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  • Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and its newspaper, The Catholic Worker, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Staten Island borough of New York. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See DAY-SAINTHOOD-CAUSE-REACT April 25, 2016.

    Remembering a saint, who was the mother of a saint

    By Peter G. Sánchez A few Saturdays ago, a friend and I made a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, the patron saint of “lost and impossible causes,” in Philadelphia. Before we made our way into the church for the evening Mass, we explored the lower...

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    Prison Ministry volunteers find mercy behind bars

    Written by Joanna Gardner Deacon Jim Hallman often tells a story in his homilies about the moment he knew he had found a calling in prison ministry. He was in Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, one of the five correctional institutions located in Cumberland County, leading a Communion service for...

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    Like father, like son; or maybe, like son, like father

    By Peter G. Sánchez On the afternoon of Saturday, April 30, 8-year-old C.J. Reich made his first Communion at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marmora. It was a graced moment for C.J.; his parents Christine “Chrissy” and Eric; siblings Cooper, 6, and Riley, 4; and relatives, and it was made...

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