Christians in the Holy Land: How They Struggle and How We Can Help

Stephanie EngelmanChurch News, Holy Land, World News

At Tekton Ministries, we believe that every Catholic should visit the Holy Land at least once in their lifetime. The experience of walking where Christ once trod, stepping into the waters of the Jordan where Jesus was baptized, kneeling in prayer where Christ was crucified, and again at the tomb where he resurrected, will strengthen faith in a way that … Read More

“Love Mary…She is lovable”

Brea CannonChurch News, Marian Shrines of Europe

“Love Mary… She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does … Read More

St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

Brea CannonChurch News

St. Joseph - the worker

Upon hearing Mary’s news about her pregnancy, Joseph knew she could have been accused of adultery and would be stoned to death, so he decided to send her away quietly. However, when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what … Read More

Easter Treats Around the World

Brea CannonChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Hot Cross Buns

Every year throughout the world, different cultures carryout out various Easter food traditions to help in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. Each custom or tradition symbolizes some form of the joy of Easter Sunday. For example, the three braids of the tsoureki symbolize the Trinity. What are some of your family’s Easter food traditions? Easter Butter Lamb Easter Butter … Read More

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Andrea JoinesChurch News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy Mass? On March 7, we … Read More

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagChurch News, France

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to the wider Church. Since then, … Read More

Mercy does not end on the Feast of Christ the King

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

From November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year. However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It was a good way to … Read More

The adventure awaits: Pilgrimage to Alaska

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

Alaska

Adding to the more than 70 national shrines in the United States, the St. Thérèse Shrine in Juneau, Alaska was added by the U.S. bishops to the national list on her Oct. 1 feast day this year. “We are pleased to have the Conference of Bishops recognize the Shrine of St. Thérèse as a National Shrine,” stated Bishop Edward J. … Read More

Italy Earthquake Survivor

Richard SontagChurch News, World News

Earthquake

Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy. Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was imminent, and began sending messages … Read More

Pilgrimage in the Modern World

Richard SontagChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Pilgrimage

Summer is the time for modern travel, and the time too for modern pilgrimage. What is it about pilgrimage, and what should one take away from the experience of place? At this point one might like to think of the famous quote from TS Eliot’s Little Gidding, about coming to a place where prayer has been valid. What exactly this … Read More

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

August

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention: Peace through the Fraternity of Sports How fitting is it that Pope Francis would invite us to pray for peace through the unity of sports during these 2016 Olympics in Rio. Join Pope Francis and pray for the connections and unity among athletes as a way of fostering peace around the world. See Pope Francis’ … Read More

Pope’s July Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

Each month since January, Pope Francis has invited us to join him in prayer for a special intention on his heart. This month, he has asked us to join him in praying for the Indigenous people in our world. Learn more about the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer – http://apostleshipofprayer.org/).

Pope’s Visit to Assisi

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

Assisi pilgrimage

(Vatican Radio) The Franciscans and the Bishop of the Italian hill town of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino announced on Monday that Pope Francis will visit the Umbrian village on Thursday August 4th. During the afternoon visit to the Porziuncola inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, the Pope will officially mark the 8th centenary of the event known as … Read More

Pope at Auschwitz to shape WYD

Richard SontagChurch News, Poland, Pope Francis, World Youth Day

(CNA) Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope. This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Paul … Read More