Father Thomas Byles was 42 when he boarded the Titanic with his second-class ticket and portable altar stone. He had made arrangements with Captain Edward Smith to secure space on the ocean liner to celebrate Mass. Even on vacation, a priest is never off duty, he knew, but the Catholic convert would have it no other way.
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When the Second Vatican Council was putting the finishing touches on one of its key documents, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ("Lumen Gentium"), Pope Paul VI proposed that it include a statement that the pope is "accountable to the Lord alone."
There was no shortage of good reading material for Holy Week. "Magnificat" and a growing number of Catholic sources supply real nourishment for hungry spiritual readers.
What an awesome gift we receive on this Second Sunday of Easter – now Divine Mercy Sunday! It is especially a year to rejoice in God’s mercy as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis.
The stone that rolled away from the tomb of Jesus continues to roll away from every sort of grave. Goodness cannot be held, captured or put to death. It evades its pursuers, escapes capture, slips away, hides out, even leaves the churches sometimes, but forever rises, again and again, all over the world.
Corporal: Giving drink to the thirsty
MARCH 30-April 15
» Tour of Far East Missions, Missionary Society of St. Columban
Deacon Andrew Sommer Jr., called an approachable man of simple faith by a fellow deacon at Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha, died March 28. He was 66.
"Andy wasn’t a theologian," said Deacon Tom Schulte. "He had a strong, simple faith, and his homilies were personal … something others could relate to."
PELTZER-Dr. William C., DDS, 93. Funeral Mass March 29 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wichita, Kan. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Wichita, Kan. Preceded in death by brother-in-law, Walt Kavanagh; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Kathryn Kavanagh. Survived by wife, Mary K.