Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers! Now more than ever, our world is in great need of strong, loving dads who are present to their family with a loving heart. Fatherhood is a holy responsibility, because it is a reflection of God the Father. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and to pray for them—an important and beautiful task! Here is a prayer that a father can say daily for his family.
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Although gift-giving is a common practice when celebrating any sacrament, is it especially true of the Sacrament of Marriage. We love to shower new couples with love as they start a life together. Besides frying pans and bath towels, what are some unique gifts to give a Catholic couple? Here are some suggestions.
We’ve lined up some great inspirational gifts your moms and wives are sure to love, making you an instant favorite. Listed below are four great Mother’s Day gift ideas (with a Catholic twist of course) that will ensure your mom will have a pleasurable and relaxing Mother’s Day. Making mom happy is your #1 priority on the second Sunday in May.
The Catholic Company is offering a new product that tells the story of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and leading up to Easter Sunday. Children open wooden eggs as they learn about the journey of Jesus, with each egg revealing the next step in His journey to the Cross and then to the Resurrection. A hardcover book beautifully narrates the story along the way. We will open one egg each day starting on Palm Sunday, although it can also be done all at once.
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.
There’s a simple prayer method attributed to Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Argentina. It’s a simple yet helpful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s good for adults too as a reminder to “cover all our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us.
In memory of this grace of conversion through St. Brigid’s intercession and the sign of the cross, it is a popular Irish custom on her feast day (February 1st) to make St. Brigid’s cross out of tall grasses, rushes, or reeds, sprinkle it with holy water, and recite the following prayer.
We asked Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals, how families can overcome the temptation to end their Christmas celebrations on December 26th and keep their festivities going strong through Epiphany.
The message here is: these gifts are so important that they should be gifted in the right manner so they can be received in the right manner. Stockings provide a way for you to make sure that amongst the sea of presents, everyone in your family gets something for the soul (without saying: please work on your soul on account of the fact that everyone here is worried about it).
As I began to incorporate these traditions into the Advent season, I found that our home became a a humble place to show our preparation for coming of Jesus at Christmas. I was immediately struck by the Jesse Tree because of the teaching moments involved. Starting with Creation, the Jesse Tree follows the story of salvation history and is based on the verses in Isaiah and Matthew that speak of Jesse, the father of King David.