Catholic Classroom: Why do churches face east?
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 07/2/2018
Question: Why do churches face east?

The next time you go to church, bring a compass with you. Chances are you will find that the church is built facing the east. This is no coincidence. Though it has not been possible on every occasion, many Catholic churches have been built to face the east.

A child holds a sign reading "Love not hate." text: by Jay Fadden
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 06/27/2018

Catholic Classroom: What is Opus Dei?
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 06/25/2018
Question: What is Opus Dei?

On Tuesday, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, a faithful Spanish priest who founded Opus Dei in 1928.

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 06/22/2018

Easter is over, summer has begun, and life feels as though it’s slowed down a bit. We’re a few weeks into Ordinary Time and we’re faced with a long stretch between now and Advent. But this Ordinary Time is not just an interlude. 

The first reading from last Friday’s Mass struck me, and prompted me to think about Ordinary Time in a new way:

Sun shining through rain-splattered window
Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 06/20/2018

Last weekend the weather was crazy. It was cool and then got extremely hot followed by heavy rain and strong winds. I sat in my bedroom and watched as the trees swayed back and forth in the wind. I am like my father in that I love storms.

Catholic Classroom: How is the pope chosen?
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 06/18/2018
Question: How is the pope chosen?

A state of Saint Joseph. text: by Erin Butler
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 06/15/2018

This Sunday, we will honor all those living out the beautiful vocation of fatherhood. Fathers and people who act in the role of a father have touched all of our lives, and we pray in a special way for those men. Let us ask for the intercession of the saints who lived out their fatherly vocation, that they may be models for loving, compassionate, and Christ-centered fatherhood.

Here are just a few of these saintly fathers:

James, Ethan, and Amelia Fadden. text: by Jay Fadden
Posted by Angela Hanafin on 06/13/2018

I have made many mistakes and learned many lessons over the years as a parent. It became clear early that when my child felt sad or was hurt, I would feel that pain as well. There have been days when I would wait to talk to one of my children to just gauge how they were doing. I would begin to ask them how their day had gone, was everyone nice to them, did anyone pick on them? I wanted to know how they were doing.

Why do we need to confess our sins to a priest?
Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 06/11/2018

 The sacrament of Reconciliation, also commonly known as confession, is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Just like all the other sacraments, Reconciliation is an outward sign instituted by Christ that effects grace in the soul of the recipient. In this beautiful sacrament of healing, we are cleansed of the sins that have ruptured our communion with God, and we receive grace and healing to help us continue living virtuous, Christ-centered lives.

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