Man Up Philly expects to draw hundreds of Catholic men March 3
The 10th anniversary of the day-long event of inspirational talks, fellowship among men and multiple opportunities for prayer will take place this year on the campus of Neumann University, Aston.
Young church musicians can earn college scholarship
The deadline is fast approaching for applying for the $1,000 Peter LaManna Excellence in Music Scholarship, presented for the second year by the Association of Church Musicians in Philadelphia.
After latest shooting, we should pray and be angry, archbishop says
"Let's not lie to ourselves that tighter gun restrictions -- as urgent as they now are -- will solve the problem. We've lost our respect for human life on a much broader scale," Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a statement Feb. 15.
If Catholic Church owns up to its racism, it can change, says scholar
Tia Noelle Pratt, a St. Joseph’s professor, studies the history of racism toward Black Catholics. “People are working toward justice,” said the member of St. Matthias Parish in Bala Cynwyd. “The church can be fixed.”
With Mercedarians, Anne DeSantis leads ministry to the divorced
The parishioner of Corpus Christi in Lansdale deepened her faith through the Mercedarian Fathers. As director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, she is "reaching out to people who are suffering, supporting marriage and families in all ways.”
Healing the persistent evil of racism in the Catholic Church
Prejudice in the pews continues to scar the body of Christ, writes Michael P. Howard. He knows that staying in a "church with issues" is a kind of Gethsemane, leading to the cross. Yet the church remains a chosen race, "a holy nation."
Invest in young women in the church — they’re our future
Church teachings on abortion and care for the environment are most important to Millennial women, writes Elise Italiano. So it's important to use language that moves beyond the "liberal vs. conservative" framework.
A welcoming spirit, or a sense of the enemy?
A warm welcome can ease one's anxiety, but domination and jealousy can replace kindness, writes Father Eugene Hemrick. A nation's greatness lies not in its power but in how all nationalities bond together.
Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families
A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year.
Florida man puts his stamp on ‘Offering of Letters’ campaign
An enthusiastic supporter of the Bread for the World Christian citizens anti-hunger lobby, Peter England marshals the efforts of members of his 3,000-household parish to take part in the organization's annual "Offering of Letters" campaign.
Ex-Chilean seminarian: meeting with Vatican abuse investigator ‘intense’
Juan Carlos Cruz met for nearly four hours Feb. 17 with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert on clergy sex abuse.
Lenten preparation and penance lead to a life of joy
The 40 days before Easter are a time to pray, fast and give alms, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. These practices deepen our relationship with the Lord, and enable us to enter more fully into the mystery of his love.
Drive-by ashes? Catholics should slow down, go to Mass
Someone saw a sidewalk Ash Wednesday service on the news, but Father Ken Doyle doubts this was a Catholic service. The preference is that Catholics go to church as they begin to observe Lent.
The sacrament of holy orders sets men apart to serve
Priesthood, which models the selfless sacrifice of Christ for his church, is rooted in Scripture and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. See the latest in our continuing series on the sacraments.
Acknowledge sin, but look for signs of God at work, pope tells priests
While it is true that the world is full of sin and sinful behavior, priests must learn to scrutinize the "signs of the times" for new trends and attitudes that are good and healthy and holy, Pope Francis told pastors from the Diocese of Rome.
Lebanese interreligious foundation Adyan awarded Niwano Peace Prize
Lebanon now moves "a firm step further toward its recognition as a world center for dialogue between cultures and religions," said Maronite Father Fadi Daou, president of Adyan Foundation, in announcing the international award..
Thirsty souls are quenched by God, not world, priest tells pope, Curia
The pope and senior members of the Roman Curia were having their annual Lenten retreat Feb. 18-23.
Across the Aisles: St. Richard Church
Members of the South Philadelphia parish gathered for the Saturday evening vigil Mass Feb. 10 with their pastor, Father Michael Reilly, as the celebrant. Founded in 1924, the parish offers Mass at St. Richard's and nearby Holy Spirit Church.