Revisiting the Christmas Story
Dec25

Revisiting the Christmas Story

The Christmas story is referred to many times throughout the Bible. It captures the beautiful gift that God gave to humankind which is the gift of His only son, Jesus Christ. Christmas reminds us of how Jesus became human in order to save us but it is not just the account of his birth. The Christmas story also lets us see how Christ’s arrival transformed the lives of the people surrounding Him.

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The History of Christmas Day
Dec23

The History of Christmas Day

To many of us, Christmas Day and December have become irrevocably intertwined but did you know that during the first 300 years of Christianity, the birth of Jesus Christ wasn’t observed in December? In fact, sometimes Christmas Day wasn’t observed on a particular date at all.

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5 Christmas Day Traditions for Catholic Families
Dec16

5 Christmas Day Traditions for Catholic Families

As members of the Catholic Faith, we should all be excited for Christmas Day not because of the parties, delicious food and merrymaking but because of the spiritual meaning behind this holiday. This once-a-year occasion reminds us of Jesus Christ’s birth, an extraordinary event that shows us just how much God loves us. Many families gather together on Christmas day to celebrate and spend time with one another. Here are 5 ideas on how you and your family can make your get-together more meaningful.

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Simple Ways to Celebrate Sacred Family Time
Nov18

Simple Ways to Celebrate Sacred Family Time

Families often have traditions that capture their faith in God and cultivate their love for one another. These include special gatherings on religious holidays like Christmas, Easter, and All Saints’ Day. Traditions, ideally, should focus on values and relationships rather than material things. Parents can use these traditions as teachable moments to highlight Catholic faith and values.

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Do Catholic Parents Have to Name Their Babies After Saints?
Oct30

Do Catholic Parents Have to Name Their Babies After Saints?

As Catholics, do we have any special considerations to keep in mind when naming our child? Are we required to name our child after a saint or can we name them with anything we want? What are the reasons why parents choose the name of saints as Catholic baby names?

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Part of Being a Good Catholic Parent Involves Nurturing Your Child’s Faith
Oct27

Part of Being a Good Catholic Parent Involves Nurturing Your Child’s Faith

As Christian parents how do we develop our child’s faith? We have a responsibility to train our children in the ways of God and one of the first steps is to cultivate their faith. 

Faith is an important part of our spiritual journey here on earth so how do we share this with the younger generation?

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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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Is IVF Immoral in the Eyes of the Catholic Church?
Oct09

Is IVF Immoral in the Eyes of the Catholic Church?

IVF is one of the many methods used to overcome infertility but this procedure has stirred up many moral and religious debates. What is IVF and what is the the views of the Catholic Church on it?

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Fighting Temptations : A Practical Guide for Catholics
Aug31

Fighting Temptations : A Practical Guide for Catholics

Some temptations are easier to overcome than others and we often hear people use the phrase, “I am only human and humans are bound to sin” in order to justify falling into temptation. But is this argument valid?

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Role of Religion: How Religion Affects Family Relationships
Aug09

Role of Religion: How Religion Affects Family Relationships

​Some people put religion at the center of their family relationships and traditions while others do not put as much importance on it. Let’s look into the differences between religious and nonreligious families to better understand how religion affects their relationships.

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How to Choose Godparents
Jun14

How to Choose Godparents

Thanks to fairy tales like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, the concept of godparents is often taken to mean magical beings who grant wishes or make our lives easier. The role our godparents have in our journey here on earth is actually so much more significant so we must be careful in the people we choose to take up that role.

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Is going to Church every Sunday necessary for Catholics?
May26

Is going to Church every Sunday necessary for Catholics?

Going to church every Sunday is one of the most basic traditions that we associate with our Catholic faith. We have been taught to go to church and attend mass at an early age but is it really necessary for Catholics? Is going to church every Sunday still relevant in today’s times

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Inspiration for a Catholic Mom
May12

Inspiration for a Catholic Mom

Children will always carry with them the influence that their mothers had in their lives and this influence shapes the way they act and behave as adults. This is why being a Catholic mom is a remarkable honor for us women to have. We are gifted with a precious life that we must care for and look after not only its physical and emotional needs, but also its spiritual well being. In time for Mother’s Day, let’s look at some Bible teachings on motherhood; most of which come through the example of the extraordinary life of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

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Teaching Our Children How to Become Good Catholic Citizens
Apr17

Teaching Our Children How to Become Good Catholic Citizens

As Christian parents, it is our responsibility to cultivate our children’s faith and encourage them to become God-fearing, sensitive and responsible adults. Having a solid set of Catholic values and beliefs can go a long way in helping our child make the right choices in today’s increasingly complex world.

