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MAY is the Month of Mary

This is the month in the Church and in our individual homes where the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Catholics  are raised to Mary. We yearn to be close to the Mother of Our Lord.


Good News

Airman and Adopted K9 Reunited After Three Years

Three years after he last saw her, Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Wylie was reunited with Emra, the Belgian Malinois he handled while he was stationed in South Korea. Wylie said he thought of Emra as a person while they worked 12-hour shifts together, and he and his family are thrilled to adopt the 9-year-old dog as she retires from the military. Wylie was tearful when he finally got to see Emra on Thursday in Cincinnati, with the help of the non-profit American Humane Association. “I can’t express how happy I am right now to see her,” Wylie said. “I’m just so thankful.”

In the News

Follow the Beaver

A beaver who was likely looking for a new place to build, accidentally wound up herding 150 cattle across a farm in Canada. Rancher Adrienne Ivey caught a video of the hilarious encounter in Saskatchewan, and the footage has gone viral. The cows loyally followed their rodent leader — without getting too close. “There was about a 3-foot space around him,” Ivey said. “They didn’t want to get closer than that.” Ivey said she knew the Internet would love the video. “A beaver leading cattle around? It’s the most Canadian thing ever!” she said.

Picture of the Week

Frilled Shark

The frilled shark has seldom been encountered alive, and thus poses no danger to humans. Seldom observed, the frilled shark may capture prey by bending its body and lunging forward like a snake. The long, extremely flexible jaws enable it to swallow prey whole, while its many rows of small, needle-like teeth make it difficult for the prey to escape.

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.


Susi Weekly

Stewards of the Earth: You are called

~by Susi Pittman

In the continuance of God’s divine providence, humankind is asked to be “good” caretakers of the earth and its creatures and to always address the gifts of creation with a huge amount of brotherhood and sharing.


Catholic Journeyman

Mary Through Joy and Sorrow

~by Louis Templeman

Mary became a mother twice, once as she brought forth the Son of God and again when her Son was dying upon the Cross, He gave her to be the mother of all humankind through John.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

The Plight of Amphibians: And How We Can Help

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

They are among the most vulnerable of species and are very important to the eco-systems our backyards.


Weekly Commentary

The 20 Types of People You Will Meet At Mass

~by Justin McClain

If you attend mass regularly (and hopefully you already do, at least every Sunday and on holy days of obligation), chances are you know exactly who each of these people are. In fact, you (and I) are easily one of them. But remember – we are laughing with each other here. After all, the most important thing is that we are in mass at all. So, without further ado: Which type of mass attendee are you?


Catholic Writers

Ellen Gable

Ellen Gable is an American author of Catholic fiction.

Gable, who publishes under her maiden name, was born in Camden, New Jersey and is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who moved to Arnprior, Ontario.

Her debut novel, Emily’s Hope, won an Honorable Mention Award in Religious Fiction in the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her second novel, In Name Only, was released in 2009 and received the Gold Medal for Religious Fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards. In Name Only has been an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was published in 2011. It also reached #1 on Amazon Kindle’s Religious & Liturgical Drama category in November 2011 and June/July, 2012. Dancing on Friday, was published in 2013.

A Subtle Grace, was published in 2014. A sequel to In Name Only, it is set in 1896 in Philadelphia and tells of the romantic travails of the eldest daughter of a large, Catholic family.

She is a freelance writer and has written for Family Foundations magazine, Ecclesia, Restoration and is a monthly columnist for Amazing Catechists and Catholic Mom. She is also the former President of the Catholic Writers Guild.

She and her husband, James Hrkach, create the Family Life cartoons and currently live with their five sons in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada.


Recommended Read

A Subtle Grace

In this sequel to In Name Only, A Subtle Grace continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects.  Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match.  But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved?  A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life- long happiness she desires. Although A Subtle Grace is the sequel to In Name Only, each book can be read independently of the other.


Quote of the Week

He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

~Gene Hill~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Holy Mary Mother of Jesus

Geology & Archaeology

ISIS targets St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai

Gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry said, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 meters from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world’s most important Christian sites.



