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Reflections in the Heart of Our Mother

Reflections in the Heart of Our Mother

By Father Michael Venditti – The Octave Day of the Nativity—which is always the first of the year, because that’s what an octave means: it’s eight days after the fact—has had something of a confusing history over the centuries.  For almost a thousand years, this

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Enter into the Spirit of This Holy Year

Enter into the Spirit of This Holy Year

By Father Michael Venditti – As I write this column, we are in the midst of what Holy Mother Church calls an “Extraordinary Year of Jubilee,” something that may happen only once or twice in any Catholic’s lifetime. Each pope who inaugurates a Holy Year

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Ask Fr. Michael: The Meaning of IHS

Dear Father Michael, Not long ago, I got into an argument with someone at church about the initials “IHS,” which appear frequently in the stained glass windows in our church, and also on some of the vestments that our priest wears at Mass. She tried

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Ask Father Michael – Why so Many Scapulars?

As a member of the Blue Army I naturally wear the Brown Scapular, but a friend of mine showed me the scapular she wears as a Third Order Dominican, and it’s white. I’ve also seen a green scapular. Why are there so many different scapulars, and what do they mean?

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