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Why Bother Praying As A Family?
May20

Why Bother Praying As A Family?

Your great-grandmother’s engagement ring, the “good” silver, holiday traditions, and the family’s blue-ribbon-winning apple pie recipe are just some of the things that may have been passed down for the last few generations in your family. You cherish these mementos and memories for the way they make you feel connected to your family. What about the gift of praying?

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Top 6 Things to Consider for Your Daughter’s First Communion
Jan21

Top 6 Things to Consider for Your Daughter’s First Communion

Receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion is an important rite of passage in your daughter’s life. Like any special event, there are many things that need to get done before the big day. The months, weeks, and days before your daughter’s Communion are spent getting spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared. In addition to making sure your daughter understands the significance of receiving the Lord for the first time, you’ll...

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The Crucifix — Why Displaying It in Your Home Matters
Aug08

The Crucifix — Why Displaying It in Your Home Matters

The crucifix is one of the most recognizable images in the world and for many it evokes a range of emotions. The crucifix is a powerful image. Unlike a simple cross, the wall crucifix features the figure of Christ being crucified.

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5 Family Fun Mary Activities
May20

5 Family Fun Mary Activities

There are many ways you and your family can honor Mary throughout the month of May. While we’re not obligated by the Church to formally participate in a May crowning, the month of May is the perfect time to keep the Mother of God more present in our hearts. Enjoy the slideshow with some great suggestions for honoring Mary that even your kids won’t groan about taking part in! [SlideDeck2 id=624] 1 “Sweet” Mary A “sweet” way to honor...

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Chalice of Love – Happy Mother’s Day!
May10

Chalice of Love – Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! There is just something unique and mysterious about mothers. But I didn’t grow up thinking I was going to be unique and mysterious simply because I was a mom. In fact, it was just the opposite for me… I was a Catholic Worker for several years as a young adult. While my college friends were getting pregnant, I was with a social justice movement marching for changes in society. As a group of...

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November is Gratitude Month
Nov07

November is Gratitude Month

The month of November is a great time to focus on gratitude. I teach my Sunday School students to learn this phrasing from Psalm 136: “We give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever!” It’s good to remind kids every day about how much we have to be grateful for. Here’s our list of Gratitude We are grateful for a cat who keeps us on our toes! The big, fat cat, will sleep close to your face purring. But the proximity...

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God Invites You to a Journey of Faith. The Pilgrimage.

By Judith Costello When we think of “vacation” we often imagine heading for the beach or the mountains to relax and unwind, while the kids are pleasantly occupied with new outdoor distractions. But sometimes, what we really need is “soul liberation!”  Our souls, perhaps more than our bodies, need the opportunity to SOAR by experiencing holy places. Why not consider a pilgrimage for you and / or the entire family?  Sound unusual?...

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Teaching Your Children About St. Joseph the Worker and Husband
Mar19

Teaching Your Children About St. Joseph the Worker and Husband

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband –Solemnity March 19 During the month of March we celebrate the life of St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers and patron saint of a happy death. As I was thinking about this I overheard a teenager say, “Work? I’m allergic to it!” The value of “work” has seen a bit of a decline in our modern era. To remedy that voice of “the easy way out” and to honor St. Joseph, we’d like to reclaim the value of...

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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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Honoring the Special Role of a Grandparent – The Ones Who Come Before Us
Sep01

Honoring the Special Role of a Grandparent – The Ones Who Come Before Us

My daughter, Brigit, is sure her grandmother holds the magic key to baking. They spent a long afternoon in the kitchen recently, trying to create a winning cake for a contest at the county fair. I stood in the entryway, feeling a bit jealous. Brigit was doing everything Grandma asked, without any complaints. Amazing! “Now clean up each tool as you use it, honey,” she said and smiled as Brigit rushed to the sink. How I wished my...

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