Francis de Sales, Don Bosco, the Blessed Sacrament, & Saints!

Saint Francis de Sales inspiring paths of holiness (ANS – Rome) – During the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2022, dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral study of the Rector Major’s Strenna centered on St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, offered a contribution that highlights how “our journey to holiness and the promotion of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of our Salesian Family draw great inspiration and strong motivation from him.” In fact, from his person and his doctrine emanate an impression of rare fullness, demonstrated in the serenity of his intellectual research, but also in the richness of his affections, in the “sweetness” of his teachings that have had a great influence on the Christian conscience. One could say, then, that Francis de Sales, both in his most representative works (Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God) and in his continuous pastoral praxis, presents himself on the scene of the history of the Church as one of the most representative forerunners of what Vatican II calls the “universal vocation to holiness” (chapter 5 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium). In his major works,...

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Daily Free Podcast every day of December 2021 from Relevant Radio!

What will happen when the bell tolls? Don’t be haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past!This season, we have a special gift for you – a first-of-its-kind audio Advent calendar. Bringing you world-class audio entertainment fit for the whole family, The Merry Beggars’ debut at Relevant Radio is an exclusive audio series of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Join your favorite characters from the timeless classic, brought to life by professional actors and exceptional sound design.Click and gain access to The Merry Beggars site. There you can get the series, explore other exciting content and subscribe just like your favorite streaming services – except this one is FREE!GET THE SERIES! New episodes of A Christmas Carol will drop daily from December 1st until the 25th. Be sure to sign up and subscribe today!God bless us, every one!Your Friends at Relevant Radio  The Relevant Radio® Mission: Bringing Christ to the world through the media© 2021 Relevant Radio,...

Dei Verbum Reading Challenge – free! | Word on Fire Institute

Join us on a 2-week guided reading journey through the Catholic Church’s central document on divine revelation! NOVEMBER 8th – 19th, 2021 Vatican II’s document on revelation, known by the first two words of the Latin text Dei Verbum, the “Word of God,” is of signal importance in the life of the Church, since it speaks of the process by which God communicates to his people. The entire purpose of this communication is to draw us into friendship with God. What could be more significant for all believers, but especially for teachers, catechists, theologians, and preachers? It also has great significance for those embarked on the Church’s mission of evangelization. The council fathers recognized the need for a renewal when it came to reading and appreciating the Bible. They called for greater study of the Bible among laypeople, placing the Scriptures more fully at the center of the liturgy, and making the sacred writings the “soul of sacred theology” (DV 24). But that dream is still, I believe, largely unrealized. In point of fact, when we consult the numerous studies of the ever-increasing army of the religiously unaffiliated, we discover that the Bible is often a prime reason why people, especially...

International Convention on Fr. Paul Albera

26 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – An International Convention dedicated to Fr Paul Albera, Don Bosco’s 2nd successor at the head of the Congregation, will take place on 30 – 31 October to commemorate the first centenary of his death (as he died at Turin-Valdocco, 29 October 1921). Promoted and organized by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) and the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in this special year that the Rector Major has dedicated to Fr Albera, the conference will be held in mixed mode, with participation in physical presence at UPS and via live streaming with English translation of the work shops. The Seminar will begin in the mid-afternoon of Saturday 30 (14:00 – UTC+2) with the inaugural address of the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr. Stefano Martoglio, followed by the introduction note of the coordinator, Fr. Francesco Motto, a member of the ISS. Then Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Director of the ISS; Fr Stanislav Zimniak, Fr Motto; and Ariel Fresia – all members of the ISS – and Sr Grazia Loparco FMA, lecturer at the “Auxilium” Faculty, will illustrate through their interventions different facets of Fr Albera’s life and work. They will analyse the contexts in which he...

NFCYM: Partnering with Parents – Free new webinar series

  NEW SERIES FOR OCTOBER 2021: FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER! We’re committed to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people by supporting and strengthening those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.   Partnering with Parents: Learn about our new series Tune into our new free webinar series for all leaders interested in partnering with parents in bringing home the faith View Details   OCT19 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Conducting a Family Faith Inventory OCT26 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Bridging the Generational Divide NOV3 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Creating Family Mission Statements Partnering with Parents Series: Conducting a Family Faith Inventory October 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Free and open to all who wish to accompany parents in order to bring home the faith. Date: Oct 19 at 2 pm ET Registration Link: https://nfcym-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t7BsZI6TRl-eXDhijP2fjw In this session of the Partnering with Parents Webinar Series, Mark Mann (Diocese of Grand Rapids) and Diane Kledzik (Diocese of St. Petersburg) share how a family can assess its “living faith” so they can partner with the parish in choosing how they wish to grow as a domestic church. This...