Arkansas program lets taxpayers donate to families in crisis

With tax season just around the corner for most Americans, here’s an example, courtesy of the Arkansas Catholic in Little Rock, of a partnership between a state taxing agency and a volunteer organization to funnel donations to families facing a child’s catastrophic illness. Called the Baby Sharon Fund, the program was conceived by an Arkansas teacher who lost both a son and a granddaughter to illness. It lets Arkansas residents make donations through their state income tax form, or anyone can donate through the mail.

‘What non-Catholics like about Catholic schools’

That’s the intriguing headline over an equally intriguing story for this week’s Catholic Schools Week observance in the current edition of The Georgia Bulletin in Atlanta.

Baseball, life — and Lent

As a baseball fan, I know of no better way to warm up on a cold winter’s day than to use a baseball story to talk about life — or Lent, as Joe Towalski does in this column about how a baseball clinic he attended recently with the Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer got him thinking about preparing for the Lenten season. It’s in The Catholic Bulletin of St. Paul, Minn.