Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45 Our first reading from the Book of Sirach today tells us “as the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.” In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “a disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully …

Bishop Stika leads 2014 diocesan Men’s Conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika spent a morning and afternoon with some 165 participants at A Diocesan Men’s Conference: A Dialogue With Our Shepherd on Jan. 11 at All Saints Church. The conference was presented by the All Saints Peter and Paul Society and by Sacred Heart Parish’s St. Joseph Society. The bishop addressed a variety of topics …

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 …

The Church Is Not a Political Party

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

Deacon Scott Maentz Baseball

Earlier today Bishop Stika delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall of Fame when it came to life. Bishop …

New Advent

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Have you ever wanted to find a site on the internet that is the equivalent of a Catholic clearing house? New Advent may be the place you have been looking for. Kevin Knight began New Advent as a project to create an online version of the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia following Pope John Paul II’s visit to Denver for World Youth …

Introducing the Catechism

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1992, with the apostolic constitution entitled Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his message to the faithful he explained that the new catechism has its origins in the Second Vatican Council. The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present …