Saints & All Hallows Eve


Fr. James Martin, SJ, describes the connections (or lack thereof) between Halloween, the saints, and All Saints Day, including: canonization process, patron saints, and highlights of various individual saints. The video is just over 8 minutes long --- give yourself permission to watch all 8 minutes as there is some good comedy during that last minute! Video copyright: … [Read more...]

Thank You, Father — We are Praying for You

Celebrate Priesthood Sunday!

October 30, 2011 is Priesthood Sunday From Serra Club USA: Priesthood Sunday, October 30, 2011 is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States. It is a day set aside to reflect upon and affirm the centrality of the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church. On this special day, Catholics everywhere will join together in praying for our priests, in praising God for their courage and their generosity. We must all stand up and show our support for the sacredness of … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes With Lisa Hendey

Lisa Hendey Blog Tour

Read on to learn how you can win a copy of Lisa's new book: A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms! My girlfriends probably tire of hearing me say certain things over and over AND over again. Things like: "You should read The Handbook for Catholic Moms" by Lisa Hendey." Or, "Des Moines needs to host a Catholic women's conference and Lisa Hendey would be a great featured speaker." Or in response to a question I have no clue how to answer, "Check out You'll find your answer … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church’s Best Kept Secret


One Husband's Perspective on Natural Family Planning Today we are pleased to welcome friend and fellow parishioner Kerry McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Kerry's wife Renee wrote two posts for us this past July (Part I & Part II) in conjunction with Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. As Respect Life Month comes to a close, we are honored to share Kerry's perspective to the couple's pro-life conversion story. To me, respecting life has a lot to do with respecting the way in which … [Read more...]

Donating My Hair Shirt

St. John the Baptist donning his "hair shirt"

I recently shared some information with a few close friends about a series of events that has been eating away at me for some time. These events have required me to interact with individuals who are, to put it bluntly, provoking prolonged stress and anxiety in my life — challenging me in ways that I haven't been prepared to handle. One very wise friend advised, "These people are your hair shirt."  Hair shirt? Merriam-Webster defines hair shirt as: "A shirt made of rough animal hair worn … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Back the Macs!

Cathy Rush, Team & Nuns

Cheer on a true Cinderella team when The Mighty Macs hits theaters Friday! It’s 1971: Richard Nixon is president; the equal rights movement is sweeping across America; Immaculata College, a tiny all-women’s Catholic institution near Philadelphia is looking for a basketball coach; Cathy Rush is restless. Although Immaculata barely has a team and no home gym, Cathy is undeterred when offered the Immaculata head coaching job. She is married to rising NBA referee Ed Rush, who travels … [Read more...]

Behind The Mighty Macs Movie: The Sisterhood of the Rosary

Sister Mary of Lourdes welcomes back the Macs.

On the heels of attending the red carpet world premiere of The Mighty Macs last Friday, we had the opportunity to interview several people associated with the movie. Throughout our conversations, we heard fascinating stories of how this movie went from a tiny idea to now a full-length feature film that opens in theaters across the country this Friday. The Mighty Macs is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original … [Read more...]

Mighty Macs Hits the Red Carpet Tonight!

Thanks to The Maximus Group, we’re in Philadelphia for the red-carpet World Premiere of The Mighty Macs – just one week before the movie hits theaters nationwide! Tiny Immaculata College, founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1920, is the unlikely birthplace of modern women’s college basketball. How unlikely? When women’s basketball transitioned from the archaic six-on-six rules to the “men’s” rules, Immacualta barely had a team and no home gym. The Mighty … [Read more...]