My Christmas wish list: Peace, joy, reconciliation
Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord:
Today, we observe the fourth and final Sunday of this Advent Season, a time during which we reflect on the coming of the Lord, in the past as Jesus was born and in the future when he will come again at the end of time. Advent also calls us to see Jesus our Messiah coming into our lives every day. We need the eyes of faith to recognize him today as we prepare to celebrate worthily the great feast of his birth, Christmas.
The gift of life offered by a grieving parish family
For nearly four years, Father Roel Lungay, the pastor of St. Genevieve Parish in Slidell, had gone three days a week for dialysis. Adult-onset diabetes, something that affects a large number of Filipinos, had caused Father Lungay’s kidneys to slow their ability to filter the blood sufficiently. And then, eventually, both kidneys, damaged by the years of diabetes, began to fail.
A Christmas of giving
During Advent, a Christmas tree inside St. Charles Borromeo Church is decorated with toothy smiles, cherubic cheeks and big brown eyes.
Prayer service shines light on homeless in New Orleans
“The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord,” sang several hundred people who participated in the Interfaith Prayer Service for the Homeless of New Orleans Dec. 14 at St. Joseph Church on Tulane Avenue. The pleas of religious leaders citywide were unified in their recommitment of support for those living on the streets of New Orleans.
Multi-faceted approach to healthcare yields results
Dr. Elmore Rigamer, a psychiatrist who serves as the medical director of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, loves to go where the data says he should go, but he also listens carefully to the stories people tell.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps members find joy in giving
Five mornings a week, Caitlyn O’Toole from Rochester, New York, takes the RTA bus from Uptown and travels to the New Orleans Public Library main branch to help adults improve their literacy.