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What You Don’t Know About the Assumption

Feast of the Assumption

On August 15th we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, a feast that has been celebrated as far back as the fifth century. In the East the feast is also called "The Dormition" which means "Falling Asleep". This isn't to say that Mary didn't die, both the East and West agree that she did physically die.

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All About St. James the Greater

Saint James the Greater

James drank of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection.  Acts 12:1 tells us that St. James the Greater was one of the first martyrs of the Church. Saint James is known to have died around A.D.  44, by the sword, at the command of Herod Agrippa. Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great who tried to have …

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A Most Admirable Life – St. Philip Neri

Saint Philip Neri

“Give me ten men really detached from the world, and I have the heart to believe I could convert the world with them.” – St. Philip Neri Too many people have yet to hear about St. Philip, a man of both simplicity and remarkable effectiveness in preaching the Gospel and leading souls to Our Lord. Recently the great John Henry …

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Saint Isidore, Patron of Farmers

Saint Isidore the Farmer

St. Isidore was born in about 1070 to a poor, but devout family. At a very young age, Isidore hired himself out as a farmer to a wealthy Madrilenian landowner named Juan de Vargas.

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Monthly Catholic Devotions of the Church Year

Each month of the year is dedicated to a particular devotion within the Catholic faith; the dedication of each month is based on historical events or a particular aspect of the liturgical calendar, or a combination of the two. These monthly Catholic devotions do not line up exactly with the time frame of the liturgical calendar, since they are fixed …

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Living the Easter Season with Your Family

Living Easter with Your Family

So often our world seems to cut our joyous holidays short or misunderstand the meaning of the season. During Advent, stores and commercials build up the holiday hype of Christmas, but the day after Christmas everything is marked down and pushed away. Meanwhile, Catholics spend Advent preparing, with eager anticipation, for Christ’s birth on Christmas. Christmas day comes and we continue the celebration through the Epiphany (January 6th) or even through the Presentation (February 2nd).

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What is the Divine Mercy?

What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

On February 22nd, 1931 Jesus appeared to a young Polish nun. He was dressed in a white garment and had one hand raised in blessing and the other at His breast. From His chest flowed rays, one in red and the others in light shades. He asked Sr. Faustina to reproduce the image of Him just as she saw it with the words "Jesus I Trust in You" to be written below His feet.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Good Friday

8 Things you may not know about Good Friday

It is Good Friday. The day of the Crucifixion. If you haven't seen the movie The Passion of Christ, we recommend it as a solemn preparation for the Good Friday Stations and Service. Here are eight bits of history and tradition about this most somber of days on the liturgical calendar.

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