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History of the Catholic Church
in Specific Countries and areas:
vision of God's Poor - by Don Patterson
" Holbrook uses his skills as a photographic artist to
paint film portraits of the poor, the disadvantaged, the homeless,
and the mentally or physically challenged. He portrays his subjects
as saints and patriarchs, giving them names taken from scripture..." Read the article...
Christ in the homeless - Story by Karen Rangel, Photos by
Jesus Rangel - March 19, 2004—North Texas Catholic
"During a homeless awareness weekend March 6-7 at Good
Shepherd Church in Colleyville, Holbrook, along with teenagers
from the church, tried to bring this message home. Holbrook
spends his spare time getting to know those living on the streets.
He learns about their lives and tells their stories through
his pictures. The teens have been feeding and clothing the homeless
for the past five years by working with the Bread of Life ministries.
Holbrook and the teens joined forces to give a vision of a world
rarely seen." Read
the whole article... See also the article by Don Patterson
in this issue of the Catholic Eucators Newsletter.
historian explore decline in confessions - By Jerry Filteau
"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been two weeks
since my last confession. ..."
With that ritual formula once familiar to all Catholics, Boston
College historian James O'Toole opened a daylong symposium on
how the sacrament of penance has changed and how its chief form,
individual auricular confession, has almost disappeared from American
Catholic consciousness in the last 40 years. Read
the whole article... An Easter
Reflection - Using the Sunday Easter readings (Acts 10:34a,37-43;
Ps. 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Col. 3:1-4; Jn. 20:1-9), Sr. Denise Pyles
weaves a short and powerful reflection on the awesome nature of
life and resurrection. Using some current expressions from a popular
game show, the final answer is clear. Jesus Christ is risen! This
reflection is suitable for faculties, school prayer, retreats,
and the classroom during the Easter season. Read
the whole article...
© John Holbrook - Used with permission
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Virtues, by Al Mozingo - The virtues of leadership as exemplified
in an event in the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr Mozingo
is a leadership instructor and a certified youth minister who
has worked with children and adults within the Catholic Church
including: First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, and Bible Studies. Read the article...
Questions with Tough Answers - by Thomas Turner, Director
of Bishop Sullivan Center
"I’ve been in the food pantry business for over
ten years now. In all those years, I have never once received
a phone call from a church, school or anyone saying, “Tom,
is there anything we could do to help so that people no longer
have to go to a pantry? Is there anything we could do to help
so soup kitchens are no longer needed?” Read
Christian songs for children - "Schools, youth groups and churches from all over the world,
have been requesting copies of the words and music of these songs,
including the award winning Mothers Day Song "Thank you Mum".
Written by Patrick Ambrose and Adrian Haw the songs have proved
popular across the globe." Musicians & children of Sacred
Heart, Sowerby Bridge, England. The words and music of 7 songs
are available on the web site. Sound files are provided with voices
and as backing tracks. For a limited time, the music sheets are
also available online.
Upcoming Conferences &
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Join Hands Across the States to Help Abused and Hungry
On Sept. 6, 2004, Hands Across the States promises to be bigger
than the 1986 ‘Hands Across America’ campaign. ‘For
Our Children Inc.,’ a new charitable organization to help
children is launching the event in the spirit of Pope John Paul’s
Lenten theme whereby we are called to reflect upon the condition
of children. The non-profit group needs 14.1 million people to
form a 10,700-mile-long chain in support of the
victims of child abuse and childhood hunger. Not only will the
human chain symbolize the awareness of hungry and abused children,
each person in line actually would represent one child who is
either at risk of hunger or was maltreated last year. In addition,
this chain will make a statement to the abusers and those who
sit idly by that Americans will not let this happen in their country.
|"Do not look forward to what may happen
The same Everlasting Father, who takes care of you today,
will take care of you tomorrow.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."
--Saint Francis de Sales.
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A grandmother and a little girl who was sprinkled with bright
red freckles spent the day at the zoo. The children were waiting
in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was
decorating them with tiger paws.
"You have so many freckles, there's no place to paint"
a boy in the line cried.
Embarrassed, the little girl dropped her head. Her grandmother
knelt down next to her. "I love your freckles," she
"Not me" the little girl replied.
"Well, when I was little girl I always wanted freckles. Freckles
The little girl looked up. "Really?"
"Of course." said the grandmother, "Why just name
one thing that's prettier than freckles." The little girl
peered into the old woman's smiling face. "Wrinkles"
she answered softly. -- From Catholic1.com
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