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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Marriage and family are models of God’s generous love
As the director for the Office for Family Life in the Archdiocese of Washington, I have the privilege of helping to prepare hundreds of couples for marriage every year.
What I have learned while trying to plan a Christ-centered wedding
Living out the Christian faith to the best of my ability is rarely easy, and over the past few months I have learned that planning a Catholic wedding with Christ at the center is no exception.
'Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner'
In her book,
Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner
, Stephanie Calis created a marriage between the practical necessities of planning a wedding and the spiritual necessities of starting a life together.
Welcoming the stranger is a no-brainer at Catholic Charities
I’m generally not one to weigh in on the political talk of the day, as those who know me or have been parishioners of mine can attest to. The issues are important and I do have my opinions, but I would rather focus on helping the person right in front of me and let the headlines take care of themselves.
Celebrating marriage: Newlyweds look to pope for blessings, strength
Each week dozens of newlyweds, dressed again in their wedding gowns and tuxedoes, come to the Vatican to receive a special papal blessing as they begin their lives together.
Maternity leave: Why the pope wants the church to be a loving mother
A number of feast days over the Advent and Christmas seasons gave Pope Francis a fresh opportunity to pay homage to the world's mothers and insist further on how and why he wants the entire church to become more maternal.
Feeding the Spirit
Advent is a busy time for all of us. We try to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus into our hearts and lives, and we also spend time on all of the other things we need to do – or think we need to do – like shopping, sending cards, baking, decorating and so on.
Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas
People who work with married couples have urged them to make time for each other, especially during the often-stressful Christmas season.
Catholic youth ministers urged to walk with young adults as Jesus would
Jesus Christ's example of friendship with his apostles is the model for "the start of ministry to young adults in the 21st century," a bishop told 1,000 members of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry gathered in San Jose Dec. 2.
Movie Reviews - 'Allied', 'Moana', 'Bad Santa 2', 'Rules Don't Apply'
Like time travelers from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio films, the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in "Allied" (Paramount) don't allow a little event like World War II to muss their elegant coifs.
Annual White Mass honors the gifts persons with special needs bring to the Church
Honoring and recognizing the gifts of those whom Pope Francis calls “the masterpieces of God’s creation” – persons with special needs – hundreds of archdiocesan faithful gathered for the seventh annual White Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Nov. 20.
Five ways to plan a great send-off (especially your own!)
Death and taxes! These two things no one can avoid. Even though we know this, we are often not ready for either one. It’s November, the month where we pray for the faithful departed, and not April, the month where sometimes we feel like the IRS may be trying to do us in, so let’s talk turkey about funerals.
For expectant parents, miscarriage can be 'loss of a dream'
Immaculate Conception parishioners Kayla and Matt Boesch had planned to welcome their first baby this fall. Instead, they will be visiting the cemetery plot where they buried their baby's remains last spring.
Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20.
Priests and parishes in archdiocese work to support victims of domestic violence
Every minute, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
This equates to more than 10 million people every year.
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