Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Father Carlos Chavez, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, reads from the new translation of the Roman Missal. He received the new translation a few days ago. Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Catholic Church should revert to its teachings

Freedom New Mexico The best public relations campaigns are based in selfless compassion, truth and transparency. As a human organization with more than 1 billion members, the Catholic Church has an abundance of internal scandals in need of good PR. Pedophiles and pederasts have joined the priesthood and abused children, just as predators have become […]

Catholic opposition raises concerns with domestic partnership bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

July 20, 2008 Weddings

Gonzalez Ramona Madril of Clovis and Casey Gonzalez of Gig Harbor, Wash., were joined in marriage July 19, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Father Sotero Sena performed the traditional Catholic ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joaquin and Naty Madril of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of the late Joaquin Madril […]

Area residents reflect on Pope’s visit

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Catholic priests in Clovis and Portales describe Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the U.S. this week as a shepherd tending his flock while Ted Olmos of Clovis recalls the “awe” of seeing another pontiff, John Paul II, in 1987. Following a visit to Ground Zero in New York […]

Religion Digest: Groundhog lunch, dinner planned

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Kingswood Methodist Church, 2600 N. Main St., will host a Groundhog dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. today. The meal includes sausage, glazed apples, biscuits, spicy sausage gravy, green beans, “ramen” coleslaw and lemon bars. Those attending have the option of dining in or curb-side takeout. Tickets […]

Fiesta set for weekend

Freedom Newspapers The St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta will be held today and Sunday at the church, located at 1600 South Avenue O in Portales. Festivities begin with a Mass at 10 a.m. today. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. a horseshoe tournament, cakewalk, game booths and a car show will be held. Food booths […]

Book inspired by Virgin Mary

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer At the age of 9, the Rev. Gary C. Caster spent an entire summer expecting Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, to appear before him. The Blessed Virgin didn’t materialize, but Caster’s love and fascination for her never diminished. “It was a long summer,” Caster said. “She never came.” […]

Church protestors have no place in community

By Freedom Newspapers Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro […]