Daily Archives: December 16, 2011

Polish crèches elaborately celebrate Christ’s birth

The intricately detailed structures may include gold foil, fake jewels and found objects, but Nativity scene of Holy Family always has place of honor By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller – OSV Newsweekly, 12/25/2011 A detailed look at one of Joseph Borytsky’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Novena – Day One

(Mention your intentions here) O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

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Father Cantalamessa’s 2nd Advent Sermon.

Here is a translation of the second Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household. It was delivered last Friday.  “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free.” The second, great wave of … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: Prayer should always include praise

Benedict XVI looks at a traditional Mexican Nativity scene donated by the state of Puebla (Photo: CNS) (CatholicHerald.co.uk) Prayer should not centre just on asking God to fulfil one’s hopes and desires, but must include praise, thanks and trust in … Continue reading

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Bishop Davies’ Homily to End Diocesan Marian Year

  On the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Mark formally closed the year of prayer with Mary which he had called the Shrewsbury diocese to last December. A year or so ago, he had written … Continue reading

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