Category Archives: Family Traditions

8 Ways to use Holy Water

When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted. Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do. Continue reading

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A Lenten Tradition: Veiling the Cross

Towards the end of Lent you may notice purple cloths draped over crucifixes, statues, and images of saints in your church. In some churches, these items are actually removed from the sanctuary altogether. Continue reading

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How to Make a Catholic Easter Basket for Kids

The average Easter basket – the thing that really gets children excited on Easter Sunday – doesn’t always reflect the significance of the holiday or call to mind Christ’s Resurrection. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Continue reading

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Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Book & Craft Idea

Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing is a great children’s book out for the Christmas holiday season written by Amy Welborn. It’s a story about a boy, Alessandro, whose grandparents run a business that makes figurines for nativity scenes.

While spending time with his grandparents, Alessandro’s grandfather encourages him to craft his own baby Jesus figurine in order to bring it to St. Peter’s Square for the annual blessing by the Holy Father, called Bambinelli Sunday. Continue reading

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Prayer for America by John Carroll, First U.S. Bishop

Pope Pius VI named John Carroll the first bishop of the United States of America in 1789. His cousin, Charles Carroll, was one of America’s Founding Fathers and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Archbishop Carroll wrote the following prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese. Continue reading

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Old School First Communion Photos

While doing some research I came across these great vintage-style photographs of children on the day of their First Holy Communion. They were too great not to share. Here, posted in scrapbook format, are throwbacks to the old days. This is First Communion Old School! Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from The Catholic Company

We at The Catholic Company would like to extend a warm, cheery, and very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! In the spirit of Christmas, we’d like to share with you a Christmas reflection from our Holy Father, … Continue reading

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Advent Prayers for the 4th Sunday of Advent

A Time of Hope Fourth Sunday of Advent  {View The Catholic Company’s entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here.} Advent Prayers “Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Tradition

During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer.  In the last eight days before Christmas, known as the octave before Christmas (Dec. 17 to Dec. 23), this anticipation is … Continue reading

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Advent Prayers for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

The Joy of Advent Third Sunday of Advent  {View The Catholic Company’s entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here.} Advent Prayers “With our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, with our whole strength and fortitude, with our whole … Continue reading

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