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Ash Wednesday — February 14, 2018

For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day falls this year on Ash Wednesday. Some have wondered whether a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence would be granted. 

Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many – including our non-Catholic brethren – and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given. 

Those…

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Let's continue supporting our schools in their mission to Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed!

Look for Bishop Baker's Catholic Schools Week homily and some extras from the diocesan Schools office in the Feb. 2 issue of the One Voice. 

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.


According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina's journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid's gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared…

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn't want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to follow him with trust and enthusiasm, despite their weaknesses.

“When Jesus looks at us, he does not think about how perfect we are, but about all the love we have in our hearts to give in serving others,” the Pope said Jan. 21.

With technology…

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Speaking to kids at a home for orphaned and abandoned children on Friday, Pope Francis said they have much to offer the world by being themselves and sharing their experiences.

“The world needs you, young men and women… and it needs you as you are. Do not be content to be the last car on the train of society, letting yourselves be pulled along and eventually disconnected. We need you to be the engine, always…

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

By CNA/EWTN News

In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.

The power of evil in the world, he said, is “stronger than any in creation save one, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who called Himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’”

“That’s why we come to this place of prayer…

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

In his five years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple – Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi – went to the Pope during the Jan. 18 flight to ask for his blessing.

The couple told Francis they had been…

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

By Hannah Brockhaus, ACI Prensa

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by its attention to the lives of young people ahead of the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

“This year – the year 2018 – will be characterized by a special concentration of the Church’s attention at all levels on the young, then on their expectations, their aspirations, the challenges they face and also on the hopes that…

Bishop Baker asks for your help

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Soon our diocese will be taking up the national collection for the Church in Latin America. Although the people are faith-filled, the needs in this region of the world are great and can often seem insurmountable. The distance in rural areas and deteriorated roads make it difficult for some communities to have Mass regularly. Language barriers and lack of resources make catechetical materials difficult to produce. We are called to share our faith with…

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