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Celebrating joyfully the First Sunday of the Word of GodFather Roger Landry

Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has given particular attention to how Catholics celebrate the Mass. The Mass is not only, as the Second Vatican Council clearly taught, the "source ...

Catholic Church and Alpha movementFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. A number of Catholic parishes here in my archdiocese have hosted programs on the Alpha movement in Christianity. I have found conflicting guidance as to the legitimacy/orthodoxy of this movement. Can ...

Breaking the chains of poverty through Catholic educationHosffman Ospino

When I hear that a Catholic school closes or struggles to stay open, my heart aches. There are more than 14 million school-age Catholic children in our country, 8 million of them Hispanic. If anything, ...

Perfect offeringScott Hahn

Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today's First Reading. He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: "'You are My servant,' He said to Me." Servant and Son, our Lord ...

End of Christmas season?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. At my previous parish, we said that the end of the Christmas season was the feast of the Epiphany (the three Wise Men). My current parish, though, says that the Christmas season concludes a week later ...

Living 20-20Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

Launching into a new year is usually accompanied by a lot of talk about what we're leaving behind. The past few weeks have been filled with decade reviews, retrospectives, and projections about what is ...

Anointed onesScott Hahn

Jesus presents himself for baptism in today's Gospel not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by his prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that he is the Christ ("anointed ...

Is incense harmful to health?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Since it is now known that incense is medically harmful -- causing asthma, contact dermatitis and lung cancer -- why does the church continue to use it? I am severely asthmatic, and a fairly large ...

A greeting from Catholic Charities board chair and interim presidentKevin M. MacKenzie

When Debbie Rambo announced her intention to retire, the board of directors engaged a search firm to assist them in identifying the next president for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB). ...

The God who comes to stayJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The outdoor lights are up. The stockings and garlands are hung. The nativity sets are on display, and the tree is full of ornaments. Warm memories from the past mix with new adventures. Everything glows ...