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All Souls’ Day: Reflections, traditions and prayers

All Souls’ Day: Reflections, traditions and prayers

| Shemaiah Gonzalez | October 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you were to walk past my parish on your dark and damp walk on the evening of Nov. 2 in years past, you would have heard the strains of Mozart’s Requiem drifting outward from the bronze doors of St. James Cathedral, Seattle.

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All Saints’ Day: History and traditions

All Saints’ Day: History and traditions

| Paul Senz | October 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith” (12:1-2).

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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| March 12, 2020 | 9 Comments

Here are the Church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

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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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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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Ash Wednesday 101

Ash Wednesday 101

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some things to know about Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday draws one of the largest turnouts of any Mass throughout the year. While its practice has popularity — including Catholics’ selfies with ashes on foreheads posted prominently on social media — the observance of Ash Wednesday calls for something deeper than receiving ashes. Father Tom Margevicius, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Worship, said “a return to ashes represents my worthlessness without God” — and the realization of being a creature instead of the creator.

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Palms to ashes: A few things to know about Ash Wednesday

Palms to ashes: A few things to know about Ash Wednesday

| Mark Pattison | February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent:

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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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