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Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord at Christmas, in our everyday lives and at his Second Coming. Learn more about Advent, find special events, parish listings, videos, resources, news, commentary and more on our Advent page.

 

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The bell tower of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, N.J., is seen standing Dec. 12, 2019, after a fire destroyed the rest of the church the previous morning.

Fire destroys New Jersey church; suspected arsonist arrested

After a fire destroyed Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes in the early hours of Dec. 11, the suspected arsonist was arrested. He was receiving burn treatment at a...
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Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes."

Movie Review: ‘The Two Popes’

In "The Two Popes," their glossy but highly speculative account of supposedly real events, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try to extol Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) by...
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Our Lady of Guadalupe is ‘mother of us all,’ says Los Angeles archbishop

Mary, the Mother of God is "the mother of all of us," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in his homily for midnight Mass celebrated at Cathedral of Our...
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Movie Review: ‘Dark Waters’

Eventually, there may be a movie focused on some travail affecting people in West Virginia without John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the soundtrack.
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World needs peacemakers, not empty words, pope says in message

The world does not need more empty words, it needs committed, active peacemakers who do not exclude or manipulate, but are open to respectful dialogue, Pope Francis said in his...
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Pillar of Catonsville community still giving to St. Mark School

Poisal-inspired wooden Santas are a staple in the homes of St. Mark graduates.
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Repentance,  Reform and  Renewal

Archbishop William E. Lori addresses the crisis of abuse in the Catholic Church.

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REPORT FROM ROME

Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and neighboring dioceses in a nearly three-hour meeting with Pope Francis in Rome Dec. 3. 
 
Archbishop Lori shared with the Holy Father the diversity of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, describing its strengths and needs. He also received the pope’s blessing on the new Mother Mary Lange Catholic School that is being built in Baltimore City. 
 
Watch the accompanying video message for a report from Archbishop Lori about his discussions with the pope and the presentation of special gifts from the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to the Holy Father.
 
For news coverage of the meetings in Rome and the presentation of Baltimore gifts to the Holy Father, click here

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Catholic Baltimore is a weekly radio production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Father Steven Roth launches a series on vocations by interviewing Ellen LeGare, the mother of two seminarians in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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Featured Homily

Priests and deacons throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore provide wonderful spiritual insights through their homilies and reflections.

This week, we feature Father Mark Bialek, pastor of St. John in Westminster.

Listen below, and click here to listen to other homilists and podcasts in the archdiocese.

 

Walk with us as we explore death and the feelings of loss by those of us left behind

HOW WE GRIEVE

A production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, “How We Grieve” interviews Christians about their experiences of grief and loss. Hosted by Edward Herrera, HWG asks questions that are helpful to those experiencing loss and friends and family who want to comfort them.

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Third Sunday of Advent

TODAY'S READINGS

“The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”

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Legacy Continues

New Catholic school on track for Baltimore

On Oct. 23, Archbishop William E. Lori broke ground on Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, the first Catholic elementary school to be built in the city in 60 years! 

Inspiring service

Mary Hoban

Name a parish job and Hoban’s done it. She’s been on the finance committee and pastoral council. She’s been a religious education teacher and a lector.

“Mary is a go-getter. I know when I give her something to do, she gets it done and that has been essential to getting more parishioners involved in our ministries,” said Father John Williamson, pastor of the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine.

After years of being a tireless church volunteer at Ascension, Hoban recently became director of volunteers at Ascension and St. Augustine, helping others connect to the church as she has. She believes service doesn’t just help the church, it helps the volunteer.

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Liberty Heights parishioner brings ‘youthful energy’ to outreach

“Our church has a lot of power to change the community that we actually live in," Hall said. "Since we have so much influence, we need to be back in the community, reaching out as best we can.”
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St. Agnes doctor carries healing legacy of religious sisters

“I think (my faith) is one of the things I fall back on,” he said. “I’ve spent more of my life being a Catholic than being a doctor.”
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Garrett County parishioners maintain strong faith, serve others

Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.
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A Response to the Netflix Series, "The Keepers"

Promise to Protect and Promote Healing

Watch video interviews with key figures and access fact sheets, statements, news articles and other resources here.

We are called to be a light brightly visible, not to proclaim ourselves but to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.”
– Archbishop William E. Lori 

Archbishop William E. Lori offers his homily during the opening Mass of the 136th Supreme Convention of the Knight of Columbus at the Baltimore Convention Center August 7. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

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Featured Resources

Embracing God’s Plan for Marriage: A Scripture Study for Couples

Popular author and speaker Mark Hart and his wife, Melanie, help illuminate the truths about married love with key Scripture passages and insightful questions for reflection and prayer.

Christlife

ChristLife equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so others might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into His missionary disciples in the Catholic Church.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a wonderful way to be part of the new evangelization by works of conversion for those who do not know Christ, consolation of the sick and suffering, and conservation of the faith of the members of the body of Christ.

Mercy Now

Mercy Now is a free quarterly resource for parish leaders. Includes articles, bulletin inserts, notes for catechists, a section for youth and/or youth ministers, and a column for parents.

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