Finding God’s comfort

The pastor of the parish in Blacksburg, Va., near the Virginia Tech campus is a native of the Detroit area, so The Michigan Catholic called him to see if he had a message for Catholics far from the tragedy. The priest, Father James Arsenault, told the paper the grace of God is stronger than any evil and said he was grateful for the messages of support he received from Detroit acquaintances. A separate story in the same edition asked Detroit priests and others to reflect on where God was in the wake of the shootings. The Tidings in Los Angeles also published a story on how local Catholic college students and administrators were reacting to the massacre.

Students helping soldiers

shoe2_web1.jpg Students fill shoe boxes with items that will be sent to military personnel overseas. St. Bernadette School in Milwaukee hosted the event April 20 and invited students from St. Catherine and Our Lady of Good Hope schools to join them. More than 100 sixth- through eighth-grade students filled shoe boxes with snacks, personal hygiene items, paperback books and movies for Operation Shoe Box. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald)