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The complex situation at the U.S.-Mexico borderDeacon Timothy Donohue

[Deacon Timothy Donohue of Holy Family Parish, West Roxbury made a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border city of Brownsville, Texas June 24-26 to see first-hand and raise awareness of the experience of immigrants ...

The glue that binds families togetherDeacon Christopher Connelly

Summertime in Boston is a time for families to rest, reconnect, and recreate. From Memorial Day to Labor Day families reconnect with one another basking in the promises of a warm summer day and the good ...

Cohabitation and Catholic seniorsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was born in 1926 and attended Catholic schools before being called into military service during World War II. My wife of 57 years, a convert to Catholicism, died in 2005. Two years later, I began ...

Humble service and merciful love to AmericaSister Constance Veit, LSP

On August 30, the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Congregation's arrival in the United States. ...

Priests and marriage preparationFather Roger J. Landry

One of the duties of parish priests is to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Many priests love this work. Others admit they find parts of it taxing. But almost all parish priests do it, dedicate ...

'Last rites' in a comaFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My daughter, who was 50 years of age, became deathly ill, spent six weeks in the intensive care unit, then entered hospice to die. When death was imminent, a nurse finally found a priest to administer ...

What is the origin of the word 'Mass'?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In all of my 78 years (and with 16 years of Catholic education), I have never heard where the word "Mass" comes from to describe the Eucharist. (It seems like an odd word.) (Gambrills, Maryland) A. ...

On the Nativity of St. John the BaptistScott Hahn

The people in this week's Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John. Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be. John ...

From the Archives: Omaha bishop writes to Boston for support of Native American missionsThomas Lester

On June 28, 1878, Bishop James O'Connor wrote to Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston from Omaha, Nebraska, describing his attempts to minister to the Native Americans in the region. Bishop O'Connor ...

Donating body to scienceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I would like to donate my remains to medical science. Does the Catholic Church approve or disapprove of this action? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. The Catholic Church not only allows this but encourages ...