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February 5, 2016 issue

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Local stories:

  • Brothers’ reunion is made possible through touches of mercy, forgiveness
  • Lenten penance services are scheduled at archdiocesan parishes
    • Lenten disciplines include fasting, almsgiving, prayer
    • Catechism Corner: What the catechism says about Lent
  • Poverty pastoral reflection guide aims to help people grow in faith
  • School choice proposal advances in Senate during School Choice Week
  • Conventual Franciscans reach out to the margins from Mount St. Francis
  • What was in the news on Feb. 4, 1966? A hope for peace in Vietnam, confusion over decrees on the use of Latin, and Father Hans Kueng expresses changes he’d like to see
  • Wedding Announcements
    • Couples may announce engagement or marriage in The Criterion
  • Couple to Couple League classes teach natural family planning, ‘open couples to grace’
  • Parishes and groups offer marriage ministry throughout archdiocese
  • Pre Cana Conference, Tobit Weekend and One in Christ programs prepare engaged couples for marriage
  • Applications for Brooke Nichole Lahr Scholarship due on Feb. 12

Regular local features:

  • Rejoice in the Lord: Preparing for a holy Lent in the Year of Mercy
    • Alégrense en el Señor: Preparativos para una Cuaresma santa en el Año de la Misericordia
  • Editorial: Mexico’s vicious drug cartels
  • From the Editor Emeritus: Renaissance Church - The popes became Renaissance men
  • It's All Good: Use Lent as a time to strengthen your spiritual muscles
  • Reflection: Pilgrimage, unexpected delay offer lessons in patience, trust and sacrifice
  • Letters to the Editor
    • No letters were printed this week
  • Events Calendar
    • Participants needed for 40 Days for Life campaign from Feb. 10-March 20
    • Reverse raffle and dinner on Feb. 20 to benefit Catholic Charities Indianapolis
    • Celebrate Marriage ministry offers reception for all married couples on Feb. 13
    • Retreat for busy mothers scheduled at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 26-28
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
    • Sister Mary Ann Schumann helped start archdiocese’s first perpetual adoration chapel across central and southern Indiana
  • My Journey to God: The Presentation

Catholic News Service:

  • Retired archabbot, vice-rector of college seminary to serve as ‘missionaries of mercy’
  • Pope: Live faith during Lent, perform works of mercy
  • At close of congress, pope urges Catholics to be missionaries to world
  • Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in HHS mandate cases on March 23
  • Column: Let us encounter our Muslim neighbors with love, not fear
  • Column: Reflecting on Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message
  • The Sunday Readings: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Question Corner: Saints mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer 1 come from early centuries of the Church


  • Jesus taught that caring for the homeless was caring for him
  • God calls his followers throughout the Bible to welcome strangers

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Brothers’ reunion is made possible through touches of mercy, forgiveness

BrothersPope Francis has declared a “Holy Year of Mercy” in the Church that continues through Nov. 20, 2016. As part of the Year of Mercy, The Criterion is inviting our readers to share their stories of how their lives have been graced by the mercy of God and other people—and how that mercy has made a difference. Here is the second in a continuing series of stories.(Page 1)
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Couple to Couple League classes teach natural family planning, ‘open couples to grace’

Couple praying togetherFor nine years, Laura Buening felt tired and moody. She also dealt with weight gain. Now, all of that is gone. And more importantly, her marriage with her husband Joshua has improved in communication and in closeness as a couple and with God. There was no magic pill that led to all this healing. On the contrary, Buening credits the improvements to the couple’s switch from using hormonal contraceptive pills to practicing natural family planning, a method they learned through the Couple to Couple League’s Indianapolis chapter. (Page 8)
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Web-only features

Connected in the Spirit results for the Bloomington, Connersville and Seymour deaneries

During a public meeting at St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus on February 4, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin announced the results of the Connected in the Spirit parish planning process as it pertains to the Bloomington, Connersville and Seymour deaneries. The results included some parishes that were merged, others that will (or will remain) linked with other parishes, and those parishes that will enter into partnerships.
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