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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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Saint John Bosco – Patron of Lost Boys

Saint John Bosco

Today is the feast of Saint John Bosco! This beloved saint is well-known for his compassionate work with poor and homeless youth, with his legacy continuing both in his home country of Italy, in the United States, and around the world. He is the patron saint of editors, publishers, schoolchildren, juvenile delinquents, and many others. To celebrate his feast day, Aquinas and More has two of our most popular Saint John Bosco titles on sale!

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Eight Ways to Prepare for the March For Life (even if you can’t go)

March For Life Ideas

As you read this, hundreds of thousands are getting ready to travel to our nation’s capital for the 2017 March for Life on Friday, January 27—many of them your fellow Catholics. But what about those of us who aren’t in a position to make the trip? How can rank-and-file Catholics who can’t be there take part in this very important peaceful public protest against abortion?

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