Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?
Oct12

Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

The topic of Catholics and Halloween is a controversial one. Many people around the world celebrate Halloween with costume parties, scary decorations and trick-or-treating from one house to the next. Should Catholics participate in these traditions? Should we celebrate Halloween?

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The Meaning of Easter Sunday for Catholics
Apr13

The Meaning of Easter Sunday for Catholics

Easter is a beautiful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus Christ died for the sins of humankind. He rose three days after his crucifixion which is a miraculous and meaningful event for Christians.

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What are the Stations of the Cross?
Mar24

What are the Stations of the Cross?

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, Via Crucis, and Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Sorrows), is a devotion that reflects on Jesus’ final days on Earth—from being condemned to death to dying on the cross and being placed in the tomb.

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Ash Wednesday — Our Faith Marked on Our Faces
Feb08

Ash Wednesday — Our Faith Marked on Our Faces

What’s one way you can spot a Catholic? As the saying goes, “It’s written on their face.” Each year on Ash Wednesday, Catholics (and other Christian denominations) around the world profess their faith by going to work, school, or going about their daily lives with the symbol of the cross displayed on their foreheads.

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Catholic Weddings: The Dos and Don’ts
Jun24

Catholic Weddings: The Dos and Don’ts

As one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, marriage is more than a legal contract; according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The sacrament of matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church.” A marriage is sealed and strengthened by God’s love and is rooted in the divine plan of creation— the procreation and education of children in the faith.

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Saint Brendan Boat Plaque
Jun02

Saint Brendan Boat Plaque

We love our boats and the feeling of being on the open water! Keep safe on sailing adventures with this beautiful St. Brendan Boat Plaque.

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Get Out and Pray: How to Create a Prayer Garden
Apr24

Get Out and Pray: How to Create a Prayer Garden

From an early age, we’re taught the importance of praying. As children, we proudly recited a few short prayers we were taught at home or at Catholic school.

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Weatherproofing Your Catholic Garden Statue
Apr21

Weatherproofing Your Catholic Garden Statue

With 3 simple steps, you can preserve and protect your beautiful sculptures for years to come.

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Measuring For A First Communion Dress – Infographic
Jan15

Measuring For A First Communion Dress – Infographic

With three simple measurements for Bust, Waist, and Length you’ll be able to select the correct size without worry.

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Did Your Faith Make it on Your New Year’s Resolution List?
Dec31

Did Your Faith Make it on Your New Year’s Resolution List?

Happy New Year! Making resolutions is the norm this time of year, as we come up with a mental list of areas we want to improve or things we want to accomplish. While losing those stubborn pounds, exercising regularly, and getting to work on time are great resolutions, there’s one more important resolution that belongs on all of our lists: being more Christ-like. If you’ve fallen off the proverbial wagon in regards to praying,...

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Fourth Week of Advent – The Angel’s Candle
Dec19

Fourth Week of Advent – The Angel’s Candle

The fourth candle is also called the “Angel’s candle” as we are reminded of the angel of the Lord appearing before a group of shepherds, proclaiming, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” As the final purple candle is lit on this Fourth Week of Advent, let us pray:
 Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,...

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Third Week of Advent – Pink Candle
Dec14

Third Week of Advent – Pink Candle

The third week of Advent, also known as “Gaudete Sunday,” means we have passed the half-way point and Christmas is drawing near. The word gaudete means “rejoice,” and at this point in our Advent journey our hearts should be filled with joy as we ponder the magnitude of Christ’s birth. We mark this joyful time by lighting the one and only pink candle on the wreath. Throughout Advent, priests wear purple vestments, except on Gaudete...

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Second Week of Advent – Advent Prayer Series
Dec07

Second Week of Advent – Advent Prayer Series

This candle is also called the “Bethlehem candle” and reminds us of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to give birth to our Savior. We recall with awe the words of the Virgin Mary when she learned she would carry the Son of the Most High, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” We honor Blessed Mary as the mother of our Lord. We also remember St. Joseph. As Mary’s spouse and the guardian...

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Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas
Dec06

Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 each year and marks the anniversary of the death of the saint known as the generous gift-giver. Born in the 3rd century, there is not a lot of documented history about St. Nicholas’ life, but after extensive research, historians have been able to amass ample information about this popular saint. St. Nicholas was born in Patara, Lycia, a province of Asia Minor (now Turkey), to...

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Advent — How will you spend these four weeks?
Nov29

Advent — How will you spend these four weeks?

What are you doing this November 30 to December 24? Will you be shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and trying to squeeze in some time sitting by a crackling fire? Like many, you probably have a long list of what needs to get done in time for Christmas Day. The race is on and every minute matters. During this busy time, how many times will you think about Jesus, Blessed Mary, and St. Joseph? How many times will you remember to...

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Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?
Nov19

Where Does The Nativity Come From Anyway?

Whether it’s a small nativity consisting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child, or an elaborate scene complete with a stable, animals, and the three kings, displaying the nativity scene, or crèche, has long been a Christmas tradition in the Catholic Church.

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Leprechauns Know Where the Real Treasure is Located!
Mar15

Leprechauns Know Where the Real Treasure is Located!

My mom is 87 years old and she’s a “leprechaun!” The story starts many years ago… When she had six little kids at home, Mary Costello pulled out a “Wearin’ Green” box every year during this week preceding St. Patrick’s Day. Whether we liked it or not, each of her children wore wide green belts, green hats, green buttons and green necklaces to school. And St. Patrick’s Day had a certain kind of “magic” to it! After all her wee ones...

