Pope: Parents who face challenges for their children’s sake are heroes – Vatican News

Pope Francis grants an interview to Vatican Media on being parents during the Covid-19 pandemic and the witness of Saint Joseph, calling him an example of strength and tenderness for today’s fathers. By Andrea Monda and Alessandro Gisotti The Special Year dedicated to Saint Joseph ended 8 December 2021, but Pope Francis’ attention and love for this Saint have not ended and indeed are further strengthened in the Catecheses which he has been devoting to the figure of the Patron of the universal Church, since 17 November. On our part, L’Osservatore Romano [in Italian] has published a monthly feature throughout 2021 which was also covered by the Vatican News website, on Patris corde, focusing on each chapter of the Apostolic Letter on Saint Joseph. This feature which dealt with fathers, but also with children and mothers in an ideal dialogue with the Bridegroom of Mary, prompted in us the desire to discuss with the Pope the theme of paternity and its various aspects, challenges and complexities. The following interview thus resulted in Pope Francis answering our questions, showing all his love for families, his closeness to those experiencing suffering, and the Church’s embrace of the fathers and mothers who today have to...

St. Augustine’s Works in Today’s Language

“With his selections from and superb introduction to Augustine’s monumental City of God, Balthasar succeeds in making the text available to a new group of readers.” — David L. Schindler, Professor of Fundamental Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage The City of God Selections and Introduction by Hans Urs von Balthasar Saint Augustine Few books have impacted the West as deeply as The City of God. Yet few of us will ever read the epic work, which often stretches past one thousand pages. This volume offers a shorter, simpler road through Augustine’s masterpiece. Edited by Hans Urs von Balthasar, it presents key selections culled for their beauty and spiritual power, augmented by notes. Buy Now Use coupon code CITYOFGOD25 for 25% off* this title. Related Titles at 25% off* with Code CITYOFGOD25 Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Give Us a Follow! *Offer expires January 11, 2022 11:59pm PT. 25% off applied to list price. Must use PROMO CODE: CITYOFGOD25. Promotional discounts are not combined when more than one coupon is used on an order. The greater promotional discount is...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

Family, Vocation, Catholic Basics, and More from St. Paul-Inside-the-Walls

This three-session course focuses on the universal call to holiness and our living out of that call—in and through our own personal vocations. Whether married or single, a priest or in consecrated life, each of us has been given a unique mission in building up the Church. In accepting and fulfilling this mission, we often discover opportunities to mentor others and to help them recognize what God is calling them to do as well. Understanding that we are not meant to be lone rangers will not only benefit us spiritually, but should also inspire us to help guide those we encounter in our ministries and daily lives towards an ever-deepening relationship with God and others too. This course meets on three consecutive Wednesdays:  November 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30pm  Register Here Fr. Jared Brogan hosts the last session of Winding Thru Worship. The topic is Baptism: Called By Name to Discipleship Confirmation: Sent Out as Missionary Disciples Two Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism and Confirmation, have been understood and celebrated differently throughout the history of the Church. Why is that? Where are we now? This presentation will explore these Sacraments of Initiation in terms of the call to discipleship....