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Does an obligation to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday include those traveling outside the diocese?

Q: I live in a diocese where the feast of the Ascension is celebrated on Thursday. This year, I was traveling for work on Ascension Thursday, and in the diocese where my conference was, Ascension was ...



The wisdom of Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

If it is graduation season, then it is graduation speech season, too. High schools, colleges, and even elementary schools seek out high profile speakers to impart their wisdom to graduates -- or, at ...

Scripture Reflection for May 26, 2024, Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityDeacon Greg Kandra

Dt 4:32-34, 39-40 Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 Rom 8:14-17 Mt 28:16-20 Periodically, people ask me, "What is your favorite part of being a deacon?" Near the top of my list would have to be the ...

Immigration and America's future falling prey to the political divideBishop Nicholas DiMarzio

What will America become? The migration issue we confront today will greatly determine our future self-awareness and identity as a nation. It cannot be denied that we are a nation of immigrants. The current ...

Back to the land: Following the land's liturgyDr. R. Jared Staudt

We shook on it. After too many moves, my wife and I committed to move once more into a small cabin on the land. After years of false starts, it finally happened, as I wrote back in January. More than ...

The steamship that changed the history of the Hartford DioceseMatthew Radulski

On Jan. 23, 1856, the SS Pacific set off on its voyage from Liverpool to New York. This was a typical journey for the wooden steamer, which was considered one of the premier ships of her day. She had ...

A Most Unusual Mission MosaicMaureen Crowley Heil

With tombstones for beds and grave markers for pillows, thousands of families in Manila will go to sleep tonight in the cemetery they call home. In the bustling capital city of the Philippines, the most ...

The Easter Season is the fleshly seasonMichael Pakaluk

Easter is a celebration of the centrality of the body in the Christian faith, because it is a celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and, as Christians, we confess the resurrection of the body, ...

Ripley and RupnikEffie Caldarola

If you're looking for a creepy, unsettling thriller to stream, "Ripley" fills the bill. Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the edgy film starring Andrew Scott ...