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Second Collection: Black and Indian Missions

Catholics in the U.S. are familiar with all kinds of “second collections” taken up in their parish churches. But only one can claim status as the first ever! Recognizing a need to call the faithful to support missionary work among African American and Native American Catholics, the U.S. …

The Sacrament of Penance: Going to Confession

The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be …

Lent – the Great Season of Grace: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

From its earliest days, the Church has urged us to observe the threefold disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during the Lenten season as these will prepare us – come Easter – to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with minds and hearts renewed. The Church gives us a ‘time-out’ …

Pope Names Dallas Auxiliary Bishop Deshotel as Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana

Pope Francis has named Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, 64, as bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. Bishop Deshotel has served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas since 2010. The appointment was publicized in Washington, February 17, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to …

Lenten Fast

A reminder: – Ash Wednesday is a day of obligatory fasting and abstinence from meat and from those foods made from meat. Fasting, for all Catholics in good health, who are between 18 and 59 years (inclusive) means they may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals …