‘Amoris Laetitia’ welcomed by Family Life chairman

Editor | April 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), released April 8, brings “a rich reflection on the mission of the family and on how the Church can equip couples to embrace God’s vision for marriage and can offer healing for families who are struggling,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

“We welcome this teaching from Pope Francis as the fruit of the synodal process started by him more than two years ago — a process that has inspired in our Church, and indeed all over the world, a renewed attention to the importance of marriage and the family for all of society,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee. “I encourage all Catholics, especially those living the vocation of marriage and family life, to take time to read and study the exhortation as a pastoral guide to the great calling of marriage in the Lord.”

Bishop Malone called the exhortation “an inspirational aid for the clergy and laity who generously accompany couples as they prepare for marriage and throughout their married life, in both their joys and difficulties.”

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is the culmination of a synodal process called for by Pope Francis in 2013. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in October 2014 on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” In October 2015, the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops built on the first synod by examining the theme Continue reading

Pascha 2016 Pastoral Message

William Skurla | April 9, 2016

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinnu Voskrese!

May the Risen Lord bring joy and peace to your hearts!

Easter brings His promise that all darkness and fear will be driven away. When the women and the Apostles came to the tomb, it was a time filled with sadness and fear. They were sad at the loss of their dear friend and spiritual leader. They were fearful that the soldiers could arrest them at any moment. Despite their fear, they went to the tomb to complete the burial preparations.

The Apostle’s and women’s fear was changed to joy and gladness when they discovered that Jesus was not there, but that He had arisen. Jesus appeared to them in his glorified body. He continued to be with them until the Ascension. His presence with them proved to them and to us that what He proclaimed and taught them during his life was the Truth. Our belief in his teachings reveals the way to live and to treat each other with mercy and kindness. Giving our lives as servants will allow us to be resurrected to eternal life with the Saints in heaven. Continue reading

PA Catholic Conference Report: Justice Out of Balance

A.B. Hill | April 9, 2016

State lawmakers vote for legislation that could bankrupt Catholic parishes, schools & ministries HARRISBURG – Parish volunteers and employees who work with children know firsthand the measures now in place to protect the children in their care from abuse, including … Continue reading

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor | April 9, 2016

“Our Nation’s enduring commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect demands that individuals and communities partner together to provide safe and nurturing environments for all of America’s daughters and sons. We must all join in the work of uplifting and … Continue reading

53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations: April 17

Editor | April 9, 2016

World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 17 (the third Paschal Sunday (of the Paralytic) in the Byzantine Catholic Church and Good Shepherd Sunday in the Latin churches). The purpose of this day is to … Continue reading

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THE VENERATION of the HOLY SHROUD according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

One of the most impressive rituals of Holy Week in the Byzantine Rite is the Ritual of the Holy Shroud (Plaschanicja) which is taken during the Vespers of Good Friday. Symbolically, the ritual commemorates the removal of the Body of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the cross, together with His burial, which followed immediately after His redeeming death. Continue reading