A decision several years ago to plant vineyards to beautify vacant cemetery land and produce wine for Mass has proven to be a win-win for the diocese of Oakland and its parishes and schools.
Faith & Parish
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola, which is often the venue for bidding a final farewell to the famous.
In a 19-page reflection, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes.
Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been dropped from the clinical drug trial to treat his cancer after scans showed the experimental treatment was not working for him, the Chicago archdiocese said.
Although the antibody drug was not effective on the cardinal, physicians overseeing treatment assured him that the information gathered during the trial will benefit others, the archdiocese said in a Dec. 31 statement.
In recent years, people's attempt to trace their roots and fill in the branches on their family tree has been greatly helped by the website ancestry.com. There, one can search through a wealth of public records in order to find the who and the where of family origins.
"The Christian ethic is based on lasting relationships where exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other."
The majority of German bishops find the present guidelines regarding pastoral work with remarried divorcees "fraught with problems."
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.
"Without a vibrant Catholic character, culture and mission, Catholic high schools have no compelling reason why parents should consider enrolling their sons and daughters."
After more than four years of negotiations, the Catholic cemeteries of the Oakland diocese have reached a 10-year agreement with Local 265 of the Service Employees International Union representing their 23 groundskeepers. The agreement includes a no-layoff provision, a buyout of the union-managed pension, and health care with no lifetime cap. It was ratified by a 22-1 vote.