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Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
"You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
You who are Israelites, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB

Today's Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 – Third Sunday of Easter

The little girl asked, “Was that Jesus?” as they passed the old woman limping as she pushed her grocery cart. The old lady had asked, “Help me?” Her mother shook her head.

They passed the smelly old man who lived under the bridge. He had no teeth, but he smiled as they rushed past him. “Was that Jesus?” the child asked. “Of course not. He just wanted some money.” She pulled her child close and held her tightly. She wanted to go home [...]

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom
By Tito Edwards | Book: The Devil Hates Latin - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog A Benedictine Nun of the Melkite Order on the Other Side of The Wall – Claire Bastier, La Croix International New... [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: National Catholic Register

Antonio Ghislieri was born of poor parents near Alessandria on January 17, 1504. His education began with the Dominicans, and he entered the Dominican order at age 15, taking the name Michael, and became a priest in 1528.

Pope Pius V was a professor of philosophy and theology for years, and served his order and the Church in several high offices: Provincial Superior; Inquisitor at Corno and Bergamo; Bishop of Sutri and Nepi; cardinal; Grand Inquisitor, Bishop of Mondovi and elected Pope Pius V in a modest ceremony on January 17, 1566, his 62nd birthday,

In 1571 a huge Muslim [...]

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: UCatholic

“Stay with us,” they implored Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They sensed something special about him, something they needed. Married couples too need Jesus' presence. Have you asked him lately, “Stay with us. Come into our home”? If not, try it today.

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: For Your Marriage
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, He appeared to be going further; but they pressed Him to stay with them. "It is nearly evening," they said, "and the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them. Now while He was with them at table, He took the bread and said the blessing; then He broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; but He had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us [...]
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year

I was so excited when my daughters were old enough to take ballet classes. Dance was such a precious part of my girlhood. I studied ballet from elementary school through high school, performing in ballet companies and musical theatre productions. I rediscovered ballet after my oldest child was born when I started teaching at my former studio and working as a rehearsal assistant for the ballet company.

The opening notes of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker raise my blood pressure as years of memories of waiting in the wings ready to emerge as a toy soldier, a party guest, or Clara rush back to [...]

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas
PeterD. Beaulieu earned a bachelor of architecture degree and a doctoratein urban and regional planning, both from the University ofWashington. His career includes a tour as a junior officer in theUnited States Navy, long public service, serving on the PastoralCouncil of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and being a founding member ofthe G. K. Chesterton Society of Seattle. He is the author of Kristi:So [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic World Report
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Catholic Cemeteries Association, Archdiocese of Hartford (North Haven, CT)

Looking for a meaningful job serving families? Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Inc. is seeking individuals that have previous sales experience and strong customer service skills. This sales position involves making cemetery arrangements and advising families on advanced planning for cemetery products and services. Candidates should enjoy making presentations and guiding families to an informed decision on important end-of-life decisions. Excellent compensation for motivated individuals which includes: Salary plus commissions, performance incentives, health and retirement benefits. Candidates should be career minded caring individuals who [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Source: Catholic Jobs
Having these four leaders invite him for the trip shows it is "a trip of unity and fraternity" that will be "quite, quite intense" over the next two days, he said. [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: The Catholic Spirit

My husband recently went away for a weekend with a bunch of his guy friends. He sent me a photo from the trip – out gallivanting with all his buddies.

I was tempted to send him a photo back… me with a bunch of kids and laundry.

photo source: Kelcey Kintner

But I didn't. Because the truth is – I was really, really happy he went. My husband works hard and dedicates himself to his family. So if he can get a few days away with some of his closest friends – to talk, laugh, drink (maybe in moderation) – then [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Recently three different collections of essays crossed my desk, from three different publishers. In some ways, these collections remind me of the various ebook volumes of our own collected essays which makes available as free downloads. But such collections are as different as the writers they represent, and each of these three new ones will serve a particular audience well.

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture

If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God! (Acts 5: 38b-39)

Ever find yourself fighting against God? I have. It makes no sense.
• God is all-powerful. Things will turn out the way he wants. It's inevitable.
• God's will is for ultimate good to triumph. Why resist?
• God is all-knowing. Do I really think I know better than God?

Besides, when I fight reality, reality always wins.

Unfortunately, self-will is sneaky and dies hard. A few years ago I attended [...]

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

1. Attend Mass at a cemetery 

Some Catholic cemeteries offer Mass on Memorial Day. To find one near you, contact your diocese or parish. 

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Food & Fun

2017 is an exciting year for Catholics who have a devotion to the Blessed Mother. Like every year, May is a very important month for Marian devotion, with May crowning and celebrating Marian feasts. This year, May 13 has special importance because... [...]

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Catholic Digest – Faith

Throughout my 4 years in public highschool, there were about six of us who met daily for Bible study at lunch time. I was the lone Catholic. The leader, “Sam” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent), was very charismatic and urged us all to be “baptized by the Holy Ghost.”

One day he went around and laid hands on our heads. Almost everyone instantly started mumbling in a language that was foreign to me. Their enthusiasm and volume increased steadily until all hands were raised, eyes closed, and necks craned towards heaven. My schoolmate's swayed back and forth [...]

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Mass Explained
How do we know that Jesus was someone and something different than the numerous religious leaders or founders of religions that have appeared on the stage of world history over the centuries? Last week, we saw one way that he is different: unlike Buddha, Mohammed, or Zarathustra, Jesus rose from the grave after his death, appearing and talking to his followers at length... [...]
Source: New Advent