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What’s Latin for “slam dunk”?
Here’s a local TV report with more on the blessing of New York’s new basilica, with Archbishop Dolan as winning as ever.
What is the “mind of the Church”?
Good question, and it’s something every deacon should ponder. But Deacon Bill Ditewig has an anecdote that speaks volumes: One day, as I was leaving the building, I encountered one of our bishops waiting for a taxi. He had been in town for some meetings and was returning home to his diocese. As we were…
How is your Advent going?
Below, a little reminder of what it’s all about. Take time. And take your time…to remember what matters.
Comments are back: let the civil discourse resume
And if you need a gentle reminder of the ground rules and guidelines, they’re right here. Happy Advent!
A new basilica: old St. Pat’s
The venerable church in lower Manhattan — where America’s first cardinal received his red hat — today becomes the Archdiocese of New York’s very first basilica. (Incredibly, the fabled St. Pat’s on Fifth Avenue isn’t one.). Congratulations to our neighbors across the river! Read more here.
Texas bank ordered to remove Christmas tree
Incredible, but true. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people. Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700…
America’s Lourdes? First Marian apparition shrine in U.S. may be approved
So claims a Wisconsin newspaper: After a two-year investigation, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is set to release its findings about apparitions at an area shrine. If the apparitions are decreed true, it would be an extremely rare occurrence. For more than 150 years the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, outside New…
What the world has been waiting for: a Hanukkah carol
This is causing quite a sensation around the internets … take a look. And, of course, Happy Hanukkah, y’all!
And wash it down with a little eggnog!
From a friend’s Facebook page. Oy to the world…
Homily for December 5, 2010: 2nd Sunday of Advent/Rite of Welcome
[Saturday night, my parish will celebrate the Rite of Welcome for the new class of RCIA candidates. This is the homily for that occasion.] Anyone who’s been coming to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs for a while knows the memorable liturgies we have here. A little over a week ago, we had a beautiful concelebrated…
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