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Catholics on Guam stay centered in Christ amid threats by North Korea

Msgr. James Benavente blessed a boy after Mass Aug. 13 at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Guam have called for residents to remain centered in the peace of Christ in the wake of threats from North Korea.

HAGATNA, Guam — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

DEAR FATHER | Handling the gifts at Mass with care

What happens if the (unconsecrated) offertory gifts are dropped? 

Growing up, my parents occasionally went to Shop 'n Save. My job was to bag the groceries. In my teenage gusto, I bagged the groceries heavy, stuffing as much as I could in them. I remember my mom reminding me on at least a few occasions to bag the bread separately and to put it in a separate place, lest it get smashed. I remember a few sandwiches at school that didn't quite look the same as the other students until I had learned this lesson.

St. Mark Parish moving to site of its school off Union Road

Brian Bradshaw, right, and his brother Harold Bradshaw, the owner of Hubzco Welding, worked on installing the railing by the alter in St. Mark Church on July 21. The church was the former Mary Queen of the Universe Church before the merger to form St. Mark, and will be the new home for St. Mark as the parish is reuniting church and school on one property.

St. Mark Church in south St. Louis County is on the move — literally.

The parish church and offices soon will be reunited with its school and rectory about a mile and a half away, at the former Mary Queen of the Universe Parish at 4230 Ripa Ave.

'This is the day'

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In a pew with his family, young Liam Corley, age 6, watched intently as the events unfolded around the altar at St. Monica Church.

In the Rite of Dedication, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso blessed the altar, laid in the rectangular marble stone containing a relic, then anointed the stone and the granite surface with sacred chrism.

As the choir, including Liam's sister, Emily, filled the church with song, Bishop Rivituso worked his way around the sacred table, spreading the blessed oil by hand and making sure all four corners and everything in between were covered.

Catholics urged to work for ‘holiness of freedom, freedom for holiness’

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori delivered the homily at the opening Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Archbishop Lori is chairman of the bishops’ religious liberty committee.

BALTIMORE — When Henry VIII, as England's reigning monarch, was declared "a defender of the faith," the future "must have seemed so bright to Thomas More and John Fisher," Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said in a homily June 21.

He described an England which "seemed to have been spared the painful divisions that racked the Catholic Church on the continent of Europe." Under Henry, he said, "monastic life and learning were flourishing" while "ordinary Catholics showed their love and loyalty to the Church."

What leads Millennials to continue Mass attendance?

Faith Downing received Communion from Msgr. James Callahan at Mass June 20 while attending with her 7-month-old son, Joseph. Downing tries to go to daily Mass at St. Joseph at least once a month.

For Faith Downing, 24, education in Catholic schools made all the difference in her faith as a young adult. By comparison, Ashley Hayworth, 28, received little Catholic education — just 2½ years out of 12, with no Parish School of Religion — yet she's a regular Sunday Mass-goer as well.

Despite their Catholic-education extremes, Downing and Hayworth rank among Millennials — young adults born since 1982 — who attend Mass on Sundays.

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