In the Gospel of Matthew the context of this reading is part of the final week of Jesus’ life. He is in Jerusalem. He has been publicly and royally proclaimed. This created a dangerous situation with the possibility of riots and rebellion against Roman occupation of Jerusalem and Judea. The religious authorities, some of whom want peace at any price, repeatedly confront Jesus about his authority to act and to teach as he does, even in the temple of the Lord which they governed.
Eight years ago, The Messenger invited readers to nominate people who could be recognized by their faith, by their ethical behavior in their chosen profession. Since 2007 we have met incredible people and learned a good deal about the faith-filled people who live in the Diocese of Belleville. This year was no different. Sept. 13, …
With its upcoming 30th anniversary, Holy Angels Shelter in East St. Louis is planning to celebrate and remember. Its mission has always been to offer women and children — families — a safe place to stay while they put their lives back together.
Each year, the Diocese of Belleville celebrates the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as parishes bring catechumens and candidates to the cathedral where Bishop Edward K. Braxton greets each person.
Parishioners, friends and relatives gathered Feb. 16 for a final liturgy at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Francisville. Everyone was welcomed at St. Lawrence Parish in Lawrenceville the following weekend.