Introducing: parish life

Parish Life as a new Convert Journal photo essay meme on, well…   parish life!

Here I will feature images of 1 event or aspect of everyday activities in my Catholic parish. My hope is that through this series, non-Catholics might get a small taste of the typical things we Catholics enjoy together at church. I think of it as showcasing Catholics, in our natural element.

Of course, the most important thing we do is participate in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A parish however, is more than strangers who come together for worship. Our community is a family who not only worships together, but learns together, plays together, rejoices together and sometime mourns together.

This new on-going series will give you a glimpse of our family. Each post will have a brief lead for context followed by a dozen pictures (give or take). The pictures will tell the real story. Don’t expect Ansel Adams, these snapshots are strictly an amateur photographic effort.

The inaugural post will be next Tuesday. Look for it!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #135)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is ready and calling you. Continuing my focus on confession with 4 videos: contrition / confession / satisfaction, why we confess to a priest, sacraments 101 / penance and the scriptural basis. Another look at the possibility of Hell – very remote or potentially common? Fr. Barron on the practices of Lent.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #16, April 2014, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from March. This month brought these great topics: Spring again, praying, union, accountability, seasons, converts, chastity, metaphysical, death penalty, not a diet, the well, all failures, uniqueness, prayer bell, Propers, faithfulness, book reviews, humility, purity, children, courage, LDS, great race, seeking, blindness, cleansing, wounds, busy, chaff, disguised, loving Lent, scandal, action sites, priests, World Vision, diabetes, Aquinas, female dotc, Lent sacrifice, holiness, saying no, faith and mood, spiritual-hood, Man of Sorrows, trust Him, a poem, hope, thankful, Mother Theresa, evangelism, appearances, on the tongue, coming home, Come Spirit, fidelity, NABRE, not vending, creation, qualities, Lenten grace, follow, fasting, spread light, trust, water jar, renewal, Medjugorje, posture, veiling, miracles, molding, no zombie, Fred Phelps, Tolkien, long retreat, Laetare, her tears, not reformed, maturity, impostors, watered, trusting Him, the culture, mission trip, choices and Saints.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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The days of Lent draw short, so if you have not already been…   go to confession. Marcel LeJeune (Aggie Catholics) has posted an excellent overview: 21 Reasons To Go To Confession & Why Catholics Confess Sins To Priests.

Along with his post, Marcel includes the following 4 videos:

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Father Barron explains why we confess our sins to a priest:

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Sacraments 101 – Penance:

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Tim Staples looks at the scriptural basis for confession:

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Is Hell a possibility? Of course. However, is it a slim, technical, remote possibility for only an extremely few, if any, maybe no one at all? Absolutely not and that kind of “positioning” of Hell is exceedingly dangerous. I wrote about this almost 2 years ago in Is Hell empty?. With all due respect, I emphatically disagree with Fr. Barron’s presentation of this one (but very important) point, as do many others including Michael Voris in this recent video:

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Other than on the “likeliness” of Hell, I remain a long-time fan of Fr. Barron. See for example, item #3 above and the following on the practices of Lent:


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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New Evangelists Monthly – April 2014, Issue #16

This is the April 2014 issue of New Evangelists Monthly. With this announcement, participating Catholic bloggers link their best stories from last month right here at NewEvangelists.org. Revisit anytime to see up-to-the-minute posts in this dynamic format!

Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To see this new issue of New Evangelists Monthly, click below:

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #134)

This week: Go to confession! Two great new sources of information are GoodConfession.com and The Light is ON. Get inspired, fire-up your motivation and do it. Archbishop Cordileone talks about receiving the Blessed Sacrament worthily. A loving mom and her special needs child. Lutheran Satire has some good insights, made in good humor. Reacting to sound and speech for the first time.

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The folks at Catholics Come Home (who do superb work, BTW) have a new project to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation (a/k/a confession). it is GoodConfession.com. Visit the website, there is a much to be explored. If you do not go to confession regularly, remember to go at least during Lent (many parishes make it especially inviting with Penance Services).

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The Archdiocese of Washington has also launched a project to promote confession called The Light is ON. Here are some of their informative videos:

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Archbishop Cordileone is an excellent shepherd, not afraid to address “sensitive issues” with his flock. Here he speaks with LifeSiteNews.com on what it means to receive the Blessed Sacrament and proper disposition.


I have written about these topics a few times, including in The Body of Christ.

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This is interesting. It is a positive commercial on parenting a special needs child.

Spotted by Fr. Z

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The Monty-Python-esque guys over at Lutheran Satire take a not-so-honest look at church attendance. “Yes, an absolute dearth of those in the coveted 0 to 35 year old demographic I am afraid.” In their own, somewhat odd way, they make the same point that Pope Francis has been making.

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Last year, this same group (Lutheran Satire) brought us the following theology piece for St. Patrick’s day. Here simple, common, but quite poor analogies are given to explain the Holy Trinity:

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Nothing new, but simply an amazing reaction. Watch as emotions flood over this woman who hears for the first time in her 39 years:

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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Forgiveness

Guest contributor:   Ed Trego One of the most well-known parables of Jesus is the parable of the prodigal son. It is a remarkable story of forgiveness and acceptance that we all should better understand. God’s love for us knows no limits and his forgiveness is always available and will be readily given when properly […]

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #133)

This week: Another excellent video from Chris Stefanick, this time looking at The Separation of Church and State. Bishop Morlino (Madison) reflects on Pope Francis’ first year and reality vs. media twisted sound-bytes. Cardinal Burke explains that doctrine will not be changed (duh, but many are being led otherwise). If you are carrying a downs […]

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Salvation is from the Jews

The Samaritans were not necessarily destined for damnation, only that being separated from the fullness of truth, their path was more problematic, difficult and uncertain. Missing parts of the faith handed-on by the prophets, and the introduction of error, hampered their journey. So it is with Protestantism, in all its diverse and contradictory forms.

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #132)

This week: How we will one day view Planned Parenthood. A tough, but honest look at the nature of abortion. One man’s remarkable accomplishment to advance women’s health. A young boy honors the memory of his dad. A 90 second video gives a glimpse of war’s nightmare for children. Father Barron presents a brief overview […]

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