Archive for April, 2010

Vatican has given its “recognitio,” or statement of acceptance, of the proposed U.S. version of the new edition of the Roman Missal. In a statement today the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged they had received word from the Vatican. The USCCB now must decide when to authorize its use in dioceses and parishes in the United States.

The news came in a letter from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments that the text of the English translation of the Roman Missal, third edition, has been approved with the required recognitio. (more…)

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With the new edition of the Roman Missal closer to completion many are wondering what will change for the Mass. Those questions were answered at the Holy Family Retreat Center, Beaumont, April 28

Father Paul Turner, pastor of St. Munchin Church in Cameron, Mo., spoke on the revised Mass texts during a clergy workshop and a laity workshop. (more…)

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Father Paul Turner was in Beaumont April 28 to speak to clergy and lay leaders on the upcoming changes to the Roman Missal, commonly called the sacramentary. While in town, ETC editor Karen Gilman talked to him about the changes.

Q. What is the Roman Missal?

A. The Roman Missal is the official prayer book we use for Mass in the Catholic Church. (more…)

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Por Patricia Zapor

Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — El obispo Gerald F. Kicanas de Tucson, Arizona, uno de muchos líderes religiosos que condenan la nueva la ley de inmigración de Arizona, dijo que pedirá al asesor general de la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos que se involucre en las demandas legales que se espera reten la constitucionalidad de dicha ley.

En su “Memorando del Lunes” publicado en la sede de Internet diocesana el 26 de abril, el obispo Kicanas que cree que la ley necesita ser retada por razones que van más allá de las cuestiones constitucionales que se han planteado. Entre sus objeciones a la ley, firmada el 23 de abril, está que ésta “no atiende la necesidad crítica de seguridad fronteriza para confrontar el contrabando de drogas, el contrabando armas y el contrabando humano”. (more…)

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Catholic Extension has announced the creation of the Sister Marguerite Bartz Fund to support the work of women religious and the ministries they have created and inspired.  The fund, named in honor of Sister Marguerite Bartz, SBS, whose life of passionate service was tragically cut short in November 2009, will supplement the $1,664,289 Catholic Extension already is committed to distributing in 2010 to women religious and their ministries in the country’s poorest and most isolated dioceses.

As a spiritual leader, educator, mentor, activist and community builder for more than 40 years, Sister Bartz dedicated her life to serving the poor, and was working on the Navajo Reservation when she was killed during a robbery in her home. She epitomized the critical role that women religious play in nurturing the vibrant faith lives and serving the needs of people in the most forgotten corners of our country. (more…)

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By John Thavis Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) — Social networks and other interactive media challenge traditional church models of communication but offer unprecedented evangelizing opportunities, a leading U.S. Catholic communications official said.

“In some ways, we are returning to the pre-printing press means of communication — old-fashioned word of mouth. St. Paul had his stump or rock upon which he stood to broadcast the Gospel in the marketplace. We have devices that literally can put the Gospel message in the palm of people’s hands,” Helen Osman, secretary for communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told a Rome conference April 27. (more…)

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Food and fun at St. Catherine School

Hundreds of supporters gathered at St. Catherine of Siena School, Port Arthur, April 26 to enjoy an evening of food and fun. In addition, local restaurateur Esther Benoit was honored. (more…)

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