Category Archives: Sacraments

A Catholic Wedding Gift Guide

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

Posted in Catholic Gift Guide, Catholic Gifts, Personalized Gifts, Sacraments | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Secrets to a Successful Marriage by Pope Francis

Earlier this year, Pope Francis’ St. Valentine’s Day audience held over 10,000 young couples engaged to be married. One couple sent a question to the Pope, which he addressed during the audience: “Many feel that the challenge of living together forever is beautiful, enchanting, but very demanding, almost impossible. We ask your word to enlighten us on this.” Continue reading

Posted in Pope, Sacraments | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Pope Francis Challenges You: “Go to Confession”

One of the last things Jesus did on earth after his Resurrection and before his Ascension into heaven was to give his Apostles his authority to forgive sins (John 20:21-13).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, like all Sacraments, was instituted by Christ. It was given to us as a gift to restore our relationship to him after we damage or break it through sin. Often the Sacrament is made use of only infrequently, and mainly during the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent. But Pope Francis has clearly been trying to encourage his flock to appreciate the Sacrament on a deeper level in hope that they will make use of it much more frequently. Continue reading

Posted in Pope, Prayer, Sacraments | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Blessed Imelda, Patroness of First Communicants

When Imelda Lambertini was five years old, she asked to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. She loved Christ deeply, to the point of wondering, “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?” However, as it was the year 1327, her request was out of the question. At that time children were not allowed to receive Holy Communion until they were at least 12 years old.

But she persisted. Continue reading

Posted in Patron Saints, Sacraments | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Confirmation is Not the End!

Recently I was talking to someone whose daughter just went through Confirmation formation. During the first meeting, there was one thing that they wanted to make clear- Confirmation is not the end! It is not uncommon for individuals going through confirmation to get into the mindset that this is the last step. Formation classes are over, volunteer hours are complete, and you have received the sacrament of Confirmation. What’s next? Continue reading

Posted in Sacraments | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Confirmation: The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament of anointing by the Holy Spirit. The bishop or priest prays for those being confirmed to receive the Holy Spirit and his 7 gifts. What are these 7 gifts and what do they mean? Continue reading

Posted in Sacraments | Tagged | 6 Comments

Kicking off First Communion Season: Where to Begin

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

Posted in Catholic Events, Catholic Gift Guide, needs proofing/review, Sacraments | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Holy Day, Prayer, Sacraments | Tagged | 1 Comment

99 Questions to Complete Your Examination of Conscience

Many of us may be tempted to begin our examination of conscience when we get in line at the confessional. There is nothing wrong with this practice (especially if the line looks like this), but you don’t want to get caught in the middle of your examination when it is your turn to go in.

Bratislava confession line1

If you don’t regularly examine your conscience it may take awhile before you are fully prepared. Next time you go to confession, consider preparing before you go. For one should not simply just go to confession, but rather make the best confession possible.

One of the essential pieces in the Rite of Penance is the examination of conscience. We take an internal self-examination of our spiritual life and bring to light those sins that keep us from a more intimate relationship with Christ. Here, we recall our sins and faults committed since our last confession. Continue reading

Posted in Prayer, Sacraments | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Holy Mass: The Golden Key of Paradise

In this mystical writing, The Hidden Treasure, Holy Mass, St. Leonard describes the many spiritual benefits of the Holy Mass. We often hear and read many things about the benefits of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, which are great and profound; but this book associates great benefits to the whole Mass itself, not just the summit of the Mass which is the Holy Eucharist. Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Books, Sacraments | Tagged , , | 7 Comments