Novena to St. Andrew

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. This little …

New Saints in the Church

Benjamin Being Catholic

Sunday, October 17, was a great day of joy for the whole Church, as the Pope “canonized” six people, enrolling them in the list of the saints of the Church. The process of being declared a saint involves a thorough investigation into the life and writings of each person, to determine that he or she truly lived a life of …

Women in church leadership

Benjamin Being Catholic

I have heard many Catholics tell me they are concerned that the Catholic Church is not accepting the gifts of women because it reserves the priesthood to men. I have seen, however, that women have a huge role to play in the Church, and that both religious and lay women exercise a moral leadership that is very great. Pope Benedict …

Holy Pilgrimage!

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I’m out of the office this week, I tell people.“On vacation?”, they ask.“No, I’ll be on pilgrimage.”“All week?”“Yes. I’m walking from Oshkosh to Holy Hill. It’s a distance of 65 miles.”“What?????? You’re walking???”Yes, I am. The tradition of the pilgrimage is one of the oldest in our faith. Here is some explanation: PilgrimagesThe Israelites were fond of pilgrimages. Their annual …

Keeping the space.

Benjamin Being Catholic

I began my homily this weekend by noticing that something was missing in the chapel. In front of the altar there were an angel, and a shepherd, and a sheep, a cow and a donkey, and a man and woman who seemed to be worshiping a napkin. In the place where the center of the display should have been, there …