Category Archives: Holy Day / Feast Day

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 Simb├íng 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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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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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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The Story of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Nativity Scene, as told by St. Bonaventure

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Nativity scenes have been a popular Advent and Christmas decoration for centuries. And, did you know, it originated with a Catholic saint? St. Francis of Assisi had a special devotion to the Child Jesus, and he is credited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. He recreated the scene of Christ’s birth in a special service and Mass he held inside of a cave, inviting both his fellow friars and the townspeople to join in the celebration. Continue reading


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Q&A with Scott Hahn on his New Book: Joy to the World

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Catholic author Scott Hahn responds to a Q&A about his latest Catholic book out for the Christmas season, Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and still does). Continue reading


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The Church Triumphant! November 1, The Solemnity of All Saints

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November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints. According to the Roman Missal, this feast day celebrates all God’s holy ones, known and unknown, from the first martyrs to the recently canonized, and everyone in between. This feast day spans 2,000 glorious years of the Church’s history. Continue reading


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20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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Prayers for the faithful departed pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls that He loves. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those souls whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them.

Here are some ideas for praying for these suffering (and often neglected) souls, especially during the month of November dedicated to their memory: Continue reading


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