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But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 Rorate Mass Old St Mary (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Advent Reflection for December 3 – Memorial of St. Francis Xavier Readings: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 and Mk 16:15-20 Invitation to Prayer: As we near the end of our first week of advent preparation, we arrive at the feast of one of the most prominent saints of the Church, St. …

As we’re in Advent, parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are having Advent Penance Services. Whether you’ve gone to confession recently or haven’t for many years, this is a great chance to Prepare for the Lord. The hour before you leave, take some time and prepare for the Sacrament of …

  Advent Reflection for November 28- First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Invitation to Prayer: Let us lift up our souls to the Lord, Who will make known to us His ways, and teach us His paths. Reflection: “Are we there yet?” This is …

Advent Reflection for November 29 – First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63: 16-17; 64: 2-7/1 Corinthians 1: 3-9/Mark 13: 33-37 Invitation to Prayer: As we begin this Advent journey, we are asked to prepare our hearts and minds for the Christ who has already come; the Christ who is present …

As we prepare for Christmas, enjoy the journey through Advent with these reflections by women who’s vocation is in the church. First Week of Advent Advent Reflection for December 1 – First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2:1-5/Romans 13-11-14/Matthew 24:37-44 Invitation to Prayer: As we begin the Advent journey, let us …

As we’re just a week away from Christmas, Here are some prayers for your family. The O’Antiphons: The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a …

Gaudete Sunday is today, the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar, or simply “Rejoice”. Today’s vestment color is Rose and we’re 9 days away from Christmas. In Today’s video, the King’s Singers exclaim: Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus Ex Maria virgine, gaudete! Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born Of …

Prayer at Lourdes, September 29, 2017 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
There is definitely a spirit to Christmas. Based on Hollywood movies, you might think that this spirit is of giving, of peace on earth, or even of family. For Christians, this is a major oversimplification, and misses a bit part of what Christmas is about. Father Casey talks about not …

By Christine Rousselle Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2019 / 08:35 am (CNA).- The season of Advent, and the entire cycle of the liturgical year, is vital to remaining rooted in the true mission of the Church, Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine …

By Courtney Mares Vatican City, Dec 5, 2019 / 10:40 am (CNA).- Ahead of the Vatican Christmas tree lighting Dec. 5, Pope Francis expressed hope that the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square will serve as a reminder of what Christmas is truly about. A nativity scene “is a genuine …