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Can Catholics/Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Can Catholics celebrate Halloween? In this national radio interview, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio explains the origins of Halloween as a Christian rather than pagan celebration, as often supposed. Teresa Tomeo and Dr. Italy also discuss how Catholics can best use these … Continue reading

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The Rosary: Leading us closer to God…

Feast of the Holy Rosary: October 7     The Rosary is my favourite prayer. A marvellous prayer! Marvellous in its simplicity and in its depth. . .the simple prayer of the Rosary beats the rhythm of human life.” Pope … Continue reading

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The purpose of angels & archangels…

Click on image for a video meditation. Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (…) Michael was the leader of the army of God during the uprising of Lucifer. He is known as the Defender. Raphael travelled with Tobit and protected him. … Continue reading

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Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ…

“Catechists and Teachers are called…” This year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on September 16, 2018, and will focus on the theme “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ.” Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called … Continue reading

The Cross of Christ…

September 14th: Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross The cross is Christ’s glory and triumph Discourse of St Andrew of Crete: We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light. … Continue reading

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Making Decisions…

Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mary’s Bday: Talking to her, asking for guidance…

Birth of Mary: September 8th Let us proclaim the greatness of our Savior who chose to be born of the Virgin Mary. Confident that He will hear us, we ask: – Lord, may your mother pray for us. Sun of … Continue reading

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Labor Day: A Call to Christians

On Monday, our country observes Labor Day. Celebrated on the first Monday of September, this holiday pays honor to the contributions and achievements of American workers. This is a time that we set aside to acknowledge not only those who … Continue reading

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I have been blessed…

As we prepare to celebrate my daughter Regina’s birthday, I can’t help but think what an amazing blessing she is.  She came to us rather suddenly, and while we were not really planning on being parents to a 2nd child, … Continue reading

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When your faith is battered & bruised…

“My Faith can’t be shaken!” I have to say, this statement strikes me as completely ridiculous, and a recipe for losing your Faith entirely. While it is a nice sentiment, one has only to have been a Christian or a member … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018