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Pope Calls for Renewed Pastoral Focus on the Family

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Pope Francis recently called for an Extraordinary Synod in October 2014 (which is lightning speed in Vatican terms) to discuss the pastoral care of the Family.  The Spirit is moving and is calling many within the Church, even at the highest levels to address the needs of the family.  As Blessed John Paul II stated, the future of the world passes through the family.  If the family is not healthy, the world will not be healthy.

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A Light in the Darkness

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“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen” Matt 4:16.

Yesterday we celebrated the birth of the Light of the World, what joy we should feel that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to save us from our sins.  In spite of the seemingly endless occurrences of senseless violence in our society, acts of terrorism, wars, increased crime, ...

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Let the Children come, Overcoming Challenges at Church

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Pope Francis recently said that “Children’s tears are the best sermon” and he encouraged parents to bring their children to mass even though they may cause a disruption from time to time.  I agree with the Pope completely, too often parents stop bringing their children or stop coming to Church all together due to ugly comments or dirty looks by fellow parishioners.  While I do think that it is ok for children to have an occasional outburst during ...

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Raising Saints, Missionaries, and Martyrs

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Your Holy Family

The purpose of this article is to provide some guidance, encouragement, and practical advice on how to live out the Gospel within your family.  The Gospel message is consistent and can be applied not only to individual lives, but to family life as well.  Our families should reflect the love of God in our fallen world.This may sound like an unattainable goal but it isn’t, ...

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A Family that Plays Together…

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In May of 2011, we  hosted a parish dance at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX featuring L’Angelus.

L’Angelus is a family band that has Cajun and Irish roots.  The musicians are the Rees family’s four oldest children: Katie, 28; Paige, 27; John, 24; and Steve, 23  In addition to the 4 oldest, the Rees family has four younger children.  They are a shining example of a family who is seeking to follow God’s plan for their lives.

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