Tag: Christmas

Nativity scene makes appearance at State Capitol

Nativity scene makes appearance at State Capitol

| December 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A small group of carolers joined their voices to sing the Christmas classic “Silent Night” Dec. 19 in St. Paul.

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Jesus’ gift to us at Christmas and always

Jesus’ gift to us at Christmas and always

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gifts are a big part of Christmas. We shop for gifts, give gifts and look forward to receiving gifts. The practice of gift giving at Christmastime finds its origins in the Magi who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus (Mt 2:11); and in St. Nicholas, who gave his wealth to the poor, food to the hungry, encouragement to prisoners and three separate gifts of gold to a father to pay the dowry for his three daughters. The single greatest gift of Christmas is Jesus himself, the gift of the Father to the human race.

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Embracing God’s promise

Embracing God’s promise

| Father Dan Haugan | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Thanksgiving week snowstorm caused me to do something I had planned to do for months: set up all the bells and whistles on my TV.

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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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Set up a Nativity scene, pray there before Christmas, pope suggests

Set up a Nativity scene, pray there before Christmas, pope suggests

| Cindy Wooden | December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Putting up a Nativity scene before Christmas is a reminder to stop and remember what Christmas is really about and to prepare one’s heart like a manger for the coming of Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Never taken for a ride

Never taken for a ride

| Liz Kelly | December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I was about 10, my father — bless his generous heart — bought me something I had wanted my entire young life: a Pinto, a particular breed of horse with large patches of white, black and brown. This Pinto was named Windy. We spotted her ad in the paper that spring; she was in foal, trained to ride and drive. This last bit was important because the horse who usually pulled our sleigh had died. Windy was a bargain with a foal to boot. Two horses for the price of one. Dad got on the phone and bought her “sight unseen.”

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Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus’ birth

Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus’ birth

| December 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brothers Peter and Eli Hosh grew up knowing that their hometown was not only the place where they went to school and ran down to the corner market for their mother, but the town where Jesus was born.

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When it comes to giving, less is more

When it comes to giving, less is more

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. “One year, we’re not going to do presents at all,” we declare over the phone. “And it will be the best Christmas ever.”

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Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nine different parishes around the metro area will host Masses for the tradition, known as “Simbang Gabi,” meaning “Mass at dawn.” As in the Philippines, most of the Masses will be followed by food. But they’ll take place in the evening, when people are more likely able to attend.

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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus’ crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.

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Want to add to hope, joy, reflection, healing? You can do Advent

Want to add to hope, joy, reflection, healing? You can do Advent

| Mark Pattison | November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Compared to Christmas, Easter and Lent, Advent is the Maytag repairman of liturgical seasons. Hardly anybody calls on it.

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Advent matters

Advent matters

| Deacon Greg Kandra | November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christmas is still weeks away, and already we’re exhausted.

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