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Archdiocese, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Mourn Loss of Longtime Pastor, Father Michael Carrion, Who Died Saturday Unexpectedly at Age 68

Father Michael Carrion, longtime pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Towson, died unexpectedly Saturday at age 68.  Father Carrion, who led the parish for almost 20 years, died of an apparent heart attack. 
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When the Holy Spirit shows up for Sunday School and more (7 Quick Takes)

There are Sunday school teachers who prepare days ahead of time. Then you have me, who often spends Sunday morning flipping through the curriculum for the day while feeding people breakfast.
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Poland’s communist-era primate recalled for sanctity, statesmanship

"We must see him not just as a statesman who led church and society, like Moses, through the red sea of communism, but also as a fervent believer in God who served people," said Capuchin Father Gabriel Bartoszewski, vice postulator of the cardinal's process.
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Teen spends final days reaching out to vulnerable, poor on city streets

When 19-year-old Nicholas Peters of San Carlos understood that his life would not be a long one, he decided to spend the days that might be left to him ministering to the forgotten and the hopeless on the streets of San Francisco.
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Teen who gave life to save classmates long known as hero

Even before he died saving his classmates from a shooter at his school, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was known for going out of his way to help others.
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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., is seen in this 2012 file photo.

Catholic bishops conference disinvites Bransfield from fall assembly

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in consultation with the members of the USCCB Administrative Committee, has taken the highly unusual step of disinviting a fellow bishop from the conference's fall general assembly.
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A day at the races, searching for costumes, homemade birthday cards, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our friend Theresa invited us to go to the Maryland Million with her, so our boys and I headed down to Laurel for a few hours at the races.
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Violence against indigenous in Brazil soars, says bishops’ agency

Less than two weeks before the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon was scheduled to begin at the Vatican, the Brazilian bishops' Indigenous Missionary Council reported that the number of indigenous land invasions and indigenous murdered in Brazil in 2018 soared.
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Suggested Rosary Congress events for schools

Here are several suggested ways school children can participate in the Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Congress.
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National Rosary Congress website offers resources

A website devoted to the promotion of Rosary Congresses across the United States is providing resources to parishes, schools and dioceses that wish to host the seven-day period of prayer and reflection.
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Suggested Rosary Congress events for parishes

In observation of the Oct. 7-13 Archdiocese of Baltimore Rosary Congress, the Archdiocese of Baltimore encourages parishes to inform parishioners of events happening at the Baltimore Basilica and to organize their own activities.
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