The "Ice Bucket Challenge" and Catholic moral teaching: What's the story? What's the connection to embryonic stem cells? Click here for information from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Observing the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Bishop John H. Ricard narrates a video on the Church's role in the struggle. For additional resources, click here.
'Catholics Come Home' series to debut Sept. 4 on EWTN - (CNS) -- Catholics Come Home, an organization based in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, will premiere a new TV series that features individuals who have joined the Catholic Church or returned to the Catholic faith after many years away. The "Catholics Come Home" series, which was filmed in more than a dozen locations in the U.S. and Canada, will debut Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. Eastern time on the Eternal Word Television Network. Episodes will air every Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time, with additional airings on Sundays at 6 p.m. Eastern time. More information on the show can be found at www.catholicscomehome.org. The EWTN website, www.ewtn.com, has scheduling information.
Register now for the 3rd Annual Bishop John Ricard Conference - October 4, 2014 at St. Sylvester Parish in Gulf Breeze - for all in parish ministry! (Full brochure English Spanish) (Flyer English Spanish) (Online Registration).
Ministry for Divorced Catholics
At the Bishop’s Envisioning Listening Sessions there was a repeated request for ministry to Catholics who are divorced. In response, we are beginning a twelve-week program that features 30-minute DVDs followed by discussion. Beginning Tuesday, August 26, we will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Pastoral Center at 11 N. B Street in Pensacola. For more information about the program, go to CatholicsDivorce.com. The registration form may be found under the "Event Registration" tab on the website. The cost is $20 to cover materials but cost should not keep you from registering. You may pay by check or bring the payment with you to the first session. For more information, call Sister Beth at 850 435-3553.
The Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, is now posted on the Vatican's website. Entitled, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. This document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family in the early twenty-first century as well as articulates certain pastoral challenges. Please pray for our bishops as they look forward to the Extraordinary Synod!