Pope Francis to the faithful: Leave your smartphone at home when going to Mass

In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis pointedly admonished the faithful – even priests and bishops – who take smartphone photos at Mass.

The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, Pope Francis said during the audience

That is why people need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass, he said.

It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too,” he said.

According to the Catholic News Agency (Nov. 8, 2017), the pope will focus on the Eucharist during the catechesis portions of the general audiences.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 8, 2017) report, click here.

For the CNA posting, click here.

Archbishop Chaput to priests: defend marriage as often as you can

In a presentation to the 3rd National Assembly of Filipino Priests – USA, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said priests must uphold the lifelong covenant of marriage as “a message of liberation, even when it’s difficult.” Jesus’ words about the indissolubility of marriage “can’t be softened, or reinterpreted, or contextualized.”

The presentation took place in Houston, TX on Nov. 8.

Archbishop Chaput went on to say, “For Christians, sexual intimacy outside a valid marriage can never be morally legitimate. And it’s the Church that determines what a valid sacramental marriage is.”

The archbishop’s topic was Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”

For the Catholic News Agency (Nov. 8, 2017) report, click here.

St. Meinrad’s Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

IPP presents the Associate Pastor’s Workshop, Feb. 5-8, 2018.  Designed for the recently ordained priest, the Associate Pastor Workshop offers a chance to reflect on the first few months of priestly life and ministry.

Participants will engage in continuing formation with the goal of beginning to integrate priestly formation and spirituality into their sacramental configuration to Christ the High Priest.  This workshop offers opportunities for formation, reflection, individual and communal prayer in the beautiful setting of St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary.

For additional information or to register contact:

Lea Ann Olinger
Administrative Coordinator
Institute for Priests & Presbyterates
St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Dr.
St. Meinrad, IN 47577
Tel: (800) 357-8477
E-mail: [email protected]

Web link: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/calendar/?event=13833

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin, by Father Dennis Kolinski, SJC looks like a small breviary. In the opening, How to Use this Manual, it simply states, “The purpose of this manual is to help the reader learn more about the famous ‘seven deadly sins’ and how to conquer them.” Part One lists and defines the seven deadly sins and their opposing virtues with commentaries and remedies. Part Two features a compilation of passages from Church teaching and Scripture, along with quotes from the saints that complement and give life to the reflections in Part I. The volume has a ribbon marker. There are eleven lined empty pages at the back of the book for taking notes. Available in an Ultrasoft Burnished Cover with Silver Edges for $29.95 from St. Benedict Press/Tan Books, P.O. Box 410487. Charlotte, NC 28241. Tel: (800) 437-5876. Fax: (815) 226-7770. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: tanbooks.com.

Sylvester E. Cutcher, father of NFPC president Father Tony Cutcher, dies at 78

NFPC president, Father Tony Cutcher’s dad, Sylvester E. Cutcher, passed away on Sunday evening, Nov. 5 after a brief illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday Nov. 10 at 10:30 am at. St. Boniface Catholic Church in Piqua, Ohio. Fr. Tony will be the main celebrant with Father Thomas L. Bolte concelebrating.

If you wish to send Father Tony and his family a message of condolence by e-mail, please send to his e-mail address: [email protected].

If you wish to send a card or written message, please send to him at:

St. Peter’s Catholic Church
6161 Chambersburg Rd.
Huber Heights, OH 45424

May his soul and the souls of the departed rest in peace!

For Mr. Cutcher’s entire obituary, go to:

Professional Development Webinar Series presents, El Credo: un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia, Nov. 14.

Ave Maria Press in partnership with NFPC, NALM, NCCL, and NACFLM presents a free Webinar, El Credo: un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia

This Webinar will be conducted in Spanish only

When – Tuesday, Nov. 14 – 3:00-4:00 pm EST

Presenter: Hosffman Ospino, Associate professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College

El Credo: un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia
Vivimos en un mundo en el que cada vez es más urgente afirmar en qué creemos los católicos. No existe una mejor fórmula que el Credo para dar razón de nuestras convicciones de fe cuando nos piden razón de nuestra esperanza. Este webinar es una invitación a profundizar en la riqueza de lo que creemos como cristianos y enamorarnos más del Dios que se  revela en la historia. Es un gran recurso para catequistas y evangelizadores para introducir la fe de la Iglesia.

