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Today (10.09.07)

Today in the Diocese

   SAN ANGELO — Living Rosary, St. Joseph’s Church, 6:30 p.m.

Today’s Readings

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8
Luke 10:38-42

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News Service

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Today (10.08.07)

Today in the Diocese

   ODESSA — Red Mass (celebrating those in the legal profession), 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Odessa.

Today’s Readings

Jonah 1:1  — 2:2, 11
Jonah 2:3-5, 8
Luke 10:25-37

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News Service

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This Weekend (10.05-7.07)

This Week in the Diocese

   Today — Bishop Pfeifer at Newman Center, Angelo State University campus, San Angelo, talk on social justice, Noon.

   Saturday — St. Mary’s Confirmation, 4 p.m.

   Sunday — Mass, St. Joseph’s, San Angelo, 11:15 a.m.

Necrology

   Friday — Rev. William Meagher, OMI (1976)

   Sunday — Rev. Francis Schoutteten, OMI (2002)

This Weekend’s Readings

Friday

Baruch 1:15-22
Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9
Luke 10:13-16

Saturday 

Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Psalm 69:33-37
Luke 10:17-24

 Sunday

Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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Today (10.03.07)

Today in the Diocese

MIDLAND — Bishop Pfeifer meets with group of Midland community leaders on drug epidemic, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church.

Today’s Readings

Nehemiah 2:1-8
Psalm 137:1-6
Luke 9:57-62

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News ServiceU.S.

Archbishop O’Brien calls it ‘an honor’ to lead historic archdiocese

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A joyous crowd of about 2,000 people filled the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore Oct. 1 to celebrate the installation of Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as the 15th archbishop of Baltimore. In a ceremony rich with tradition, Archbishop O’Brien called it “an honor and a privilege” to serve as the spiritual leader of more than 500,000 Catholics in the archdiocese. “Whatever I am, and all that I have I give to you,” he said in a homily that was interrupted several times by applause. “And until that day when he calls me to judgment, I will seek to serve you with the wholehearted love of Jesus Christ.” He succeeds Cardinal William H. Keeler, who retired after heading the archdiocese for 18 years. Eight cardinals and nearly 70 archbishops and bishops from across the country and around the world attended the ceremony. More than 400 priests and 62 deacons joined the bishops in an opening procession that lasted more than 30 minutes.

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Milwaukee archbishop prays that jurists will respect all human life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The belief that God created humanity with a special dignity is a cornerstone of Judeo-Christian tradition and has shaped the United States since its founding, said Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at the 54th annual Red Mass in Washington. And he prayed that belief would inspire jurists and government officials to recognize “the innate dignity and inviolability of every human life.” Continue reading

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Today (10.02.07)

Today in the Diocese 

   Bishop Pfeifer in Odessa, St. Mary’s Confirmation, 6:30 p.m.

Today’s Readings

Exodus 23:20-23
Psalm 91:1-6, 10-11
Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Today’s Briefs from Catholic News Service

Supreme Court rejects appeal of law requiring contraception coverage

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Catholic Charities of Albany, N.Y., Oct. 1, letting stand a state court ruling that said church agencies cannot be exempt from a law requiring coverage for contraceptives in drug benefits for employees. The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s Catholic bishops in public policy matters, said the bishops will now consider what alternatives have been left to them, “including the painful possibility of a loss of prescription drug benefits in employee health plans.” In the meantime, it said in a statement, “Catholic institutions will continue for the immediate future providing the contraception coverage under formal protest.” The conference’s executive director called it “a sad day for religious liberty” in New York and in the U.S. In orders issued the first day of the 2007-08 term, the court without comment let stand a New York State Court of Appeals ruling that said religious groups may not be exempt from provisions of the Women’s Health and Wellness Act of 2002.

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Bishops mark 100th anniversary of first Byzantine bishop in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Ukrainian and Latin-rite Catholic bishops from around the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Byzantine bishop in the United States, an event coinciding with the first worldwide Eastern Catholic synod in the United States. When Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky arrived in America Continue reading

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Today (10.01.07)

Today in the Diocese

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Today’s Readings

Zechariah 8:1-8
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Luke 9:46-50

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News Service
 

U.S.

Church official calls current immigration reform debate inflammatory

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The current tone in the immigration reform debate has “inflamed fears and misunderstanding among some portions of the American public, leading to a polarized and vitriolic atmosphere,” said a U.S. church official. Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, noted that while “voices of division and fear are loud” the “truth about immigration and migrants in this country ultimately will prevail.” The bishop, in a Sept. 27 statement issued in Washington, said migrant workers, including the undocumented, make important contributions to the nation’s economy through their work in agriculture, construction and service industries. He faulted the United Stated for refusing “to acknowledge these contributions” and relegating migrants to “a permanent underclass of workers, without full rights.” The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation this summer has set back, but not ended, attempts to repair the immigration system, according to the bishop.

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Spokane Diocese moves toward bankruptcy end with $5 million payment

SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) — In what Bishop William S. Skylstad called “just one small step toward healing for the victims,” the Diocese of Spokane was to wire $5 million Oct. 1 to a trust account set up to pay the claims of those sexually abused by clergy in the diocese. The payment to the Plan Trustee Trust Account, as stipulated by Continue reading

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Today (09.26.07)

Today in the Diocese

    Mass, Newman Center, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Noon.

Necrology

   Rev. William Cadigan, MSC (1971)

Today’s Readings

Ezra 9:5-9
Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8
Luke 9:1-6

Today’s Headlines from Catholic News Service 

CARA reports uptick in Catholic college seminarian enrollment figures

WASHINGTON — There is an uptick in the number of Catholic seminarians in undergraduate college programs, according to Mary L. Gautier, a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, based at Georgetown University in Washington. For the 2006-07 school year, there was a total of 1,365 college seminarians, up from 1,297 the year before, and up from 1,248 — the lowest number reported in CARA’s 40 years of surveying — in 2004-05. The last time the number of college seminarians was this high was in 2002-03, when 1,376 students were enrolled. Still, the numbers have been trending downward over the past four decades. The 2006-07 number of 1,365 college seminarians is barely 10 percent of the number reported by CARA’s first survey in 1967-68: 13,401. The numbers are in the CARA report “Catholic Ministry Formation Enrollments: Statistical Overview for 2006-2007,” which was released Sept. 21.

Judge won’t force city to allow opening of Planned Parenthood clinic

AURORA, Ill. (CNS) — Pro-life groups opposed to the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora welcomed a federal judge’s refusal to order city officials to let the clinic open pending an investigation of how the organization obtained its building permits. Continue reading

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