Ministry News

A taste of spring, when mom cooks dinner, a munchkin survey, and frigid baseball fun (7 Quick Takes)

Our saucer magnolia tree is blooming! Spring is here, and then it’s not, and then it sort of is. I think we might see some warmer weather this weekend.
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Catholic, other groups voice misgivings over 2018 farm bill

With the 2018 version of the farm bill having been voted out of committee for consideration by the full House, Catholic groups and other rural advocates are voicing their misgivings about many of its provisions.
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Don’t be ‘couch potatoes,’ get up and evangelize, pope says

"This is how the Lord evangelizes, this is how the Lord proclaims, this is how the Lord wants us to evangelize," the pope said.
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Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for "asylum" in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England.
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Circuitous route led to director’s second film on exorcism

So it was for William Friedkin, who directed "The Exorcist" 45 years ago and thought he was through with the subgenre he helped create. Then came his documentary on exorcism, "The Devil and Father Amorth."
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Archbishop Lori says papal call to holiness is ‘within reach’

“In a very practical way, (the pope) engages us. He engages our lives and he shows us how living in this world with all of our ups and downs, all of our concerns and worries, with all of our strengths and weaknesses, we can in fact attain holiness,” the archbishop said.
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Family seeks Archbishop Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

The family has been praying for the healing of their son, Fulton, through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, whom Pope Benedict XVI declared venerable in 2012.
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South Carroll County parish celebrates 150 years

St. Joseph in Sykesville is celebrating 150 years. The parish has seen many changes since its cornerstone was laid in 1868.
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Names & Numbers: Catholics help build church, serve pregnant women and more 

Among the highlights of this month’s edition of Names & Numbers is a fundraising drive by Ellicott City parishioners who are helping to build a church in Vietnam.   
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MCC tracks wins, losses in Annapolis session

The Maryland Catholic Conference saw some successes on issues it tracked during the 438th Session of the Maryland General Assembly that concluded April 9.
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Conference looks at how to preserve religious orders’ archives

The focus is on documents going back as far as the early 18th century, as well as audio and visual records from just decades ago.
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Big fat juicy ones, long slim slimy ones…

On our morning drive to school it was gray and rainy. It looked like a long, wet, gray day without outdoor recess. As our car inched along in the drop-off line, I spotted a little girl—maybe 6 or 7 years old—bounding along the sidewalk. She was stopping every few feet to bend down to the concrete, pick something up, and...
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