When you pull into the church parking lot on Sunday, it is not uncommon to encounter a sea of minivans (or 12-passenger vans) and a stream of children entering the church with their parents. One thing that makes Catholic marriages unique is that during the wedding ceremony, Catholic spouses vow to “accept children lovingly from God,” and the Church teaches that procreation is one of the primary ends of marriage.
However, many couples are not able to conceive children, due to primary or secondary infertility, or are not able to carry their baby to term due to miscarriage. These couples often battle infertility silently, and those who are close to them may not know the best ways to support them in their struggle.
Recently, Catherine Boucher posted an important series on CatholicMom.com about “The Cross of Infertility.” Catherine interviewed her friend Amanda Teixeira, who gave a glimpse into the life of a couple facing infertility. The 4-part series includes:
Part 1: Introducing the Series and Amanda
Part 2: Understanding How Infertility Feels
Part 3: What NOT to Do When Your Loved One is Facing Infertility
Part 4: How to Encourage a Couple Facing Infertility
If you or someone you know is facing infertility, be sure to check out the series!
Photo credit: Cathy Joyce/Sacramento Bee
The Vatican has appointed Monsignor Myron Cotta to be the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. Msgr. Cotta will be replacing Msgr. James Murphy as vicar for clergy, as Msgr. Murphy is retiring January 31. Msgr. Cotta will be ordained as auxiliary bishop on March 25 – the feast of the Annunciation.
Msgr. Cotta grew up on a dairy farm in Merced, CA and has served as a priest for the Diocese of Fresno for 26 years – the last 15 of which he served as vicar general. Bishop Jaime Soto, bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, said:
“Bishop-elect Cotta is a son of the Central Valley. He knows our people, he knows our land and mountains, but most of all, he knows the Lord Jesus and is eager to share the Lord’s wisdom and charity with others.”
Msgr. Cotta, who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, will assist Bishop Soto in serving the 900,000 Catholics in the diocese’s 42,000 square mile jurisdiction.
Just a few months before his canonization, a vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a small church in the mountains of Italy.
Franca Corrieri, the custodian of San Pietro della lenca, noticed on Sunday morning that one of the church’s windows was broken. When police arrived, they discovered the gold reliquary that held the blood and a crucifix missing. Nothing else was stolen from the church.
Corrieri said the theft felt more like a kidnapping. She said,
“In a sense, a person has been stolen.”
Pope John Paul II was a great lover of the outdoors, and during his pontificate he would leave the Vatican secretly to hike or ski in the mountains near San Pietro della lenca. The vial of blood was given to the small church by Pope John Paul II’s former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, because of the late-pontiff’s love of the mountainous area.
Read the full story on the theft at The Guardian.