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A Church for Our Lady’s Birth

September 8 marks the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her Immaculate Conception having been celebrated nine months prior. Many churches are given various titles to Our Lady, but one alone in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is dedicated to her birth. This is St. Mary, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Cassella, Mercer County. Missionaries of the Precious Blood have chiefly been the main ministers of St. Mary, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. In the early years, diocesan priests would sometimes attend the needs of the parishioners, predominately …

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Thinking Catholic Means Being in Love with the Church

Thinking Catholic involves acknowledging and accepting the church in its full reality. In and through the church Christ makes us holy in his Spirit. Every stage of life is touched by the love and the life of the Lord through his sacraments: baptism that gives us birth, confirmation and the Eucharist that offer us maturity and strength, reconciliation and the anointing of the sick that deal with our moral and physical weaknesses. It’s all part of God’s plan to make us holy as Christ is holy.   The Church Teaches Us In and through the …

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Lessons from the Early Church

When I was a high school teacher I taught Church history to a lot of sophomores.  One of the things I did to mix things up was to re-enact the early Church.  Students could self select themselves into three groups.  One was the prayer group, and they planned a prayer service for the class.  Another was the law and order group which was charged with constructing guidelines for the Christian community.  Then there was the evangelization team, which sent “Paul and Barnabas” on some pretend missionary journeys to other classrooms to gather converts.  And they …

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Vatican II and the Living Church

Recently I participated in a committee meeting of my congregation, the Sisters of the Precious Blood. It was a gathering of our Vocation Ministry Committee. I came away energized as I do with most community meetings but this one was different. Upon reflection, I realize it was different for me than some of our other meetings of women religious simply because the committee members include the addition of four people who are not Sisters, two women and two men. More importantly, they are members of the millennial generation.  What is energizing about working with the …

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Mishaps at Mass

As a Church historian I must confess that I get a certain pleasure out of reading old liturgical manuals. Perhaps it is because there is proof that there were not always “perfect liturgies” in the past, nor today.  So it makes me feel better about my own goofs and blunders while presiding at Mass (especially with the new translation of the Roman Missal). In the Middle Ages, there was a “Handbook for Curates” that contained answers to many hypothetical Mass mishaps. For instance, what is the priest to do if he realizes that instead of …

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