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Why sacrifice during Lent?

Why Sacrifice for Lent?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten Season. As we all know, this is a day of fasting, abstinence, and contemplation. With the ashes of last year's palms, we remember our bodies' mortality and our souls' penitence in Christ's memory. When we are told to remember that "Man is dust, and to dust you shall return", we are reminded of our dependence upon God for our souls' eternal life in Heaven, and the fallibility of our Free Will.

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Seven Common Misconceptions About Lent

Top 7 Misconceptions About Lent

Seven Common Misconceptions About Lent Whether you’ve been a Christian for 40 years or 40 minutes, there’s probably something you’re confused about when it comes to the season of Lent. Don’t worry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Your own pastor may have to check with the bishop once in a while to make sure he’s got everything straight for …

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What’s Your Catholic Passion – Helping the Poor

Catholic Passion - Father Gallagher

Father Maurice Gallagher was born in 1921 in Hanover Township, IA. Before his ordination he volunteered to be transferred to Pueblo, CO because the area was in great need of priests. During his life he served in numerous parishes throughout Colorado and even helped organize a credit union for St. Joseph’s parish in Salida. His love of the poor and …

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What is Septuagesima Sunday?

What is Septuagesima Sunday?

Before the calendar was revised to create Ordinary Time, the Sundays leading up to Lent had much more interesting names than "The Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time."

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Taking a Pilgrimage with Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes

February 11 is the anniversary of the first appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France in 1858. The first of eighteen times Our Lady would appear to the young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, over the next several weeks. To this day, people from all over world come to Lourdes to bathe in its waters and seek miraculous intercession through Our Lady and Saint Bernadette.

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Saint Blaise and throat blessing

The Feast of Saint Blaise

If there’s one thing we Catholics are good at, it’s blessing things. You name it and we’ll probably bless it. We even have a whole day dedicated to the blessing of throats—the Feast of Saint Blaise, patron saint of throat illnesses.

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What is Candlemas?

What is Candlemas?

n the Roman Rite, Candlemas is another name the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The principal Mass for this great feast is preceded by the blessing of candles, hence the name, from Candle Mass.

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