The Holy Father greets the Apostolic Signatura

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

VATICAN CITY, 4 FEB 2011 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. As the Pope pointed out in his remarks, this is the first time he has received members of the institution since the promulgation of its “Lex propria”, which he signed in 2008 …

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Benjamin Being Catholic

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, made history on December 8th, 2010. He became the first bishop in the United States to formally approve an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1859, Our Lady had appeared three times to a young Belgian farm girl at a spot north east of Green Bay. The third time, …

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 …