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Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May: A Day to Celebrate Heritage and History

Image of On May 5, 1862 the smaller Mexican army, with older, more inferior weapons and equipment, defeated the French at Puebla, southwest of Mexico City.

Cinco de Mayo currently has only a regional importance in Mexico. In the United States and other countries, however, the day has come to ... continue reading


Is Catholic Persecution Back in Fashion?

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According to a memorandum issued by the Richmond field office of the FBI, if a person is a "radical-traditionalist Catholic" then they may ... continue reading



Preparing for Pentecost: Easter Monday

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"We should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and incorruptible, ... continue reading


7 Fun facts about Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras celebrations Watch

Image of Mardi Gras first became a holiday in 1582.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday; it comes directly before Ash Wednesday. "Mardi Gras is a raucous celebratory affair that serves as a ... continue reading


Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord: As the Magi Seek, So Should We Watch

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The first sentence of this Sunday's gospel (Mt 2:1-12) presents us with a contrast between three figures: Jesus, Herod the Great, and the ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier on Who Needs Advent? I do!

Image of The candle is a symbol of Advent because it is a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, who is always coming to those with the eyes of living faith.

Jesus Christ is not just a memory to the Christian with living faith. He is alive in our midst and living His Life in and through His ... continue reading


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Fr. Randy Sly on Thanksgiving and Our Roots of Faith Watch

Image of Ceremonies and periods of thanksgiving are woven through the entire tapestry of history. We find them in the Jewish Calendar of Feasts, in other world religions, in European cultures and native practices of North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

Thanksgiving Day has become a time when we watch parades and then take in large amounts of food and football. According to some ... continue reading


The Truth about Thanksgiving

Image of From the beginning, Thanksgiving has been about giving thanks to God above.

Though Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, it is most assuredly NOT a secularist Holiday. Secularism as an ideology seeks to exclude ... continue reading


Why Christians Can Celebrate Halloween - and Evangelize the Culture Watch

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The Church has often taken secular holidays and, in a sense, baptized them, as a means of infusing the values of the Gospel into the ... continue reading


Roe Died Today. The Culture of Life Rises, and the Real Work Begins

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On June 24, 2022, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, the United States Supreme Court issued ... continue reading


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