From time to time Mary has given certain holy saints a particular devotion to her with attached graces and promises. The devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church. In some cases an object, or sacramental, is given to be associated with the devotion. Three very famous sacramentals given to the Church by Mary are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal.
Attention all sons, daughters, and husbands: Mother’s Day is fast approaching. But you don’t have to panic, we’ve been thinking ahead for you. We’ve lined up some great gifts your mothers are sure to love this year, making you an instant Mother’s Day hero.
To make the day a memorable one, it’s traditional to have family and friends gather for a celebration following Mass where memorable gifts and keepsakes are given to First Communicants, and often Godparents receive tokens of the special day as well.
If you’re stumped about what kinds of gifts are appropriate to celebrate such a meaningful Sacrament, here’s a list of Catholic gift ideas for your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, niece, goddaughter, cousin, or friend on her First Communion day.
Springtime is here, and in parishes across the country children are being prepared to receive their next Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church—First Communion.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the most precious encounter with Christ imaginable!
So, needless to say, this is a very special day, and it should be turned into an occasion for the whole family to celebrate together. Showering the First Communicant with gifts is customary, but, only certain kinds of gifts are appropriate for such a sacred occasion.
After Baptism and First Communion, the next Sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church is Confirmation. Making this day special for a young person—with gifts and a small celebration with close family and friends—will teach them to remember and honor this day that they receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and his seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
One of the ways that family members, godparents, and friends can make this day special for a teen is with religious gifts that become special mementos or keepsakes. If you’re not sure what kinds of gifts are appropriate for Confirmation, our top recommendations are listed in the video below.
The most important moments in a Catholic child’s life aren’t the little league championship or the big dance recital … they are the Sacraments they will receive initiating them into the divine life of Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church.
The Sacraments are something to honor and celebrate!
After a child’s baptism, through which they become a child of God, the next Sacrament is First Holy Communion. Making this day special for a child, with gifts and a small celebration with close family and friends, will teach a child to remember and honor this day, and teach them the reverence due to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this liturgical feast so special is that all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the R.C.I.A. process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will finally be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. There are going to be brand new Catholics running around your parish, which is very exciting! And it’s very important to do what you can to get them well-prepared for their completely new life in the Church. If you’re an RCIA sponsor, or if you have a friend or family member in RCIA, these are my top five must-have R.C.I.A. gifts for everyone being received into the Church.
Have you always wanted to participate in a Lenten retreat, but don’t have the time or money to spend a whole weekend away from home? Sometimes just managing to attend a one-day retreat can be difficult! Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant With You is a wonderful option for an at-home Lenten retreat, that can be done at […]
Advent and Lent are both characterized by penance, fasting, and almsgiving. However, the penance, fasting, and almsgiving is much more pronounced and emphasized during Lent because of Our Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion. However . . .
Many people view Lent, because it is a penitential season of self-denial, as a time of forced depression. It is good to be reminded that,
“While Lent is a solemn season, it is not a somber one. The forty days are not structured to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing; they are meant to thrust us into the heart of divine love.”
You cannot go far on the Internet these days without running into something about the decline of masculinity in our culture today. For decades the value of men, fathers, and maleness in general have been marginalized. The rise of feminism and a “me first” attitude has degraded the substance that men bring to society. Men, for their part, have taken a back seat in many ways in which they are expected to be strong leaders. As my wife said to me yesterday, “men are destined for greatness.”
How many people believe that today? Do you believe you are destined for greatness? Do you believe your husband is destined for greatness? Do you believe your son or your daughter’s husband is destined for greatness?