Category: Catholic Church

The Beatification Mass of Solanus Casey

We left early. 8:30 somehow felt much earlier than it ought to have but that is EST v PST. Miriam was unhappy to wake. After loading bags and snacks aplenty into a five-seat sedan, I squeeze into the back seat beside the car seat, rotated my hips to accommodate Miriam’s

Days of Promise

Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today is one of the days of promise. The Immaculate Conception is the day we celebrate God’s gift of redemption to Mary, through the merits of Christ cross, applied retroactively in order to prepare a place fitting for

Revisiting Young Ladies Institute (YLI)

As a 16-year old girl watching Felicity and 10 Things I Hate About You, there was nothing that drew me to the Young Ladies’ Institute (YLI), a large, active women’s organization at our local Catholic Church. My mother was greatly involved. With all the jokes about how young the ladies

Confirmation is not a Graduation from the Church

While serving with the National Evangelization Team most of the dioceses we visited held Confirmation in high school. I received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade. Most of my teammates received it as a High School Junior. The debate went on throughout the year about which was better, younger

A comedienne’s way of being in the world

From Patrick Coffin, Catholic media personality and apologist (though not a philosopher): Has any one noticed that women, as a rule, aren’t funny? These talented women  — and I want to put it delicately but factually — are on the mannish side. …Maybe this male-female difference an evolutionary biology thing. Maybe

Heritage Academy

Maddi Runkles signed a pledge, along with all her schoolmates, based on “Philippians 4:8 (including language about ‘whatever is pure’) that ‘extends to my actions, such as protecting my body by abstaining from sexual immorality and from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.’” A girl is not allowed

Difficulties with Music Ministry

The many difficulties with music ministry in a California Central Valley Roman Catholic parish. Cultural differences Due to the high percentage of Spanish speakers at the Catholic parish, many of the approaches used in reaching out and working with the Spanish speaking community (SSC) are utilized or expected to work

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