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Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 4: Belfast

October 13, 2017 Today we experienced past and future, pain and possibility, dreams and darkness. We began the day at the Mount Stewart House and Gardens, home to the Londonderry family since the mid-18th century. The public portion of the house is full of historic furniture, artifacts, and art, restored to reflect how…


Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 3: In St. Patrick’s footsteps

October 12, 2017 Greetings from Northern Ireland! We headed north this morning to visit two cathedrals with special connections to St. Patrick. Our first stop was the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick in Armagh, where we celebrated Mass. The church is stunning, decorated from floor to ceiling with detailed mosaic…




‘How can a kid do this?’

‘Astounding’ organist Dominic Fiacco, 12, electrifies churches  By Tom Maguire Associate editor When 12-year-old Dominic Fiacco reaches down to tighten his shoelaces, it is almost time, as his grandfather might say, to blast the people out of their chairs.    On a recent Monday evening, the startling young musician, wearing a tie…


Study of faith formation in the diocese underway

By Katherine Long Editor The diocese has begun a study of its Office of Faith Formation, aiming to assess the current state of catechesis at the parish level, collect insight on innovative faith formation models used locally and around the country, and deliver outcomes and recommendations to diocesan leadership by…


Forming disciples in ‘missionary discipleship’

Submitted by Diocesan Faith Formation staff Serving the people who serve the parishes is one way that the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation describes itself. Whether keeping up with the trends in faith formation that are happening nationally, or living out the mission of lifelong and ongoing discipleship in their ministry…



Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in…


Our Lady of Lourdes jammed for final Mass

Father Fitzpatrick’s  reminder: ‘You still have work to do’ By Tom Maguire Associate editor  To revive them from their sadness, Father Thomas P. Fitzpatrick had the people stand up and state what they believe.    And they did, obediently getting on their feet and reciting the Apostles’ Creed on Oct. 7 during…