We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

 My motto …

“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe 


Last week, the winner of the autographed gift copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, who clocked in at 1:32 PM on April 30 is Robert Hutson in Gaithersburg, MD.

The correct answers are:

1. Cardinal Wolsey was the Church official Henry VIII sent to Rome  to try and get Papal approval of annulment so he could marry the already pregnant Anne Boleyn.

2. In 1854, Pope Pius IX defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

3. Levi was the tax collector who left his customs post to follow Jesus and later gave a great banquet for him. 

Here is this week’s quiz.  Who will be the book winner? 

1.  After the Resurrection, who was the apostle who met and converted the Ethiopian eunuch on the desert route to Gaza?                 

2. What were the years of Vatican II                                                                                                                                                                                      



3. Name the seven sacraments of the Church.   

Send your answers to joyfulcatholic@comcast.net 

News flashes…        

 Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, who shoots from the hip often hitting himself in the foot, apologized for stating the Catholic Church in Ireland had “lost all credibility.”

 Writing from Saudi Arabia, popular columnist Maureen Dowd, who likes to remind us that she’s Catholic, began her 4/11 column bitching about the Church not giving women a more prominent role (and I agree). Then to fill up space, instead of blasting the Saudis for restricting both women’s rights and Catholicism, she ends cheap-shooting the Church by rehashing the pedophilia problem. (Shame on you, Maureen!)

Church attendance of Catholics in France has fallen to under 5%.



My new blog friend

Meet Eric Sammons, a splendid Joyful Catholic, who is a fellow convert (he joined in 1991 after being an Evangelical Protestant).  He heads an evangelization at St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg, MD, and is cofounder of the nonprofit Little Flowers Foundation with the mission of assisting Catholic families seeking to adopt special-needs children. His site is The Divine Life, which I heartily recommend. Eric, you are special!


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