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  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism" (Sermon)

    03/30/2017 4:25:35 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with the sacrament with which we begin the Christian life, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. What I want to say about Baptism I can summarize in two words: It works. It works! It is effective. It actually does something--quite a lot, really. Holy Baptism works, and it works in your life. Tonight we want to answer three questions about the Sacrament...
  • 10 Things to Remember When Receiving Communion (Catholic Caucus)

    12/21/2015 7:14:17 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Churches will be crowded soon with more people heading to Mass who don’t regularly attend. We’ll all be seeing some unfamiliar faces in the pews. And I know I’ll be seeing people in the Communion line I’ve never seen before; some will be casual Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, some will be visitors from out of town. And inevitably, I know I’ll be seeing people receive the sacrament in some creative ways.(In my parish, we stopped distributing the Precious Blood a couple years ago, during one of our big flu outbreaks, and the practice was never restored.)People will debate this until the Second Coming, but the...
  • Pope Francis Reaffirms that Catholic Marriage is Indissoluble

    09/30/2015 11:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Answering a question about the Synod and annulment reform, Pontiff says the door to divorce is closed Those who fear that the Church is about to allow divorced Catholics to remarry can take heart by something Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from the United States.The Pope’s words might also reassure those worried that his recent motu proprio Mitis Iudex reforming the annulment process will weaken the sanctity of the marriage bond.“Marriage is indissoluble when it is a sacrament. And this the Church cannot change. It’s doctrine. It’s an indissoluble sacrament,” the Pope told reporters during an...
  • German Bishops’ Conference website promotes homosexual unions as sacrament

    08/27/2015 4:47:39 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 25, Katholisch.de, the official website of the German Bishops' Conference, published an interview with the German moral theologian Stephan Goertz concerning his new book, Who Am I to Judge? Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. In the interview, Goertz makes the claim that homosexuality should no longer be condemned because the times have changed. In biblical times, says the theologian, "procreation was the first God-given purpose of sexuality." At that time, "sexuality had as its first purpose to secure the survival of the people"; however, "that is obviously not any more our situation, and that is since the [Second...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR, 04-06-15

    04/06/2015 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-06-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR The Eucharist viewed as the body and blood of Christ, which are offered on the altar in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Also the Eucharist as reserved on the altar for adoration by the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins … go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' (Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance)

    03/17/2015 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 77 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 19, 2014 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”. “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. "In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them...
  • Abortionist: abortion is a “sacrament” and women abort out of love

    12/26/2014 5:13:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 24, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    In an article in Florida Today, abortionist Patricia Baird-Windle had some things to say about her work: I now consider abortion to be a major blessing, and to be a sacrament in the hands of women….At the very crucible of the sacrament of abortion work is the sentence in a letter written to me by a woman when I retired, and that is some women have an abortion out of love for the baby. She identifies herself as “pro-abortion.” So what exactly is this “sacrament” that is done out of “love”? A while ago I interviewed Catherine Anthony Adair, a...
  • Card. Burke’s kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • ASIA/JORDAN - 1,400 children to receive first communion at Pope-led mass at the Amman Stadium

    05/21/2014 6:38:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Fides ^ | May 19, 2014
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) – About 1400 boys and girls from all over Jordan will receive the sacrament of communion for the first time during the Mass that Pope Francis will celbrate on Saturday, May 24 at the Amman International Stadium. This was confirmed to Fides Agency by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media and official spokesman for the papal visit. "Preparations for this rite include both the children and their parents, and started four months ago, adding that hour-long classes are held every Friday where religion teachers and nuns help the children understand and...
  • Cardinal Müller: Most Catholics are clueless about marriage

    03/01/2014 2:20:16 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    That is my paraphrase of this story, which contains some direct, blunt words from the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Just because many Catholics do not understand the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage, that does not mean the Church can change that teaching, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday — just days after the College of Cardinals held a two-day meeting to discuss the pastoral care of families — he said the widespread lack of understanding among Catholics about...
  • Three Sayings on Marriage

    08/21/2010 5:56:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Here are a few sayings on marriage that I often use in pre-cana settings. They are humorous but meant to make a serious point. See what you think and please give me any humorous or insightful sayings you know of as well.  Some want their marriage to be ideal and if there’s any ordeal they want a new deal – The problem is  wanting marriage to be ideal. There is no ideal marriage. Two sinners have married so the marriage will be imperfect, non-ideal. Marriage is life. And life has ups and down, things we like and things we...
  • Wedding music and other difficulties….

