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November 27, 2015 issue

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Local stories:

  • National Catholic Youth Conference 2015: Here I am Lord | Aquí estoy, Señor
    • Cardinal calls youths to extend Christ’s kingdom during NCYC’s closing Mass
    • NCYC helps ‘young people have an encounter with Christ,’ organizer says
    • Archbishop Tobin gives charge to archdiocesan youths: ‘If today you hear his voice, harden not your heart’
    • God’s love and Mary’s ‘yes’ overcome haunting moments in life, speaker says
    • Music, humor, wisdom highlight opening general session at youth conference
    • Youth conference opens teenagers’ eyes to variety of vocational paths
    • Teens encouraged to bring hopes, stresses and fears to the altar of sacrifice
    • Photo gallery: Youths live out their faith at National Catholic Youth Conference
    • Youths stand in long lines to experience God’s mercy in confession
    • Extraordinary form of the Mass draws youths into quiet prayer
    • Young adult siblings return to NCYC to volunteer as a means of ‘giving back’
    • Service opportunities in thematic park engage youths in ‘a key part of our faith’
    • Adoration, Prayer Corner offer opportunity for many forms of prayer
    • Youths share how faith makes a dramatic difference in their lives
    • Tree house at theme park will take root at CYO camp in Brown County
  • Advent penance services are scheduled at archdiocesan parishes
    • Advent resources are available on archdiocesan Web site
  • Tell us how mercy and forgiveness have made a difference in your life
  • Readers are invited to share favorite Christmas memories

Regular local features:

  • Rejoice in the Lord: ‘The days are coming, says the Lord.’ Are we ready?
    • Alégrense en el Señor: ‘—Vienen días —dice el Señor.’ ¿Estamos preparados?
  • Editorial: NCYC helps young Church grow in their lives of faith
  • From the Editor Emeritus: Medieval Church - The golden age of papal power
  • Cornucopia: It’s time to really put on our thankful hats and celebrate
  • Emmaus Walk: Counting my blessings with a sincere gratitude each day
  • Faith and Family: Penance during Advent can lead to true joy
  • Reflection: Work with God’s help to foster solidarity in the face of terror
  • Letters to the Editor
    • No letters were printed this week
  • Events Calendar
    • Food and festivities abound at ‘Holidays Under the Spires’ in Oldenburg on Dec. 5
    • Advent lessons and carols service planned for Dec. 7 at Saint Meinrad
    • Sisters of Providence invite all to Advent prayer services, Mass
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
  • My Journey to God: Thank You Lord

Catholic News Service:

  • Faith leaders say refugees require compassion, acceptance
  • Pornography, politics statements take center stage at bishops’ meeting
  • Column: Parents and sex education
  • The Sunday Readings: First Sunday of Advent
  • Question Corner: Buying and selling at parishes permissible but should be done with discretion


  • Advent is a time of waiting in a culture that refuses to wait
  • Mary is the prime example of patient waiting during Advent season

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Cardinal calls youths to extend Christ’s kingdom during NCYC’s closing Mass

Closing Mass at NCYC 2015As 23,000 youths from across the country worshipped together during the closing Mass of the National Catholic Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, Leanna Long felt “amazingly overwhelmed” to be in the midst of so many people who shared her faith. She attended the conference from her home in North Carolina, where Catholics are a small minority of the overall population. “We know the Church is large,” said Leanna, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the Raleigh Diocese. “But to be able to see it and know that I’m not alone [is helpful].” (Page 1)
Read our news story | See all our NCYC coverage

Tell us how mercy and forgiveness have made a difference in your life

Pope Francis has declared a “Holy Year of Mercy” in the Church, starting on Dec. 8 and continuing through Nov. 20, 2016. As part of the Holy Year of Mercy, The Criterion is inviting our readers to share their stories of how their lives have been graced by the mercy and forgiveness of God and other people—and how that mercy and forgiveness have made a difference. We are also seeking stories from our readers who have shown mercy and forgiveness to others—and how that act of mercy and forgiveness has made a difference to the person offering it. (Page 2)
Learn more | See our Holy Year of Mercy website


Web-only features

Advent Resources

Advent Candles During the season of Advent, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will have a special Web page at The page contains various Advent resources, including links to the daily readings, Christmas reflections from Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, penance service schedules, images of past Criterion Christmas Supplement covers and links of interest to other Advent Web sites.
Go to website | Advent penance service listings


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