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Is it O.K. to celebrate Halloween?

Posted by St. Joseph

The true meaning of Halloween is “All Hallows Eve”.  A reference to All Saints and All Souls, which is the Christian celebration of Halloween.  The pagans believed that the dead souls roamed the earth on this night to play tricks on the living—even to the point of scaring the ... Read More »

Your Last Breath on Earth

Posted by St. Joseph

Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church.  Its purpose is to provide comfort to the sick and dying, with the hope of healing (if it be God’s will) and to ease the dying into a happy death.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of ... Read More »

The Holy Rosary

Posted by St. Joseph

With all the problems of scandal in the Church, and, our culture going to hell in a handbasket, the Rosary seems the perfect answer to what ails us.  So often, people ask, “What can I do about all this mess (in my life and the world around me)? 

The ... Read More »

Our Guardian Angels

Posted by St. Joseph

This past week we celebrated the Feasts of the Archangels Gabriel, Raphael and Michael.  This week we celebrate the Guardian Angels and God’s love for each of us to assign a personal (Guardian) angel to guide and protect us.

What or who are the Guardian Angels?  At the moment ... Read More »

The Martyrs of the Church

Posted by St. Joseph

What is a martyr?  With the rise of fundamentalist Islam, the word “martyr” has taken on a very negative meaning in our modern culture.  Where they kill others and call it martyrdom, Christians have always held martyrdom in high regard.  For the Christian, a martyr is one who gives ... Read More »

The Holy Cross

Posted by St. Joseph

Thought you’d like this great explanation of this marvelous Feast Day.  Better than anything I would write! 

  The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross The Instrument of Our Salvation by Scott P. Richert

 

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year ... Read More »

Wonderful Mary

Posted by St. Joseph

This past week we celebrated the Nativity (birthday) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It simply amazes me the way that God’s plan has played out in human history, with just a little meditation, it’s not difficult to see very clearly God’s never ending desire to love us and save ... Read More »

Labor Day

Posted by St. Joseph

St. Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, “In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.  We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy, but minding ... Read More »

Independence Day: Freedom or Forfeit?

Posted by St. Joseph

As another July 4th comes our way, we celebrate with joy and fun the birthday of our country.  I am reminded of how great a land we really have.  Its beauty—where national parks, state forests, endless highways, gigantic mountain ranges all give testimony to God’s blessings on us and ... Read More »

The Liturgical Cycles of the Church

Posted by St. Joseph

One of our school children asked why the priest wears certain vestments and what do the colors mean.  It is a simple question with a simple answer which can help us deepen our Catholic Faith and our understanding of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

 Within the Church Liturgical Calendar ... Read More »