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November: Remembrance and Gratitude for 30 days

November: Remembrance and Gratitude for 30 days   In the midst of fall, a favorite season for many people, the month of November prompts us to remember and give thanks.  The month kicks off with two of the more enduring traditions in the Church’s liturgical calendar; namely, The Solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) and the Commemorat...
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Captivating Extraordinary Synod provides cause for great expectation and hope

Captivating Extraordinary Synod provides cause for great expectation and hope Catholics and non-Catholics were captivated by the recent III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” held in Rome, Oct. 5-18 – perhaps more so than with any other previous Synod of...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Hail Mary, full of grace

Hail Mary, full of grace         While May is considered to be the special month of honoring Mary, Mother of God and Patroness of our diocese, the month of October is traditionally known as the month of the rosary.  In particular, Oct. 7 is designated as the Memorial of Our Lady of t...
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Charles C. Thompson

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Charles C. Thompson   Dear Diocesan Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As we embark upon the second phase of our strategic planning process of parish reorganization, we continue to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in transforming challenges into opportunities. As I have said and written on numerous occasi...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Thanking lay catechists for their faithful, important service to the Church

Thanking lay catechists for their faithful, important service to the Church               By now everyone should be familiar with the buzz words of New Evangelizaion.  At the heart of New Evangelization is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, rooted in prayer and authentic catechesis, expressed in witness...
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Monday, September 08, 2014

Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church

Our newest priests reflect the true nature of our 'catholic' Church               A brief history of the term “catholic” might be helpful in our understanding and appreciating a bit of change taking place among the presbyterate serving in the Diocese of Evansville.  When making our Profess...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity

We must be ever vigilant of obstacle to freedom, sacredness and dignity From various perspectives, we often think of July as the month of independence.  The most obvious reason, of course, is the national celebration of Independence Day on July 4.  It is also a key month of vacationing, not to mention that most schools are out during this time.  We recen...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right

Popular opinion doesn't mean it's right As the saying goes, “No good deed ever goes unpunished.”  Several weeks ago, a news person was commenting on the popularity of Pope Francis and his tone of compassion.  The news anchor, noting that he was “raised Roman Catholic,” could not help but take the opportu...
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Easter Vigil 2014

Easter Vigil 2014   The scope of our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—our sense of understanding and appreciation—must not be limited to a mere event that took place in the past, some 2000 years ago.  To even begin to grasp the fullness of the Easter Message, we must ponder the s...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to deal with all the unrest around us

How to deal with all the unrest around us   Someone recently commented that the most important piece of furniture in a home is the bed.   After all, this same person noted, we are supposed to spend one-third of our time in bed.  A good night’s rest is a key component to being happy, healthy and productive.  T...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014