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A New Saint, and a Native American Catholic Mass

At the end of the first 52 weeks of my journey, I found the Kateri Center of Chicago, which serves American Indian Catholics throughout Chicago.  I tried to visit, but unfortunately, due to a mixup in times, I missed out. I did, however, go to a Native American Mass in the second 52 weeks of … Continue reading

The words of the Catholic Mass are changing..what do you think about that?

Because my parents were raised Catholic – but did not raise me as a Catholic – the times that I visited Catholic churches during the first 52 weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship were especially memorable. In my soon to be published book, My 52 Weeks of Worship: A Journey of Healing, Connection, and … Continue reading

A Forgotten African Catholic Kingdom – And Some African Catholics I Will Never Forget

Throughout the first 52 weeks of my project, I visited several Catholic masses. As I wrote about my experience visiting my first Catholic Mass of the Year Catholic Masses, I found, are wonderful – they have them several times a day, and they are relatively speedy (you are in and you are out, unlike my … Continue reading

Fasting For Ramadan bonds Catholic, Muslim Friends

#25 of the 52 Things that I learned from 52 Weeks of worship states: “It is quite ok to believe one thing, and stand shoulder to shoulder with people who believe something else.” Two women, Jordan Pahl, and Dahlia Bazzaz have learned this lesson, apparently. Their story of friendship and inter-faith sharing and understanding was … Continue reading

Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app

The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession. The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99). Described as “the perfect aid for every penitent”, it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. Now senior church officials in both the UK and … Continue reading

February 17, 2010: Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust: Ash Wednesday, Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

by Pamay Bassey February 17th. Ash Wednesday. Although I was not raised Catholic, since high school, I have observed Lent, the 40 days of sacrifice leading up to Easter Sunday. So, I have always tried to go to an Ash Wednesday service early in the day. This year, I had a grand plan to go … Continue reading

2-day conference aims to bring priests up to speed on exorcisms

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform exorcisms, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are sponsoring a conference on how to perform the rite. The two-day training, starting Friday in Baltimore is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed, and review the prayers and rituals … Continue reading

Missed out on a Native American Catholic Mass

As the year is ending, I find that I am trying to make sure that I am able to include the kind of experiences that I want before the year ends. Weeks ago, I was told that there was a prayer circle at 1pm today at a Native American center on the northside of Chicago. Unfotunately, the … Continue reading

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