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prayer request Jun. 30th, 2010 @ 09:46 pm
Please Pray fo Josh, Christina and their baby Girl who was born today 19 to 20 weeks premature.

call for submissions from Catholic women: Stories from Catholic Sexual Minorities Mar. 5th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
X-Posting with thanks from sedeara on bisexual

I recently became aware of a call for submissions for stories from "lesbian" Catholics. I emailed the woman who is heading up this anthology asking whether bi voices are welcome, and she said that they are. I'm posting the call for submissions below.
I have been meeting with a group of women from St. Louis to publish a book celebrating the spiritual lives of lesbian [editor note and all bisexual/pansexual, fluid, same gender loving, et. al. queer women] Catholics. I am posting this message to invite you to join us in this. We believe that as women and lesbians we often find ourselves struggling with institutional religion. We feel certain that we don’t have to deny one part of our identity to affirm the other. We know many sisters in faith who have found a way to be true to themselves and we want to record their spiritual journeys.

So many women have stories that move and inspire us. If you see yourself as one of these women, we would like to stand with you in giving voice to our lives. We believe that the Spirit is leading us and creating in us a spirituality that nourishes and sustains us. The Spirit is also guiding us to claim what is our own and to reveal to others the beauty of our spirits, the strength of our souls and the wonder of who we are as women.

At present we are calling this project of gathering our stories, “Giving Voice.” We encourage you to think about this and invite you to join us. Let me know if you are interested in being a part of this. Also I would appreciate it if you could recommend other women who might like to join us in this effort.

Contact me at mogormanathome @ sbcglobal . net. I look forward to hearing from you.

Marge O’Gorman, FSM
Current Mood: thrilled!
Current Music: "O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today" Marian Hymn

Seriously....? Feb. 13th, 2009 @ 01:50 pm

So apparently it's evil to hang crucifixes  at Boston College. A Catholic College, a Jesuit College nonetheless.  
By the wayBoston College has one of the largest Jesuit Community . The Weston Jesuit School of Theology is is affliliated with BC: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

"Patrick Reilly, head of The Cardinal Newman Society, said he was “thrilled” by the action of Boston College, which too often “seemed to shy away from any overt affiliation as Catholic.”
“Catholic colleges across the country will be grateful for Boston College’s taking such a clear stand in support of its Catholic identity,” he said.
Many students agreed.
“Boston College welcomes students, faculty and staff from all religious persuasions with welcome arms,” said senior Patrick Fouhy, 21. “But at the end of the day, we are still a Jesuit, Catholic university and that is a core part of our identity. Putting crucifixes up is a nice reminder of that.”
But sophomore Alex LoVerde, 20, believes a crucifix “pushes the Catholic religion” and does not belong in a classroom. “I think the Jesuit tradition is more of openness and tolerance,” LoVerde said. “I think that an overt display of crucifixes is not what the Jesuits would have had in mind.”

x-posted in other CATHOLIC groups. oh noes!
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Theology and Film in Dialogue Mar. 7th, 2008 @ 08:12 pm
Interested in the interdisciplinary study of Theology and Film?
Join the discussion at THEO+CINEMA: http://tonsison.livejournal.com/

what defines being "progressive"? is tradition all bad? Dec. 10th, 2007 @ 06:21 pm
So, I was having a conversation with someone today regarding youth and the need for progress in different Christian faiths. I am from a very Catholic family, though I have some rather progressive (some would say heretical) views. The person I was conversing with currently attends a Methodist church. She was saying that there is so much need for change in Christian religions in order to attract youth, and that tradition needs to go if that's going to happen.

I've attended her church before, and for me, it just doesn't provide what I need spiritually. It isn't structured enough for me. However, she thinks that youth will not attend any church unless services are less structured, with less ritual and whatnot. She also said that ritual and tradition are out of date and silly, and said that because it isn't mentioned in the Bible (structured services like the Mass), it has no place.

Personally, I believe that a person should worship in whatever fashion suits them best. For her, it's a more "progressive", less structured form. I, however, feel much more comfortable and at home in the structured environment of the Mass. Just because that is my preference and those are my beliefs, that doesn't mean I'm not progressive. Also, do you really think that youth won't attend a service because it's structured? To me, age doesn't necessarily matter; just beliefs and the way you prefer to worship.


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Um. Hi. *waves* I'm new, and have a few issues I'd like to ramble on about and/or get some opinions on. It concerns a return to the ChurchCollapse )

Also, as a random question which people might know about- my sister wants to be married in the church as a Catholic (her fiancé is Catholic, I'm guessing this is his idea), but after me my mother just have everyone baptised and that was it. :P Is it (still?) frowned upon for family to be sponsors? My sponsor was my grandfather, but he's also my godfather. I never heard any murmels about it when I was confirmed, but I've heard it's generally not done. Thoughts/information?

