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Advent Reflection - Day 4 - The First Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 4 - First Wednesday of AdventWhat do kids know about Advent that we don't? Advent is a period of ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 3 - The First Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 3 - First Tuesday of AdventA guest is coming! Are you ready?  For many people, Advent hardly ... continue reading



Advent Reflection - Day 2 - The First Monday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 2 - First Monday of AdventYou're going through trouble, but is it the right trouble?  Advent is a ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 1 - The First Sunday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 1 - The First Sunday of AdventDo you know what Advent is really for?  We begin the season of Advent ... continue reading


Advent: Rushing to the Side of Mary Watch

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In the second half of Advent, the liturgy focuses on the Incarnation and birth of Jesus at the first Christmas.  We think about Mary's ... continue reading


50 years later, a Christmas message from the heavens

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Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 1968) the crew of Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit and began circling the moon - the first time in ... continue reading



'Observe Advent': What does it really mean? Watch

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With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway.  Denver, Colo. (CNA) - ... continue reading


New Vatican Christmas Stamps feature beautiful artwork

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The artwork featured on the Vatican's postage stamps for Christmas 2018 were painted by a man serving a life-sentence in a Milanese ... continue reading


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Catholic Online Shopping has announced 40 Days of Deals. Catholic gifts will be discounted, allowing shoppers to get bargains on some of ... continue reading


The Nativity Scene Watch

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The Nativity Scene is a meaningful expression for our religious faith. With it, we provide a captivating visual focus during the Christmas ... continue reading



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Advent? What is it all about

What is Advent? The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading


Advent Daily Readings

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


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Advent Reflection - Day 10 - The Second Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Day 10 - Second Tuesday of AdventReliance on God is what will save us. One of the great Old Testament prophets was Isaiah. God ... continue reading


Pope Francis blesses 100 nativity scenes near the Vatican Watch

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Pope Francis Monday stopped by the "100 Nativities in the Vatican" display to bless Christmas scenes from all over the world. Vatican City, ... continue reading


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Advent Reflection - Day 9 - The Second Monday of Advent Watch

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Advent Day 9 - Second Monday of AdventWhy we need a Savior. At this time, the Daily Readings of the Church explain why we need a savior. ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of AdventWe recall the prophets, who foretold Christ's coming.  The first and larger ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 7 - The First Saturday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 7 - First Saturday of Advent Why we talk about reconciliation during Advent.  Many parishes ... continue reading


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