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Now = National Vocation Awareness Week

The U.S. Constitution is a great document–historically unique for its fusion of high ideals with the realism of very practical checks and balances. But in the end, it’s just an elegant piece of paper. In practice, nothing guarantees our freedoms except our willingness to fight for them.

— Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia)

The Fortnight of Freedom starts in 2 days...

14 hours after joining Twitter and sending his first tweet from an iPad, Cardinal Dolan passes the 2000 follower mark…

14 hours after joining Twitter and sending his first tweet from an iPad, Cardinal Dolan passes the 2000 follower mark…

Seen the new USCCB document on the New Evangelization?

What is required for an Orthodox to enter into the Catholic faith? I have heard that there are Byzantine Rite Churches in full communion with Rome which continue to use the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Is this an option? - Anonymous

Certainly, if that’s what you feel God is calling you to! Like all the Eastern churches, those in communion with Rome and those that aren’t, these churches (many of which celebrate the Divine Liturgy) are tied to a specific local culture and traditions, so it may take a little discerning to see which is the best spiritual home for you.

This Wikipedia article gives some great background, and if you’re writing from the US you might be interested in this list of the “eparchies” here. (They usually cover more territory than the state they’re listed in, of course.)

God bless you in your journey!

- Father Shane

A nationwide rally against the HHS mandate! Details here.

We take this occasion, brethren, to communicate to you the determination, unanimously adopted by us, to place ourselves and all entrusted to our charge throughout the United States, under the special patronage of the holy Mother of God, whose Immaculate Conception is venerated by the piety of the faithful throughout the Catholic Church.

By the aid of her prayers, we entertain the confident hope that we will be strengthened to perform the arduous duties of our ministry, and that you will be enabled to practice the sublime virtues, of which her life presents the most perfect example.

— United States Catholic Bishops (May 5, 1846)

The November meeting is only a morning old, and already the bishops have announced two new websites that are up and running:

The USCCB is live-tweeting the meeting, as are bishopcoyne and BishopSample from within.

The US bishops have a busy 3-day meeting in Baltimore starting today! They do this twice a year, usually in June and in November.
Want to follow along? Easier than ever: live-tweeting, video stream, and more. Or, as always, BishopFeed.
And say a little prayer for them! None of the stuff they’re dealing with right now is easy.

The US bishops have a busy 3-day meeting in Baltimore starting today! They do this twice a year, usually in June and in November.

Want to follow along? Easier than ever: live-tweeting, video stream, and more. Or, as always, BishopFeed.

And say a little prayer for them! None of the stuff they’re dealing with right now is easy.

To me Mary is like the milk and cookies of Catholicism – she comforts and nurtures and is there with emotional support.

— Sister Mary Ann Walsh (USCCB director of media relations)
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