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  • Our shared Catholic traditions stir up great memories and tie our generational family together. Our Advent Adventure booklet will prepare your family for the holy season of Advent. As we continue our St. Peter’s Advent tradition, renew the traditions with some or all of the activities included in the booklet: Advent wreath, Advent calendar, Jesse Tree, Saint Feast days, with a host of blessings for the Advent wreath and Christmas Tree. Fun activities for the entire family, making and renewing Advent season memories for years to come.

  • The circular shape of the wreath is a symbol of eternity, and the greenery symbolizes hope and renewal. The colors of the typically-used violet and rose candles symbolize penance and joy, respectively…

  • On this day, the Church honors all the saints who have ever lived, the known and the unknown. This holy day on the Church calendar is a lot like American holidays such as Veterans Day or Presidents Day where many people are honored on one day…

  • Forty days after the Resurrection (at Easter), Christ ascends bodily into heaven within the sight of the apostles. This is recorded in the book the Acts of the Apostles. This feast marks the returning of Jesus Christ to God the Father in heaven and is the final component of the paschal mystery which consists of Jesus’ Passion, Crucifixion, Death, Burial, Descent among the Dead and Resurrection…

  • Following the example of the Hebrew people (who did penance in sackcloth and ashes), our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. As the ashes are placed on our forehead in the form of a cross, we are told "Remember, Man is…

  • According to Catholic Customs & Traditions by Greg Dues, “The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, popularly called by its Latin title, Corpus Christi (“Body of Christ”), is celebrated on the second Sunday after Pentecost. Its origin in the 12th century is connected with…

  • Many people think that Christmas is the most important day in the Catholic liturgical calendar, but from the earliest days of the Church, Easter has been considered the central Christian feast…

  • Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons…

  • The word epiphany means to “make known”, “show” or “reveal.” The celebration of Epiphany is a remembrance of the Magi (also known as the Wise Men) bringing gifts to the Christ child and the revealing of Jesus to the world as the Chosen One…

  • St. Helen began her quest for the true cross of Christ. Her search was unsuccessful until she was told of a temple which tradition held was built over the Savior's tomb. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. Legend has it that the one on which Jesus died was identified when its touch healed a dying woman…

  • Fasting and abstinence are closely related, but there are some differences in these spiritual practices. In general, fasting refers to…

  • The Feast of Christ the King celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as Lord and King of the universe. The feast is celebrated on the final Sunday of the liturgical year, the Sunday before Advent…

  • The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, his announcement that Mary had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary's fiat—her yes, the willing acceptance of God's holy plan…

  • The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter refers to the occupant, not the chair itself and commemorates Peter being chosen by Christ as the first pope, the first one to sit as the servant-authority of the whole Church…

  • The Feast of the Holy Innocents remembers and honors the infants that were killed within two years from the star’s appearance to the Wise Men. The Church venerates these young children as martyrs as they were persecuted in Christ’s name, in deed, actually in the place of Christ Himself…

  • The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God himself…

  • Our Lady, as an instrument of the Holy Spirit, is responsible for the conversion of the Mexican people in the 16th century…

  • Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross…

  • The term “Catholic holy days of obligation” contains the word obligation. That's unfortunate. Too many Catholics look on these wonderful feasts with a dreary sense of obligation. They are so much more than that. We celebrate the most important feasts of our liturgical year on these days…

  • The Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion as it is often called, is one of the seven sacraments given to us by Jesus Christ…

  • Rosaries or prayer counters have been used in many religions and date to as early as the 4th century. Many started as ropes tied in knots and later beads were added. In Christianity, a prayer rope was used by monks who would recite all 150 Psalms…

  • Holy Thursday is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples, four days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Only hours after the Last Supper, Judas would betray Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, setting the stage for Christ's Crucifixion on Good Friday.…

  • When properly prayed, while meditating on the mysteries, the Rosary helps us confirm that Jesus is both divine and human. Both Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II reminded Catholics that the Rosary is Christocentric - it focuses on Christ and is more than a Marian devotion…

  • Many Catholics think that this feast day refers to Mary's conceiving Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It is Mary, herself, who is the Immaculate Conception. In fact, it refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, by Mary's father, St. Joachim…

  • A Jesse Tree depicts the genealogy of Jesus, and is designed to show that He springs from the “root of Jesse” per the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1…

  • Most Catholics today are used to the Mass being conducted in English, and they hardly ever think about the fact that Latin remains the official language of the Catholic Church. But occasionally, Latin reasserts itself, as it does in the case of Laetare Sunday…

  • We are all called to be holy. Through our practices and experiences of Lent, we are transformed as we journey toward our heavenly home. We pray that this Lenten booklet will assist you in your journey.

  • Lent, the period of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter, is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, and Easter…

  • The action of liturgy, that is, in the participation in the liturgy, our hearts have to be open to being moved by the Holy Spirit present through the liturgical event. Christ “is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church” (CSL, 7). It is Christ speaking to us, calling us to become better disciples, to become holy…

  • A definition list of common Mass terminology…

  • Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a form of devotion to Jesus, and especially to His Love. This devotion began as a private devotion and is tied to the devotion to the Five Wounds of Christ…

  • The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is September 8. This is a special day celebrating the birth of our Blessed Mother. Mary’s birth is a cause of great joy and is celebrated as she was selected by God to become the Mother of His Son and as such received the special grace of being conceived without original sin…

  • The beginning of Advent is the time to set up your Nativity scene (“presepio” in Italian). All of the Figures are set out but for the Magi (the three Kings) and Baby Jesus…

