Tagged: Christmas

A Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing… — Isahiah 9: 1-2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria....

Eleven Easy Ways to Evangelize This Christmas

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word made flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is He offers Himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the...

The Road to Bethlehem: A Family Christmas Game

The Road to Bethlehem – Amazon Description FUN, FAMILY, FAITH – Let Archangel Raphael take your family on an adventure-filled journey to the very source of Christianity! Follow scenarios from The Book of Adventures, travel through time and space to meet the Holy Family. You will work together to advance along the road and meet various characters from 2000 years ago – Roman soldiers, Phoenician...

Saint Lucy’s Feast Day: Prayers and Traditions

December 13th is the feast of Saint Lucy (283-304), a noblewoman who was born in Syracuse, Italy, during the Diocletian persecution. She made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity angered the pagan youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity...

12 Great Catholic Books to Give as Christmas Gifts

Here are twelve of my favorite books that will make great Christmas gifts: Teens and Adults (Catholic Romance): Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable is the first book in her new inspirational religious fiction series Great War Great Love. Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl Teens and Adults (Marian Books): Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the...

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

On December 6, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Nicholas, the real Santa Claus. He was a priest and bishop acclaimed for his charity and his love of children and the poor. Saint Nicholas was born during the fourth century in Patra, a village on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an...

The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on...

The Strangers At the Manger: Book Review

Summary A new family has moved into St. Anne’s parish. It is Christmas time and the Perez family, who are refugees, needed a safe place to stay. The red-headed twins, Katie and Patrick Brady don’t know what to think of the new family. They look different and speak a strange language. While setting up Christmas ornaments in the church, the twins hear the bell choir...

7 Quick Takes: Christmas Edition

1.  The Christmas lights in Wichita this year have been amazing! On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, which is characterized by joy, we went out to view the lights around the city.  Here is just a sampling of what we saw. Enjoy!   2.  I had my own Christmas miracle this past week, I signed a contract with TAN Books/St. Benedict Press. Praise...

Eleven Easy Ways to Evangelize at Christmas

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word made flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is He offers Himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the...