A growing group of moms is finding solidarity with mothers who expereince the same roller coaster of emotions as their children further discern or live a religious vocation.

Fellowship, food drives, fellowship, airports and massive meals are traditional parts of the Thanksgiving weekend, but student bowling added a new twist.

Both inspirational and colorful, the annual “Blue Mass” at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral drew dozens of police officers, firefighters and other law enforcement and emergency personnel, both active and retired. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares presided over the Mass of Thanksgiving for All Emergency Personnel on Nov. 5.

Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated. The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent.

Those already in religious life are almost always are part of communities who follow a canonized saint, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said during an All Saints Day vocations celebration.

In the wake of the tragic loss of innocent life taken by terrorist actions in Paris, the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) understand the increasing hesitation on the part of our government and American citizens to receive Syrian refugees into the United States.

A mini vocation boom of sorts at St. Daniel Parish saw the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of the Child of Jesus convent welcome a novice, a formator and temporarily, a woman in the early stages of discernment.

Alas, the older generation can rightly claim that what they’re hearing is garbage. But they’ll have to distinguish between the physical instruments and the sound coming out of them.

Dcn. Tom Bolduc passed away Oct. 21 following a short illness and hospice care. He would have turned 69 Nov. 18.

One young man’s latest fete is both a nod to his past and a sign of an impactful future.


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