VANCOUVER – I never thought a transit agency would give the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater a new platform to tell the story of our beloved pioneer priests and the mostly forgotten Diocese of Nesqually.
MARYSVILLE – Parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Marysville are reeling after someone broke into their church and stole the tabernacle.
SNOHOMISH – Every Tuesday after school, a group of students at St. Michael School in Snohomish write down their intentions and prayers for friends, families and even the world. They slip the pieces of paper into a wooden “intentions box,” placed at the foot of a Mary statue in the school chapel.
One of the dangers inherent in trying to live out a life of Christian fidelity is that we are prone to become embittered moralizers, older brothers of the prodigal son, angry and jealous at God’s over-generous mercy, bitter because persons who wander and stray can so easily access the heavenly banquet table.
More than 70 years ago, the English satirist Aldous Huxley wrote that modernity is the “age of noise.” He was writing about the radio, whose noise, he said “penetrates the mind, filling it with a babel of distractions — news items, mutually irrelevant bits of information, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no…
"Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor" by Russell Shaw. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2016). 141 pp., $15.95.
"Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse," by Norbert Krapf. In Extenso Press (Munhall, Pennsylvania, 2016). 236 pp. $14.95.
Each year the pope blesses two lambs on the saint’s feast day; later their wool is used for archbishops’ palliums