The Creed: An encounter with the faith of the Church
We live in world in which to affirm what we believe as Catholics is more urgent than ever. There is no better formula than the Creed to explain what we believe when asked for the reason for our hope. This webinar is an invitation to deepen into the richness of our Christian faith and fall in love of God who becomes present in our history. This is a great resource for catechists and evangelizers to introduce the

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Professional Development Webinar Series presents: Navigating the Transitions of Midlife Adult Faith, Nov. 7.

Professional Development Webinar Series presents: Navigating the Transitions of Midlife Adult Faith, Nov. 7.

Ave Maria Press in partnership with NFPC, NALM, NCCL, and NACFLM presents a free Webinar, Navigating the Transitions of Midlife Adult Faith

When – Tuesday, Nov. 7 – 3:00-4:00 pm EST

Presenter – Jim Merhaut presents examples the developmental and faith lives of adults in their forties and fifties and offers insight into adult faith formation opportunities for parishes accompanying Generation Xer’s.

For more information and a link to register, click here.

For more information on Jim Merhaut, click here.

National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

The National Association of Church Personnel Administrators is sponsoring a free webinar on How HR Adds Value: Providing Cost Savings Through Strategic Actions

When – Tuesday, Nov. 7 – 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Presenter: Linda Greco, Chief Human Resource Officer, Diocese of San Jose. Linda will hare strategies that can be incorporated to reduce or avoid employee relations costs. Highlights include:

   ns 

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   HR 101 Training for non-HR managers

    employee handbook

For more information, go to: http://www.nacpa.org/free-webinar-how-hr-adds-value-nov-7th-2pmet/

To register, e-mail: j[email protected] for the special registration link.

Father Clete Kiley conducts special blessing in response to hotel workers’ request

Fr. Clete Kiley. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago

In the Oct. 26, 2017 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Michael Sneed writes about the special blessing conducted recently by Fr. Clete Kiley of the area in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas where a sniper shot and killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 more at a nearby concert on Oct. 5.

Fr. Kiley, director for Immigration Policy for Unite Here and founder of the Priest-Labor Initiative, spoke of his experience, stating, in part that he felt surrounded by the mystery of evil. He went on to say: “Then, I noticed the absolutely most stunning hotel room view you could imagine. I found there was no way to hold any of this together rationally. I kept saying this is just evil, raw evil.

“So I blessed the water according to the Roman ritual and then began to bless my companion and me, and then each and every corner of the suite.

“I blessed each bullet and room going back down the hall. I used the prayer for the blessing of a house and extended the prayer with an invocation to the Holy Spirit to descend in this place with light, joy, peace, hope and life.”

The special blessing was requested by the leadership of the Culinary Worker’s Union, many of whose members were traumatized by the carnage.

For Michael Sneed’s entire column, click here.

Cardinal DiNardo on resignation of US bishops’ doctrinal committee consultant 

In statement on the resignation of Capuchin Franciscan Father Thomas Weinandy as a consultant to US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the conference said in part, “Throughout the history of the Church, ministers, theologians and the laity all have debated and have held personal opinions on a variety of theological and pastoral issues.”

The statement was made in light a letter written by Father Weinandy to Pope Francis in which he posits that “a chronic confusion seems to mark your pontificate.”

The letter was dated July 31 and released by Fr. Weinandy on Nov. 1. It has appeared on Catholic several websites.

Cardinal DiNardo’s statement goes on to note that, “these debates have made their way into the popular press. That is to be expected and is often good.”

But Cardinal DiNardo goes on to note, “Christian charity needs to be exercised by all involved. In saying this, we all must acknowledge that legitimate differences exist, and that it is the work of the Church, the entire body of Christ, to work towards an ever-growing understanding of God’s truth.”

For Cardinal DiNardo’s statement, click here.

For a statement from the USCCB’s chief communications officer, click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Nov. 1, 2017), summary with links to Fr. Weinandy’s letter to Pope Francis, click here.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 2, 2017) report, click here.