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First Saturday is an individual invitation to know Mary

First Saturday is an individual invitation to know Mary

By Deacon Bob Ellis – The most common disappointment I hear about the First Saturday Devotion is that someone is unable to practice it because it is not done communally in their parish or anywhere nearby. The familiar phrase, “Our parish doesn’t offer First Saturdays,”

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Lent with St. Franciso: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Lent with St. Franciso: Blessed are the poor in spirit

During this Lenten series, we will focus on the Beatitudes, especially those that were demonstrated in the life and virtue of St. Francisco. You can listen to the reflection in our video blog or read it below. Beatitudes are an expression of extreme blessedness.  In

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No sacrifice too small: Setting realistic goals for Lent

No sacrifice too small: Setting realistic goals for Lent

by Michaelyn Hein – When it comes to my faith life, I often make big plans – which might sound admirable. But the problem with big plans is that they can easily make us feel like big failures. This past Advent, I promised to read

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Is this approved Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?

Is this approved Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?

by Joseph Pronechen – Fatima and Lourdes are the most recognizable names when it comes to approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But few outside Poland have heard of the approved Gietrzwald Apparitions that raise the question: Did it act as a heavenly bridge

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From Jesus’ baptism to the miracle at Fatima, God shows He is near

From Jesus’ baptism to the miracle at Fatima, God shows He is near

by Donal Anthony Foley – We recently celebrated the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, representing the transition from the Christmas season, with its focus on Jesus’ infancy, to His public ministry. This feast is also a reminder of the vital importance of our

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The holy death of St. Jacinta and the 1918 flu

The holy death of St. Jacinta and the 1918 flu

by Donal Anthony Foley – St. Jacinta Marto endured a prolonged and painful illness that led to her death on the night of Feb. 20, 1920, in the Estefania Hospital in Lisbon. Only a night nurse, Aurora Gomes, was present in the ward that evening,

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Sister Lucia’s long journey in spreading the First Saturday devotion

Sister Lucia’s long journey in spreading the First Saturday devotion

by Barb Ernster – On Feb. 15, 1926, the Child Jesus appeared to Sister Lucia in the courtyard of her convent in Pontevedra. After a brief conversation, he asked her, “And have you been spreading around the world what the heavenly Mother asked of you?” 

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The special place of Jesus’ baptism

The special place of Jesus’ baptism

by Barb Ernster – People say that the Holy Land is the fifth gospel. The place where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River is part of this story. Geographically, it is located in Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, bordering Israel.

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The Magi represent Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles

The Magi represent Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles

by Donal Anthony Foley – On Sunday, we celebrate the Epiphany, or manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, in the persons of the Magi, or wise men, whose presence is one of the most mysterious aspects of the whole nativity story. St. Matthew introduces the

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A little-known December 31 appearance of Our Lady to Sister Lucia had to do with the Church

A little-known December 31 appearance of Our Lady to Sister Lucia had to do with the Church

by Barb Ernster – A message from Our Lady to Sister Lucia on the last day of the year 40 years ago had to do with the Church. Mary appeared to Sister Lucia in her cell at the Carmel in Coimbra on Dec. 31, 1979,

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