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A parish grows in Brooklyn

posted by jmcgee

From the In My Backyard Desk…an inspiring story of evangelization: What I found while teaching a Called & Gifted workshop in Brooklyn last week is absolutely unique. I’ve worked in hundreds of Catholic parishes in 100 dioceses on 5 continents […]

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New Vatican evangelization office unveiled

posted by jmcgee

An important new Vatican office was announced today — but not without what might be considered an embarrassing hitch. Details: Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday outlined his most tangible initiative yet to try to revive Christianity, creating a Vatican office […]

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A reader writes: “This is why I hesitate to convert…”

posted by jmcgee

A comment at this thread, I think, deserves a wider airing.   (I’m closing off comments here, because I think this speaks for itself.) A reader writes: Just reading this comment thread makes me feel ill to my stomach. I was […]

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Faith in 3-D

posted by jmcgee

My siblings in Catholic media, Catholic TV in Boston, are taking the New Evangelization into another dimension: Avatars and Mad Hatters are already performing before American audiences in 3-D, and Shrek is coming soon. Now, a national Catholic television network […]

Nuns on the run

posted by jmcgee

This is really delightful — and on a local news station, no less. Enjoy. H/T The A.

Oprah’s sisters

posted by jmcgee

Thomas Peters broke the story yesterday, with the snapshot above: Oprah ( no last name necessary) is interviewing a group of sisters, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, for her TV show next week.   The Anchoress ( […]

How the church should communicate

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is a terrific primer on church communications that every parish, and every diocese (and every papacy) should study, courtesy Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, from Brazil. John Allen has the scoop: 1. Overcome the idea that the means of communications are […]

“The deacon is a unique living sacramental sign…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This very fine essay by Joseph Michalak in the Catholic Spirit (the Archdiocesan paper of St. Paul/Minneapolis) offers a thoughtful and inspiring look at what it means to be a deacon: Whenever I tell people I work in the Office […]

Finally, a good use for cell phones in church

posted by deacon greg kandra

Parishes have been registering people the same way since, well, forever. But the people over at Aggie Catholic have stumbled on a 21st century solution to a 1st century problem: how to keep track of everyone. Take a look: As […]

Catholics are coming home

posted by deacon greg kandra

And in a big way. A lot of you have seen the great ads produced by a group called Catholics Come Home. The ads, evidently, are working. And spreading. From the Los Angeles Times: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento […]

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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 ...

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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