Tag: Christmas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“My favorite book of the year is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ by the pope who gives me hope.”

That’s the word from Father Greg Esty, and he’s not alone in enjoying Pope Francis’ work; it appears on the top 10 list of book sales at St. Patrick’s Guild, then St. Paul merchant of religious goods. Father Esty, who is pastor of St. Genevieve in Centerville, was one of several clergy who responded to a Catholic Spirit email survey that asked what books they either were giving as Christmas gifts or recommending to others.

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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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Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

| Alyssa Bormes | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly three decades earlier, I had picked Andrea/Andrew because I thought it sounded so cool with the rest of my name: Alyssa Marie Andrea Bormes. God, who cannot be outdone, gave the pretentious teenager her sound, but he slipped in a mission along with it.

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Use that Advent wreath this year

Use that Advent wreath this year

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Advent wreath should be more than a nice decoration to have around the house during the holidays.

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Making room for Jesus

Making room for Jesus

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“There was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) when Jesus was born on the first Christmas.

Mary and Joseph went off to a stable or cave, off by themselves, off alone. No space was reserved for Jesus when he came. There was no hospitality, no welcome. There was severe overcrowding in and around Bethlehem, and the local residents and visitors alike were unwilling or unable to receive Jesus when he was born.

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Rediscover: christmas

Rediscover: christmas

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

-What child is this? Baby’s identity is at heart of season
– Recognizing Jesus
– Touched by an angel
– The day when love came down
– Tips for celebrating Christmas all season long

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Fourth Sunday of Advent — Nothing is impossible with God

Fourth Sunday of Advent — Nothing is impossible with God

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fourth Sunday of Advent — Dec. 22

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EWTN to broadcast Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

EWTN to broadcast Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

EWTN Christmas program schedule

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Pope talks about Marxism, women cardinals and the joy of Christmas

Pope talks about Marxism, women cardinals and the joy of Christmas

| Francis X. Rocca | December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

In another wide-ranging interview with an Italian journalist, Pope Francis denied he was a Marxist but said he took no offense at the label; dismissed the notion of women cardinals; and reflected on Christmas as an occasion of joy, tenderness and hope.

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