Until Death Do Us Part

During the first session of marriage preparation, I ask the couple a simple question: Why are you getting married?  They typically look at each other for a while and then respond, “We’re in love” or “We’re compatible.”  Sadly, I almost never hear, “I believe with all...

The Deacon’s Role at Baptisms

The past seven months have been unprecedented in the life of the Church. The tentacles of the coronavirus pandemic have reached into parishes around the world, constricting reception of the sacraments for millions of faithful Catholics. As the Church continues to...

Can Catholics support ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Catholic leaders say the Church has an important role in working for racial justice, but that protesting for justice does not imply endorsement of the positions taken by Black Lives Matter organizations. The phrase “#BlackLivesMatter” began to trend online following...

Tips for Battling Pornography Handout

1. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly! Whenever you are in a moment of temptation, start praying the Our Father and Hail Mary. Our Lord and Blessed Mother will be with you! 2. Attend Mass every Sunday (and more frequently if you can!) 3. Spend time...

Deacon’s Role in Liturgical Preaching Outside of Mass

Deacon’s Role in Liturgical Preaching Outside of Mass One of the most anticipated duties that a deacon exercises upon ordination is liturgical preaching. During formation, while listening to homilies in the pew, we may have said to ourselves, “I can’t wait to get...