God’s Children Need a Mother

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

The local newspaper runs a column by a local pastor. Recently she took up the question of whether we should pray to Mary. This pastor is one of several in our area who grew up Catholic and then migrated to another church. My family traveled the other way. My earliest memories of Christianity are a reformed Episcopalian church, a Lutheran …

The Whole Truth about Missing Mass

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

In the January 13th edition of The Compass, Fr. Ron Rolheiser states (“Moral [sic] sin: Who are we to judge?”, p. 11), “Does the Catholic Church really teach that missing Mass is a mortal sin and that if you die in that state you will go to hell? No, that’s not Catholic orthodoxy….” This statement is not correct. The Catechism …

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St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

According to tradition prayed 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) until Christmas Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayers and grant my …

National Novena Begins October 1st

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Any given Sunday in Wisconsin something special can happen. Particularly if you find yourself attending Mass at a local Catholic Church. One Sunday the Queen of Heaven came to speak to a Belgian immigrant named Adele. The message was very simple: “I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do …

The Mysterious Mary Magdalene

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

After the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, there is perhaps no woman in the New Testament more intriguing than Mary Magdalene. She has figured prominently in art, the naming of churches, and even popular fiction. Pope Francis just elevated her feast day, July 22, to greater importance. Church holy days have three ranks: Memorial, Feast, and Solemnity. Mary Magdalene is moving from …