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Forty Days and Forty Thoughts, Part 2 of 2
Mar07

Forty Days and Forty Thoughts, Part 2 of 2

In my Sunday School class there’s a little girl who doesn’t say much…ever. When I ran into her at the grocery store after Ash Wednesday, I asked what she was giving up for Lent. She whispered, “All sweets and all desserts.” That’s a tough commitment in the modern world—and she’s only eight years old! Then in class this last Sunday, my daughter handed out freshly baked, homemade cookies to the students. This girl shook her head to...

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Forty Days and Forty Thoughts on the Beauty and Mystery of Lent
Feb22

Forty Days and Forty Thoughts on the Beauty and Mystery of Lent

Part 1 of 2 of the Mysteries of Lent My son will be confirmed in April. In writing a letter to the bishop to apply for this sacrament he wrote, “I’m proud to be Catholic because the Church speaks up for Truth. We Catholics know why we were made. God made us to know Him, love Him and serve Him. It’s reassuring to understand this.” What he wrote reminded me that Lent is the season to re-align ourselves with Truth…we were made for...

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Lent is the Power Season
Feb13

Lent is the Power Season

The Power Season Lent is the Power Season. It’s the time to rein in all those straying practices…the “pig out” tendency, the munchies tendency, the “grouchy ‘til 4 cups of coffee” tendency, the “I’ll pray later” tendency. It’s our time to feel the power of true Love. When my daughter was learning to ride horses, the first lesson from her teacher was “How to Stop: Use your Reins.” When you’re a little girl on a big, powerful animal,...

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Are you Ready for a New Year Challenge?
Jan02

Are you Ready for a New Year Challenge?

Although the liturgical calendar doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Day per se, we are often exhorted to “put on the new man.” In Ephesians 4:24, St. Paul tells us to assume a new nature as Christians.  This is not a trifling change we are called to make. The Apostle doesn’t say “put on a new garment” or “wear new shoes”….instead we are called to a whole new life! It makes sense to take up this renewal and regeneration once a year. In the...

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Christmas Tales, Father Larry’s Cat
Dec25

Christmas Tales, Father Larry’s Cat

Father Larry’s Cat This is our babies’ First Christmas. “How sweet,” you say.  Well, not really… That’s because one “baby” is a cat named Freckle. The fat cat fights with baby #2, an overgrown puppy. Between the two of them we have Christmas troubles. Freckle came to us on the fourth of July. Independence Day is quite appropriate as the new beginning for a stray kitten. Back then, Freckle was tiny and cuddly  and interested in...

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Why is Advent Special?
Nov13

Why is Advent Special?

To me, Advent is a time of Love, Joy, Family, Friends, and Jesus.  It is more than just purple candles and flip-open paper calendars.  This Catholic celebration is more than 2000 years old and is filled with tradition and spiritual meaning for all of us to partake in.  But why is it so special? The Meaning of Advent Let’s start with the basics, what does Advent mean?  Its literal Latin translation is “coming” or “arrival”.   The more...

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Holy Week – Embracing Change

Palm Sunday—King or Servant? He is the Glorious Servant King! Change is a challenge isn’t it? Let me tell you about our donkey and horse by way of example. Three weeks ago, we changed the morning routine in our barnyard asking the horse and donkey to exit their stalls from the other side of the barn to go out to the pasture for food. Yet every morning, they continue to stand at the old gate, resisting the new routine. So I carry a...

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Fish Fridays During Lent
Feb22

Fish Fridays During Lent

My daughter, Brigit, calls herself a true “carnivore.” She’d rather eat meat than candy. She’d rather eat good red meat than anything else. So “Fish Fridays” are hard for her and for many of her friends. Last year, at this time, she begrudgingly went along when it was time to go to the grocery store on that first Thursday in Lent. We needed to stock up on her least favorite food item. Once we arrived, though, a funny thing happened....

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Lent is Almost Here — How will You Fast?
Feb14

Lent is Almost Here — How will You Fast?

I was sure we were low on flour. And I don’t like going to the cupboard to bake something—which is usually at the last minute because Peter says, “I have to bring a snack to class tonight”—only to find there’s not enough flour for the recipe. So I brought home a ten-pound sack of high-quality pastry flour with my groceries. But when I went to pour it into the canister, low and behold, it was already full to the top. There was no room...

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Advent – Straws for Jesus
Dec07

Advent – Straws for Jesus

A long time ago a poor family prepared to celebrate Christmas. There was no money for a Christmas tree or special decorations because the father of the house was out of work. There wasn’t even enough money to pay the heat bills and it was a cold winter that year. Still the mother said, “Children this cardboard box is like the manger where Jesus first laid his head. Jesus was actually in a worse situation than we are. No heat AND no...

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The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Ever! Prayer
Nov16

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Ever! Prayer

I suspect there are thousands of ways to stuff a turkey. I’ve been looking for a new recipe since my kids aren’t fond of the celery, onion & butter variety that my mother made throughout my childhood. At our house, we’ve tried stuffing with apples, walnuts, bacon and oatmeal. We’ve tried different spices and different juices. We’ve tried crunchy stuffing and moist stuffing. Just the thought of all those possibilities makes my...

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Halloween for the Good Guys and Gals!

Who are Your Heroes? Kids love to dress up in order to test out a different persona.  Do we need to deny them this once-a-year community opportunity, because Halloween has become a time of personifying darkness? Historically, Halloween is connected with pagan harvest festivals and it is now claimed by witches. But the word itself belongs to the “good guys.” It is the Eve of All Saints Day. On this series of days–All Hallows Eve,...

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