Tag: Advent

‘Stay awake’

‘Stay awake’

| Father Troy Przybilla | December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Advent, we hear Jesus tell us to stay awake.

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Can I listen to Christmas music in Advent?

Can I listen to Christmas music in Advent?

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. Can I listen to Christmas songs in Advent? I’ve heard people say that we shouldn’t even put up decorations before Christmas. What should I do?

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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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A renewed dedication to Advent

A renewed dedication to Advent

| Kate Soucheray | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are thoroughly into the season of Advent and we may not have taken out the Advent candles, the blue cloths or the Advent calendar. Instead, we might have gotten so caught up in our list of to-dos and already feel so overwhelmed by the needs of this brief time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, that we have not acknowledged this short-lived season of preparation for the coming of Christ in our hearts.

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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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The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I first became the pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, the stories of the parish founder, Msgr. Raymond Rutkowski, were many and already legendary.

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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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Everyday Emmanuel

Everyday Emmanuel

| Jonathon Liedl | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You’re probably familiar with Narnia, C.S. Lewis’ setting for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” where it’s “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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How emotional intelligence can save your marriage

How emotional intelligence can save your marriage

| Kate Soucheray | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Throughout this new liturgical year (which began with the first week of Advent), we will hear from St. Luke’s Gospel, which is known for highlighting Jesus’ compassion. As we hear the readings, we are invited to place ourselves within the context of the Gospel stories and become a more compassionate, caring person as well.

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A frozen world, a fiery hope

A frozen world, a fiery hope

| Liz Kelly | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

My beloved summer lake has now become a beloved winter lake, frozen into silence and stillness. The ice is thick enough to safely traverse, and my shining water world has become a sanctuary to me, a holy place to walk and pray and listen for God’s voice.

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Pope: Prepare for Christ’s birth by recognizing mistakes, sowing peace

Pope: Prepare for Christ’s birth by recognizing mistakes, sowing peace

| Carol Glatz | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is a time for people to think about what they can change about themselves so that they can sow the seeds of peace, justice and fraternity in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.

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Preparing for Christ

Preparing for Christ

| Kate Soucheray | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is one of the least understood and least acknowledged liturgical seasons of the Church year. Many of us are quick to think about Christmas, rather than Advent, at this time of year. In fact, we found holiday decorations in the stores before Halloween so we could get a jump on our shopping. But here we are in the beginning of December and we likely have not even engaged in the season of Advent.

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