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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

If you're looking for a VBS for the kiddos this summer or want to submit a VBS for inclusion on our calendar, click the sunglasses.

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock the Universe 2018 Lineup

Rock out to artists like TobyMac, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Brandon Heath and lots more at Universal Orlando on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis has issued a new document called Gaudete et Exsultate, which is translated "Rejoice and Be Glad". It's a practical and encouraging look at our call to be holy and the modern challenges we face in following Jesus.

Update: Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet with five priests who sufferedabuse by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said.The pope will meet June 1-3 with "five priests who werevictims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse," the Vaticansaid in a statement May 22. Twopriests who have accompanied the survivors "in their juridical andspiritual journey" and "two laypeople involved in thissuffering" also wereinvited by Pope Francis, thestatement said. They will all be guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae,the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.The pope will celebrate a private Mass with the group June 2and will meet with members of the group togetherand individually, the statement said. In late April, Pope Francis had hosted three laymen whowere sexually abused by Father Karadima."With this new meeting, planned a month ago, PopeFrancis wants to show his closeness to abused priests, accomp...

Pope prays that Catholics in China may live their faith in peace

IMAGE: CNS photo/Roman Pilipey, EPABy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked people to prayfor Catholics in China so that they may be able to live their faith with serenityand in full communion with the pope.The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady,Help of Christians May 24. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI established the feast as a world dayof prayer for the church in China because Mary is venerated under that title at the Marian shrinein Sheshan, outside Shanghai, China. At the end of his general audience talk in St. Peter'sSquare May 23, PopeFrancis said the feast day "invites us to be united spiritually with allthe Catholic faithful who live in China."He asked people pray to Our Lady so that Catholics therewould be able "to live the faith with generosity and serenity" and sothat they would know how to carry out "concrete gestures of fraternity,harmony and reconciliation, in full communion with the successor ofPeter.""Dear disciples of the Lord in China, the ...

Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although it is not unusual for a popeto set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, PopeFrancis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year.The pope announced May 20 that he would create 14 newscardinals June 29; 11 of them are under the age of 80 and would be eligible toenter a conclave to elect a new pope.In early June, Cardinal Angelo Amato will celebrate his 80thbirthday, which will drop the number of electors to 114. Three weeks later, thebatch of new cardinals will raise the number of potential electors to 125.Cardinal Amato is the last cardinal to turn 80 in 2018. Andit will take until July 31, 2019, for another five cardinals to age out.Confirming the limit of 120 electors set by Blessed Paul VI,St. John Paul II wrote in "Universi Dominici Gregis," his rules for aconclave, that "the maximum number of cardinal electors must not exceed 120."That led one major news agency to report, "If aconclave has ...

Church official cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The executive director of the U.S.bishops' Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicansin Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivalslegislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, tothe House floor."Theyare surfacing the issue forcefully and making the House deal with it,"said William Canny. Althoughhe believes the bills could bring about a "path forward," he said he isnot fully convinced it will happen because of the extent of anti-immigrant sentimentin Congress and the White House.A currentproposal, led by Reps. JeffDenham, R- California, and Will Hurd,R-Texas, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is tappinginto an obscure House rule called "queen of the hill" which would bringfour immigration bills to the House floor for a vote and the bill with the mostvotes would pass.But forCongress to even co...

Accompanying families, reaching out to youth recurring encuentro themes

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic StandardBy Norma Montenegro FlynnWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The CatholicChurch needs to walk with and accompany Hispanic and immigrant families, reachout to youth and young adults, and strengthen faith and leadership formation.These were the recurring themesvoiced by participants of the episcopal Region IV encuentro held May 19, at TheCatholic University of America in Washington.As part of the National FifthEncuentro process, nearly 100 regional participants -- lay and religiousleaders from seven dioceses -- from Delaware, Maryland, the District ofColumbia, Virginia and West Virginia, gathered for the day to "encounter," asthe word "encuentro" suggests, each other and listen to the voices from parishcommunities and organizations within the region.They discerned priorities and strategieson Hispanic ministry and how to better answer Pope Francis' call to becomemissionary disciples reaching out to those on the peripheries."It's important for us to ...

Encore: Diploma a source of pride, uncertainty for graduating Dreamers

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Carol ZimmermannWASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of current Washington TrinityUniversity graduates are proud of what they've accomplished but also very anxiousabout the future.These emotionscould ring true for almost any graduate, but for this group of 21 graduating Dreamers-- among the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. protected, for now, by theDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA -- these feelings areeven more intense.That'sbecause many of these students who came to the United States as children whentheir parents immigrated here without documentation, never imagined they would beable to afford to go to college or graduate in four years. And now, like othergraduates across the country, they worry about financing grad school or gettinggood jobs all while fearing the worst: possible deportation for themselves ortheir family members as immigration laws remain in flux.Two ofthese Dreamer graduates who spoke to Catholic News Service May 10 -- ...

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he would make14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner,the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop ofKarachi, Pakistan, among others.Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that comingfrom 11 nations, the new cardinals "express the universality of thechurch, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people ofthe earth."Pope Francis' list included three men over the age of 80 "whohave distinguished themselves for their service to the church."When the pope made the announcement, the College ofCardinals had 213 members, 115 of whom were under the age of 80 and thereforeeligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Amato,prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, was to celebrate his 80thbirthday June 8.Under Pope Francis, the idea that some church posts andlarge archdioceses always a...

Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will declare BlessedsOscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during themeeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.The date was announced May 19 during an "ordinarypublic consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters ofsainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.During the consistory, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of theCongregation for Saints' Causes, formally petitioned the pope "to enrollin due course among the saints" six candidates for canonization "forthe glory of God and the good of the whole church."Each of the candidates, the cardinal told the pope, gave"a convinced and coherent witness to the Lord Jesus. Their examplecontinues to enlighten the church and the world in accordance with theperspective of mercy that your Holiness never ceases to indicate andpropose."Briefly giving a biographical sketch of thecandidates, Cardinal Amato said t...

Update: Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

IMAGE: CNS photo/HCSO, handout via ReutersBy HOUSTON (CNS) -- In response to the May 18 school shooting ata Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would "unite to support andoffer healing to those affected.""Asa society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violencein our schools and communities," he added in a May 18 statement.Thecardinal said he was "deeply saddened" and that his prayer and theprayers of Catholics in the archdiocese are with the "victims and familiesof those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy."In a separate statement as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo said: "Our community andour local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil ofgun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, forall of those who have died, their families and friends, those who were injured,and for our local communi...

All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Every bishop in Chile offered hisresignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discussthe clerical sexual abuse scandal."We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome,in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he mayfreely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardosaid May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.The unprecedented decision was made on the final day oftheir meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.AuxiliaryBishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary-general of the Chileanbishops' conference,said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he "expressedhis conclusions and reflections" on the 2,300-page report compiled byArchbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu,during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal."The pope's text clea...

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For whoever is not against us is for us.

Mark 9:40

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