Marriage support and enrichment a priority for the Church in San Francisco

wedding-couple-holding-handsSan Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone recently told the National Catholic Register that he considers supporting couples in the sacrament of matrimony to be a higher priority than opposing same-sex “marriage” laws. Archbishop Cordileone told the Register:

 

“The Church, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco in particular, seeks to fulfill the need of supporting and strengthening couples in marriage and family by teaching and forming them in their faith through retreats, seminars and ongoing programs which provide information and formation for engaged and married couples.”

These efforts include all aspects of married life, from strengthening marriage preparation and introducing marriage enrichment programs, to ministering to divorced or separated Catholics, as well as those who experience same-sex attraction.

Ed Hopfner, Director of Marriage and Family Life for the San Francisco Archdiocese, said: (more…)

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Megachurch pastor converts to Catholicism

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Ulf Ekman

Ulf Ekman, founder of Word of Life megachurch in Sweden, stunned his congregation on Sunday when he announced he and his wife are converting to Catholicism.

Ekman’s Word of Life ministry includes a congregation of about 3,000 with a staff of 12 pastors. He also launched Scandinavia’s largest Bible school and constructed the largest free church building in Scandinavia. His recorded teachings have been spread around the world, he has published books in 60 languages and his television media program has a presence on all seven continents.

Ekman said of his journey toward Catholicism: (more…)

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Want to get holy this Lent? There’s an app for that.

Lentsanity by FOCUS

Lentsanity by FOCUS

Lent is upon us, and you may be looking for a way to go deeper in your spiritual life, or maybe you’re just looking for something to pass the time since you gave up social media. Either way, there are a number of apps out there that you can download to your smartphone or tablet to make the most of this holy season.

Daily Lenten Scripture Reading Challenge: A part of the EWTN app, this challenge will help you to read all four Gospels in 40 days, by pulling up a playlist with each day’s reading assignment, starting with the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark is available on the free version, while all four Gospels are available on the paid version of the app.

Lentsanity: This app from FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) offers reminders to abstain from meat each Friday and “The Daily Dose” – a daily thoughts and resources to aid your Lenten journey. Also, their Meat Police: The Lenten Authorities video is highly entertaining. (more…)

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