5 things to know today about the government shutdown  (Text and video)
Commentary: The shame of the Catholic workplace  by Jim Smith
Commentary: I’m Still Not Going Back to the Catholic Church  -- Pope Francis only confirms my decision to leave. By Rod Dreher
History was made Sunday in the archdiocese of Armagh when the Primate of All Ireland ordained the first five Catholics to become permanent deacons in the ancient see of St Patrick. 
Columbus, Ga. -- Blessing of the Animals at St. Anne Catholic Church . This is just one of scores of announcements being made in anticipation of the Feast of St. Francis Oct. 4.
Another thing to consider ahead of Oct. 4: Take the The St. Francis Pledge  sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Evansville, Ind. -- First Phase Of Strategic Plan Combines 24 Catholic Parishes Into 10 
Polish church apologizes for child sex abuse as Polish prosecutors say they will open cases of two Polish nationals -- a priest and a former Vatican nunico -- face child sexual abuse allegations in the Dominican Republic 
Press release: The Knights of Columbus will donate $100,000 to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish in Newtown, Conn., to support ongoing parish programs related to last December's elementary school shooting. 
Catholic reform group FutureChurch marks Vatican II . Deborah Rose-Milavec takes the reins from Sr. Christine Schenk.
Manila, Philippines –- Cebu faithful urged to join protest against pork barrel spending 
Pencil Preaching  is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.
Daily Bread  is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.