Thanks. :)
» prayer request
my sister is 5 months pregnant and her husband is in the military overseas.

my sister just found out that the baby in her womb has a cyst...

i ask all of you to please pray for the health and safety of my sister, my unborn nephew, and my brother-in-law. might as well throw my 2 year old niece into the mix. nothing's wrong with her as far as i know, but it wouldn't hurt.

» this is touching.

Diocese educates on needs of disabled

Friday, January 12, 2007

By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When a parish refuses to prepare a child for sacraments because of a disability, it's like slamming the church door on an entire family, experts from the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh told diocesan religious education directors from across the state yesterday.

"We reject that child and the whole family is rejected," said Grace Harding, former director of the Pittsburgh diocese's office for ministry to persons with disabilities. She gave the workshop in Penn Hills with her successor, Sister Michelle Grgurich.

"I'm sure you've all experienced that situation, when a family comes to you in tears saying 'My child was put out because he couldn't say the Our Father.' They're in agony," she said.

Such situations are far less frequent than they once were, but still occur, she said. The decrease is due in part to pioneering work in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on religious education for those with mental retardation, autism and physical disabilities.Read more...Collapse )

» New here

Hi everyone. My name is Mary (seriously!), & I am very happy to have just discovered this community. 

I was raised in a moderately "liberal" Roman Catholic family, most of whom didn't go to church regularly but held on to their faith. I spent most of grammar school & high school in Catholic schools. I disagreed with the Church on a number of issues, & as a result, I spent years thinking I had to leave the faith. I explored other religions, & found some of them interesting, but nothing inspired me to convert. Through all this, I managed to retain my spiritual side, & hoped to find my "home."

I've recently come back to the Church...sort of. I'm not up for attending services yet (much of this has to do with the fact that I developed a bit of a social phobia a few years ago, & while I'm better now, I still have a problem with crowds), but I stop by my local church once in awhile & say a prayer. I'm hoping to become more involved in the coming months, however.

Within the last few years, I've realized that my lifelong opposition to the death penalty, my belief that evolution need not be incompatible with religious faith, & my opposition to the Iraq War (& many other wars) stem largely from my Catholic upbringing. And when Pope John Paul II passed, I was highly offended by some non-Catholic friends of mine who literally expressed joy. All they knew about him was that he opposed birth control & abortion, & because of that, they saw him as evil. (Another non-Catholic friend couldn't understand why flags in this country were flying at half-mast, because the pope is a religious figure & we're supposed to believe in separation of church & state in this country. This person had no conception of the fact that yes, he was a religious figure, but one loved & admired by several billion people around the world. I was appalled.) While anti-Catholic sentiment (both from disgruntled Catholics & non-Catholics) is not surprising to me, I've become more aware of the overall lack of education about the Roman Catholic Church & its positive attributes in many parts of this country.

I'm sorry if I'm ranting. I still question a number of the Church's positions & practices (particularly gay rights & birth control. I'm personally opposed to abortion in most instances, but I also believe it's an issue the government shouldn't be involved in), but I've finally realized that my upbringing is a big part of who I am, & I've learned to focus more on the good things that have come from the Church, & as a result, I still want to be part of it. And I'm really, really tired of seeing it bashed by people who know so little about it.

» Happy New Year
Someone, some time back, what superstitions I had.  My response was that I didn't have any--later realizing there was one.  For me, a very quiet New Year's Eve is a must.--else, the new does not go as smoothly.  Even if there are great things during the year, what was happening at midnight is gone.  

So, New Year's Eve was spent very quietly alone with a little port watching television--mainly The Family Channel (Ugly Betty is great).  There were also some great movies on the TV, also.  Had a sparse dinner at home which is my way of asking for prosperity.  The next day I found two beautiful, boned rib steaks which I marinated in a nice pesto (green for money) which I bought at the Gilroy Garlic Festival  and served with a crock pot stew of  carrots, yellow onion, potato, garlic, and black-eyed peas (for luck) in chicken broth.  There was enough stew to be used for soup in subsequent days.  Since my friend doesn't like to drink the night before going back to work, we had Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider.  So you see, New Year's Day is celebrated.

Many of my outmoded ideas have been resolved.  I am overcoming my fears of relationships which resulted in my having harmful, inferior relationships.  And, now many of the experiences which I really wanted are happening through remembering why a lot of things that would have beneficial were not done.  So my experiences now are much more fulfilling.

For the first time since my teenage years, I have wanted to be a Roman Catholic--now being inside the Church instead of from the outside looking in (which was the feeling at Dignity, and other adult experiences in the Church.  My roles in the Church will be Eucharistic minister both at Most Holy Redeemer and bringing the Eucharist to shut-ins and senior citizens--especially people with AIDS with the Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group.  Also, the role of Lecturer is very enjoyable and entertaining.  Most Holy Redeemer is a very nice and active church in the Heart of the Castro and the people are wonderful and the volunteers are never to be abused. 

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