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Published: December 11, 2019   
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Carol L. Geels, 71, a member of St. Benedict Church in Subiaco, died Nov. 16. She previously worked as a business manager and board member for St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith and manager of the Coury House at Subiaco Abbey. She is survived by ...

Immaculate Conception Dec. 9? Yes, when the 8th is an Advent Sunday

In my parish, as in many parishes, we have to schedule major events far ahead of time. In May of every year, I sit down with parish staff and other ministry leaders to go over the events calendar for the next school year. Many non-school activities also follow a schedule similar to a school year. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What life lesson has Mary taught you?

“Mary taught me to say yes to God even if it’s hard. She showed us that God always has a plan for us, but he still gives us a chance to say no. He could easily ... (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Did my daughter go to purgatory?

Q. My daughter, who was 50 years old, became deathly ill, spent six weeks in the intensive care unit, then entered hospice to die. When death was imminent, a nurse finally found a priest to administer last rites. By that time, my daughter was in a coma. ... Since she had not been to confession and may have committed a mortal sin ... did she go to purgatory instead of hell? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

New thoughts on gift-giving this Christmas

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. “One year, we’re not going to do presents at all,” we declare over the phone. “And it will be the best Christmas ever.” (Columns)

Bishops seeking unity in a time of division

The American bishops met in Baltimore Nov. 11-13 for their annual fall general assembly. ... As one news service noted, “U.S. bishops have their plates full” during this year’s fall meeting. (Guest commentary)

Peace on earth can start in U.S.

While we were preparing our homes for guests and our Thanksgiving meal, Pope Francis made his first visit to Japan and revisited a topic of importance to the world and to Church teaching. (Editorial)

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