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The Mighty Macs: The Story Behind the Film
B.G. Kelley

It’s a Cinderella story about a team from Philly who won it all—from tiny Immaculata College.

WEB+ Web site for The Mighty Macs Film
The Roman Missal: Embracing the New Translation
Father Richard Hilgartner

The head of the U.S. bishops’ worship office explains the coming changes.

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Changes in the Mass: Deepening Our Understanding by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Changing How We Pray: A Guide to the New Translation of the Roman Missal, by  Rev. Lawrence E. Mick

High School Pallbearers
Mary Ellen Pellegrini

Young men at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School help bury strangers who have few others to mourn them.

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St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society's Facebook page

St. Ignatius High School

NPR story on the Pallbearer Society

Advent: A Season of Surprises
Kathy Coffey

Turn down the volume this season. Tune in to what’s coming.

Patrick Ferraro’s Adoption Journey
Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

With the help of strangers, this American crossed an ocean to find his birth parents.

WEB+ Read Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D.'s adoption story.





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Oliver Plunkett: The name of today's saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution. 
<p>Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners. 
</p><p>Archbishop Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679, but his trial was moved to London. After deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681. 
</p><p>Pope Paul VI canonized Oliver Plunkett in 1975.</p> American Catholic Blog God had a plan even before he created Adam and Eve. God is never caught off guard. He knows all. He sees all. And he is working all things together for the good of his children. Nothing can stop his plan of mercy and love.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Vacation
Enter the holiday spirit by sending an e-card to schedule a summer cookout!

Blessed Junipero Serra
This Franciscan friar was instrumental in founding many of California’s mission churches.

Happy Birthday
May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

Sts. Peter and Paul
Honored both separately and together, these apostles were probably martyred during the reign of the emperor Nero.

Wedding
Help the bride and groom see their love as a mirror of God’s love.


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