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May 13th, the Papacy and the Fatima Message

May 13th, the Papacy and the Fatima Message

By Donal Anthony Foley – Exactly 99 years ago on this day, in the midst of World War I, Our Lady appeared for the first time to the three little shepherds at the Cova da Iria, near the village of Fatima. It was the first of a series of Fatima apparitions which have had such […]

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The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Part I

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Part I

by Catherine Moran, Ph.D. – (First in a series on the Seven Sorrows) At Fatima, on October 13, 1917, during the miracle of the sun, the children saw Our Heavenly Mother appear as Our Lady of Sorrows. In the Gospels, we read of Our Lady of Sorrows at the foot of the cross watching her […]

Mother’s Day is about gratitude

Mother’s Day is about gratitude

Mother’s Day is a special day; a day when we show appreciation for the one who is the anchor of the family. I have never liked when people refer to this day, and even Father’s Day, as greeting card holidays. Certainly there is commercial activity around these commemorations, but the basis of remembering our mothers on […]

The Treasures of First Saturday

The Treasures of First Saturday

By Donal Anthony Foley – Today is the first Saturday of May, a month particularly dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and also a month very much associated with Fatima – since the first apparition of Our Lady there took place on 13 May 1917. So it’s a good time to look again at just why […]

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Building God’s Kingdom One Holy Step at a Time

Building God’s Kingdom One Holy Step at a Time

“When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.  They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking […]

WAF USA to work under the guidance of new Bishop

WAF USA to work under the guidance of new Bishop

Monsignor James Checchio was consecrated a Bishop and installed as the 5th Ordinary of our home Diocese of Metuchen on Tuesday, May 3. A priest of the Diocese of Camden, Bishop Checchio is returning to the U.S. and to New Jersey from Rome where he served as the rector of North American College for the […]

Have You Given Yourself to Mary?

Have You Given Yourself to Mary?

by Donal Anthony Foley St. Louis de Montfort was a preeminent promoter of devotion to Our Lady, and indeed proposed a formula of complete consecration to her as part of his Marian teaching. Today is the 300th anniversary of his death on April 28, 1716, at the age of 43. He spent most of his short […]

The Feast Day that Changed Russia

The Feast Day that Changed Russia

By Donal Foley – This year, rather unusually, the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, fell on Good Friday – and so it will be transferred to the Monday  of the week after Easter week, that is April 4.  It was 32 years ago  on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25, 1984) that Pope […]

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Mother Angelica, 1923 – 2016

Mother Angelica, 1923 – 2016

The Church and the world lost an icon of American Catholicism on Easter Sunday.  Mother Angelica, foundress of Eternal Word Television Network, passed away at the age of 92.  Rita Rizzo made her religious profession in 1947 and for more than half a century she worked tirelessly in the vineyard of the Lord. She knew […]

He is Truly Risen

He is Truly Risen

“He suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified died and was buried. He descended into hell and on the third day He arose from the dead”   The Triduum is now complete. Salvation has been obtained. The door to heaven is open. We must now choose whether or not we will walk through it. The Greeks […]