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The Fifth Day of Christmas – Feast of St. Thomas Becket

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, the Catholic Church remembers St. Thomas Becket, the other Thomas who was martyred for the Catholic Faith in England by a king named Henry over matters of Church governance.Thomas was born in London on the 21st of December in either 1117 or 1118 to Gilbert Becket and Matilda Roheise. His parents were buried in …

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An Irreverent History of Christmas Cards

An Irreverent History of Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards, official items printed with a Christmas message and sent to wish others a "A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.", were first printed in England in 1843 making them as old as the opera Don Pasquale, the United Free Church of Scotland, the British colony of Natal, a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and your grandmother's fruit cake.

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Start the Oplatki Family Christmas Tradition

Start the oplatki tradition in your family

Among Catholic families in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the start of the traditional Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil) meal begins with the Oplatki, Oblatky, or Plotkele, a thin Communion-like rectangular wafer made of unleavened bread and stamped with different Christmas symbols. Some families call it the “bread of Love” and it is widely known in English-speaking countries simply as the Christmas wafer. Some eastern German families are also known to use a wafer called Opladen in their Christmas cooking.

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The Feast of the Golden-Mouthed Father of the Church

Saint John Chrysostom

September 13th is the feast day of St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, Father of the Greek Church, and considered to be the greatest preacher ever heard. St. John was dubbed with the name “Chrysostom” some decades after his death, during the papacy of Pope Vigilius in year 553.

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Ever Wonder How a Saint is Made?

How to become a saint

The current process for declaring someone a saint was established by Pope John Paul II in 1983 in the document Divinus Perfectionis Magister. This document continued a process of simplification started by Pope Paul VI during Vatican II.

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Cure For Your Kids’ Summer Blues

The Dangerous Book for Boys

So we're about half way through the summer and your kids have gone through every toy, video game and watched enough tv to burn the tv glow on to their eyeballs. And then it happens. A morose child drags himself into the kitchen and says, "Mom, I'm bored. What can I do that's fun?"

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New Catholic Social Network Looks Promising

Awestruck.tv

Last week while browsing Pinterest I was invited to pin on several group boards by a site I hadn’t heard of before called Awestruck.tv. I browsed their Pinterest boards – THOUSANDS of pins on all kinds of great Catholic stuff. That got me curious about the site so I browsed on over and found a WordPress site that was claiming to be a “Your portal …

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