  • While the word “ordinary” in popular usage is used to describe things that are nondescript or dull, ordinary rather means customary, regular, and orderly. Ordinary Time may also be called Ordinal Time, which means numbered time…

  • In 1858 in Lourdes, France at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared eighteen times between February 11 and July 16 to a fourteen year old girl from a poor family named Bernadette Soubiroux. Although at times many others were with her, the beautiful lady appeared in the hollow of a rock and spoke only to Bernadette…

  • A patron saint is a saint who has been chosen as a special protector or guardian over a particular group of people or cause such as a country, occupation or an illness. In recent times, patron saints have been named by the popes, but have also been chosen over time based on an interest, a talent or an event that occurred during their lives. Angels may also be named patron saints…

  • Pentecost Sunday marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birthday of the Church. It occurs 10 days after the Ascension (50 days after Easter)…

  • Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and…

  • Confession is one of the least understood sacraments of the Catholic Church. In reconciling us to God, it is a great source of grace, and Catholics are encouraged to take advantage of it often…

  • Barbara — one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers — was the beautiful daughter of a rich and powerful pagan named Dioscuros…

  • Francis visited and preached is so many countries in 10 years! When considering the difficulties in traveling and the distances involved, the zeal of Francis, the miracles that God performed through him, St. Francis Xavier is considered the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

  • A shrine in Golden, Colorado is dedicated to Mother Cabrini who loved the mountains. In 1902 during a visit, she found a property on the slope of Lookout Mountain…

  • The name Gabriel means “God is my might” or “man of God.” St. Gabriel is a special messenger of God and is the patron saint of communication workers…

  • “I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes I my one desire.”

  • Isidore worked diligently and also attended Mass each morning before work. His coworkers complained that he was often late to work…

  • Saints Joachim and Anne's names are not mentioned in the Bible, but were found in legendary books from early Christian times…

  • John always encouraged others by saying: “Work without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have time…”

  • John should be an example for all of us. He persistently witnessed to the truth, even when it was dangerous to do so. He is also a symbol of hope. His parents were rewarded long after they had given up on ever having a child.…

  • John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the younger brother of James the Greater. Originally the two brothers were fishermen and were probably first the disciples of John the Baptist…

  • Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture. We know he was a carpenter, a working man. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage…

  • Juan was baptized by a Franciscan missionary priest at the age of 50 years old. Juan and his wife, both converts, walked 14 miles to attend religious instructions and Mass twice a week…

  • Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988 and on October 1, 2000, he canonized Katharine. She became the second woman born in the United States to be declared a saint…

  • St. Luke’s feast day is October 18 and he is regarded as the patron of physicians, surgeons and artists. He is referred to as “beloved physicians” by St. Paul (Colossians 4:14).

  • Lucy, a name meaning light, is often depicted holding a dish with two eyes on it. This refers to a legend in which Lucy’s eyes were put out as part of her torture. The legend concludes with God restoring Lucy’s eyes. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye-trouble…

  • St. Mark, referred to in the Acts of the Apostles, as John Mark (12:12, 25, 15:37), was one of the four writers of the Gospels. His many titles include evangelist, apostle and martyr.

  • Maria was declared a saint in 1950 and is called a martyr because she fought off…

  • Jesus’ choice of Matthew as one of the twelve was summarized by Christ when he explained that he had come “not to call the just, but sinners.”

  • The name Michael signifies “Who is like to God?” and was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers…

  • St. Nicholas is the Saint better known as “Santa Claus” (Sinterklaas in the Dutch whence “Santa Claus” comes). His image in America has been mixed up with a lot of traits and imagery from sources as disparate as the poetry of Clement Moore, pagan Norse mythology, and American advertising…

  • St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Down Patrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints…

  • On his journey to Damascus to capture Christians for persecution, God had other plans for him and stopped him in his tracks along the route…

  • The name Stephen comes from a Greek name (Stephanos) which means crown. St. Stephen was the first martyr of the Church and the first to receive a martyr's crown…

  • St. Therese, the Little Flower, was chosen as the patron of one our Parish Council of Catholic Women circles. Their purpose is to serve others as St. Therese did in “little ways.”

  • Thomas More was canonized on May 19, 1935. His steadfast loyalty to the Church and refusal to yield to popular opinion serves as an example for all of us.

  • Little is known about Thomas except for what is recorded in Scripture. His name is briefly mentioned…

  • Valentine was a Third Century Roman priest and martyr during the reign of Claudius II, known as Claudius the Goth.

  • This feast is the most important of all Marian feasts because it signifies the passing of the Blessed Virgin Mary into eternal life…

  • By celebrating a “solemnity” dedicated to Mary's motherhood, the Church is highlighting the significance of her part in the life of Jesus and is emphasizing that he is both human and divine…

  • The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics…

  • The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain and there “he was transfigured before them…

  • The Triduum (TRID -doo-um), meaning “three days” in Latin, is celebrated from the evening of Holy Thursday until Easter morning and is a time when we recall the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus…

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas is a song intended to teach the Catholic faith. In England, after the organization of the Church of England, Catholics were not allowed to openly practice the faith (1558-1829)…

  • The Missal is the collection of prayers, chants, and instructions (rubrics) used to celebrate Mass. This includes prayers such as the Sign of the Cross and opening greeting; Collects; Gloria; Creed; Eucharistic Prayers; Holy, Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamations; and the final blessing…

  • In 2000, to commemorate the new millennium, Pope John Paul II established a third edition of The Roman Missal. First, this edition includes more ancient prayers and saints’ days that have been established since the publication of the Missal of Pope Paul VI. Second, a considerable amount of time has been spent trying to accurately translate the Latin texts into English in a literal manner…


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