A virtual Neo-Pelagian Film Festival – and it’s yours, free for the viewing!

Catholic Family News 2013 Conference

Here’s a good one to start with:

Saint Francis of Assisi: The Man vs. the Myth

So sick it’s funny: The Catholic year 2013 in review.


Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o realized he had been duped into playing for fake a Catholic university, and in a controversial move, the Chicago School Board banned crosses and lower case T’s.

In February, parishioners were mystified by the sudden appearance of a mysterious “shiny, golden box,” which turned out to be a tabernacle.

Later that month, Vatican insiders confirmed that the reason Benedict XVI resigned was because the Roman Curia was too “fabulous” for him, revealing that Benedict was a simple man who could not keep up with the non-stop furniture re-arrangements, hair stylings, or near-hourly musical numbers he found himself surrounded by in the Vatican.

Of course, there’s more

Short video: The Catholic Church Year in Review


Watch the video (slightly over one minute in duration)

Pope Francis named 2013 Time Magazine “Person of the Year”


Pope Francis, who has grabbed headlines for befriending a rabbi, sneaking out to help the homeless, and hanging out with kids, is Time’s “Person of the Year.”

The leader of the Catholic Church edged out nine other finalists, including National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and gay marriage advocate Edith Windsor, for the honor.

Obama was Time’s 2012 “Person of the Year.” But the Pope, who the magazine said has changed the tone of the church since succeeding Pope Benedict earlier this year, was selected this year’s “POY” recipient, given to someone who has the “most impact on our lives, for better or worse.”

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Editor’s note: Shall we look for Motor Trend Magazine to name the Pope’s white, 1984 Renault “Car of the Year” – or is this the best we can hope for?

Vatican to host world pro-life gathering in June

Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
“We have to be a Church that encourages and supports those people who everyday suffer with those who suffer, those who speak for those that can’t speak.”

The event will take place from June 15-16, and is expected to draw thousands of people, including several pro-life groups from across the United States and Latin America.

Although the pro-life message is most often associated with getting rid of abortion, the Vatican emphasizes that the protection of life spans well beyond the womb, into all stages of human life.

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Listen to Father Frank Pavone’s inspiring pro-life speech


Watch the 3-minute video

10th Annual LA March for Life coming up Saturday March 16, 2013


Please join us as we walk on Ventura Boulevard in support of choosing life. Life is God’s blessing therefore it is sacred and should be embraced by all. Our invigorating walk will be 2 miles and is part of a “Celebration of Life” that starts with an opening prayer. We then stroll up and down Ventura Boulevard and return to St. Cyril’s for a closing celebration. Any donation is appreciated, we thank you in advance for your generosity. Funds raised will be used to help the Pregnancy Counseling Centers and other pro-life activities. Registration is available online at http://www.lamarchforlife.org, or at your church during upcoming registration drives hosted by the Knights of Columbus. You can also register on Saturday, March 16th when you come to join us. The 10th Annual LA March for Life is family friendly and inclusive to all faiths. Anyone who believes that life is precious and supports saving the lives of innocent children taken by abortion is welcome to participate.

10th_Annual_March_For_Life_Flyer – March_16th-2013

Archdiocese of Chicago: Schedule of 2013 Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

Sunday, April 7th, is the Feast of Divine Mercy.

In the 1930’s, Jesus appeared to a Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska and gave her many messages. On one occasion, He asked that the 1st Sunday after Easter be made an official Church feast day and he gave her directions on how it should be celebrated. Jesus promised tremendous graces of His mercy to all those devoutly participating in these devotions on the feast day, including a plenary indulgence. See http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/APDIVMER.HTM

Jesus said: “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach My fountain of mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

View the listing (PDF file)


Divine Mercy Shrine in Massachusetts

Submitted by Chuck and Alice H.