News from Around:
BALTIMORE, MD – In the Archbishop’s weekly newspaper column, a young adult contributed the following comments about his WYD experience: The United States Mass and the pilgrimage were two events that just showed me how incredible the Catholic faith is. That it is so great and wonderful that it could gather all these people from all around the world to just one city to all be witnesses to Catholicism.
The Archbishop added: It is our great challenge – at the diocesan level, in our parishes and schools, and in our Catholic homes – to encourage and to help harness this faith-filled energy so they can satisfy their hunger to give of themselves and to deepen their relationship with Christ through His Church.
Read the whole column from the Catholic Review.
OMAHA, NE — Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas is reasserting the church’s claim to the Lord’s Day — at least to Sunday mornings — and extending it to Wednesday evenings as well. Lucas wrote that parishes should not schedule sports activities — games or practices — until after the last Sunday morning Mass. Read the whole Omaha World Herald article.
News from ‘Round Here:
Sunday found me off to Saint Paul’s. I lucked into the youth minister making a pitch after communion. It earned me a candy bar afterwards in the parking lot. Monday was Labor Day, Yet, ironically, no labor was actually involved.
Tuesday was staff prayer and supervision in the morning and desk time in the afternoon. Wednesday involved designing and setting up the office e-newsletter for delivery on the next day. Georgina and I also headed over to the Catholic Relief Services offices where Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo offered a lecture on the Latino experience in the United States.
Thursday, we had a staff meeting at my place. Felt like we got stuff done while still appreciating the joys of being together and, y’know, just not being in the office.
Friday was the last day of the summer building closed schedule. The morning brought a delightful breakfast with the oldest (and local-est) kid and then a road trip that had me videotaping Mike Carotta for rebuildmychurch and hanging out. Saturday was travels back and rest and rehabilitation.