Oklahoma-Born Martyr to be Beatified

Brea CannonNew Evangelization, US News

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23, 2017. The beatification announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on March 13. Fr. Rother was a priest of the archdiocese. In December 2016, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Rother’s martyrdom, making … Read More

“Where the Word became Flesh”

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Holy Land

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is not complete without a visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. This holy site is where God first humbled Himself to become one of us – where “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). This remarkable event from our salvation history … Read More

Are You Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Ireland

St-Patrick-Lough-Derg

Saint Patrick’s Day is often associated with overindulgence and festive celebrations. With a cry of “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” people flood local pubs and drink Guinness and green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, watch parades and dye rivers green. These customs are quite different from historical celebrations of this holy day and … Read More

Pope’s March Prayer Intention

Brea CannonPope Francis

Pope Francis Video Text: How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones! I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians? Do it with me, that they may be supported by the prayers and material help of … Read More

Divine Mercy Film Showing – April 19th, 2017

Richard SontagMovies

Join us on April 19th for a screening of the movie “The Original Image of the Divine Mercy” This documentary tells the previously-unknown history of the original masterpiece commissioned by St. Faustina through a series of interviews with key witnesses and individuals intimately connected to the epic adventure of the greatest manmade work of art, … Read More

Apparition Hill Showing – May 17th, 2017

Richard SontagMovies

Join us on May 17th for a screening of the movie “Apparition Hill.” Seven strangers journey to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to see what has been going on there for 30 years. Join two atheists, one believer, a mother struggling with cancer, a man diagnosed with ALS, a struggling addict, and a woman questioning … Read More

Vatican Appoints Pastoral Envoy to Medjugorje

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2017 / 09:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga as a delegate of the Holy See to look into the pastoral situation at Medjugorje, the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of … Read More

The Via Dolorosa

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Holy Land

It is a weekly tradition in the Holy Land to walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. The Franciscans lead this procession through the winding streets of the Old City of Jerusalem following in the footsteps of Christ and His suffering. The procession marks the path Jesus walked under the … Read More

Burying the Alleluia

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Spiritual Reflections

The penitential season of Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year. However, throughout the centuries, a pre-Lenten season has been celebrated in various cultures and with various traditions. Many are familiar with the names of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) or Carnival and the revelry associated with this pre-Lenten period. … Read More

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagPope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to us once again about not forgetting any of our brothers or sisters. May we all join together to meet each person right where they are.

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Church News, France

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to … Read More

What is the indulgence associated with Fatima?

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Marian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

The actual 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal is not officially until the 13th of each month May-Oct of this year, but celebrations began November 27th, 2016 when Pope Francis announced an opportunity to obtain a special plenary indulgence during this celebratory occasion. Now through November 26th, Catholics around … Read More