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Sep. 15 Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son." But his father ordered his servants, "Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found."

Texas Priest Miraculously Survives Attempted Shooting, Suspects’ Gun Fails to Fire Three Times

What an amazing miracle! While holding out his rosary, Rev. Desmond Ohankwere credits “divine intervention” for saving his life after four men

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Sep. 14 Memorial of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast

This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem, but then had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians. The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629.

Moving forward following the footprints of Jesus in the world

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

Scrub run raises funds to further the ministries of Mercy Hospital Buffalo

Over 300 runners and walkers took part in the Mercy Hospital Foundation's seventh annual Scrub Run 5K Race through Cazenovia Park on Sept. 11.

This Married Catholic Priest Powerfully Explains Why Priests SHOULD Be Celibate

Do you think Catholic priests should be allowed to get married? On this week’s episode of The Catholic Talk Show, Ryan Scheel,

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USCCB President and Migration Chair Urge Against Further Reduction in Refugee Resettlement as Contrary to American Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Administration officials will reportedly recommend to President Trump that the number of refugee admissions for the coming year will be fewer than 30,000 refugees, already an historic low. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

“Further reductions in the number of refugees allowed to seek freedom in the United States would be wholly counter to our values as a nation of immigrants. America welcomes refugees; that is who we are, that is what we do. Such reductions would undermine America’s leadership role as a global champion and protector of religious freedom and human rights. Beginning with European refugees in the aftermath of World War I, the Catholic Church in the United States has more than a century of experience resettling vulnerable populations to a safer life and one in which they have contributed to the greatness of America. The 3.4 million refugees that America has welcomed since 1975 have paid billions of dollars in taxes, founded companies, earned citizenship, and bought homes at notably high rates.

As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 29th, we are reminded of Pope Francis urging us all to work for a ‘globalization of solidarity’ with refugees, not a globalization of ‘indifference’. In light of refugees’ extraordinary contributions to our country, and of the world’s struggle with the greatest forced displacement crisis on record and historic highs in religious persecution, we categorically oppose any further reductions in the refugee resettlement program.”

Keywords: USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez


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Sep. 13 Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor, Memorial

St. John Chrysostom, born in Antioch about 347 A.D., was a great genius. His powerful eloquence earned him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden mouthed. With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Basil, he forms the group of the four great doctors of the Eastern Church. As Archbishop of Constantinople, his courageous stance against the vices of even the wealthy caused him to be exiled several times. As a result he died in 407, still in exile. In 1204 his body was brought to St. Peter's in Rome but was returned to the Orthodox on November 27, 2004 by Pope John Paul II. His silver and jewel-encrusted skull is now kept in the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos in northern Greece, and is credited by Christians with miraculous healings. His right hand is also preserved on Mount Athos, and numerous smaller relics are scattered throughout the world. His feast in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on January 27.

After 40 years, OLV music director plays his coda

The three most important aspects of a vital church faith community are hospitality, preaching and music.

Bedridden Woman Healed at Knock Shrine in First-Ever Approved Miracle by Irish Bishops

TUAM, Ireland — The Catholic Church in Ireland has for the first time recognized a miracle attached to the Knock Shrine, where a

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