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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


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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


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


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


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As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, offering joy and love, especially to the children in our lives, we know that so many children in the ... continue reading


Cardinal Sako orders muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq Watch

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Christmas celebrations among Iraqi Christians will be subdued this year in a show of solidarity with anti-government protesters.  ... 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


Pope Francis: Don't forget the real meaning of Christmas Watch

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Ahead of the Vatican Christmas tree lighting Dec. 5, Pope Francis expressed hope that the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will serve ... 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

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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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The Christmas Gift: Because Jesus is Born, We Can Be Born Again Watch

Image of That beautiful Child was born in a manger so that the world can be born again in Him. He became like us, so that we can become like Him. As sons and daughters in the Son, we can live for eternity in an intimate communion of love in, through and with Him. That reality begins today for all who say Yes to the gift being offered. Merry Christmas

On the day called Christ-Mass, the whole world pauses - at a manger, a crib, a creche. The Nativity of the Lord touches every man, ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent This is the last day of this year's Advent preparations. Tonight, we greet the ... continue reading


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5 Ways to keep Jesus in your Christmas celebrations this year

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Christmas is a magical time of year when decorations line the streets, children are suddenly behaving and the Post Office struggles to keep ... continue reading


Get your oven mitts ready, it's time to bake Christmas cookies! Watch

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Logs are burning in the fireplace and a sweet holiday tune escapes from the stereo. Christmas is here and it's time to break out those eggs ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Within Mary's womb, our Savior stirs. The moment is near! The Holy Family turns ... continue reading


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