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Problem with song leaderFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I live in a large parish and find my affiliation with my church meaningful and positive -- except for one thing. (I've struggled with this, as I don't want to be unkind, so I would appreciate your ...

Unless the Lord builds the houseJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We received notification that the house around the corner from us had been condemned and was going to be demolished. But when the heavy equipment arrived to tear it down, I couldn't help but feel sad. ...

What is the Pastoral Plan Advisory Board?Ernest Linek

The Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB) was formed in 2014 at the direction of Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley to assist him in examining the progress and effectiveness of the 2012 Archdiocesan Pastoral ...

Alive in the SpiritScott Hahn

Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, ...

A Maternal Ambassador's Peace Plan Unveiled at the United NationsFather Roger J. Landry

On May 12, at the very time Pope Francis was arriving in Portugal to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Fatima apparitions and the canonization of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, something ...

Adoption by same-sex coupleFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I read recently in the Catholic press that representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had written a letter in support of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. That ...

Making disciples ... Growing the ChurchSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

The Easter Scriptures tell the story of the early Church's growth after the Resurrection of Christ. The preaching and teaching and hard work of the disciples began to bear fruit. We hear of their successes ...

A betrayal with a happy endingKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Last fall, an outstanding teacher and leading Catholic scholar was publicly taken to the academic woodshed by his university's president. The professor is Anthony Esolen and the university is Providence ...

Mother and child in the Hispanic Catholic imaginationHosffman Ospino

May is traditionally a month when Catholics turn our attention toward Mary more intentionally. Marian processions and crownings in parishes and schools remind us of our childhood. I love processions! ...

Building his houseScott Hahn

By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father's house. His Father's house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house ...