Chalking the Door: A Blessing on your Home at EpiphanyDecember 1st, 2015
The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal,” and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man. On Epiphany, January 6th, 2016 family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, …Read More.
Spiritual Literacy Month – Reading the sacred in everyday lifeDecember 1st, 2015
December has been designated Spiritual Literacy Month. What is “Spiritual Literacy”? A general definition for spiritual literacy states that it is a time for “promoting respect for and among the world’s religions and spiritual traditions by encouraging people to ‘read the book of the world’ for sacred meaning.” Literacy is defined as the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write. It is the “possession of education” and a person’s knowledge of a “particular” subject or field; such as to be computer literate. A more inclusive definition is “the ability …Read More.
Las PosadasDecember 1st, 2015
Las Posadas is a nine-day Christmas celebration celebrated primarily in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. Posadas are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th. The last posada, held on December 24, is often followed by midnight mass. Traditionally, the celebration consists of a procession with children dressed as shepherds, angels and sometimes, Mary and …Read More.
Reflections on the World Meeting of Families – by Colleen Gerke, DirectorOctober 30th, 2015
I am still processing the fruits of the World Meeting of Families Congress, Festival of Families and Papal Mass in Philadelphia. I wanted to share with you some of my highlights. Suzy Ismail, a Marriage Therapist who is Muslim shared wisdom on marriage and family. In marriage, the couples are garments for each other giving warmth and protection. In building a family, we must first build faith in ourselves and in interfaith and interchurch relationships we must focus on common beliefs remembering that families are important and exists to bring us closer to God. In …Read More.
Synod on the Family – by Joshua DanisOctober 30th, 2015
So what is a Synod? A Synod is a gathering of bishops to gather and discuss spirituality and church experience around a specific are of concern. An ordinary synod typically happens every three to four years and includes representative bishops from countries all over the world. Extraordinary Synods can be called at any time and often involve leaders of just one region of the world. These special events have been going on since they were called for in Vatican II, back in the 1960’s. Though they represent the universal church, they are not the same …Read More.
Christ the King/Cristo ReyOctober 27th, 2015
Each year at the conclusion of the liturgical year, we fittingly celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. As the Apostle St. Paul teaches us, “in [Jesus Christ] everything in heaven and earth was created…and continues in being” (Col 1:16-17). He is the ‘Alpha and Omega’, the ‘Beginning and End’, the ‘Way, Truth, and Life’. Indeed, Christ promises to His faithful friends the gift of salvation, the pledge of everlasting life through His Resurrection. Therefore, faithful ness to Christ, our King, opens the door to our eternal happiness. To read more, click here. Cada año, …Read More.
Reflections from the World Meeting of Families and US Papal MassSeptember 30th, 2015
During the week of September 22-25, hundreds of Roman Catholics from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati travelled to Cincinnati to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families. On Saturday, September 26, 170 pilgrims headed out of Dayton on buses through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to attend the Papal Mass. Below are reflections and pictures of this historic trip. Click on this link to view pictures from Fr. John Kummer Both Channel 9 and Channel 12 had coverage of the Papal Mass bus trip. From St. Columban: http://www.wcpo.com/lifestyle/religion/st-columban-parishioners-return-home-from-the-trip-of-a-lifetime In Philadelphia: http://local12.com/m/news/features/top-stories/stories/Group-from-Tri-State-makes-trip-of-lifetime-to-see-Pope-Francis-210974.shtml#.VgwgYZWFO70 A TALE OF TWO MASSES An …Read More.
Caring and CompassionateSeptember 10th, 2015
I would like to take a moment to thank a Sister who made my year at St. Boniface live-able. I attended St. Boniface school for the Second Grade. My older brother, Bob, was in the Third Grade there. One day, that I will remember forever, while on recess I was telling a friend of mine that my brother always beat me at checkers. The next thing I knew my teach was grabbing and twisting my ear telling me I was a liar and that liars are thrown out of school. I loved school so this was very …Read More.
Great KindnessesSeptember 10th, 2015
During my mother’s illness my family relied on Sister Shirley Gerth, OSF Oldenburg, not only as the Parish Life Coordinator at St. Anne, New Castle Indiana, but also as a friend who brought the Eucharist and comfort to our mom. Thank you, Sister Shirley, for your great kindnesses! Fr. Steve Giannini, Vicar for Clergy, Religious and Parish Life Coordinators, Archdiocese of Indianapolis Share something about a woman or man religious who has shown you kindness.Read More.
Labor DaySeptember 9th, 2015
Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic accomplishments of American workers. It constitutes an annual national acknowledgement to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Out nations first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and it became a federal holiday in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill designating the first …Read More.