March 15, 2018

Pope Francis: Liturgy prepares us to receive Christ in Holy Communion

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to the liturgical rites following the Eucharistic Prayer, which help us “to dispose our souls to participate in the Eucharistic banquet.” The Our Father Immediately following the Great Amen, the assembly recites together the Our Father, which was taught us by Christ Himself. This, the Pope … Continue reading “Pope Francis: Liturgy prepares us to receive Christ in Holy Communion”

Revival of Faith

In a desire to lift the hearts of the faithful at St. Joseph Parish in Palm Bay and the surrounding area, parochial vicar, Father Vilaire Philius, hosted The Red Sea Conference, modeled after Moses and the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt. The conference ran from March 12-18 and included priests from Vero Beach to Haiti … Continue reading “Revival of Faith”


President of Catholic Bishops Conference Joins Other U.S. Church Leaders in Expressing Strong Concern Over Israel’s Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joins other leaders from the U.S. Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate … Continue reading “USCCB News”


The House and Senate chambers approved an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. HB 5001, the General Appropriations Act, passed the House (95-12) and the Senate (31-5). The budget will go to Governor Rick Scott who has line item veto authority. The final status of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops priorities in … Continue reading “FCCB News”

Shifting landscapes

Dennis L. Johnson, Jr., Secretary for Laity, Family, and Life shares his take on the shifting cultural landscape in ministry. Among the greatest challenges we face in ministry today is being able to analyze the cultural landscape. The world changes at an unrelenting pace. Some studies measure today’s younger “digital (technology) only” generation’s attention-span at … Continue reading “Shifting landscapes”

Urge Governor Scott to veto predatory payday lending bill (SB 920)

BACKGROUND: During the last week of the 2018 legislative session, the Florida legislature passed a bill that furthers the practice of usury among predatory lenders in Florida. Exploiting people who live in poverty is theft and usurious practices are the equivalent of indirect homicide. (cf Catechism, nos. 2409 & 2269) Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami … Continue reading “Urge Governor Scott to veto predatory payday lending bill (SB 920)”