December 20, 2018

U.S. Bishops to gather with Pope Francis for 7 days of prayer and reflection Jan 2-8

WASHINGTON— Catholic bishops from across the United States will begin the new year taking part in a spiritual retreat for seven days at Mundelein Seminary January 2 to 8, 2019. Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., will direct the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be … Continue reading “U.S. Bishops to gather with Pope Francis for 7 days of prayer and reflection Jan 2-8”

Pope Francis: ‘Grave scandals in Church, but light stronger than darkness’

In traditional Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis lists the grave scandals afflicting the Church but says she will emerge from them purified and more beautiful. Church on path of renewal “Christmas”, the Holy Father said, “fills us with joy and makes us certain that no sin will ever be greater than God’s … Continue reading “Pope Francis: ‘Grave scandals in Church, but light stronger than darkness’”

The “O Antiphons” of Advent

The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment … Continue reading “The “O Antiphons” of Advent”

E-Scroll on Hiatus until New Year

Bishop Noonan’s e-scroll will take a hiatus and return Thursday, January 3, 2019. We wish you a blessed Christmas and joyful New Year. May we forever sing the goodness of the Lord!

Tell your senator to pass the revised FIRST STEP Act in its current form

After analysis, the USCCB has determined that the Senate’s revised version of the First Step Act (S. 3649), will improve the lives of millions of people impacted by the federal criminal justice system.  The culmination of years of bipartisan efforts at reform, the Act combines measures that will improve prisons and sentencing. In terms of the Act’s … Continue reading “Tell your senator to pass the revised FIRST STEP Act in its current form”