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9 Days for Life
The United States bishops' annual novena, 9 Days for Life, is Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, January 24. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, e-mail, text message, or an app. Please join us at 9daysforlife.com. God bless your family! Read more to continue in Spanish.
Call to Battle: Society's Crisis of Masculinity
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix released a documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society. Released after the promulgation of Bishop Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation “Into the Breach,” the new short film shows the urgency to confront head on today’s crisis in masculinity.
Mother of All
A Prayer by Pope Saint John Paul II: O Mother of all men and women, and of all peoples, you who know all their sufferings and their hopes, you who have a mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your heart. Embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of concern for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.
Holy Family Novena Prayer
Birth of Jesus the Messiah
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
Works of Mercy
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015, which is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This special year began on this day because “…the liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind…” The Jubilee of Mercy will close on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.
A Priest with a Missionary Heart
Father Feddy Himawan, M.S.F. is a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family from the Java Province of Indonesia. He served as pastor of Holy Family Parish in New Braunfels, Texas for over nine years. In September 2014, he returned to his home province in Indonesia. He is greatly missed; we love him! It is our hope that he will work with us again in the North American Province sometime in the near future. He recently answered some questions about his fascinating life for The Messenger magazine.
Catholic Family Land
If I told you there was a place where you could go during the summer to grow mentally, morally, and physically -- all while playing your favorite sport, meeting new friends, and growing stronger in your faith – you’d think I’m crazy. The crazy thing is, there actually is such a place, and it’s in Bloomingdale, Ohio.
Queen Esther: An Unclaimed Treasure
Earlier this year, in January, a Birthday Mass was celebrated for Miss Esther Ellspermann, a parishioner at Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, who is 100 years young. In just a couple of months, she will be 101! Affectionately known as Queen Esther and loved by all, she recently shared with us some details about her fascinating life.