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Vatican releases pope’s Christmas season schedule

Vatican releases pope’s Christmas season schedule

| December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ 2019-20 Christmas season celebrations will include the usual liturgies and traditions.

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Christmas homily: ‘Christ Was Born for This’

Christmas homily: ‘Christ Was Born for This’

| December 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here is a Christmas homily titled “Christ Was Born For This” by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A Dominican, he taught theology for many years at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington. His homily below quotes from “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” the English title of the carol “In Dulci Jubilo,” attributed to the 14-century German Dominican mystic Blessed Henry Suso

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A closer look at the Nativity story in Luke’s Gospel

A closer look at the Nativity story in Luke’s Gospel

| Joseph Kelly | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christmas is a major feast day, yet it is based upon small passages in two Gospels. These are the Nativity accounts in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

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Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

| David Gibson | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

We know what kind of person the infant Jesus born on the first Christmas would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives.

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Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

| Maureen Pratt | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it’s the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with “Celebrate the season!” Or, maybe it’s the emphasis on reunions — bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas

Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas

| Nick Bramhill | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

People who work with married couples have urged them to make time for each other, especially during the often-stressful Christmas season.

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas from The Catholic Spirit and the Archdiocese St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Let there be light

Let there be light

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amazing Christmas displays you’ll want to see

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Bringing the Christmas spirit to life

Bringing the Christmas spirit to life

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Parishioners and members of several surrounding communities braved temperatures around zero degrees to see a live Nativity performance at St. Joseph in Miesville Dec. 15. The every-other-year event featured three performances with different casts and was followed by a sloppy joe dinner.

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Christmas poster contest winners

Christmas poster contest winners

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked youths in grades kindergarten to 12 to create Christmas posters by completing the phrase, “I unwrap the real gift of Christmas when . . .” and then drawing a picture. The 405 entries came from across the archdiocese and were judged by a panel of Catholic Spirit staff members, who chose winners in four categories: grades 3 and under, grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Let us be wise Magi this Christmas • What gift will you give to Jesus this year? • See this year’s Christmas poster, essay contest winners • Christmas trees remind believers of light of Christ • Vatican Nativity scene to depict ancient city’s rock-hewn grottos • A goat for Christmas?

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