Ministry News

Ready or not, here comes God’s grace

In the case of First Reconciliation, we just need to do the very best we can to prepare our children and trust that God will take care of the rest.
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‘Crowning jewel’ of national shrine — Trinity Dome Mosaic — dedicated

The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.
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Pope asks Mary’s help in fighting viruses of fear, indifference

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception teaches that Mary was conceived and born without original sin. The pope defined the day as "full of grace."
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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which celebrates the dogma that Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception, will be celebrated Dec. 8.
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Marian House brings ‘new life’ to former parish school at Blessed Sacrament

The permanent family housing has transformed the former parish school at Blessed Sacrament, two miles north of St. Ann Parish.
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Mideast Christian leaders to Trump: Jerusalem move could have dire results

In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said U.S. recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences.
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Retiring Monsignor Cramblitt sees ‘grace of God’

“When I look at how growth has happened in my life – emotionally, spiritually, personally – I step back in amazement and can’t help but the see the grace of God there.”
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Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.
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Knights of Columbus warm Baltimore students with 1,000 coats

For the third year in a row, Archbishop William E. Lori joined the Maryland Knights of Columbus Dec. 5 to distribute coats to children in Baltimore.
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Pope appoints Washington auxiliary bishop to head Richmond Diocese

Pope Francis has named Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout, 55, as the 13th bishop of Richmond, Virginia.
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Seize the day this Advent season

Let’s look at Advent as a chance to welcome Jesus into our lives in a new way.
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