OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (Feb. 24, 2012) – In the aftermath of the February 21 fire that caused extensive damage to their school building, St. Anthony Catholic Parish and School today expressed gratitude for the outpouring of community support, and outlined plans to ensure that classes resume with minimal disruption.
In the Catholic tradition, a fast day is a day when you eat only one meal. This idea is not as strange as it seems: I remember reading once that a lot of Native Americans would only eat one meal a day. Originally, the practice of fasting was to delay this meal until after sunset. [...]
The recent birth control mandate of the US government forces the Church to face a serious decision. Beginning in August of 2013, every private insurance plan will have to cover sterilizations, contraceptives, and drugs that cause abortions. The exemption is extremely narrow, about the size of the eye of a needle. It exempts churches [...]
The first snowfall of the year is always something magical. I love to look out at the ordinary world that has been transfigured. Messy piles have disappeared, dirty things are covered over, and all the trees are clothed in white as if dressed for a wedding. I always feel that a new snowfall is a [...]
In light of the recent developments, Pope Benedict’s comments to the US Bishops at their “ad limina” visit are particularly appropriate. Noticeably the solution he calls for is both a greater awareness on the part of the Bishops and also a greater witness on the part of lay Catholics (emphasis mine).
VATICAN CITY, 19 JAN [...]
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