    08/11/2012 1:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most priests, if they are lucky and smart, have a trained music director or organist to whom they can refer the Bride (sometimes with the groom) to finalize music for weddings. Then he can refer them and avoid a ton of trouble. Yet, occasionally he has to duck for cover when the flak from the battle between bride and organist gets thick.Don’t get me wrong, everything generally goes fine and most brides and grooms are just fine. But every now and then, there’s a bride (and sometimes a groom) who are the irresistible force that meet the immoveable object (i.e....
  • On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | June 3, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.By: Msgr. Charles Pope Recently here in the Archdiocese of Washington there was an issue regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a certain individual, which caused no little debate among the faithful. I am NOT going to reopen that case here, and ask all readers to please recall that, no matter what you may think, you do not have all the facts, and I do not wish to rehearse the (partial) specifics of the whole affair.That said, a number of us priests asked for a review of...
  • Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!

    04/27/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 156 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parents: DonÂ’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!By: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a trend that has set up for years now, and that is that Catholics are waiting many months to get their children baptized. I suspect that what we have here is a combination of a much lower infant mortality rate and, also, a less fervent practice of the faith by many. Further, there seems little sense among the faithful today that an unbaptized infant would be excluded from heaven.As regards the last point, I think it is pastorally sound to trust in GodÂ’s mercy for infants who...
  • Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation [Catholic Caucus]

    05/09/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About ConfirmationBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Yesterday we discussed a bit about baptism and some of the pastoral practices surrounding it. Today in a kind of companion piece I’d like to address some of the distortions and confusion that often surround the Sacrament of Confirmation.Some one once said that Confirmation is the Sacrament in search of a theology. While not true, the statement does capture that there is a lot of incorrect and sometimes silly teaching about this sacrament to young people. And since it is the season for Confirmations, it may be helpful to explore what...
  • Why women still need husbands

    12/02/2013 2:48:21 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/22/2013 | By Suzanne Venker
    Over the past several decades, America has witnessed a profound change in the way women view men and marriage. It began with the baby boomer adage “never depend on a man.” This message resulted in a generation of women who turned their attention away from the home and onto the workforce. They did what their mothers told them to do: they became financially independent so they’d never have to rely on a husband. ~snip~ How can they spend more time with their children? How can they make time for exercise or even a social life? How can they keep their...
  • Religion stoush as questions are raised over communion wine hygiene (Catholic Caucus)

    11/01/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 37 replies
    The Standard ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | Alex Sinnot
    Australia: AN unholy headache is developing for major churches, with questions raised over whether sacramental wine passes hygiene standards. Former Warrnambool mayor Frank McCarthy, a devout Catholic, is calling for the time-honoured tradition of drinking from a shared goblet during services to be scrapped. Mr McCarthy said wholesale consumption of wine from the same chalice would not be allowed in any pub or restaurant and queried why churches were given an exemption. The former businessman said the risk of spreading disease was heightened with a shared cup. “The rules and regulations surrounding beverages are pretty clear and no pub or...
  • What Can (and Can't) a Deacon Do?

    09/26/2013 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Weiss White · 12 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 26, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: We have a permanent deacon at our parish. Some of us are wondering if the pastor sometimes allows him to do things that he’s not supposed to do… for example, occasionally the deacon preaches a homily at Sunday Mass instead of the priest. Is that permissible? What are the limits of what a deacon can do? —Jay A: It’s a good question! Lay Catholics generally understand that because a deacon is not a priest, there are some sacramental/liturgical actions which he cannot perform. But occasionally the laity are taken aback when they see a deacon engaged in some sort...
  • Confession [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2013 10:54:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    stIsidore-yubacity.org ^ | 2003 | Oblates, July-August 2003 (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
    ConfessionWhy Do We Go To Confession? "Catholics who started going to confession as children may recall that the major concern during preparation was not how you sinned - disobedience was a given - but how often you had sinned since your last confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance as it was once called, was never intended to be a numbers game. It is now and always has been a means to seek receive God's forgiveness and to renew our resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow Jesus' commands to love God and to love one...