Cardinal Collins’ statement on federal euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation

The full text can be viewed here [PDF file].

Mary, Antonella da Messina

May is the month of Mary

The Month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We encourage you to make a place for Mary in your home and in your life. Seek her intercession for your deepest and most important needs. Pray the Rosary as a family or on your own.

Pray for Priests

The priests of the Church are ordained to love and serve the People of God. Like each and every one of you they carry heavy burdens. Please keep them in your prayers. Special prayer cards for priests are available at the doors of the church. Take one home and use it daily.

Baptism Preparation

Couples requesting baptism for their children should be registered with the parish before making their request. A course of instruction will be provided by the parish before a date may be set.

Fifty Days of Joy

The seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost are celebrated as one great Feast Day. St. Athanasius called them “the great Sunday”. During these 50 days of rejoicing Christians sing the “Alleluia” with gusto and enthusiasm. White or gold vestments are worn by priests and deacons and the sanctuary is sumptuously decorated.

Bright Light Shining in the Darkness

The Paschal or Easter Candle is the most important symbol of the Resurrection. It’s lighted at the Solemn Easter Vigil and then stands next to the pulpit or ambo throughout the entire fifty days of the Easter Season. The newly baptized are welcomed into the Church by its light and it speaks of eternal life at every Funeral Mass.

Remember your Easter Duty

The Church calls all Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday. In years gone by we called this our “Easter Duty”, but of course, it’s more than that. It’s a joyful celebration of God’s love and mercy. When was the last time you went to Confession?