Five men order their lives to Christ
Five men will be ordained as transitional deacons by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond May 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral. Dzung Francis Nguyen, Zachary Oburu (ordained for the Archdiocese of Tororo in Uganda) and David M. Ducote, Kenneth S. Smith and Francis Uzochukwu Offia.
St. Timothy Award bestowed on 17 teen leaders
The CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office conferred the St. Timothy Award on 17 teenagers who have exemplified Christian service, Catholic leadership and good moral standards in their parish youth ministry, school and community in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory Aymond made the presentations April 26 at St. Louis Cathedral.
In praise of our mothers – and the Blessed Mother
Mother’s Day is always a special day to celebrate our mothers and the gift of motherhood. What are your thoughts on this day?
I consider it a very special day on which we can thank and honor our mothers. I remember as a child our observing Mother’s Day with a spirit of deep appreciation for our mother. We always made sure we went to Mass with her and my dad and celebrated Mother’s Day as a family.
Vatican II document urges church to look outward
Delving into ‘joy’ and ‘hope’
More than 80 priests of the Archdiocese of New Orleans convened April 30 for a study day on “Gaudium et Spes” (“The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World”), a Vatican II document addressed not just to the members of the Catholic Church but “to the whole of humanity.” The apostolic constitution was released 50 years ago on the final day of the Council, Dec. 7, 1965. Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, top left, framed the discussion in the context of the document’s first line: “The joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of our time, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.” Archbishop Gregory Aymond called the document an important accomplishment of the Second Vatican Council.
Sister Briege: Search for holiness, desire sainthood
“It’s God’s will that we be saints.”
On a night dedicated to honoring the work of Catholic Charities, Sister of St. Clare Briege McKenna spoke of Catholics’ obligation to serve others not because it is the right thing to do, but because falling in love with Jesus leaves us no other choice.
‘Bless me, Father, for I have sinned; and I need help’
In the confessional, the familiar words ring out. The admissions of guilt are a plea for help, a cry for absolution and healing.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” the penitent starts. “I’m addicted to pornography. I’m consumed by lust.”