Tag: Advent

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

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Advent hymn’s composer aims to draw audience into the quiet of the season

Advent hymn’s composer aims to draw audience into the quiet of the season

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Connecting “Night of Silence” with “Silent Night” gives the piece a “sense of nostalgia and a connection with our past and a connection with our tradition and where we’ve been,” Kantor said. “It takes … ‘Silent Night’ and breaks it open and makes it new again by redirecting people to that time in the liturgical year that precedes Christmas.”

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Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

| Deacon Michael Nevin | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we draw ever closer to the great celebration of Christmas, many of us are busy preparing for the festivities that accompany such a great season of joy. The stores have been filled with holiday displays for months, front yards are resplendent with lights and decorations, and life is busy buying gifts for our loved ones.

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Families say living by Church’s calendar at home draws them closer to saints, Mass

Families say living by Church’s calendar at home draws them closer to saints, Mass

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year, and for some Catholic families, the liturgical “New Year” is tied to special traditions at home.

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Washington Archdiocese takes transit system to court over ad guidelines

Washington Archdiocese takes transit system to court over ad guidelines

| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Washington filed suit in federal court Nov. 28 over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s advertising guidelines after the transit system rejected an Advent and Christmas advertisement.

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Preparing for Advent

Preparing for Advent

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | November 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Early in November, I heard the TV announce: “The holiday season has arrived! It’s time to … .”

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U of M ‘Magnificat’ concert prompts reflection on mothers in prison

U of M ‘Magnificat’ concert prompts reflection on mothers in prison

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The concert’s director is connecting the uncertainty, fear and hope of incarcerated mothers to another mother who may have experienced similar emotions 2,000 years ago, when she was preparing to give birth to the Messiah.

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In Elko New Market, candle lighting a simple way to evangelize

In Elko New Market, candle lighting a simple way to evangelize

| December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Karen Johnson took on the task of furthering evangelization efforts at St. Nicholas in Elko New Market, she decided to start small. The communications and mission coordinator at the parish since 2015, Johnson planned a simple, inviting opportunity for people to stop and pray during Advent. She calls it “a mini evangelization effort.”

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Be joyful that God is always in control

Be joyful that God is always in control

| Deacon Jeremy Bock | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we prepare to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded of our joy in waiting for the coming of Christ. We have cause for rejoicing in the Lord and his never-failing fidelity to his people that he will come again to gather us to himself for all eternity.

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Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

Watch and prepare, but don’t stop living

| Deacon Ben Wittnebel | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Advent is a season of preparation for Christ’s threefold coming: in history (at Christmas), into our hearts (through repentance, conversion, saving faith and the sacraments) and at the end of time (his second coming).

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During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

| Liz Kelly | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of my habits in recent years has been to prepare for Christmas proper well in advance. I shop for presents throughout the year, order my Christmas cards in October, and I refuse to buy any new Christmas ornaments during Advent — what I have is what I have. Once Advent hits, I’m finished. If the present has not been purchased, it doesn’t get purchased. If the Christmas tree lights don’t work, I go without them. I need my Advent to be Advent. I need this time for recollection and prayer, and as I get older, I protect it more fiercely.

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Advent events in the archdiocese

Advent events in the archdiocese

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Responding to a query from The Catholic Spirit, parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted the following events

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