Liturgical Year

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation. What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   […]

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This Monday we’re going to be celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What’s going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What does the word […]

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January 1 is an important day in the Church’s liturgy. There is a lot that we commemorate on this day! What we are celebrating, and why we are celebrating it now, can be a little confusing. Here are nine things you should know . . .   1. What exactly are we celebrating on January 1? According to the Universal Norms for […]

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This Sunday the readings include the famous prophecy of Immanuel. They proclaim God’s supremacy and our call to holiness. They review the basics of the gospel message. And they record the birth of Jesus and how it came about. Here are 10 things to know and share . . .   1) What does the […]

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The Gospel reading for December 19 contains the familiar story of Zechariah in the temple. You can read it here. It is the occasion when the Angel Gabriel appears to him to announce the birth of John the Baptist. Although the story is familiar, there are some fascinating details in this account, and their significance […]

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The third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” In the readings, we hear about miracles associated with the Messianic age, its coming, and what we need to do to prepare. We also learn about the doubts of John the Baptist, how he dealt with them, and the blessing that makes us even more […]

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December 12 is the commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the United States, the day is a feast. Linked to this day is December 9, which is the optional memorial of Juan Diego, to whom she appeared. Here are 6 things to know and share . . .   1) Who was Juan Diego? […]

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December 8th is ordinarily celebrated as the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year in the U.S., it’s being celebrated on Monday, December 9th. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and it is a holy day of obligation. Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way […]

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This Sunday’s readings take us from Old Testament prophecies of the future Messiah to the union of Jew and Gentile in God’s kingdom. They also bring us to the herald of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the mysterious image of Jesus’ “winnowing fan.” Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) […]

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Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church’s official documents actually say about Advent? Here are some of the basic questions and (official!) answers about Advent. Some of the answers are surprising! Here we go . . .   1. What Is […]

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