History Lessons Highlight Climate Threat To Birds

Climate change can seriously alter the numbers and the prospects for survival of the planet’s living things, according to researchers in Sweden and China. The scientists’ findings are the result of taking a long, cool look at the big picture – rather than the still-sketchy evidence from climate change now – of what happened to bird populations during the Ice Ages. Krystyna Nadachowska-Brzyska and Hans Ellegren, of the Evolutionary Biology Centre at Uppsala University, and collaborators at the Beijing Institute of Genomics used a sophisticated new technique to calculate the rise and fall of population sizes of 38 species of bird during the last several million years − a period punctuated by the advance of vast sheets of ice and shorter warm interglacial periods.


Global Weather

Global Sea Ice At Record Low

We’re in the final month of meteorological winter, and Arctic sea ice extent continues to set record lows.

The low amounts of ice, compared to average, in the Arctic region have been an ongoing concern since November, and hasn’t let up through the start of February.

Ice extent in the Arctic region set daily record lows through most of January, leading to the lowest January extent in the 38-year satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).



Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center

Although there are still a significant number of farms in the southern Appalachians, the number of those farms that are economically viable is decreasing.  The pressure the region has felt in the past few decades to give up farming altogether has been intense. Large scale farms in the mid-west, Florida and California are producing the vast majority of our food in the U.S. today because of the economics of production.  Small farmers have been unable to compete on a cost basis, which has led to the small farm being seen as a viable option only for those farmers who also have off-farm jobs. We want to use our skills and information base (developed over many decades) to bring to the forefront the importance of quality heirloom fruits and vegetables.  It is our hope that this Center will go far toward making mountain agriculture sustainable.



Coral Reef Conservation

From mapping and monitoring to managing reef resources and removing harmful debris, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program supports effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain, and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems. The livelihoods of millions of people in coastal areas around the world depend on coral reefs. Reefs are important for the biodiversity they sustain and the services they provide: coastal protection, jobs, food, medicines, and recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, the health of coral reefs has been declining for over 20 years. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s reefs are now severely damaged and unlikely to recover and about half of the remaining coral reefs are under risk of collapse.


God’s Green Earth

The beauty of Berg Lake Trail, British Columbia

Farm News

Solar farm generates dazzling returns for locals

Most people invest to make money, but Mark Boulton has a rather different motivation.

“I don’t like the way the world is going and I’ve got grandchildren… In fact I’ve got seven of them,” says the 78-year-old retiree. A proud environmentalist deeply concerned about climate change, Mr Boulton has travelled a few miles down the road from his new eco home – built from scratch in the village of Mickleton in the Cotswolds – to admire his latest investment.


Steward Alerts

The Face of Mercy–THE  FILM

Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today are the focus of a recent Catholic-produced documentary on Divine Mercy.

“These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson.

The one-hour film “The Face of Mercy” depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, the film interweaves history, theology, and testimonials about the importance of mercy in people’s lives.


Steward Activities

Monastery Stays

Summer is on the way!  Monastery Stays make your Italian experience truly unique. Select from over 500 bed and breakfast guest houses with a difference – lovely, clean, ideally located and well priced monastery and convent guest houses throughout Italy.

So much more than a standard hotel, Monastery Stays opens the door to a true cultural experience and warm welcoming guest houses that provide a sense of peace, warmth and security.

Rome, Florence, Venice are covered as are the magical hilltop towns of Tuscany and Umbria, the Cinque Terre and Amalfi coasts, with options throughout the country you can tour Italy with Monastery Stays.

With a calendar of festivals and major international events that are interwoven with thousands of years of history, art, food and culture, Italy is a year round destination that will have you wishing you could spend longer and return again and again…

So whether you are a single traveler, a family from two to many, or group on tour, book with us and experience a true slice of Italian life.


A Song Before The Lord

Lilies of the Field


Growing Seed Potatoes

Potatoes grow from smaller tubers called seed potatoes, which produce multiple tubers when planted in the spring garden for late summer harvest. These seed pieces can grow into several new plants when properly cut and dried. The cut edges of a seed potato leave the tuber open to infection from bacterial, viral and insect pests. Drying the pieces first prevents problems after planting and allows you to grow an abundant crop of garden potatoes.


Wellness & Nutrition

100 Ways to change your life in 10 minutes

The most effective way to meet any goal, experts say, is through a series of tiny changes. Here are 100 that work from Prevention Magazine.




Annually celebrated on the first Friday of May, it is National Space Day. This day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

Teachers, students, space relate organizations, groups and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs and have been enthusiastically involved in this award-winning program since its inception.  Because of National Space Day’s fast growth in popularity, this day has since grown into an International Space Day which is now celebrated worldwide.




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