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Fostering liturgical communion, love, and reverenceFather Roger J. Landry

"Every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of His Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others," the Second Vatican Council's constitution on ...

Baptism and non-Catholic parentsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. A friend of mine asked me recently to find out if the parish I was raised in would baptize her new baby. My friend is not a Catholic, so I was surprised that she asked me this. The priest at my parish ...

One Family in Mission: An Attitude of GratitudeMaureen Crowley Heil

Throughout the year, our Mission Family gives thanks for many things. We are grateful to serve the people of God both here in the Archdiocese of Boston and throughout the mission world. Mostly, we are ...

Endurance testScott Hahn

The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. And when it does, ...

Who can give blessings?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Some years ago you reminded us that receiving the Eucharist at Mass is valid regardless of who distributes it -- so a family should not disrupt the congregation's flow to Communion just to receive ...

I believe in unicornsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most of our family calls them "unicorns." That's because parishes that prioritize offering the liturgy in a way that is uplifting and beautiful are so rare, you may be tempted to think that they are merely ...

'What's Not to Love?'Maureen Crowley Heil

Saint Joseph Parish in the Diocese of Galle, Sri Lanka serves the workers of a local tea plantation. Some of the population cannot travel to weekly worship due to distance. Instead, they worship at outstation ...

Bread left overScott Hahn

Today's liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel's promised Messiah and King, the Lord who comes to feed His people. Notice the parallels between ...

Imitating Ignatius, as he imitated Francis and DominicFather Roger J. Landry

The most memorable Christmas present I've received was not from Santa during my infancy or sneakers, sports equipment or gadgets from my folks during my adolescence. It was the four-volume "Butler's Lives ...

Cremation ashes as fertilizer?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I understand that Catholics can't spread out ashes over the ocean after cremation -- and that ashes can only be buried or kept at home. Both my sister and her daughter are Catholics. My sister told ...