PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — Next May, Miriam Marston will wear a white dress, receive a ring and stand in front of the altar at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. There will be no tux-clad groom by her side.Read More.
Last Christmas while watching “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with his son, Thomas Williams said it “suddenly hit” him that “nearly all the clever poetry surrounding Christmas has virtually nothing to do with Jesus Christ.” “I love our most famous Christmas poem, ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas,’ but even that fails to convey the mystery of Christmas. I searched and searched for a great Christmas poem, and not finding one, decided to try my hand at crafting one,” Williams told Catholic News Service.Read More.
GUILFORD, Vt. (CNS) — Christmas comes early to Shirley Squires’ Guilford home.
Actually, it never quiet leaves her home if the scores of Nativity sets she leaves on display year round count as keeping Christ in Christmas 365 days a year.
Squires, a parishioner of St. Michael Church in Brattleboro, has collected more than 1,500 Nativity sets, and though she leaves many on display in hutches and in one bay of her detached garage, come August she begins setting up the others throughout her white clapboard home.Read More.
Q. How can a priest in the state of mortal sin offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass and receive Communion? (Northampton, Pennsylvania)
A. Generally speaking, a priest would not be permitted to celebrate Mass while in a state of mortal sin. A priest is governed by the same rule as every other Catholic — namely, that the state of grace is required for the worthy reception of holy Communion.Read More.