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The Mighty Macs: The Story Behind the Film
B.G. Kelley

It’s a Cinderella story about a team from Philly who won it all—from tiny Immaculata College.

WEB+ Web site for The Mighty Macs Film
The Roman Missal: Embracing the New Translation
Father Richard Hilgartner

The head of the U.S. bishops’ worship office explains the coming changes.

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Changes in the Mass: Deepening Our Understanding by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Changing How We Pray: A Guide to the New Translation of the Roman Missal, by  Rev. Lawrence E. Mick

High School Pallbearers
Mary Ellen Pellegrini

Young men at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School help bury strangers who have few others to mourn them.

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St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society's Facebook page

St. Ignatius High School

NPR story on the Pallbearer Society

Advent: A Season of Surprises
Kathy Coffey

Turn down the volume this season. Tune in to what’s coming.

Patrick Ferraro’s Adoption Journey
Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

With the help of strangers, this American crossed an ocean to find his birth parents.

WEB+ Read Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D.'s adoption story.





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James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog We all have fears, but we don’t have to be afraid. Jesus is always with us to protect us and give us courage. We only have to remember that the battle is the Lord’s. When Jesus gives us the victory, let’s be sure to thank Him and praise Him for what He has done.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Be Extraordinary!
Can a busy, ordinary person really make a difference in the lives of others?
Advent 2014
From the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, find inspiration for your Advent prayer time with this new book.
Achieve a Deeper Christian Maturity
"Clear, compelling, and challenging." —Richard Rohr, author, Eager to Love
A Eucharistic Christmas
Advent and Christmas are the perfect time to reflect on the fact that God is with us always in the Eucharist.
Peace and Good
"A practical and appealing daily guide to the Poor Man of Assisi." --Margaret Carney, O.S.F.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Friendship
“Blessed are You for giving us family and friends to rejoice with us in moments of celebration.”
Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and AmericanCatholic.org.
Sympathy
Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.
Thanksgiving
With Thursday’s menu planned and groceries purchased, now is the time to send an e-card to far-away friends.
St. Andrew Dung-Lac
Our common faith is our greatest treasure. Join Vietnamese Catholics around the world in honoring this 19th-century martyr.

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