The Galley: Food for Thought

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As we embark on our seventh year, we recall why we continue in this effort:

We persist because the Catholic faith is beautiful, because it is true, and because it is good. We persist because the Church is Christ here-present, and, like a ship, protects and advances us toward Jesus Christ until He comes again. We persist because we have been charged with passing on our faith (see Deuteronomy 4:4-7; 11:19).

And, we persist because, to shamelessly co-opt a line from the movie, Chariots of Fire, ‘when we write, we feel His pleasure.’

We want to pass this on to you, dear reader, in this new liturgical year, and we’d very much appreciate any comments and suggestions you have about our efforts. Contact Us.

Please note this:

The CDC recommends frequent hand-washing of at least 20 seconds duration during the Covid-19 pandemic, and suggests humming the “Happy Birthday Song” twice to estimate those 20 seconds. Might we suggest a proper Christian approach to this task. While washing hands, recite the Lord’s Prayer attentively. Not only will you thereby satisfy the 20 second interval, but you’ll be prayerfully petitioning the ultimate source of life, health and eternal salvation. 

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The Catholic Navigator – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Clipper – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Schooner – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Tugboat – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Voices from Catholic Land

Today we must look to the signs of our times through Catholic eyes: 

David G. Bonagura asks, “Where is God in the American Dream?”         

Dale Ahlquist discusses the problem with prophets:

 Thomas M Doran proposes 12 things to consider in these crazy times:

The future may be now!  Read what Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco and his priests must do to open Mass to the faithful in dealing with a city government which, presumably, doesn’t view religious services as essential.

Here’s an update on the Church in San Francisco’s struggle with the city government:

 For the Attention of Catholic Youth and Parents:

As we are again permitted to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, please offer thanks and a prayer that never again will we have to endure such a trial.

Please review the articles just above for discussion with your children.

 In addition to the sources posted weekly, there are many Catholic websites that should be visited for regular reference. Some suggested sites are listed in this PDF file:

Some Reliable Catholic Websites

All are encouraged to peruse the source materials to add to the understanding gained in each issue. Happy reading!

A Note to Parents about resources to assist in faith formation at home.

There is much information on the Internet to help you in teaching the Faith to your children. Some helpful suggestions in navigating the Web are available in this downloadable PDF file:

Finding Catholic teaching Sites

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