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“Allow yourself to be led by the Lord. He will direct all things through you. Trust Him, and following His example, always act humbly, gently and in good faith.” — St. Vincent de … more
Two years after Orville “Buzz” Steffan went to partake of the great Wedding Banquet in heaven, his wife, daughters and sons decided to prepare something like it for Thanksgiving … more
For 130 years, Wayland’s current St. Martha Church building and the one that preceded it stood as symbols of a community of faith and a visible reminder of God’s saving presence near … more
The search for shelter, warmth, safety and hospitality is as old as humanity. So it may not have seemed extraordinary for a man and his wife, about to give birth, to crisscross the streets of a … more
“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To … more
The Sacred Heart School Foundation honored seven individuals and the Sacred Heart High School “Pioneer Class of 1945” as the 2018 inductees into the Sacred Heart Hall of Fame. The … more
The Fifth Encuentro is winding down, but God’s use of it to make Himself known in exciting new ways throughout the Church in the United States is just beginning. The Fifth Encuentro, a … more
Since I experienced my personal encounter with God, I felt deep joy, gratitude and a burning calling to discipleship. This experience has taken me to serve the Lord everywhere I’ve lived, in El … more
Flowers for the Blessed Mother adorn the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Brendan Church in Mexico during the 2017 feastday celebration.   Celebrations scheduled in honor of Our Lady … more
“Our family, our life, our school, our country — all that we are showered with from conception in the womb of our mother until a natural death is a gift to us from God.” Father … more
The inaugural basket was more of a “Hail Mary” than a slam-dunk. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight ascended a ladder and one-handed the ball through the hoop, capping off the rededication of … more
Father Simeon Etonu extended his arms in a blessing over the people and the ground they were standing on. “May God, our hope and our strength, fill you with peace and the Holy Spirit,” … more
Marilyn Bassett had leveraged a patriotic surge she experienced on a high school trip into a 30-year career with the U.S. military. Now, she was back in Washington, D.C., where it all … more
Advent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas. Here is a partial list of Advent communal reconciliation … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has accepted and acted upon a request from the pastoral council of the Mission of St. Martha in Wayland to be combined with neighboring St. Michael parish in Kahoka. The … more
Father Geoffrey Brooke was in a college Bible study at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia when a fellow student confided, “I think I’m being called to be a … more
“God seems to have preferred a world in which He would offer mercy over a world in which mercy would not be needed. “And He wanted that mercy to cost something of … more
In addition to Mass being available in many Catholic parishes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22), many local ministerial alliances organize ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in the days … more
Dr. Daniel Lapsley believes American civilization may owe its future to the generation of young people who are now in high school and college. Sometimes referred to as “Generation Z” … more
For 30 years, Roy Petitfils has been hearing teenagers say how much they want a meaningful relationship with their parents. When they don’t get that, they start substituting other things, … more
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