Category Archives: Sacraments

9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

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Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone.

We’re human. We live in a fast-paced world. We have so many things bouncing around in our minds that we bring into Mass, not including the distractions we’re bombarded with after we find our seat in the pew. And if we have little ones – multiply that by ten.

It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment—Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh.

But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips: Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide – Printable PDF

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It’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion season!

First Holy Communion is the ideal time to teach children the love and reverence they should bear towards the Blessed Sacrament. The faith that you instill in their hearts during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It will be a future comfort and strength in times of trial, keeping them grounded in the love of Christ that is always there for them in Holy Communion. Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide for Girls

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The First Communion season has arrived, and each year we try to give our customers some guidance on what they should buy as gifts for their beautiful daughters (or granddaughters, or goddaughters, or nieces) on their First Communion day. Continue reading


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First Holy Communion Gift Guide for Boys

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The First Communion season is upon us, and every year we try to give our customers some helpful tips on what kind of gifts to get for their handsome sons (or grandsons, or godsons, or nephews) on the day they … 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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Our RCIA Gift Guide: Heaven Will Be Celebrating These New Catholics, and So Should You!

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Because receiving God’s saving grace through the Sacraments is something to be celebrated, everyone coming into the Church should receive a keepsake or a memento of the special occasion (especially from their sponsors and any Catholic family members). Preferably something that will help them to grow in their faith as new Catholics. Every new convert should have that sacramental, whether it be a crucifix, a rosary, or a prayer book, that they can look at with gratefulness and say, “I received this gift when I became Catholic.” It will always be a reminder for them of all the graces they received that helped bring them home to the Catholic Church. Continue reading


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Vatican to Canonize First 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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Preparing for a Catholic Marriage: 6 Tips from a Soon-to-Be Bride

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It’s easy to go off the deep end with wedding planning … So how do you keep the right perspective in preparing for marriage? Continue reading


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8 Ways to use Holy Water

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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 Catholic Wedding Gift Guide

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Help fill the new couple’s home with faith-based heirlooms to brighten their marriage. Great choices include couple’s rosaries, a beautiful marriage blessing, or a gift piece such as a serving platter, frame or a set of toasting flutes. Since the bride will likely have a new last initial, anything personalized or monogrammed would be thoughtful, too. Continue reading


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