Blessed Teresa to be canonized on Sept. 4

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Mercy

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process. At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as …

Bishop Stika lifts veil on Jubilee of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Saints, Year of Mercy

Bishop Richard F. Stika lifted the veil on the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese of Knoxville on Dec. 6 as he celebrated Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Knoxville, where he introduced the special year established by Pope Francis. The Jubilee of Mercy officially begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and continues through …

Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Canonization for Junipero Serra

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis made history Sept. 23 by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra. St. Serra, a Franciscan missionary from Spain, founded nine Catholic missions in California, most of which would go on to become the centers of major cities in the state. The trail-blazing life of this priest, Pope Francis …

A Nativity Reflection

David Oatney Catechism, Saints

Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

All Saints

David Oatney Saints

Tomorrow is the feast of All Saints (also called Hallow Mass), which has always been one of my favorite feast days (remember, by the way, that it is a Holy Day of Awesome), a day which we remember all of the great saints of history, including and especially those who may be in Heaven but are not on the “official” …

Saints of Our Times

David Oatney New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Faith

It was announced from the Vatican on Monday that Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be canonized together on Sunday, April 27th, the Second Sunday of Easter. That day is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, so named after the feast that St. Faustina Kowalska described in her Diary the the feast of Divine Mercy which Our …

Thoughts on Our Lady for the Feast of the Visitation

David Oatney Catechism, Saints, Year of Faith

Today is the last day of May, which is a month traditionally devoted in a special way to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic circles. Fittingly, the last day of the month is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates Mary’s visit to her sister Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) after learning that both of …

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Father Michael Cummins Saints

 Two days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist.  John is the apostle who stood by the Cross of Christ and received Mary into his home.  The gospel attributed to John was the last of the four canonical gospels to be written and contains the most explicitly developed and exalted understanding (Christology) of who …

Joy to the World

David Oatney Saints

To the saints, the finest gifts are the spiritual kind. After receiving Holy Communion in 1569, the Spanish Carmelite St. Teresa of Avila marveled at the arrival of Jesus. Though not labeled as such, her words could be a Christmas thanksgiving: “Be joyful, my soul, for there is someone who loves your God as He deserves. Be joyful, for there …

A Woman Clothed with the Sun

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Year of Faith

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven …

Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Opening of the New Evangelization Synod

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Uncategorized, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters, With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities and institutions. And this outline is reinforced by …