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Order of St. Gregory the Great presented to Dee Rowland

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Dee Rowland, who retired in March after 27 years as government liaison for the Diocese of Salt Lake City, was named a Dame in the Order of Saint Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. The Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, who petitioned Rome for the papal honor, presented it to Rowland on Dec. 9 at a diocesan staff luncheon.

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An Advent reflection from Bishop John C. Wester

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

While sitting at a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) meeting recently in Dallas, Texas, I marveled at all that is being accomplished by this wonderful organization. CRS has an annual budget of nearly $1 billion and is affecting the lives of over 100 million people in over 100 countries with a staff of over 6,000 people. Pretty impressive stuff!

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Utahns join national prayer vigil to urge Congress to extend federal unemployment insurance

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — With more than 13 million people jobless in the United States, prayer vigils across the nation on Dec. 8 urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance benefits. In Salt Lake City, the prayer vigil for the unemployed was held at the Union Labor Center. Speakers included Nicole Dunn, deputy mayor of Salt Lake County; Harold Thomas, an unemployed worker; and representatives of various religions. Jim Judd, president of Utah AFL-CIO, gave the opening and closing remarks.

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Organizations help most vulnerable families so they can have a happy holiday season

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

MURRAY – This holiday season, different Catholic organizations are making efforts to provide for the most needy ones.

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Immigration raid commemorated

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

LOGAN — In Logan and Salt Lake City, groups gathered Dec. 12 to pray for those affected by the raid on the Swift meatpacking plant in Hyrum five years ago. The local raid was part of a six-state effort by United States immigration agents that resulted in about 1,300 arrests – the largest immigration raid ever in the nation. In Utah, 147 people were charged; most were deported.

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Saint Vincent school still reaping ?The Best?

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — After 48 years Louise Best’s charism of love and service continues for Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School. In 1963, Best played an intricate part in getting the school opened.

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St. Joseph students provide Treats for Troops

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

OGDEN — In the spirit of stewardship, the students at Saint Joseph Elementary and Middle School did their part to support U.S. military troops by donating their Halloween candy. In just one week, the candy donation box was overflowing with every type of candy you can imagine.

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Vietnamese Catholics celebrate the holiday season with traditional lights and stars

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

KEARNS — Salt Lake’s Vietnamese community gathered Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Kearns to decorate the church for the Advent season in anticipation of the coming of Christ on Christmas. The manger scene is an important part of the Vietnamese culture and a manger was placed in front of the church’s altar.

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Obispos de los Estados Unidos realizaran una conferencia sobre inmigración en Salt Lake City

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Una conferencia de tres días en la cual se trataran los problemas migratorios que los defensores de una reforma comprensiva enfrentan se realizará en Salt Lake City del 11 al 13 de enero del 2012. La conferencia está patrocinada por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB por sus siglas en inglés) y por la Red Católica para Inmigración Legal.

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Vigilias conmemoran aniversario de redadas

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

LOGAN — Personas se reunieron el 12 de diciembre tanto en Logan como en in Salt Lake City, para rezar por aquellas personas que fueron afectadas en la redada que sucedi16 en la planta empacadora en Hyrum hace 5 años. Esta redada fue parte de seis otras más realizadas en otros estados que los agentes de servicios migratorios realizaron resultando en aproximadamente mil trescientos arres-tos; esta es considerada la redada más grande realizada en la nación. En Utah 147 personas fueron arrestadas y la mayoría fue deportada.

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