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Catholicism Basics Seasons and Holidays Prayers
From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
It is never easy to lose a loved one, but as Christians we take comfort in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. The example of the faithful departed helps us to prepare our own souls for the day when we leave this life behind. Indeed, our entire life on this earth is a preparation for the next–and one way to keep that in mind is to pray without ceasing for our own beloved dead.
Paul Janasik, R.I.P.

It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of my maternal uncle and godfather, Paul Janasik. Uncle Paul passed into eternal life on Friday, July 2, 2010, about two months after he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He had a profound effect on my life and on my work for the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism, and I want to thank the readers of this newsletter for their many prayers for Uncle Paul over the past few weeks.


Novena of the Week: Daily Prayers for the Faithful Departed

In honor of my Uncle Paul, I have chosen the Church’s daily prayers for the faithful departed as our novena this week. As you pray these prayers, please keep my Uncle Paul, as well as your own dear departed, in mind.


Recalling the Return of the Latin Mass

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, declaring that the Traditional Latin Mass is one of two approved forms of the Mass. Find out what Pope Benedict had in mind in making this move.


“Never Underestimate the Power of a Mother’s Prayers”

Readers continue to share their stories of returning to the Catholic Church. In today’s installment, Brian tells a story that will ring true for many readers–how his mother’s prayers brought him back to the Catholic Church after 25 years away.






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