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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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Joan of Arc: 
		<p>Burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically-motivated trial, Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.</p>
		<p>Born of a fairly well-to-do peasant couple in Domremy-Greux (southeast of Paris), Joan was only 12 when she experienced a vision and heard voices that she later identified as Sts. Michael the Archangel, Catherine of Alexandria, and Margaret of Antioch.</p>
		<p>During the Hundred Years War, she led French troops against the English and recaptured the cities of Orléans and Troyes. This enabled Charles VII to be crowned as king in Reims in 1429. Captured near Compiegne the following year, she was sold to the English and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. Professors at the University of Paris supported Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beauvis, the judge at her trial; Cardinal Henry Beaufort of Winchester, England, participated in the questioning of Joan in prison. In the end, she was condemned for wearing men's clothes. The English resented France's military success–to which Joan contributed. </p>
		<p>On this day in 1431, she was burned at the stake in Rouen, and her ashes were scattered in the Seine River. A second Church trial 25 years later nullified the earlier verdict, which was reached under political pressure.</p>
		<p>Remembered by most people for her military exploits, Joan had a great love for the sacraments, which strengthened her compassion toward the poor. Popular devotion to her increased greatly in 19th-century France and later among French soldiers during World War I. Theologian George Tavard writes that her life "offers a perfect example of the conjunction of contemplation and action" because her spiritual insight is that there should be a "unity of heaven and earth."</p>
		<p>Joan of Arc has been the subject of many books, plays, operas, and movies. </p>
American Catholic Blog Touch can be an act of kindness when someone is dying. If you visit a sick person and find that you are at a loss for words, reach out and touch her hand. It will convey your care for her and can have a calming effect. It says to the person, “You are appreciated, you are cherished, and you are not alone.”

Spiritual Resilience

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Graduation
If you’re not able to attend the graduation in person, send an e-card expressing your pride and affection.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Congratulations
Rejoice with a friend who is transitioning from the highs and lows of daily employment.

Birthday
Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful birthday!


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