Monday, December 22, 2014

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Viewpoints

Bishop Peter J. Jugis' monthly calendar

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Bishop Peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events over the coming weeks:

Dec. 11 – 7 p.m.
Sacrament of Confirmation
St. Mark Church, Huntersville

Dec. 15 – 5 p.m.
Advent Gathering for Employees
Bishop's Residence

Dec. 16 – 6 p.m.
Deacon Recommitment and Advent Reception for Deacons and Wives
Cathedral of St. Patrick

Dec. 18 - 10 a.m.
Blessing of Catholic Conference Center, Hickory

Dec. 22
Advent Dinner with Seminarians

Jan. 3-10
Annual Retreat for Bishops

 

 

  • Batrice Adcock: Sexuality, the gift of communion Batrice Adcock: Sexuality, the gift of communion
    Pope St. John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" is a catechesis in defense of Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life"), which reaffirms Church teaching against artificial contraception, in the context of Catholic teaching...
  • Denise Bossert: Make this Advent a pilgrimage of the heart Denise Bossert: Make this Advent a pilgrimage of the heart
    I have dipped my toes in the chaos of the Christmas-before-Advent scene. I've been to the mall once. I've landed on radio stations that play Christmas music around the clock – and quickly popped in my rosary CD to escape the noise. I've seen...
  • April Parker: Come to the stable this Christmas April Parker: Come to the stable this Christmas
    While visiting family members one evening for an early Christmas dinner, my aunt suggested that my family drive by the live Nativity scene that her church was putting on just down the street. Since she made mention of live animals, my 4-year-old...
  • Dr. Kamila Valenta: Celebrating Christmas in peace is a privilege Dr. Kamila Valenta: Celebrating Christmas in peace is a privilege
    The times when the celebration of Christmas was banned in New England by the Puritans and people could be fined for saying "Merry Christmas" is now an amusing tale from a long-forgotten historical past of this country. Today the vast majority...
  • Sister Constance Veit: Give the gift of 'presence' this Christmas Sister Constance Veit: Give the gift of 'presence' this Christmas
    Christmas is the feast of encounter, the celebration of God's love and nearness. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth," we read in St. John's Gospel. God became one of us! He united himself to every man, woman and...
  • Father Patrick Hoare: We don't speak up enough for life Father Patrick Hoare: We don't speak up enough for life
    Recently, the newspaper in our city ran a series of stories about "cheaters" in the construction industry. It is estimated that more than one-third of contractors in our state do not follow the law in classifying and reporting the payroll of...
  • Mercy Sister Jeanne-Margaret McNally: What makes a marriage work? Mercy Sister Jeanne-Margaret McNally: What makes a marriage work?
    The one indispensable ingredient in marriage is communication. Communication requires active listening, using "I" statements, paying attention to one's feelings and to those of one's spouse, and learning how to "fight fair." Put another way,...
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

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FROM THE PASTORS

Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at  parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte: