• 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.

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