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Movie Review: Begin Again

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Summer is the time for big blockbusters.  Yet every summer in recent memory has brought a memorable independent movie made for a fraction of the blockbusters.  This summer, we are fortunate to have Begin Again.   Begin Again is written and directed by John Carney, who gave us the wonderful independent movie Once in the Summer of 2007.  That story of street musicians in Dublin went on to become an Oscar winning film, and now a Tony winning Broadway musical.  Begin Again is also a story of musicians, [...]

Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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The 1968 Planet of the Apes, written by Rod Serling, became a classic, spawning several sequels.  When I heard that a new, re-imagined version, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was scheduled to open in 2011, I was not interested initially.  However, it received good reviews and had strong word of mouth.  So I went to see it and thought it liked it very much.   This summer brings us the new film in the series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  It is indeed a [...]

Memphis: Feast of St. Dominic at St. Peter Catholic Church

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Every year on the Feast of St. Dominic, the Dominican Friars of Memphis pray Vespers with the St. Peter Catholic Community. After prayer, which includes preaching from one of the Friars, everyone gathers in the parish hall to enjoy fellowship and a family-style dinner. This year, Fr. Augustine DeArmond, the new Pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, will preside and preach.  With the help of her parish cook team, Parishioner Melissa Petersen, Publisher & Editor of Edible Memphis, will provide the meal. One great benefit of this annual celebration [...]

Saint of the Day: St. Mary Magdalene

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She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St.Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords’ Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb. Fourteen years after Our Lord’s death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars – along with Sts. Lazarus and [...]

Profession of Simple Vows to be Held August 10

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By: Fr. Scott O’Brien   On the evening of August 10th, our two novice brothers, Joseph Paul Albin and Hugo Rafael Rojas will make temporary profession of two years to the Order of Preachers in the Southern Dominican Province.   Joseph Paul, Hugo Rafael and their former classmate Russell Grafrath, arrived last August 9th in Irving, Texas to begin their canonical novitiate year here at St. Albert the Great Priory.  At that time they began a rigorous process of discernment which includes daily praying of the Liturgy of the Hours (selections of [...]