• Our Lady of Guadalupe at Cemeteries

    Our Lady of Guadalupe at Cemeteries

    The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe graces the gravestones of many of the departed. Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City in December 1531, and said to him, “Am I not your Mother?”

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  • Is Grandma a Saint?

    Is Grandma a Saint?

    The Catholic Church especially remembers the dead in the month of November with All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. There are many officially “canonized” saints, and multitudes of “un-canonized” saints. Read more about the definition of a saint, the process of canonization and the veneration of saints.

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  • Campanile, Façade and Tympanum – Prominent Exterior Parts of a Church

    Campanile, Façade and Tympanum – Prominent Exterior Parts of a Church

    Some of the most visible components of the front of a church building such as the campanile, the façade and the tympanum play important roles in identifying the building as a place of worship; and in preparing the entrant for worship.

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  • Narthex, Nave and Ambo – Interior Parts of a Church

    Narthex, Nave and Ambo – Interior Parts of a Church

    A church building contains architectural elements that are common to all buildings; but also contains features making it identifiable as a church. The columns of a church play a key role in “supporting” the verticality of the structure

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  • Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “iL Papa Buono”

    Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “iL Papa Buono”

    Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli became Pope John XXIII on October 28, 1958 and convened the Second Vatican Council in October 1962. Vatican II had profound progressive impacts on the Catholic Church.

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  • Trending Now…The Rosary

    Trending Now…The Rosary

    The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th highlights the traditional prayer summarizing the key events in the life of Jesus, and His mother Mary (Mysteries of the Rosary).  Although, most don’t think of praying the Rosary as a trendy practice, it can be…really!

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  • St. Jerome – Ascetic and Doctor of the Church

    St. Jerome – Ascetic and Doctor of the Church

    St. Jerome was a 4th century influencer whose writing, theological ideas and translation of the Bible into Latin (“the Vulgate”) continues to resonate today. His ascetic life had characteristics of St. John the Baptist. St. Jerome spent four of his early adult years in the desert of Chalcis in Syria.

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  • Architectural Columns

    Architectural Columns

    A church building contains architectural elements that are common to all buildings; but also contains features making it identifiable as a church. The columns of a church play a key role in “supporting” the verticality of the structure

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  • A Miracle at Auschwitz – St. Maximilian Kolbe

    A Miracle at Auschwitz – St. Maximilian Kolbe

    Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Martyr and a mass-media evangelizer with a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. He died at the concentration camp Auschwitz when he sacrificed his life for a young husband and father whose wishes were answered by this miraculous intervention.

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  • Thousands Start the Celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Vailankanni

    Thousands Start the Celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Vailankanni

    The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary on September 8th is the culmination of nine days of prayers, novenas, Masses, and parades at this annual celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Vailankanni (also known Our Lady of Good Health) Tamil Nadu, India.

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  • Memorial of the Church of St. Mary Major (and a summer snowfall!)

    Memorial of the Church of St. Mary Major (and a summer snowfall!)

    August 5th, the Dedication of the Church of St. Mary Major is commemorated each year in part to celebrate the “Miracle of the Snows” when it snowed on the Esquiline Hill in Rome on August 5th, 358.

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  • Titles of St. Joseph

    Titles of St. Joseph

    St. Joseph has several important titles in the Catholic Church which are: 1) the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; 2) the Foster-Father of Jesus; 3) the Worker; 4) the Patron of the Universal Church; and 5) the Patron of a Happy Death.

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