Category Archives: Holy Day

The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This great feast in the Church is always celebrated on the eighth day of the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday. And it falls the day before the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading

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The Glories of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most loved saints of the Church. As the guardian and protector of the Holy Family, St. Joseph was entrusted by God with the greatest of responsibilities – earthly provision for the Son of God Incarnate and the Immaculate Conception. Because of his faithfulness he is one of the greatest intercessors in heaven, a supreme model for doing God’s will in humility, faith, and obedience. His mission continues in heaven as the patron and protector of the Universal Church.

The Catholic Church officially celebrates St. Joseph twice in the Liturgical year. March 19th commemorates his vocation as the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and May 1st his vocation as a worker.

Why this second feast day? Why is his role as a humble carpenter something to be celebrated over 2,000 years later? Continue reading

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Everything You Need to know about the Divine Mercy Devotion

The Divine Mercy devotion is a modern devotion to the attribute of God’s infinite mercy and was promulgated by St. Faustina Kowalska and later the the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II (“The Mercy Pope”).

This devotion is multifaceted and involves a divinely inspired image (pictured above) with attached promises for it’s veneration, vocal prayers (the Divine Mercy chaplet and Divine Mercy Novena), a book (The Diary of Faustina Kowalska), a Holy Hour (3 o’clock), and a solemn feast day with attached indulgences (Divine Mercy Sunday). 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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3 Ways to Spiritually Prepare Your Child for First Communion

It has finally arrived on the horizon . . . the day of your child’s First Holy Communion. You’ve probably been waiting and preparing for this moment for quite some time. You’ve labored to raise your little one in the Catholic faith, and now they’re taking their next big step! It’s pretty exciting to know that your child is soon to receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Continue reading

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The Last 7 Words of Jesus: A Lenten Meditation

Lent is a time that the Universal Church reflects on Christ’s Passion and Death in an intensely focused way. After Jesus was nailed to the cross, He spoke 7 short expressions. These statements are now commonly referred to as the “The Seven Last Words”. These words are recounted in Sacred Scripture and are found throughout the four Gospels.

Few Christians can recall all seven of Our Lord’s last words on the Cross. As you contemplate His Passion and Death this season, remember that these words, although spoken nearly 2,000 years ago at Calvary, were meant for every generation. Nothing our Lord said or did was without meaning. Prepare your hearts for Lent by reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ and consider incorporating this reflection into your Lenten practices. Continue reading

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How to Explain Your Ashes: 3 Methods

During the Ash Wednesday service our foreheads are adorned with ashes followed by the words:

“For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” (Gen. 3:19)

This physical sign commemorates the beginning of our Lenten season of sacrifice and spiritual growth. If you are like me, it is not uncommon for your Ash Wednesday cross to turn into a smudge. When going out in public, you may receive a question or comment about your forehead being “dirty”. It is easy to be vague and shy away from comments about this mark of sacrifice. But this year challenge yourself to be prepared to fully answer their questions.

So, which method will you use to explain your ashes? Continue reading

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Anticipating Lent

Lent is fast approaching and Catholics across the world have heard the call to assembly and have gathered in solidarity. Denying ourselves something we enjoy is a simple and clear way to remember all that Christ has sacrificed on our behalf. Lent is often remembered as an “ordeal”. We fall into the trap of characterizing Lent as a miserable and grumpy time. Why? Because we all are longing for that certain thing we have sacrificed. When we are dreading an event we are already predisposing ourselves to not get as much out of it. We focus on our need and desire, rather than our sacrifice of love and thankfulness. Continue reading

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Lenten Season 101

Lent is the time of spiritual preparation prior to the Easter season, just as Advent is for Christmas.

“Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.” -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Here’s a rundown of everything major you need to know about the Lenten season, the 40 days of preparation before the greatest of all Christian feasts, Easter. 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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