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Iowa barber gives haircuts to children in exchange for them reading stories to him

Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

Barber Courtney Holmes traded the tales for trims on Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.

Tayshawn Kirby, 9, of Dubuque, read from "Fats, Oils and Sweets," by Carol Parenzan Smalley, informing Holmes that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Before Tayshawn's 10-year-old brother, Titan Feeney, took his turn in the barber chair, he told his brother the new look was great.

"I just want to support kids reading," Holmes said.


Let us pray for President Carter and for all who have cancer.

Bless, O God, President Jimmy Carter and all who struggle with cancer. Empower them with hope for each and every day. Provide them with loving and tender care, laughter, and the support of love. Grant them courage when they are afraid, comfort when they are in pain, and your blessing when all else seems hopeless, that in their fight with illness they may continue to praise you and glorify your name.


(Adapted from http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Multifaith/Illness/Prayer-For-Those-With-Cancer.aspx#QmIe3DLuxV48a94O.99 )

St. Peregrine, patron of cancer patients, pray for him and for them!

News anchor walks off set rather than do another Kardashian story

A local morning show host in Florida went on a rant on air after getting fed up with all of the news stories about the Kardashians.

John Brown, the co-host of Fox35’s Good Day Orlando, briefly walked off the set on Friday after raging about how he is tired of hearing about the reality show family.

The show was going OK, until the topic turned to Kylie Jenner and her decision to name her new rabbit “Bruce.” Brown declared he wanted to have a “good Friday,” so he “refused” to talk about the Kardashians and walked out.


Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People

Now in her early 70s and semiretired because of health problems, she remains committed to her singular calling for the past 16 years: ministering to transgender people and helping them come out of the shadows.

“Many transgender people have been told there’s something wrong with them,” she said. “They have come to believe that they cannot be true to themselves and be true to God. But there is no way we can pray, or be in communion with God, except in the truth of who we are.”

She spends her days shuttling between email and Skype, phone calls and visits. Since 1999, she has ministered to more than 200 people, many of whom have come to rely on her unflinching love and support.


Teen gets senior pictures taken at Taco Bell

enior photos have always been the most unnatural pictures that are meant to seem untaught. We remember taking a senior photo while leaning against a fake brick wall, looking tough. All copies of it have hopefully been burned.

But for Ritenour High School senior Brittany Creech of St. Louis, the inspiration for great senior pictures came to her in the form of Fourth Meal.

The 17-year-old told The Huffington Post she jokingly tweeted about taking the photos at Taco Bell a few weeks ago.

Then, Creech said, she started to take the idea more seriously. She spoke with photographer Brendan Batchelor, who was into it. The rest is viral Internet history.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter president arrested for... well, just guess.

David Griffin is the chapter president of East Prince County's Mother Against Drunk Driving. Let me rephrase—he was the president, until he was arrested for drunk driving.

Griffin, who, by the way, worked as a police officer for 45 years, volunteered for the organization until his arrest in June. According to MADD laws, any member of the organization who is caught driving under the influence is immediately forbidden from working or volunteering for the organization. Griffin resigned right after his arrest, and has yet to make a statement. He's probably still sobering up from the embarrassment.

FYI, this is not the first time this has happened.


Gay priest fired from university job gets new post at New Jersey parishes

A gay Catholic priest who was dismissed from his position as campus chaplain at Seton Hall University because of his work against anti-gay bullying has been named to a job serving two parishes after weeks of uncertainty over his fate.

The Rev. Warren Hall, whose firing by the archbishop of Newark, N.J., added to growing concerns about the church’s treatment of gay people, tweeted that he was “thrilled” with the posting at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Hoboken and its sister parish, St. Lawrence in neighboring Weehawken. Both parishes are on the Hudson River across from lower Manhattan.

Hall will serve as parochial vicar, which means he will assist the pastor of the two parishes, the Rev. Bob Meyer. Meyer and Hall have known each other for years and St. Lawrence was one of the churches where Hall already had been helping out after he lost his Seton Hall job.


Transgender faithful incorporate theology, ritual in their transitions

The minister blessed the chalice of wine and loaves of bread before inviting everyone in the pews of St. Michael's United Church of Christ in West Chicago to partake of Holy Communion, a sacrament she had once been excluded from because of her gender identity and transition.

"We don't slip in unnoticed — we are specifically invited by Jesus to this borrowed table, to share, to remember," Cindi Knox remembers announcing to the congregation that July 5 liturgy. She was licensed as a minister last month and is openly transgender, her sex reassignment and spiritual life often intertwined and woven in her ministry.

"We thank God for the gifts of bread and wine, body and blood," the congregation replied.

The 53-year-old cleric in feminine glasses with white hair parted to the side said she knows she could have chosen to live as a woman and hide her birth sex, but she believes transparency helps her as well as those she serves spiritually.


Dumb Florida Criminals: Woman tweets looking for weed, deputies respond

When a Florida woman took to Twitter on Tuesday to request that someone bring her some weed, deputies responded.

Twitter user @Rosa_Sparkz, who describes herself as a twenty-something from Jupiter, FL, took to the social media site around 1:30 p.m. and tweeted "Somebody bring me weed. I'll pay for it."

Within an hour, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sent this reply via its own Twitter account: "Where should we meet you?"

@Rosa_Sparkz, who lists her name as “Goddess,” even wrote back, stating “@PBCountySheriff follow back so I can DM you the location.”


10 Reasons I Love Being American & Catholic

3) Increasingly, Catholics in America reflect the wider world and its concerns. In 2007, 2 out of 3 Catholics in the US were white. Only seven years later, 41% of Catholics in the US are not of European ancestry – Latinos, Africans, African-Americans, Indians, Asians, etc. Newer Catholic immigrants bring to the US issues and concerns that face the wider world — and we should be grateful for that broader vision. We American Catholics sometimes get upset when our issues do not seem to be as pressing for the rest of the Catholic world. But when we recall that the US Catholic Church accounts for only 6% of the entire Church, well, it puts our pressing issues in perspective. The Catholic Church is not a good place if you are afraid of encountering others, especially others in need. It is, however, a good bellwether of the makeup of the United States in the near future.

Just as important as the future, is where we have come from. That is because…

4) Our history is important to us – because it shaped and recorded the history of culture. Through the centuries, the Catholic Church has preserved and developed ancient authors’ texts and ideas. Augustine of Hippo wrote the first tell-all autobiography, and he wrestled with age-old questions of good and evil. Remote Catholic monasteries served as a beacon of intellectual life as the ‘dark ages’ and plagues ravaged much of Europe.

Thomas Aquinas, a thunder-thinker of the thirteenth century, was dialoguing with Jewish and Muslim scholars about Aristotle long before interreligious dialogue was hip. Bartolomé de las Casas, a Dominican friar, wrote passionately about the evils of slavery and colonialism in the 1500s, long before post-colonial theory hit the scene. Jesuit missionaries studied the stars, recorded languages throughout South America and Asia, and adapted to the cultures of local peoples. Jesuits also defended the indigenous Guarani against European colonial powers in South American communities.

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