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The Lights of Christmas Must Shine Throughout the Year

The Lights of Christmas Must Shine Throughout the Year

We may have taken our Christmas lights down, but we must not let them go out. During my pastor’s homily at our Christmas Mass at Midnight he commented on the beautiful decorations loaded to the gills with lights of many colors; some flickering, others radiating

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Christmas invites reconciliation with God

Christmas invites reconciliation with God

The office is now closed for the Christmas Holiday. All have gone home to their families and are looking forward to a long weekend. The prayer which we have been praying since the feast of St. Andrew is focused on the midnight hour on Christmas

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Looking Back: A Christmas to Remember

Looking Back:  A Christmas to Remember

By Barb Ernster Just one year after Pope John Paul II’s consecration of the whole world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 1984, the new Soviet Union president Communist Party leader Mikhail Gorbachev began instituting democratic reforms in the spring of

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Under the Mantle of Mary: Consecration leads to greater practice of First Saturdays

By Fr. Francisco Pereira Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal The Archdiocese of Portland (Oregon) was the first dioceses in the United States to make its consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, under the mantle of the Holy Virgin of Fatima, which took

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Seeking just decision through Mary, conceived without sin

Seeking just decision through Mary, conceived without sin

By David Carollo, Executive Director – When the Angel Gabriel greeted Mary as “Full of Grace” at the Annunciation, he defined her as someone special in the eyes of God. To be full of grace there must be no imperfection present. This was not the

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Happy Thanksgiving! Yes? Not? Maybe? or For How Much Longer?

Happy Thanksgiving!  Yes? Not? Maybe? or For How Much Longer?

We’ve so much to be thankful for that I’m reminded of the final verse in John’s Gospel [21:25] which reads:  “But there are also many other things which Jesus did;  which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be

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The Souls in Purgatory Depend on Our Prayers

The Souls in Purgatory Depend on Our Prayers

“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins” (2 Mac 12:46). On November 1st we celebrated the feast of All Saints.  On this day we looked to all who have been found worthy

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Cause for Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton

Cause for Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton

On Monday, September 29, 2014 my wife and I attended the ceremony for “The Sealing and Binding of the Dossier” for the cause of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton. Also with us was Fr. Charles Fanelli of the World Apostolate of Fatima board of

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Father Benedict Groeschel, 1933-2014

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., passed away on Friday, the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, after whom he modeled his life. Father Groeschel was a longtime friend of our apostolate and a great devotee of Fatima.  He and the other friars of

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WAF joins court petition defending seal of confession

The courts in Louisiana have ruled that the seal of confession may be broken at the discretion of individual judges if they deem it appropriate.  This decision should send chills down the spine of everyone who depends on confidentiality in their professional activities.   Clergy

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