CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Daily Feed
March 18, 2018
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St. Nicholas School, Kinsley, Advent Cantata, Dec. 7, 2008
Click on the photo below for the 41-minute concert.
Kinsley, Offerle parishes to host parish mission starting Oct. 13
St. Nicholas Parish in Kinsley and the neighboring parish of St. Joseph in Offerle will play host to a parish mission from 7-8:15 p.m. for four consecutive nights, beginning Sunday Oct. 13, and concluding Wednesday Oct. 16.
Anyone, from any part of the diocese, is invited and encouraged to attend one or more of the sessions. There is no charge. The theme for the mission is “Conversion.”
John Michael Talbot brings music, ministry, laughter to Pratt mission
‘Let the old self die, so the new self can rise up in Christ’
You may have heard John Michael Talbot’s music; you may have read his books; and you may even know that he’s the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, headquartered in Arkansas.
What you probably don’t know -- but which was made abundantly clear at the one-night mission at Sacred Heart Church in Pratt Nov. 17 -- is that he has a great sense of humor. Interspersed throughout his hauntingly beautiful music, between the prayers and the preaching, were laugh-out-loud commentaries – sometimes to share a message, and at others just to bring a smile to the filled church.
“No, the guys from ‘Duck Dynasty’ aren’t here,” he said with a smile as he first stood at the ambo with his guitar in hand.
Book moves Catholic heroes down from pedestals and into our hearts
“Not Less than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romeo,” edited by Catherine Wolff. HarperCollins (New York, 2013).
338 pp., $17.99.
Reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts
Catholic News Service
Just in time for your autumn spiritual practice, is a book that invites prayerful contemplation about Catholics who were once persecuted for their beliefs, but who ultimately gained the church’s respect.
“Not Less than Everything” is an engaging testimony to the power of following one’s conscience. It gathers profiles of 26 figures, from Sts. Joan of Arc, Ignatius of Loyola and Hildegard von Bingen to Jesuit Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dorothy Day and Archbishop Oscar Romero. As the editor, Catherine Wolff, notes in her introduction, all of these Catholics “see through a lens of great moral clarity, and their passionate motivation serves as leaven to the rest of us.”
Napalm bombing survivor ‘came from war,’ now ‘values peace,’ she says
By Nichole Golden
Catholic News Service
ATLANTA (CNS) -- An entire generation instantly recognizes the image of an unclothed Vietnamese girl running toward the camera in terror after a bombing at her village.
Taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut in June 1972, the black and white photograph became one of the most iconic pictures from the Vietnam War.
Napalm bombing survivor Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl from the picture, visited Marist School in Atlanta and asked the students to help spread a message of peace and forgiveness.
Dressed in a traditional Vietnamese dress, Phuc delivered a soft-spoken yet mighty testimony during her October visit.
“I came through the fire and I am blessed to be here,” said Phuc.
Catholics nationwide push for immigration reform
Dioceses to hold Masses, pilgrimages, meetings with
legislators through October
WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses across the country are holding events about the need for immigration reform. The events are meant to highlight the urgency of the issue and to show Congress the broad support in the Catholic community for immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
“Now is the time for Catholics to let their elected officials know that they support immigration reform,” said Archbishop José Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. “We are an immigrant Church and an immigrant nation. The Church has grown with the nation and since the beginning has helped integrate immigrants into our culture and economy.”
A look at classic cinema’s depiction of personal holiness
By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) -- “Life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.” So wrote the French man of letters Charles Peguy (1873-1914).
Yet, while its attainment may be every human being’s vocation, sanctity can be a difficult quality to capture in the dramatic arts. Thus the stage and screen alike have seen a procession of hollow holy ones and canonized cardboard.
As the church’s observance of the Year of Faith draws to a close, here in alphabetical order are capsule reviews of 10 movies that have avoided that parade of the forgettable. Instead, these pictures have successfully risen to the challenge of depicting personal holiness in a way that’s both credible and engaging.
Unless otherwise noted, the Catholic News Service classification for each film is A-I -- general patronage. Motion Picture Association of America ratings are indicated for those titles that have received them.
“Becket” (1964) is a superb adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s classic play about the deep friendship and later conflict between England’s King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) and his friend, Sir Thomas a Becket (Richard Burton), later a saint, and how their days of drinking and womanizing came to an end when the monarch appointed Becket archbishop of Canterbury, leading to Becket’s spiritual transformation and ultimate martyrdom. Director Peter Glenville’s film is rather stagy and leisurely paced, but the Oscar-winning dialogue is uncommonly literate, and the performances are brilliant. Some crass expressions and (by today’s standards) tame sexuality. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.