• A baby doll, a toy truck and a skateboard. Mr. Potato Head, Nerf toys and a giant rainbow-colored Slinky.

    <p>Gia Masters (from right) poses with the toys she was able to purchase with donated funds. With her is her brother, Mikey, and her cousins CJ and Sami Urban. (Photo courtesy of Luz Segnini)  </p>

    Gia Masters (from right) poses with the toys she was able to purchase with donated funds. With her is her brother, Mikey, and her cousins CJ and Sami Urban. (Photo courtesy of Luz Segnini)

  • The ancient Christian tradition of marking doorways with blessed chalk on the feast of the Epiphany will carry new meaning for many Catholics in 2021.

    <p>Will and Amy Buttarazzi, parishioners at St. Joseph Church in Cockeysville, Md., pose for a photo with their children Dec. 6. As part of their Christmas tradition, they will bless their home for the year ahead with holy oil, frankincense and myrrh on the Feast of the Epiphany. (CNS photo by Kevin J. Parks)  </p>

    Will and Amy Buttarazzi, parishioners at St. Joseph Church in Cockeysville, Md., pose for a photo with their children Dec. 6. As part of their Christmas tradition, they will bless their home for the year ahead with holy oil, frankincense and myrrh on the Feast of the Epiphany. (CNS photo by Kevin J. Parks)

  • While in college, Laura Opelt sensed a growing awareness of how she would define success in her future career.

    <p>Laura Opelt is set to retire Dec. 31 from her role as associate diocesan director of Catholic Charities.  </p>

    Laura Opelt is set to retire Dec. 31 from her role as associate diocesan director of Catholic Charities.

  • Agustin and Rebecca Vazquez are seen during their wedding at Sacred Heart in Lyndhurst, N.J., Aug. 24, 2020.

    Agustin and Rebecca Vazquez are seen during their wedding at Sacred Heart in Lyndhurst, N.J., Aug. 24, 2020. (CNS photo courtesy Agustin and Rebecca Vazquez via The Catholic Advocate)

    Sep 24, 2020
  •  Bruce Springsteen is seen Sept. 10, 2020, on a Boston College YouTube video.

    Bruce Springsteen is seen Sept. 10, 2020, on a Boston College YouTube video. The singer, songwriter and musician was initially scheduled to speak to first-year students in person, but instead addressed them via a Zoom webinar link from his home studio in Colts Neck, N.J. (CNS screen grab/YouTube)

    Sep 16, 2020
  • Father Tom Farrell, pastor of Stella Marish Parish in Door County, Wis., distributes Communion to people attending an outdoor Mass Sept. 6, 2020, at the home of Larry and Diane Kahlscheuer on Washington Island.

    Father Tom Farrell, pastor of Stella Marish Parish in Door County, Wis., distributes Communion to people attending an outdoor Mass Sept. 6, 2020, at the home of Larry and Diane Kahlscheuer on Washington Island. The Kahlscheuers began hosting outdoor Masses in June, when Green Bay Bishop David L. Ricken allowed public celebration of Masses with social-distancing restrictions. Washington Island has no Catholic church, and the Lutheran church where local Catholics usually gathered for Mass is still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero/The Compass)

    Sep 09, 2020
  • John Davisson poses for a photo with a Lego replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

    John Davisson poses for a photo with a Lego replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. (CNS photo, courtesy Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception via Catholic Standard)

    Sep 02, 2020
  • <p>Children in the faith-formation program at St. John of Rochester Parish in Fairport work on craft projects Aug. 5. (Photo courtesy of Pam Sikora)  </p>

    Children in the faith-formation program at St. John of Rochester Parish in Fairport work on craft projects Aug. 5. (Photo courtesy of Pam Sikora)

    Aug 28, 2020
  • These are priest cookies made by Genevie Alejandro.

    These are priest cookies made by Genevie Alejandro. She made her first batch of sugar cookies, shaped as priests with their Roman collars, for the birthday of Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Houston-based Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. (CNS photo courtesy of Geneva Alejandro via The Tablet)

    Aug 13, 2020

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