrollin due course among the saints" six candidates for canonization "forthe glory of God and the good of the whole church."Each of the candidates, the cardinal told the pope, gave"a convinced and coherent witness to the Lord Jesus. Their examplecontinues to enlighten the church and the world in accordance with theperspective of mercy that your Holiness never ceases to indicate andpropose."Briefly giving a biographical sketch of thecandidates, Cardinal Amato said t...

All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Every bishop in Chile offered hisresignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discussthe clerical sexual abuse scandal."We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome,in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he mayfreely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardosaid May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.The unprecedented decision was made on the final day oftheir meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.AuxiliaryBishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary-general of the Chileanbishops' conference,said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he "expressedhis conclusions and reflections" on the 2,300-page report compiled byArchbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu,during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal."The pope's text clea...

Update: Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

IMAGE: CNS photo/HCSO, handout via ReutersBy HOUSTON (CNS) -- In response to the May 18 school shooting ata Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would "unite to support andoffer healing to those affected.""Asa society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violencein our schools and communities," he added in a May 18 statement.Thecardinal said he was "deeply saddened" and that his prayer and theprayers of Catholics in the archdiocese are with the "victims and familiesof those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy."In a separate statement as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo said: "Our community andour local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil ofgun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, forall of those who have died, their families and friends, those who were injured,and for our local communi...

All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Financial and economic decisions -- everythingfrom where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinationalcorporation declares its tax residence-- are ethical decisions that can be virtuous or sinful, a new Vatican documentsaid."There can be no area of human action that legitimatelyclaims to be either outside of or impermeable to ethical principles based onliberty, truth, justice and solidarity," said the document from the Congregation for theDoctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral HumanDevelopment.The text, "Considerations for an Ethical DiscernmentRegarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System," was approvedby Pope Francis and released May 17 at a Vatican news conference with Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria,congregation prefect, and CardinalPeter Turkson, headof the dicastery.Based on principles long part of Catholic social teachingand referring frequently to the teac...

College diploma: source of pride and uncertainty for graduating Dreamers

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of current Washington TrinityUniversity graduates are proud of what they've accomplished but also very anxiousabout the future.These emotionscould ring true for almost any graduate, but for this group of 21 graduating Dreamers-- among the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. protected, for now, by theDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA -- these feelings areeven more intense.That'sbecause many of these students who came to the United States as children whentheir parents immigrated here without documentation, never imagined they would beable to afford to go to college or graduate in four years. And now, like othergraduates across the country, they worry about financing grad school or gettinggood jobs all while fearing the worst: possible deportation for themselves ortheir family members as immigration laws remain in flux.Two ofthese Dreamer graduates who spoke to Catholic News Service May 10 -- ...

Meghan Markle's Catholic school celebrates royal wedding

IMAGE: REUTERSBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- Royal wedding fever has caught on in manyplaces, but it has a particular soft spot at Immaculate Heart Middle School andHigh School outside Los Angeles, the school Meghan Markle attended from seventh to 12thgrade.Theschool is located more than 5,000 miles from St George's Chapel at WindsorCastle in England, where Markle and Prince Harry's May 19 wedding is taking place, but theCalifornia school bridged this gap during an outdoor pre-wedding celebrationMay 15. Students waved British and American flags, toasted their famous alumnawith glasses of lemonade, listened to student speeches and did a group dance allwhile local and international TV and print reporters mingled among them.Thestudents at the all-girls school were thrilled for the 1999 graduate's big daybut they were also proud of the humanitarian and activist work the actress has alreadydone."Iknow that I'm not going to marry a prince ... but it makes me feel like, as awoman,...

SCHEDULE FOR Wednesday, April 25, 2018

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Nuseibeh familyBy JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Jerusalem's most famousChristian church, shared by three denominations, is unlocked each morning by aMuslim. Since the seventh century, the family ofWajeeh Nuseibeh, 69, has handed down the responsibility of opening the door ofthe Church of the Holy Sepulcher."If the key would be in the hands ofthe Greek Orthodox, then that would signify they are the owners of the church.If it is the hands of the Catholics, then it would be a Catholic Church, thesame with the Armenians (Orthodox)" Nuseibeh told Catholic News Service ina 1999 interview. "So Muslims are neutral people to open and close thedoor." Nuseibeh was the one to officially close thedoors of the church Feb. 25 as the heads of churches announced its indefiniteclosure to protest for Israeli measures they described as a "systematiccampaign ... against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land."He said he felt very saddened by the turn of the events."I am...

Update: Pope expresses concern about 'spiral of violence' in Holy Land

IMAGE: CNS photo/Mohammed Salem, ReutersBy Carol GlatzVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urgedall sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. "Iam very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the MiddleEast and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from thepath of peace, dialogue and negotiations," he said in an appeal May 16during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. TheAssociated Press reported that May 14, the same day the United States wasinaugurating its embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and killed 57Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 people during mass protests along theGaza border. In addition, a baby died from tear gas inhalation, the Gaza HealthMinistry said, bringing the death toll to 58. Expressinghis sadness for those killed and injured, and prayers for all who aresuffering, the pope underlined that violence is never of any use for bringingpeace...

Thought of the Day

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

John 19:25-26

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