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By Maria G. Covarrubias

 On June 18 the new encyclical from Pope Francis was released. Laudato Si which literally means “Be praised.” In this encyclical Pope Francis addresses the care of our common home “the Earth.”  He talks about the risks we need to take to save our human race and our planet. One cannot separate ecology from economies, or economies from ethics, or ethics from politics. “Everything is connected,” Pope Francis writes at several points in the encyclical. He also asks a main question to all of us: What kind of a world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are growing up? 

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By Kathleen Estrella

 Catechetical formation is an indispensable experience of the Sacraments of Initiation. One of those Sacraments is Confirmation, a sign of witness and mission. This is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit gives special strength to the recipient with the accompanying obligation to bear witness to the Gospel in word and deed. 

Read more: Involving youth after Confirmation is crucial for their faith journey

By Maria G. Covarrubias

 Our Lenten journey has been fruitful! We had the opportunity to be more intentional in our prayer, almsgiving, works of justice, fasting and living the cardinal virtues. Most of our parishes offered their people the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many have both received and offered forgiveness. 

Read more: Christ is risen!

By Maria G. Covarrubias

 As Roman Catholics, “we believe that we are bound to our community by our primal story of the Paschal Mystery which is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.” The Paschal Mystery is the focal point of our faith. The Paschal Mystery defines, shapes and heals us as a faith community. 

Read more: The Paschal Mystery in Marriage

By Maria Covarrubias

 As I got ready to take my early morning weekend walk, I thought of reading my daily reflection for Lent before leaving the house to have some food for thought. But then I decided to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to me without me having an agenda and so I left the house ready to hear the Lord. The wind was blowing and chilly.

Read more: God’s creation continues to unfold

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