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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


The Advent Calendar Watch

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An Advent calendar has become a tradition for many families when celebrating Advent and the Christmas season. Young children are full of ... 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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Sinner or saint God loves you, Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve Watch

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Vatican City, (CNA) - A person's weakness and sin does not change Christ's love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others the ... continue reading


St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says Watch

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The death of St. Stephen, the Church's first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part of the ... continue reading


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Christmas Eve carolers for Cardinal Pell gathered at Melbourne prison Watch

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A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell, currently ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent This is the last day of this year's Advent preparations. Tonight, we greet the ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 23 - The Fourth Monday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 23 The Fourth Monday of Advent Some families wait until this time to put up their Christmas trees. The reason ... continue reading


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