A Christmas Novena for the 9 Days before Christmas

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One of the best things about celebrating a Catholic Christmas are the final days leading up to Christmas Eve. There are several long-standing cultural Catholic traditions to take us through these final days of Advent that are heightened with anticipation in so soon welcoming the birth of the King of Kings. The Las Posadas (“the inns”) celebrated in Latin American countries and Simbáng Gabi (“Night Mass”) in the Philippines are just two examples.

There is also tradition of praying a novena for the nine days leading up to Christmas Eve. Not to be confused with the St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena which began on November 30th (the feast day of St. Andrew) and is prayed 15 times daily until Christmas Eve. Continue reading


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Journeying with Joseph & Mary: Las Posadas Catholic Christmas Tradition

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The Christmas Posadas tradition begins tomorrow! Las Posadas is a wonderful 400+ year old Advent celebration in many Latin countries. For 9 days, from December 16th-24th, the faithful prepare for Christmas by acting out and reliving the days Mary & Joseph experienced as they journeyed to Bethlehem as told in the Gospels. They traveled from place to place seeking rest, only to be rejected, causing the Baby Jesus to be born in a manger. Continue reading


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Historical Timeline

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The Knights of Columbus have a great timeline available detailing the fascinating history of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 16th century apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary near present day Mexico City.

From the birth of St. Juan Diego to modern times, this timeline shows how much the miraculous image of Our Lady has meant to the Americas, the Catholic Church, and the whole world. Continue reading


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St. Juan Diego, Our Lady’s Humble Son

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St. Juan Diego is the first indigenous saint from the Americas. He was a poor and humble peasant from the lowest class of Aztec Indians living in 16th century Mexico. His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, meaning, “eagle that talks.” Continue reading


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4 Holy-Day Advent & Christmas Pinterest Boards

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the second week of Advent!

If you’re looking for more holy-day inspiration to take you through the final 2+ weeks of Advent and into the joyous Christmas season (remember, Christmas BEGINS on December 25th!) check out these four Pinterest boards we’ve curated: Continue reading


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A Prayer to Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop famous for his generosity to the poor and protection of the wronged. He was a miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead. He is the patron saint of a great many causes, professions, cities, and countries; most notably he is the patron saint of children, sailors, prisoners, and maidens seeking to marry. Continue reading


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The Catholic Company Lauches New Company Tagline: “Because Faith Matters”

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This Advent season we at The Catholic Company are happy to unveil a new company tagline!

When thinking about what our new tagline should be, we wanted to capture both what is important and valuable to our customers, and what motivates us as a business to provide goods and services to our customers. Continue reading


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You May Not Have Heard of St. Barlaam of Antioch, But You’ll Want to Read His Story

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St. Barlaam of Antioch (also known as St. Barlaam the Martyr or St. Barlaam of Caesarea) was an early 4th century martyr.

St. Barlaam was an unlikely champion of the church. An elderly, uneducated peasant, he was jailed for his Christian faith as part of the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Continue reading


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Announcing: MorningOffering.com Design Contest

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The Catholic Company is excited to announce a web design and coding contest to build a landing page/lead generation page for our popular Morning Offering daily devotional email.

If you’re a Catholic web designer, or know someone who is, you may be interested in this opportunity! The primary purpose of MorningOffering.com is to acquire new subscribers for the daily email service. It must be an attractive, user-friendly, accessible web site that builds motivation to subscribe. Continue reading


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Pope Francis is Coming to Philly!

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Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage.

“I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families,” the pope said. Continue reading


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