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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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Sister Regina Lanahan, O.S.F., Baltimore native served in healthcare

Sister Regina Lanahan, a Baltimore native and professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 64 years, died Nov. 27 at age 87 in Aston, Pa. A funeral Mass was offered Dec. 5 at Assisi House there.
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Pope Francis accepts Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation as leader of Rome-based order

Pope Francis announced Dec. 8 that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
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Observation of Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be Dec. 9

Catholics are encouraged but not obligated to attend Mass Dec. 9 in honor of the observed solemnity. As always, Mass attendance on Sunday is obligated.
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NCYC continues to inspire young Abingdon parishioner

Two weeks after returning from the National Catholic Youth Conference, Isabel Sans remains moved by the spirit she encountered in Indianapolis, and not just from 20,000 like-minded pilgrims.
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Immigrants find help making way in classroom, society

Two millennia after Mary and Joseph crossed a border and encountered closed doors, agencies and parishes across the Archdiocese of Baltimore heed the Gospel call to welcome the stranger.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Those who possess true joy are not deterred by their problems, by distress or by deprivation – their own or that of others.
As the Christmas season approaches, George Matysek shares the joys of having five children age 5 and under.

Open Window

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When my husband and I were matched with our son, we thought we might travel to China to adopt him in just a few short months. But it turned out to be a much longer process. As the months dragged on and the wheels of bureaucracy moved slowly on both sides of the world, I...

Faces of Faith

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“You know that actions speak louder than words. And people can be a testimony to their faith just by what they do and not by what they say,” Hoban said.

Question Corner

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Father Kenneth Doyle fields questions about whether Judas received Communion and a priest refusing to baptize a baby.

Word on Fire

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Will gets some important things right, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong.

The Domestic Church

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During this season of giving, as we thoughtfully select gifts for people we know and love – and maybe even for strangers – how wonderful to consider that a gift may bring joy not just in the moment of opening, but also for years to come.

Guest Commentary

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The best thing you can do in life is be a consistent, positive example to your family. Teach them to be punctual. Teach them to be a good influence on their community. And, most essential, teach them how to provide care and love to other people, especially those in your family.

The Narthex

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If there’s one thread that runs throughout the selected homilies, it’s courage.

Dust and Dewfall

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Father Poston offers some tips for making the most of this Advent season.

Baltimore Boomer

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Under the auspices of the Jesuits, Brune taught several generations of young men the value of doing the right thing, doggedness, loyalty, patience and dozens of other seemingly passé traits.

The Catholic Difference

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The dying parts of the Church are those still misreading John XXIII.

Behind the Headlines

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We have to do something – actually we have to do a lot of somethings: strengthen families, fight poverty, promote the dignity of life – so that when we get to the end of 2020, we’re not looking at 300 or more homicides in Baltimore again.

Our Back Pages

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The fleeting image of the demure and habited nun furtively flashing the two-finger peace sign in the 1970 documentary “Woodstock” has floated softly through five decades now, a lasting if elusory symbol that touches on the historic music festival but ultimately alights someplace else.

Snippets of FAith

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Yes, belonging to places is good – it feels right, we fit in. We should all belong to some place, to some group, to some church, even to someone. Where do you feel as if you belong?

Wit & Wisdom

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The world may or may not believe what we say. But the world will believe what we do. Do we live in such a way as to allow the God born once in a manger to live fully in us?


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A young super-speller tells his story.

Diamonds in the Rough

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Everyone who comes to us should be reminded that through their Baptism, they are priests, prophets, and kings -- not just in some fairy-tale sense, but truly, because their relationship with Christ makes them so.

World News

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 local hospital prior to his court hearing.
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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 trashing retired Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins).
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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 Lady of the Angels for the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

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

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Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, pope says

Martyrdom "is the sign that we are on Jesus' path; it's a blessing from the Lord that within the people of God there is someone who gives this witness of martyrdom," the pope said.
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Mother Mary Lange’s cause for sainthood moves forward, Archbishop Lori says

Vatican officials are moving ahead with the cause for sainthood for Mother Mary Lange, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said Thursday in Rome.
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W.Va. bishop meets Vatican official to discuss predecessor’s amends

Tasked with finding ways his predecessor should make amends for abuses, including gross financial misconduct, Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, was able to meet with a top Vatican official to discuss those plans.
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