Posted by Erin Butler on 12/15/2017

In the Catholic Church, we have the wonderful privilege of sharing a faith with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world. As the Church has developed and grown in each region, beautiful traditions have arisen that glorify God in a way that represents the culture of that region. You’ve probably heard of Advent wreaths, Advent calendars, Christmas trees, and other similar traditions. But did you know about these practices of Catholics around the world?

A child outside in a snow suit
Posted by Erin Butler on 12/13/2017
by Jay Fadden

This is a blog to anyone who ever wore a snow suit!

When I was young, I was always super excited when the forecast called for a snow storm. As the first flakes began to fall, I would wander into my backyard, lay flat on my back on the ground, and have the snow fall on top of me, hoping it would cover me totally. Of course, this never lasted long, as I would get cold and go back inside for the warmth.

Catholic Classroom: Why aren't the Orthodox & Roman Churches in communion?
Posted by Erin Butler on 12/11/2017
Question: Why aren’t the Orthodox and Roman Churches in full communion?

Painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus
Posted by Erin Butler on 12/7/2017

Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus. Although we observe this holy season every year, the question remains baffling: How can we adequately prepare for our Messiah, for the Word made Flesh who came into the world to save us? It’s a tall order, and we know that even the best preparation is only a pittance compared to what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.

Painting of the Nativity of Jesus
Posted by Erin Butler on 12/6/2017
by Jay Fadden

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 12/4/2017
Question: What is the season of Advent, and why do we celebrate it?

A candle lit for Advent
Posted by Erin Butler on 12/1/2017

A child praying
Posted by Erin Butler on 11/29/2017
by Jay Fadden

When my kids were younger, taking them to church was a challenge. They were loud and moving about everywhere. When my children were very young, we first attended a church that had a crying room. Many of you will remember those rooms, stuffed with children who were running around as their parents chased after them and tried to control them.

Catholic Classroom: Why do we end the year with Christ the King?
Posted by Erin Butler on 11/27/2017
Question: Why do we end the liturgical year with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe?

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 11/24/2017

Each year, on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather with their people around the nation for feasts of thanksgiving. They break bread with their loved ones, and take time to express gratitude for the blessings of the year. For many Americans, the day is one of only a handful in the year when they can be reunited with their families.