What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name
Apr09

What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name

Spring is a busy time in the Catholic Church; not only is it the season when we celebrate Easter, it’s also the season when the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation are typically received. Those receiving Confirmation have gone through many months of instruction, reflection, and prayer. As part of the process, candidates are asked to adopt a saint name that they will carry with them throughout their life. On the...

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What is RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Mar06

What is RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA – Welcome to the Catholic Church “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” (Proverbs 8:17). There are 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, filling more than 221,700 parishes. Each year, many adults are called to join the Catholic faith. How does someone join the Catholic Church? Through a process called the RCIA. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which adults become...

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The 7 Best Gifts One Receives at Confirmation
Feb12

The 7 Best Gifts One Receives at Confirmation

Imagine you’re on a game show and the million dollar question is: Name the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? Would you be able to name them? Would you walk away a millionaire? If you’d be completely stumped or if you could only name a few, you’re not alone. Many of us have difficulty recalling what these seven gifts that we received when we were confirmed are — especially if we received the Sacrament of Confirmation many moons ago! It’s...

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The Faithful Four – Jesus Mary Joseph Christopher
Feb10

The Faithful Four – Jesus Mary Joseph Christopher

The practice of wearing religious medals dates back to the 16th century when Pope St. Pius V began blessing medals containing the images of Jesus and Blessed Mary. As Catholics, wearing a medal is an outward expression of our faith. It tells the world, I am a follower of Christ. Wearing a medal with the image of Jesus on it also acts as a visual cue for us to pray to our Lord, asking for His protection and counsel. When we wear a...

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Confirmation – Absorbed in His Presence
Apr13

Confirmation – Absorbed in His Presence

This is the Alleluia Season! Fifty days after Easter we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This is also considered the unofficial birthday of our Church. It is at this time that many parishes also celebrate Confirmation, as young people receive the Sacrament that brings them the special help of the Spirit. But it seems as so many times we miss the beauty and power of this holy season. So often we seem to just go...

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