Observing the Lenten season during pandemic

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Bishop Ricken

In just a few days, the church will celebrate Ash Wednesday, beginning the season of Lent. We are also approaching one year since our world was turned … Read More

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

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Bishop Ricken

This coming week is Catholic Schools Week. While the celebration will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a great opportunity to recognize … Read More

A crisis of truth in our nation

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Bishop Ricken

Our hearts are saddened because of the terrible violence that struck the nation’s capital on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Just as we mourned the violence this past summer … Read More

Learning to thank God ahead of time

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Bishop Ricken

Over Thanksgiving, my sister, Carol, and I were able to connect with my nephew in Denver and to see, via video, our newly born grandnephew, Mark Joseph. … Read More

Meeting God in the present this Advent

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Editor’s note: This column is based on Bishop Ricken’s homily from the televised Mass for the First Sunday of Advent — Nov. 29, 2020. Brothers and sisters,  … Read More

Thanksgiving in a time of pandemic

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This past Sunday, the church commemorated World Day of the Poor. Each year on this day, Catholics are called to pray for and meet Christ in the … Read More

Embracing the gift of Divine Mercy

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This time of year the church asks us to remember those who have gone before us. These days of remembrance begin on Oct. 31, with All Hallows … Read More