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Ever Ancient, Ever New: A New Feast For Mary, Mother of the Church

May 18, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

The Monday after Pentecost is a Marian feast day.Didn’t you know?It’s alright if you didn’t. After all, Pope Francis only just declared the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, to be a permanent memorial this past March. VATICAN MEDIA/CNAWhy Mary, Mother of the Church?Since the earliest days of Christian history, Catholics have[...]

How To Experience The Sacred Triduum With Children

Mar 23, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to[...]

The Lenten Program: How To Prepare For Your Most Fruitful Lent Yet!

Jan 31, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Why does it always seem that as soon as we put away the last of the ornaments and decorations, Lent comes upon us faster than we can work off that last batch of Christmas cookies we ate?We generally have no problem knowing when Easter and Christmas are coming, because we have weeks of preparation beforehand, with the help of Len[...]

Why Do Catholics Choose A Saint’s Name At Baptism?

Jan 08, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Candles are lit, the petite white gown has been donned by a squirming infant, and now the celebrant turns to the parents holding the child and solemnly asks:“What name do you give your child?”In reply, you might hear:Ashley Elizabeth...David Joseph...Mary Joy...Justin Michael…There’s nothing that says “Catholic” quite like the n[...]

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Don't Start Christmas without Advent: Here's Everything You Need to Know!

Nov 24, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

Advent is given to us as a time to prepare our souls for the coming of the Lord. Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. In modern times we are tempted to skip over the penitential aspects of Advent and focus on the joy of Christmas. This is a great tragedy. Focusing only on the joy denies the truth: the Christ Child is o[...]

The Incredible Historical & Biblical Symbolism of the Jasper Christmas Rosary

Nov 21, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

Just as Jasper has been used to cut away and bring out the best in other stones, so do we need to cut away what is unnecessary and ugly in our souls to be prepared to receive Christ at Christmas. When He comes, He skillfully and lovingly carves away everything in our hearts that keeps us from living fully and freely in His love.

This Advent Activity Set Will Transform Your Child's Advent

Nov 06, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

I have lots of memories of Christmases from my youth. I vividly remember making delicious holiday meals, singing in the children’s choir at mass, and excitedly buying presents for my siblings and parents, among many other things.But I don’t remember too much about Advent growing up, except for lighting the Advent wreath every ni[...]