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By Karen Gilman

Lent is a time for quiet and less and doing without.

This Lent, however, is also a time to live more – by participating in Living the Eucharist.

Living the Eucharist is a six-week Lenten program to help people understand what the Mass is all about and to better understand the Sunday readings.

“The Mass is central to the Catholic faith,” said Lorraine DeLuca, director of the office of Evangelization and Catechesis and who conducted training sessions for Living the Eucharist.

“Mass is the central prayer when communities come together,” she said. “It is the source and fount of our life of Catholic Christians.” Continue Reading »

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow,” it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.

“The Lord forgives generously,” the pope said March 3 during his early morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see about the rest.’ No. The Lord always forgives everything.”

“The Lord exaggerates. But it is the truth,” the pope said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

The Lenten call to conversion is a call to seek God’s forgiveness and demonstrate sincerity by acts of charity and works of justice, Pope Francis said. Continue Reading »

IMG_9422The Traditional Latin Mass will begin a day of spiritual talks, the rosary, singing and much more as the annual Lenten Pilgrimage makes its way across Port Arthur March 21.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3648 S/Sgt. Lucien Adams, followed by the pilgrimage beginning at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10:30 a.m. Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

cns-logoVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Drop the innocent look and the habit of judging others, Pope Francis said; recognizing one’s own faults and failings is the first requirement of being a good Christian.

In fact, paradoxically, one finds peace and relief in judging one’s own sins, being merciful toward others and saying, “Who am I to judge?” he said March 2 during his homily at a morning Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

The pope’s homily was based on the day’s reading from the Book of Daniel, which laments, “We have sinned, been wicked and done evil,” and expresses the shame of having rebelled against God who is so full of compassion and mercy. It also focused on the Gospel reading according to St. Luke, in which Jesus tells his disciples to stop judging and condemning, but to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well.” Continue Reading »

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

People viewed the Shroud of Turin when it was on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in 2010. (CNS/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special faculties to offer absolution to women who confess to having had an abortion.

The display of the shroud April 19-June 24 should be “a time of grace that translates into attitudes of conversion, the fruit of repentance and newness of life,” Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia wrote in a decree signed Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday. Continue Reading »

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by Kim Adams

The Rite of Election of catechumens was celebrated at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Feb. 22. The rite marks the beginning of the period of final, more intense preparation for the sacrament of initiation. Continue Reading »

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