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Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina


Deacon James Toner: Column conclusions and a farewell

tonerWhat we think is the right road
Everybody knows that capital punishment violates the right to life, that it’s an affront to human dignity, that it erodes respect for human life, that it’s motivated by vengeance, that it does not deter, that it removes the possibility of reform, that the state has no right to inflict the death penalty, and that innocent people often receive the death penalty.

Fred Gallagher: Thank you, St. Michael’s

gallagher fredThe year was 1942, 10 years before I was born, and just a couple of years after my family had moved to Gastonia. My grandfather, who by this time had eight grandchildren (with many more to follow), just kept on bothering his good friend, Father Alphonse Buss, the Benedictine monk from Belmont Abbey who was the pastor of St. Michael Church.

Special children and another October Life Chain

gallagher fredOne of the great honors of my life was when I was asked at the meager age of 12 to be the godfather to an older cousin’s child. As a matter of fact, I was already a godfather and proud of it. But this was a little different.

The case for a fair U.S. immigration policy

dolanOne of the most vivid memories of my childhood was the arrival of four religious sisters from Ireland who were coming to my hometown of Ballwin, Mo., to begin teaching in the brand new grammar school of Holy Infant Parish.

Advocates find there’s little to like in White House immigration plan

102717 immigrationWASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s little, if anything, that immigrant advocates like in the Trump administration’s latest immigration plan.

Latin Mass commentary prompts reactions

Editor’s note: The commentary “Why we should not attend the traditional Latin Mass” by Deacon James Toner in the Sept. 29 edition of the Catholic News Herald sparked a lot of comments on social media and several letters to the editor. Here is some of what readers had to say:


Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at  parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:

051617 hickory fatimaHICKORY — Members of St. Aloysius Church commemorated the 100th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to the children of Fatima, Portugal, on Saturday, May 13, by praying the rosary and taking part in an outdoor procession.

The banner was supplied by America Needs Fatima (americaneedsfatima.org). Terri and Richard Painchaud and Eddie and Ching Williams ordered the banner.

Father Nohe Torres recited a decade of the rosary and Father Larry LoMonaco, pastor, recited prayers and blessed the parishioners. The weather was supposed to be rainy with thunderstorms but instead, Our Lady of Fatima showered parishioners with sunshine. It was a perfect day to pray the rosary!

The rally captains ordered the banners hoping to spread the Fatima message by lighting up their little corner of America.

According to ANF’s website, “The goal of America Needs Fatima is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima. Above all, America needs a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.”

— Barbara Case Speers, correspondent