Can I confess to God directly and not the priest?

God alone forgives, God alone give power to forgive Truth: Only God ultimately forgives sins. His is the prerogative and power. However, he has also the power to delegate this authority to man. This is what he has done through Christ. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has…

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The Way of the Cross Friday 22nd Mar’18, 6 PM.

The Way of the Cross The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem; the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The number of stations has varied widely through the…

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When will Jesus come again?

The Church is very clear about Jesus’ Second Coming and how we should prepare for it. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Second Coming of Jesus and profess it each Sunday during the Nicene Creed: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ … He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand…

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Encouragement for Confession.

I understand how much trepidation we can experience about going to Confession.  It never completely goes away; I still struggle with it occasionally, and I’m sure everybody does.  The reason is that the devil wants to prevent us all from going and receiving the tremendous grace, nourishment, and healing of the Sacrament.  He will throw…

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What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it’s more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more,…

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How to do alms giving when you don’t have a lot of money

While it is one of the 3 pillars of Lent, we don’t have to be rich to live it. It wasn’t the first time one of my catechism class kids came up with the topic for class. We had Lent on the lesson plan; that’s a broad subject, and the book our parish uses has…

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How to use Lent to improve your marriage

Why not use Lent to focus on your relationship? Even though it feels like we just put away our Christmas trees, Lent is upon us. Most people I know think about Lent as a time to give things up and “deprive yourself.” But the season is also about giving more of yourself to others, including…

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The Holy See wants to start a global conversation with young people through #Synod 2018.

The Synod of Bishops that the Catholic Church will hold in October 2018 on the subject of young people will be preceded by a global dialog, thanks to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For the first time in history, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, following Pope Francis’ instructions, has…

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Online groups to give youth across the globe a chance to participate in synod prep

Pope Francis: “It is my ardent wish that all young people may be actively involved in this preparation” Pope Francis is actively involving young people in the preparation of the next synod of bishops, not only brining a group to Rome, but also enabling participation from across the globe with online groups. The pope spoke…

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