Category Archives: Catholic Events

He’s Coming! Here’s the Schedule for Pope Francis’ USA Visit this September

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The USCCB has just announced the schedule of Pope Francis’ trip the United States from September 22 – 27, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Are you planning a trip to see the Holy Father while he’s in … Continue reading


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Vatican to Canonize First Ever Married Couple: Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Yesterday it was announced that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized by Pope Francis to coincide with the Synod on the Family coming up this October.

This is very exciting news! Continue reading


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El Salvador Has a New Blessed: Oscar Romero

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I don’t remember when was the last time that I saw happy news about El Salvador. The country is infamous for its high rate of homicides—most of them committed by maras (street gangs). Finally… the smallest country in Central America has something big to be proud of: the beatification of Salvadoran Monsignor Romero on May 23, 2015. Continue reading


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Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

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Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction? Continue reading


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Perú, Polonia y El Salvador: Unidos por la Fe y el Martirio

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Un mártir es una persona que sufre persecución y muerte por defender su fe. A pesar del miedo que enfrentan, se sienten consolados y hasta privilegiados en dar la vida por lo que creeen. Exactamente como Jesucristo lo hizo.

No hace falta remontarse a siglos pasados. El martirio y la Cristiandad sigue existente en nuestros días. Los protagonistas no son super héroes con super poderes, sino seres humanos con grandes virtudes de paciencia a toda prueba, una fe heroica, una esperanza triunfal, una valentía excepcional y un amor fervoroso a Dios. 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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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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UPDATED: 9 New Catholic Gifts with the Nun (ن) Symbol

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In the writings of the early Church Fathers we find that the first Christians, before they received the name “Christians,” were commonly called “Nazarenes” by their Jewish neighbors because they were followers of Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 24:5).

The Arabic letter Nun (ن) is the first letter of the word Nasara (Nazarenes), a derogatory term that Muslims have still used for centuries to refer to Christians. Continue reading


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Official Prayers + Apps for Our New Saint Popes!

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In light of the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII this weekend, the Vatican has announced an official prayer to each of these two new saints.

The beautiful, simple prayers were released in Italian, but the Catholic News Service provided the following translations: Continue reading


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Kicking off First Communion Season: Where to Begin

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First Holy Communion is a rite of passage in a young Catholic’s life, one of the three of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church along with Baptism and Confirmation. As a parent, between the outfit, the ceremony, and the afterwards festivities, there is a lot to do. We’ve compiled some best practices regarding guests, invitations, and gifts for First Communion day. These are not hard and fast rules but rather guidelines to help make the start of First Communion season easier to handle. Continue reading


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