Native American Catholics: We believe in one God
JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. – The spontaneous tribute had churchgoers dabbing their eyes.
At the end of Mass, Patrick Romero rose from his pew to perform the special dance of thanksgiving Pueblo Indians use to revere the spiritual leaders in their midst. Romero, a resident of the Jemez Pueblo of northern New Mexico, directed his movements to the three vested priests seated in the sanctuary, sweeping his arms in an arc to express his people’s gratitude to the men and praying over them in his native language of Towa.
Father, you cudda been a contenda!
Actually, Jesuit Father Kevin Wildes, was a contender!
The president of Loyola University New Orleans was accomplished enough as an amateur boxer and student at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia that he competed in the Golden Gloves competition.
Rachel’s Vineyard helps release ache of abortion
That’s what the weekend retreats offered by the nonprofit Rachel’s Vineyard are all about. The weekends provide an opportunity for post-abortive women and men to forgive themselves and others and accept God’s forgiveness in a confidential and nonjudgmental atmosphere.
“It takes a lot of courage” for women and men who have chosen abortion to attend a retreat, said Pam Richard, local ministry co-coordinator with Melanie Baglow. “There is so much shame and guilt. ... People stay in denial, and all the psychological feelings fester inside of them.”
Missionary spirit is animated by the Holy Spirit
My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has shown himself to have the heart of a missionary. Like Jesus, he teaches by word and example, keeping the poor, the troubled and the vulnerable in his heart and speech at all times. In that spirit I write to you today. Our Catholic Church’s origin is in the very mission of Jesus Christ himself. It is in Christ alone that “salvation is offered to all people, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy” (see Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:16).
Cafe Hope students learn detailed recipe for success
For Steamboat Natchez executive chef Joey LaBella to prepare enough shrimp Creole, fried fish, red beans and rice to feed 600 people who dine on two daytime and the dinner riverboat cruises plus the popular Sunday brunch cruise, he needs a lot of help.
“It’s relentless,” LaBella said. “How do I keep up? By having a good crew. The guys know what to do. The day crew prepares for the night crew, and the night crew for the day. “
LaBella found five of his staff through a partnership with Cafe Hope, a local nonprofit in Marrero that teaches at-risk youth between the ages of 17-21 skills to gain a job in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Old Ursuline Convent hosts ‘Archbishop Wore Combat Boots’ exhibit
Peggy Laramie Hannan, the niece of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, pays a loving tribute to her late uncle at the Oct. 4 opening of an exhibit detailing the archbishop’s extraordinary life. The exhibit will be open through May 2014.