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Christmas Poster Contest Winners

Christmas Poster Contest Winners

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked youths in grades one to 12 to create Christmas posters by completing the phrase, “The ornament on my family Christmas tree I like best is …” and then drawing a picture.

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As Christmas nears, we pray for courage to do God’s will

As Christmas nears, we pray for courage to do God’s will

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent Week 4 — Dec. 23

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Golden opportunity for faith-sharing

Golden opportunity for faith-sharing

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Disciples are sent to proclaim the Good News. Every day is a good day to share the message of Jesus Christ. And, while regular days are good, Christmastime often is even better.

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What gift will you give to Jesus this Christmas?

What gift will you give to Jesus this Christmas?

| Jeff Cavins for The Catholic Spirit | December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Though Christmas will soon be happening on the liturgical calendar, the rest of the world has already been celebrating Christmas with decorations in every shop window and every ad on television.

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We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

| December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Today begins the third week of the season of Advent, so we are halfway to Christmas! As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ and for the second coming of the Lord, we light three candles, including a special one of a different color.

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‘O Antiphons’ during Advent’s last days invoke Messiah’s titles

‘O Antiphons’ during Advent’s last days invoke Messiah’s titles

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The O Antiphons, also known as the Greater Antiphons, are a set of seven separate antiphons, each beginning with an “O,” and followed by a title or special attribute of the Christ-child whose birth will be commemorated on Christmas.

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Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family, friends

Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family, friends

| December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent: Week 2 — Dec. 9

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Advent and the art of anticipation

Advent and the art of anticipation

| Christina Capecchi | December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

There’s something about receiving an artfully wrapped gift that makes you feel special

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Advent 101

Advent 101

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent is a time for Catholics to prepare to:

  • Celebrate the Incarnation at Christmas.
  • Receive the Eucharist.
  • Accept the Final Judgment at death and at the end of the world.

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Advent saints are role models for entering more deeply into season

Advent saints are role models for entering more deeply into season

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning coming, and the primary focus of the season is the comings of Jesus, past, present and future — at the first Christmas, during this holy season and at the end of our lives or at the Second Coming.

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Tips for celebrating Advent

Tips for celebrating Advent

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The surest way for me to tap into the spirit of Advent is to give an anonymous gift to a neighbor in need.”

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Advent wreath prayer helps to prepare our hearts for Christmas

Advent wreath prayer helps to prepare our hearts for Christmas

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Advent: Week 1 — Dec. 2

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