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Thank the Catholic Church for your leap year

Why is there a leap year?

We’re talking about the calendar at the heart of all those iterations: the collection of months and days we all build our lives around. Why make a big deal about it? Because it’s a Catholic thing! The Gregorian Calendar—named after Pope Gregory XIII and why there is a leap year, who introduced it to the world in 1582 A.D.

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Bury the Dead for the Year of Mercy

Burying the Dead During the Year of Mercy

Okay. Just on case you’re like us, and couldn’t focus on “bury the dead” before getting Monty Python and the Holy Grail out of your system, we’re going to go ahead and give you a moment to do that. No, really. Go ahead. via GIPHY That’s right. You remember. Bring out yer dead…Honestly, keep going. We’ll wait…He’s says he’s not …

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Make a Pilgrimage in Your Backyard

Last week, we talked about Our Lady of Lourdes and the idea of a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes. That got us thinking. With spring break on the way, why not “pray America first?” We’re talking about taking a domestic pilgrimage right here in the U.S.A. We may not have antiquity on our side, like Europe and the Holy Land, but we’ve got plenty of special places to visit, nonetheless.

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Blessed Columba Marmion – Your Spiritual Director

Blessed Columba Marmion

If you don’t think God has a sense of humor, think of this: He chose April Fool’s Day of 1858 to give us a man who would help many avoid a foolish path toward sin. That day, in Dublin, Ireland, Joseph Aloysius Marmion was born. We know him today as Blessed Columba Marmion, beatified in the year 2000 by future saint, Pope John Paul II.

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Celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes

Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes Sale

It's the 158th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. We're celebrating by offering 20% off of all books, movies, medals and more related to Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

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A rose vestment by any other name… What is Laetare Sunday?

Laetare Sunday Sale

“Laetare” comes from a line in the Latin liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, "Laetare Jerusalem" which means, “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” Since the fourth Sunday falls toward the middle of Lent, it’s a day set aside as “Laetare Sunday” to remember the joy that is coming on Easter Sunday. Once upon a time, the pope would bless golden roses at this time of year, which were sent to Catholic heads of state; that’s where the tradition of rose vestments seems to have originated. Many a priest wishes they had gone for the gold, but they didn’t. Sorry, guys.

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