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…]

Explaining indulgences and practices Catholics can do during the month of November for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

DIRECTIONS:  It is during November that the Church meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the charitable link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). “In this wonderful … [Read more…]