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December 2007 Archives

Grave matter: the booming business of Trappist caskets

posted by deacon greg kandra

They are beautifully crafted, exquisitely designed — and people are dying to have them. They are Trappist caskets. And according to this item from CNS, business is booming: For the craftsmen and artisans at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, a […]

Carol of the bells

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is a season for the ringing of bells — but for a group of Catholics in St. Petersburg, Florida, the peal will soon have a different appeal. They’ll be ringing bells for the pope: To most Catholics, having an […]

Homily for December 30, 2007: Feast of the Holy Family

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m struck every year by the timing of this feast, celebrating the Holy Family. It comes on the first Sunday following Christmas, and at a time when I think most of us – after the parties and cooking and visiting […]

Merry Christmas

posted by deacon greg kandra

Evan Austin, 4 years old and a patient at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D., showed his excitement in learning that Santa Claus knew where to find him. Photo: from Associated Press

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Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The immediate aftermath of the storm for this class would be

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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