New Year’s Day and Mary, Mother of God

Everyone knows what January 1st is, right? It’s New Year’s Day, of course – the day the new year begins, the day after the parties, dancing, drinking, and revelry took place signaling that new year. It’s the day to start our resolutions and ponder our dreams. For many, it’s a day of football games and … [Read more…]

Nine months before Christmas

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The Angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of … [Read more…]

The Immaculate Conception of Mary

 (Please note that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2019 is transferred to Monday, December 9th, this year and is not a holy day of obligation.) A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the seventh century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In 1854, Pius IX … [Read more…]

Pope Francis Issues Apostolic Letter on the Meaning, Importance of Nativity Scenes

GRECCIO, Italy — Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Dec. 1 on the meaning and importance of Nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. “The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse … [Read more…]

The Immaculate Conception of Mary

(Please note that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2019 is transferred to Monday, December 9th, this year and is not a holy day of obligation.) A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th … [Read more…]