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Sacred Triduum rites bring us closer to Christ

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
The other day I attended a Jazz basketball game. I was amazed at the level of enthusiasm the fans displayed, even if we are not having the best season ever! I thought to myself, "I wonder if we could generate this same enthusiasm for the great celebrations of Easter Week?" After all, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, also referred to as the "Sacred Triduum," celebrate and make real our ticket into heaven. What could be more important than our salvation and the promise of eternal life? I was pleased to have a ticket to the basketball game, but Christ offers me a ticket of infinitely greater value! >>>

El Santo Triduo Pascual: el rito nos acerca a Cristo

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
El otro día fui a un juego de baloncesto de los Jazz. Me asombré del nivel de entusiasmo que los fanáticos presentaban, aún cuando no estamos teniendo la mejor temporada. Y pienso, "me pregunto si ¿podríamos generar este mismo entusiasmo por las grandes celebraciones de la Semana Santa?". Después de todo, el Jueves Santo, el Viernes Santo, el Sábado Santo, la Vigilia Pascual y el Domingo de Pascua, también llamado "Santo Triduo", celebran y hacen realidad nuestro boleto de entrada al cielo. ¿Qué puede ser más importante que nuestra salvación y la promesa de vida eterna? Yo estaba contento de tener un boleto para el juego de baloncesto pero Cristo me ofrece un boleto de un valor mucho más considerable! >>>

Walking in the footsteps of those crossing the border

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — He walked into the desert, climbing over a guard rail, under barbed wire, through a culvert like a little cement tunnel. He saw the items cast aside by those who had gone before him: jackets and backpacks, water bottles and food wrappers. >>>

Young adults serve sandwiches, build friendships

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — "Serving those most in need can bring a smile to anyone’s face" – that was the common refrain from the young Catholic adults after volunteering at Saint Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City. >>>

Taking KAIROS – God's time

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — You tell yourself you won’t cry. The case of tissues piled among a billion snacks unloaded from the bus implies otherwise. Kairos Retreat leaders know the hunger for solace, kinship and God is as great as the insatiable belly of a teenager. They plan for it, create a sacred space for it, and at the end of four days, celebrate it. >>>

Bishop Wester honored with 'Legacy of Life' award

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Calling the Most Rev. John C. Wester "a champion for all causes that uplift and enrich the human soul," Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation’s Heart and Lung Research Foundation honored the Bishop of Salt Lake City along with Dr. Alan H. Morris at the 2014 Legacy of Life Gala, April 3 at the Little America Hotel.  >>>

Holy Week is a living reality, not a passion play

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
Some time ago, I had a conversation with a lady who had attended the Oberammergau Passion Play in the south of Germany in 2004. The play, enacted every 10 years since 1634, involves 2,000 performers, musicians and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the town of Oberammergau. The play, which runs for seven hours, acts out in a highly dramatic fashion the final events of Christ’s earthly life. >>>

Rwanda survivor's story gives witness to how forgiveness even after atrocity leads to healing

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
OGDEN — Forgiveness surrounds the 20th year commemorating the April 7, 1994 beginning of the 100-day genocide that took place in Rwanda, where more than 1 million Tutsis were brutally tortured, raped and killed by Hutus. >>>

CCS breakfast honors 'champions for those in need'

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
OGDEN — Feeding the hungry is in large part what Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah is all about. The organization’s Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, in Ogden, is the largest food pantry in the area. Its clients include the elderly who are on fixed incomes, families whose budgets don’t quite stretch to the end of the month, and individuals who have unexpected demands such as a rent increase. At the food bank, they receive a full shopping cart of food each month. >>>

Joy and forgiveness were the topics of the 2014 diocesan Lenten retreat by Dominican Fr. Ott

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, welcomed more than 350 parishioners from the Diocese of Salt Lake City to the Diocesan Lenten Retreat at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Salt Lake City April 5. >>>
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