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Discerning your vocation in life

Discerning your vocation in life

When Sean Hannon was a junior in college, he asked a priest to help him discern whether he was being called to the priesthood. That’s when he learned that the Catholic Church has four...

OLSH teacher chosen for fellowship

OLSH teacher chosen for fellowship

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School Spanish teacher Kelly Mullen was recently selected by the International Research and Exchanges Board to participate in the 2017-18 Teacher for Global...

Lenten regulations

Lenten regulations

“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning” (Joel 2:12).In the above quotation from the Book of Joel, the prophet...

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Discerning your vocation in life

When Sean Hannon was a junior in college, he asked a priest to help him discern whether he was being called to the priesthood. That’s when he learned that the Catholic Church has four...

OLSH teacher chosen for fellowship

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School Spanish teacher Kelly Mullen was recently selected by the International Research and Exchanges Board to participate in the 2017-18 Teacher for Global...

Lenten regulations

“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning” (Joel 2:12).In the above quotation from the Book of Joel, the prophet...

New clergy teams will be formed

Part 3 of a five-part series.Bishop David Zubik will make five announcements April 26 as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative.He will announce the final...

USCCB brief backing unions causes stir

WASHINGTON — The fact that the U.S. bishops wrote an amicus brief in January supporting labor unions in their battle to avoid a “right-to-work” environment in the public sector...

Workshops to detail annulment process

Divorced Catholics and anyone interested in learning about the annulment process are invited to free workshops at five locations over the next few weeks.The presentations in parish halls...

Bishop David Zubik

'What are you DOING for Lent?'

“What are you DOING for Lent??”In a much earlier time in my life, the Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday were filled with that question. In the mid-1950s most everyone...

Christmas: One lasting word

No doubt. The decorations are down. Ornaments carefully packed. Boxes stored until December. Memories of Christmas 2017 are nestled in the heart.As we have once again focused on the real...

All I want for Christmas

One of our beautiful Christmas traditions at St. Paul Seminary where I live is to engage in a “secret Santa” exchange of gifts. We did so a little early this year because of our...

Turkey to go

Thanksgiving 2017 is all but a memory. The dark meat and white meat; the stuffing and cranberries; the potatoes and pies are a part of that memory, together with the table talk among family and...

The eyes have it

One part of a bishop’s job description that I most enjoy is celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the fall and spring, I’m on the road throughout the six counties of our...

Putting out the welcome mat

One of the realities of my being a bishop is that, when I visit a parish for Mass, the priests and the faithful are intentionally at their best.The church is usually full, the musicians are...

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Father Bober

Parity is common in worship

QUESTION: At my church, when a man brings up the offertory gifts, the priest shakes his hand. When a woman brings up the gifts, the priest hugs her. Each time I see the disparity in...

Collecting taxes not essentially evil

QUESTION: I know this will seem like a strange question to many of your readers, but I work as a collections agent. My work consists of contacting people who are very overdue on payments.

Symbols have profound meanings

QUESTION: Why does everything seem so symbolic and mysterious in Catholic worship? ANSWER: Some have described the division that took place after the Protestant...

Be comfortable discussing your life

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and the priest said, “It might be best to discuss that matter more fully with a priest whom you trust.” I wonder what he meant when he...

Judgment of Galileo was wrong

QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church ever admit that it was wrong? For example, with Galileo. ANSWER: Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on Feb. 15, 1564. He...

We should strive to be honest

QUESTION: As a college student, I find it surprisingly easy to cheat on tests. At first, I felt a little guilty about this, but then I realized there is so much at stake in keeping up my...

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