Issue 9706-3/16/17

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

The Inaugural Catholic Camporee, sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, attracted over 200 youth and leaders from the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life and Campfire Girls, regardless of faith.


John Petrillo, a Boy Scout volunteer leader, said the Camporee was about camping and Catholic Scouting.


The two night, three-day event (March 10 –12), held at Black Creek Scout Reservation in Sylvania, was the Inaugural Catholic Scouting Convocation Camporee.


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

Pope Francis discussed a range of issues in an interview published on March 9, in the German weekly Die Zeit. Among these topics was the shortage of priests, which led the Holy Father to reflect on possible solutions to this “crisis.” 

The pope rejected one possible solution out of hand: opening seminaries’ doors to men “who do not have an authentic vocation.” He warned that those who are “not priests by vocation will ruin the Church.” I hope no Catholic would disagree with that stance.

By: Mary Hood Hart
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It had been a while since I’d done a thorough cleaning of my home. I spent the good part of a day mopping, dusting, vacuuming, and moving furniture around to get into the deepest crevices. What always occurs to me, when I do these rare thorough cleanings, is the extent to which I can overlook significant dust and dirt build-up in my daily life. 


Usually I am motivated by something outside myself, an upcoming overnight guest, a dinner party, to give my house a better cleaning than usual. You would think after all these years of living, I would establish a system. 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

Only seconds after Magan had picked up the phone long enough to give an irritated, “Hey J,” she made an audible twist away from the microphone and gave a muffled, “So is anybody ready to fess up?” in the direction of the front yard.


“What happened now?” I asked.


“You’ll have to ask your big boys,” she replied.


By: Rachel Balducci
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I’m sitting outside the door of a random classroom in a fine arts building on a college university campus. Inside, my boy Elliott is writing a persuasive essay. He’s one young man in a roomful of high school students who are competing in the state-level competition for our private school literary association.


By: Jessica L. Marsala

WAYCROSS—At first glance, it may not seem like much. Approximately 15 mature adults sit on metal and plastic folding chairs around tables strewn with bingo cards purchased at the price of five for a dollar.  


But to the players, who call themselves the Wise Angels of Saint Joseph Church, it’s an outlet, an opportunity to socialize and to some, even a form of therapy. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
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SAVANNAH—At many workplaces, religion is as taboo as politics.


But as the 20 professionals who graduated from the first two Catholic Charities Leadership Classes have learned, it doesn’t have to be. 


There are ways to incorporate faith and various aspects of Catholic social teaching into a professional life so that as guest speaker Father Pablo Migone remarked, there is a harmony between the two. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

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By: Padre Pablo Migone
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La parábola del hijo pródigo debe ser la más conocida de la Biblia, quizás sólo le ganaría la del buen samaritano. Esta es una historia simple pero con un mensaje siempre aplicable que ha cautivado a innumerables cristianos y no cristianos por igual. ¿Qué hace esta historia tan potente y atractiva?

Generaciones de hombres y mujeres han encontrado esperanza y aliento en la experiencia de la conversión del joven que insultó a su padre pidiendo su herencia, mal usó sus dones y talentos, y luego regresó a casa de su padre con intenciones no perfectas.


By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

The Parable of the Prodigal Son may be the best known in the Bible, perhaps only rivaled by the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It is a simple yet timeless story that has captivated countless Christians and non-Christians alike. What makes this story so powerful and attractive?

Generations of men and women have found hope and encouragement in the conversion experience of the young man who insulted his father by asking for his inheritance, misused his gifts and talents and then returned to his father’s house with intentions that were far from perfect. 


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