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Father Michael Schmitz: Let’s renounce our sins, not just confess them

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been praying and I’ve been to confession (repeatedly), but I seem to commit the same sins. Even worse, I know that Jesus promised that we would receive a closeness to God when we call out for him, but I haven’t experienced that.

Answer: Thank you so much for writing. I think that your experience sounds a lot like most people in the church. Now, when I say that, I don’t mean “most people who don’t care about getting close to the Lord” in the church. What you described is what most people who are showing up and who long to be closely connected with God are experiencing every day. We want God so desperately, but we don’t seem to be able to experience his presence and his power. So what do we do? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Parents should never force children to be confirmed

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Sacrament of Confirmation can be a very challenging and very rewarding sacrament. In my experience as a pastor, the most rewarding aspect of the sacrament comes through the RCIA process (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults).

There can be any number of different scenarios as to why someone ... Read More »

St. Vincent de Paul helping to bridge school lunch gap in Crosby-Ironton

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul builds in a certain flexibility for local conferences, and the group at the neighboring parishes in Crosby and Ironton have found an important niche: helping children who may go hungry in the summer months, when they do not have access to free ... Read More »

Editorial: Time of divisions calls for rosary devotion

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the month of August alone, how many crises have there been? In addition to the natural disaster striking the Gulf of Mexico, on the human side of the equation we have faced a renewed threat of nuclear war, an appalling resurgence of racial bigotry, a despicable act of ... Read More »

‘Thirsting’ artist wants to bring people to ‘nuclear bomb inside every tabernacle’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Daniel Oberreuter was working for a church in Vancouver, Washington, when he realized there was a need for two parts of his life.

“I realized I could put music together with my faith,” said Oberreuter, frontman for the Portland, Oregon-based The Thirsting, which will headline the Built Upon a ... Read More »

USCCB officials denounce DACA decision, urge legislative solution

Posted by Kyle Eller

The president and vice president along with chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.

The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, along with ... Read More »

Bishops’ annual Labor Day statement scores ‘excessive inequality’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Excessive inequality” threatens cooperation among all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement.

In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told factory workers in Genoa, Italy, ... Read More »

Where to give to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery

Posted by Kyle Eller

Several organizations have established emergency relief operations for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey and the floods in Texas and Louisiana.

Contributions can be made to: Catholic Charities USA: online at https://catholiccharitiesusa.org; telephone at 800-919-9338; mail to P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, Maryland, 21297-1066 and write "Hurricane Harvey" ... Read More »

Diocesan Assembly will take on timely topic — faith and reason

Posted by Kyle Eller

On any list of reasons people struggle with faith in our time, a perceived conflict with science would have to be high on it.

Organizers of this year’s annual Diocesan Assembly on Oct. 14 are bringing in a speaker to tackle that misconception directly and show that not only ... Read More »

Bishop Sirba’s statement on racism and political violence

Posted by Kyle Eller

Statement from Bishop Paul Sirba, of the Diocese of Duluth, issued Aug. 17: “I join with Catholic bishops across the country in expressing my horror at the political violence and the use of racist and anti-Semitic symbols and slogans that have occurred in recent days. These things are obviously ... Read More »