May 19, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.
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May 19, 2017  |  

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Child Saints

Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints
May 19, 2017  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
FATIMA, Portugal. Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
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May 18, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
This heavenly plant originated in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Its beauty makes it is easy to understand why it’s Hawaii’s state flower. There are thousands of combinations of colors, and some flowers measure from 2” to a whopping 12” in diameter. The hibiscus is a member of the mallow family, which encompasses nearly 300 species including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: ‘Be Still, and Know that I am God’

Rediscovering the beauty of silence in the ‘dictatorship of noise’
May 18, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Our world, our lives, our families, our culture, and even our churches are drowning in a world of noise and distraction. Not simply the multiplication of words and media sources, our bigger loss is the presence of the grace of silence in our lives. Silence is too often a lost aspect of our spirituality, whose rediscovery can profoundly transform us.
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Prenups, marriage: no match made in heaven

Entering into a prenuptial agreement shows a lack of understanding of sacrament, experts say
May 18, 2017  |  By PATTI MAGUIRE ARMSTRONG

If you think prenuptial agreements are only for the rich and famous, think again. A 2013 survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that 63 percent of divorce attorneys say they’ve seen an increase in the number of prenups being contracted.

But these agreements, which define how assets will be divided in the event of divorce, are the antithesis of establishing a life together to last a lifetime.


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May 18, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the Los Angeles area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered:  How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.” The piece was not only wittily and engagingly written; it also spoke to some pretty profound truths about our cultural situation today and the generation that has come of age under the influence of the Internet.
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May 18, 2017  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Colorado Springs Council for Black Catholics is accepting applications for St. Martin De Porres scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. Any student entering fourth grade and above at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Colorado Springs is eligible to apply. Completed application and related documents must be received by May 22. For more information, contact the office at one’s school, visit the council’s website at www.diocs.org/ministries/additional-ministries/Colorado-Springs-Council-for-Black-Catholics, or email cscbc.be.seen@gmail.com


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May 18, 2017  |  
PARKER. Greg and Julie Alexander, founders of the Covenant of Love Date Night program, will present a “Strong Catholic Marriage” workshop at Ave Maria Parish in Parker on June 23-24. The event begins June 23 from 7-9 p.m.; appetizers and beverages will be served. It continues June 24 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with continental breakfast and lunch being served. To register, contact Dr. Lynne Lane at 1-720-842-4105 or llane@avemariacatholicparish.org. Child care will be provided.
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May 18, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is accepting applications for mini-grants in amounts of $500-$2,500. The purpose of the mini-grant program is to encourage and support initiatives at the parish and community level. Funds for mini-grants come from the collections taken in parishes for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services. Twenty-five percent of funds collected are retained by the diocese. Priority will be given to projects that involve the parish or surrounding community in encountering the poor; bring dignity to the poor and vulnerable either through advocacy or direct service; or are less established and need seed funds. Projects must be affiliated with a church, school or other 501c3 organization, and recipients must be willing to track the number of people helped with the ministry. Applications are due June 16. For more information, contact Corey Almond, vice president of community and parish engagement, at 719-866-6510 or calmond@ccharitiescc.org.


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May 18, 2017  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Office of Total Catholic Education is once again holding a Summer Formation Series on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church.

June 12 -- Father Erin Kochivar, “Liturgy of the Word.”

June 19 -- Matt Allner, “The Lay Apostolate.”

June 26 -- Bishop Michael Sheridan, “A Closer Look at the Creed.”

July 10 -- Father Jim Baron, “Liturgy of the Eucharist.”

July 17 -- Mike Iversen, “Missionary Discipleship.”

July 24 -- Deacon Dave Illingworth, “We are the Body of Christ.”

Participants are asked to register in advance by contacting logren@diocs.org or 719-866-6507.


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May 18, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Several months ago I came across an article in the official newspaper of a midwestern diocese. The article has to do with the 8th grade class of a parish school. The students were busy preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which they would receive in the spring.
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