+LENTEN RETREAT- Saturday, March 8, 8:45-3:30. “Lent: The Road Less Traveled.” Location is changed to Holy Spirit Parish, 98th & Frankford. Retreat is almost full. Please pre-register by 5 p.m. to assure a place. To register, please call 806-863-4904 by 5 p.m. today, March 7. Suggested donation: $15. Lunch included. (Scholarships available)
Pope meets with leader of World Council of Churches, urges prayer for Christian unity
In response, Pope Francis said that “the World Council of Churches has contributed greatly to making all Christians aware that our divisions represent a serious obstacle to the witness of the Gospel in the world. We cannot be resigned to these divisions as if they were merely an inevitable part of the historical experience of the Church. If Christians ignore the call to unity which comes to them from the Lord, they risk ignoring the Lord himself and the salvation he offers through his Body, the Church.”
Group of US bishops to offer Mass for those who died in attempt to cross border
Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston will join local bishops and the bishops who serve on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration in offering Mass for those who have died attempting to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.
What will your Lenten Pledge be?
This Lent we are challenging you to make a real Catholic commitment of penitence, and make a difference that will truly help our fellow man. Now is the time to truly respect the sacrifice Jesus made by stopping the selfish, trivial displays we put on every Lent and take real action.
Coordinate plans with parishes, Pope asks lay movements
Every baptized Christian is “inseparably a disciple and a missionary,” the Pope said, strongly encouraging lay groups to “work for the social inclusion of the poor” and the welfare of others in the city. He cautioned, however, that “it is important that parishes and lay movements not counter each other.”
Spiritual Approach to Aging Marks Little Sisters of the Poor Ministry
The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence is a special place, with the sisters available at any time to respond to residents' needs. Lay staff members do much of the work at the senior apartments, independent living for those who desire minimal assistance, intermediate nursing care and a senior center for elderly residents of the neighborhood, but the sisters' presence is unmistakable.
Boomers can have a good Lent even when not needing to fast
"Giving up" for Lent has long been an option. Candy, cigars, cigarettes? How about bad language or habits? But other options include doing something pro-active, which is something anyone, boomer or otherwise, can do.
Burning of JPII's letters would be senseless, cardinal says
“These writings were consigned for the process of beatification. They were delivered, examined by the commission,” Cardinal Dziwisz told CNA in an interview last month, adding that any “polemic” surrounding the situation “is senseless.”
Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere
3 Techie Things I’m Doing This Lent
Maybe for you giving up social media (or technology) can bring you closer to God, but for me, I try to do the opposite. Rather than looking at technology as a hurdle in my faith life, I’m always searching out ways that it can help me better connect to my Creator, learn more about the faith, or challenge me as a follower of Christ.
Know Your Needs, Conquer Your Worries.
Supposing I ask you now to name all of your heart’s wants and desires. Name those things that make you say things like, “God, please give me this or that and I will be happy.” No doubt you can easily list so many of your wants. Next, supposing I asked you to name one thing that you need today to be faithful to God’s plan for you. I really doubt if we could readily name two to three of such needs. On the other hand, many of us may even find ourselves unsure if something were a want or a need.
12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays
It’s Lent and for many this is a time to create an intentional game plan for meatless Fridays. A couple of years ago, Joy and I prayed about it and switched our family over to meatless Fridays all year long. This has been a wonderful blessing. If you are interested in making this switch personally, Lent is the perfect time to build the habit and then extend it to the rest of the year.
When Attending Mass is Tedious
Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a chore than the spiritual delight it should be? The short answer: go anyway.