Category: Liturgical Seasons

7QT: EWTN, Advent, Christmas and More

  1. You can catch me as a guest on EWTN TV. I will be appearing on the pre-recorded At Home with Jim and Joy program airing initially on December 21. Check here for other dates and times, which, I believe, are Eastern. I will be discussing my book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World with them.  2.  This past Sunday, our parish had...

Five Favorite Advent Hymns to Celebrate the Season

While the world around us celebrates Christmas, as faithful Catholics, we live out the Advent season in our lives. We put up the Advent wreath, pray more fervently, and perform extra acts of  spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This year, I want to focus on the beauty of the Advent season and prepare for the coming on Christ at Christmas. One way to do...

Twelve Tips for a Holier Advent Season

The liturgical season of Advent begins on the first Sunday in Advent, opening a new year in our Church’s Calendar. Advent is from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called...

Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

On November 30, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, who was the first of the twelve apostles to be called by Christ. He is the patron saint of: Scotland, Russia, Barbados, Ukraine, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, and Romania. In addition, he is the patron of: fishermen, gout, sore throats, unmarried women, and women who wish to become mothers. The symbol for St....

St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena begins November 30

Image: Adoration of the Child – Gerard van Honthorst During Advent, one Catholic tradition is to pray the St. Andrew Christmas novena. The feast of St. Andrew, which takes places on November 30, marks the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of a new year with the start of Advent. In fact, the Sunday that falls nearest to St. Andrew’s feast day is always...

The Catholic Way of Celebrating All Hallows’ Eve

On October 31, we celebrate the eve of All Saints. Pope Sixtus IV in 1484 established November 1, the feast of All Saints, as a holy day of obligation and gave it both a vigil (known today as “All Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallowe’en”) and an eight-day period or octave to celebrate the feast. By 1955, the octave of All Saints was removed. All Hallows’ Eve...

7 Quick Takes: Easter Joy, Divine Mercy

Happy Easter to all of you! As Catholics, we celebrate the Easter season for fifty days. I hope and pray that your heart is filled with the joy of the Resurrection of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! This week’s Seven Quick Takes will be primarily a photo journal of my some of my activities and joys of the past few weeks. Enjoy!...

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

​Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.​” ~ John 11: 25-26​​​

Good Friday: Divine Mercy Novena Begins

    Divine Mercy Novena Prayers First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena Intention: Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on...

The Easter Triduum: Entering Into the Heart of Our Faith

Today begins the holiest and most important time of the Church year — the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the heart of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sacred Triduum begins with Holy Thursday, which marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday,...