Dedication of New Cathedral in Knoxville, TN

A new, magnificent Cathedral has been dedicated in Knoxville, Tenessee.  Among those present were five Cardinals, 21 Bishops, over 100 priests, 58 deacons, and 39 men and women religious.

 

Mass at the dedication of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville
Mass at the Dedication

Notable among them were Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, retired archbishop of Krakow, Poland, and longtime personal secretary to St. John Paul II (who also donated two relics of the saint to the diocese, including a stole frequently worn by St John Paul II); Cardinal William Levada, retired prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Cardinal Justin Rigali, retired Archbishop of Philadelphia and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States.

Find out more about the Cathedral here.

 

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Fire at Sacre di San Michele, Italy

Fire at Sacra di San Michele fratelli-italia.it
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One of Italy’s oldest and most revered, the Sacre di San Michelle has drawn visitors from the world over. Unfortunately,  according to reports in Italian Media, in January 2018, a fire that started in a construction site on the roof of the monastery spread to parts of the Abbey, but due to the efforts of the local fire brigade they were able to prevent them extending to the church and the remaining part of the monastery.

We do not know when the monastery might again be open for visitors.

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Thousands flocking to Illinois Shrine

It is a shrine that was never really meant to be a shrine, according to Father Rev. Marco Mercado, rector of Maryville Academy.  This small shrine near Chicago draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throughout the year..  It is the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois, just about a 7-minute drive from Chicago’s bustling O’Hare Airport.

It was in 1988 that a traveling statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was brought back from Mexico City to the U.S.  After several failed attempts to find some church to accept it,  Maryville Academy offered to house the statue in a small chapel and from that a shrine was born.

Needless to say, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe are a highlight of the year.  Celebrations, along with native dancers, began on December 10th but the activities will really heat up starting on December 11th, with Masses beginning at 4:00 p.m. and being held every two hours through the night and following day until the final Mass and solemn procession at 7:00 p.m. on December 12th.

There is also television coverage on Univision, not only in the area, but in many cities throughout the U.S.

You can check their website here

Or learn more about the Shrine here.

 

 

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A Martyr Beatified in Oklahoma City

On September 23. 2017 the first U.S.-born Martyr was beatified:  Father Stanley Rother, of the Diocese of Oklahoma City.

An Oklahoma farm boy, he fit in well with the oppressed Catholic peasants of Guatemala during the chaotic war fought in the late 1970’s and 80’s, when the dicatorship killed thousands of Catholics and persecuted the Church.

Refusing to abandon his parish, he was murdered in the sacristy…..not crying out so as not to put any of his flock in danger of execution as well.

His body was returned to Oklahoma City (minus his heart, which stayed in Guatemala) and is buried here in Oklahoma City.  Among the 14,000 people attending his Beatification were members of his family as well as some from the mission in Guatemala that he served and loved.

You can find out more about his life and his tomb in Oklahoma City by going to our page here.

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Death of Noted Mariologist Father Rene Laurentin

 

Fr. Rene Laurentin
Fr. Rene Laurentin

Fr. Rene Laurentin was a leading Mariologist and author of over 150 books and thousands of articles regarding Marian apparitions, such as Lourdes,  Lisieux and many others.  He died on September 10, 2017 at the age of 99.

He wrote about many modern mystics such as St. Therese of Liseux, Maria Valtorta (“poem of the Man God”), Saint Bernadette and many, many more.

More recent works include his 1995 book “An Appeal from Mary in Argentina”, about the approved apparitions in San Nicolas, Argentina.

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Catholic American Parish in Rome has a New Home

For many years, Americans visiting or living in Rome, have attended Mass in English at the Church of Santa Susanna. The church has served as the national parish for U.S. residents of Rome since 1921, when the church was assigned to the care of the Paulist Fathers.

Due to problems discovered in June 2013 (wood items falling from the ceiling, among other things), the Church regrettably had to be closed to the public; however, alternative arrangements for Mass were made at two Roman Churches nearby.

Saint Patrick's will be the new home
Saint Patrick’s will be the new home

Now, it has been announced by the Rector, Rev. Gregory S. Apparcel, that the parish has found a new permanent home.  It will be located in Saint Patrick’s Church in Rome, not far from the U.S. Embassy. Daily Mass in English will begin on August 1, 2017.  There is also a vigil Mass on Saturdays and two Masses on Sundays, all in English.

Check our web page for more details concerning the new home for the American parish in Rome, including Mass times, special events, and more.

 

 

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Exciting new Danube River Cruise for Catholics

Exciting new Danube River Cruise for Catholics

 

A rapidly growing segment of the cruise industry has been river cruises, especially in Europe. They offer much smaller ships, dock right in the heart of town, almost everything is included in the price including shore excursions, drinks, gourmet meals and many other items that have become extra cost on most ocean cruises.

Unfortunately, there were hardly any that offered a priest on board….until now.

Select International Tours, an award-winning tour operator, is offering a Danube River cruise in June 2018, with Father Leo Patalinghug (Host of EWTN “Grace before Meals”) as spiritual director and Gus and Michelle Lloyd (radio hosts of “Seize the Day” on Sirius XM).

You can get a $100 discount when you register using code CTguide.  This cruise will fill up fast, the ship only hold 180 passengers, so don’t wait too long to sign up.

Click here for details.

You can get a $100 discount when you register using code CTguide.  This cruise will fill up fast, the ship only hold 180 passengers, so don’t wait too long to sign up.

Click here for details.

 

 

 

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Relics of St Anthony of Padua available for Veneration in U.S., Canada, Australia in June

As usual, friars from the Basilica of Saint Anthony will leave Padua this June to take relics of their beloved Saint to his devotees around the world:

Three of of the Friars will accompany  some of St. Anthony’s relics to the following countries:

United States (June 9 to 18)

Canada (June 9 to 18)

Australia (June 6 to 21)

 

The friars accompanying the relics are as follows:

Fr. Alessandro Ratti will be in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,

Fr. Paolo Floretta in the Toronto area,

Fr. Louis Cenci in the Lac-Bouchette, Quebec area (mainly in French), and

Fr. Mario Conte will be in the Australian states of Adelaide, Victoria and finally in the Sydney area.

Check our Calendar of events for the month of June for dates and places for veneration.  There are still one or two dates to be determined, so check back for updates.

 

 

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