Three new books reviewed by CNS’ Kathleen Finley offer married couples prayers, advice and excerpts from Pope Francis' 2016 "The Joy of Love."
Whether they know it or not, married couples today need lots of prayer to live their vocation well. They always have, but perhaps today they may need it more than ever. Three recently published books approach this need in rather different ways. More ... Thursday, January 4, 2018
The more than 50 concerned parents, community members and school and public officials who came together recently for a presentation at Trenton Catholic Academy on the increasing national heroin and opioid epidemic were met with some sobering statistics.
More than 170 people die each day in the United States from an overdose; every three weeks, overdose deaths equal the number of people who died in the 9-11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers, and America makes up 4.6 percent of the world population but accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s opioid usage.
IRVING, Texas – The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and will work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls.
“We were informed this morning” of the policy change, said an Oct. 11 statement by George Sparks, the national chairman of the group, and the committee’s national chaplain, Father Kevin Smith, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Youngsters and their families received a hands-on lesson in creation as more than 30 children rubbed elbows – and a few ears and chins – with farm animals after a lesson on Genesis.
“There are few channels for the little ones to learn about Jesus and hear stories from the Bible unless parents take the time to teach them,” said Father Roy Aris B. Ballacillo, parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. “Our Littlest Disciples Ministry is a wonderful way to bridge the gap from infancy to Holy Communion, serving not only as a source of fellowship, but also as a way of introducing little children to the love of Jesus in a safe and enjoyable setting.”