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March 16, 2018 issue

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Local stories:

  • A new life in Christ: Women embrace fresh start of joy, peace as archbishop shares sacraments at prison
  • Growing IU campus ministry initiatives help to strengthen the faith of Millennials
    • FOCUS missionaries help spur growth of campus ministry at IU
  • Bill to restore access to licenses for ‘Dreamers’ passes House
  • Two new pastoral ministry offices are ‘united in service and mission’
    • ‘God prepared me for this,’ says coordinator for new Office of Human Life and Dignity
  • Smiles, selfies and diversity on display as archbishop visits St. Paul Catholic Center in Bloomington
  • Lenten penance services are scheduled at archdiocesan parishes
    • How to make a good confession
  • From the Archives: Wedding at Most Precious Blood Church in New Middleton
  • Photos: Protest for ‘Dreamers’ (print edition only)
  • Annual medical conference to be held at Marian University on April 13-14
  • Sister My Houng Pham transfers vows to Sisters of Providence congregation
  • Catholics may eat meat on March 16, the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day

Regular local features:

  • Christ the Cornerstone: Say ‘yes’ to God’s will and a life of blessings
    • Cristo, la piedra angular: Digamos ‘sí’ a la voluntad de Dios y a una vida de bendiciones
  • The Face of Mercy: Pope Francis speaks out against ‘fake news’
    • El rostro de la misericordia: El papa Francisco se pronuncia en contra de las ‘noticias falsas’
  • Editorial: With faith, let’s bring light into the midst of darkness
  • From the Editor Emeritus: Sister Thea Bowman spoke to and for other African-Americans
  • That All May Be One: Improved Christian unity still does not include sharing in sacraments
  • Worship and Evangelization Outreach: Spiritual direction: Having a ‘soul friend’ on our journey to God
  • Be Our Guest: National Safe Haven Alliance aims to help birth mothers, newborns
  • Public Schedule of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson
  • Letters to the Editor
    • Bring Golden Rule discussion back into our classrooms
    • Reader: We should help Dreamers obtain U.S. citizenship
  • Events Calendar
    • ‘Catholics Returning Home’ to be offered at SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi in April
    • Holy Angels and the former St. Bridget schools looking for alumni for June reunion
    • St. Mary Parish in Greensburg to offer bereavement support group in April
    • Prayer experience planned at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish on March 25
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
  • My Journey to God: Delicate Wings

Catholic News Service:

  • Bishop says prelates unite behind ‘vulnerable’ in immigration battle
  • Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, immigrant advocate, to get Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal
  • Column: Actions can speak louder than words when consoling the grief-stricken
  • The Sunday Readings: Fifth Sunday of Lent
  • Question Corner: Catholics of all ages are to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent


  • Sacrificial, Christ-like love is at the heart of marriage
  • Christian marriage is an image of Christ’s nuptial relationship with the Church

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Women embrace fresh start of joy, peace as archbishop shares sacraments at prison

Archbishop and woman at prisonThere are times for nearly all of us when we need to seek redemption for a mistake or a moment of darkness in our lives—times when we need to find our way back to the grace of God. For Opal Williams and Marguerite Engle, a significant step in that journey occurred on the evening of March 4 in the chapel of the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. There, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson baptized and confirmed the two inmates—and later gave them their first Communion—as he celebrated Mass and their new life in Christ. (Page 1)
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Growing IU campus ministry initiatives help to strengthen the faith of Millennials

Young womanWhen Elizabeth Werner came to Indiana University (IU) last fall as a freshman, her hold on her Catholic faith was tenuous. After attending a Sunday Mass at St. Paul Catholic Center on the IU campus early in her first semester, Werner filled out a small information card for possible participants in a small student-led group Bible study. She was soon contacted about a group and joined it. Now she’s started her own Bible study group, seeking to bring other students like herself closer to Christ and the Church. Werner’s story has been repeated many times in the lives of other IU students this academic year as the campus ministry activities sponsored by St. Paul have seen a notable upsurge. (Page 1)
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Bill to restore access to licenses for ‘Dreamers’ passes House

A bill to restore the ability of “Dreamers” to obtain professional licenses in Indiana passed the House on March 5 by a vote of 88-8. The Senate was expected to concur on the bill before the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on March 14. The Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC) supports the proposal. (Page 2)
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Web-only features

Lenten resources

Lenten image Each year, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis provides special Lenten resources online – the daily readings, archived columns from our current and former archbishops, Stations of the Cross and links of interest. We encourage you to share the link with others, most particularly because it also includes the full listing of penance schedules from around the archdiocese.
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