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St. Rose of Lima, First Flower of America

Aug 23, 2017 By Pam Carton

After reading about St. Catherine of Siena, St. Rose considered her a worthy model.  She would fast at least three times a week and would secretly add severe penances.  When she was admired for her beauty she cut her hair or disfigured her face in order to avoid the temptation to vanity.  She received the Blessed Sacrament daily[...]

Christmas Traditions - A Stocking for Jesus

Nov 23, 2010 By Pam Carton

When you decorate your home and hang your family's stockings - don't forget the Birthday Boy! Give Jesus a special place of honor with His own stocking, complete with His name embroidered in gold.This wonderful tradition helps remind the whole family that Christmas is about more than giving material gifts. Throughout Advent, eve[...]

Christmas Best Seller – Kneeling Santa

Nov 19, 2010 By Pam Carton

Are you looking for a special gift for someone who has everything? Year after year the Kneeling Santa products continue to be best-sellers for us!  Inspired by the Scripture verse, "...at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is L[...]

What is the meaning of the Advent Wreath?

Nov 16, 2010 By Pam Carton

Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath is used to symbolize God the Father and eternal life. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent. There are three violet (purple) candles and one rose candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four[...]

Christmas Traditions - The Christmas Nail

Nov 09, 2010 By Pam Carton

The season of Advent, which prepares us for Christmas, is closely tied to the season of Lent, which prepares us for Easter. Both seasons feature the liturgical color of purple, and both are a time of inward searching and waiting.  The tradition of the Christmas Nail is another way to tie the mystery of Christ's birth[...]

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Christmas Traditions - The Jesse Tree

Nov 01, 2010 By Pam Carton

An increasingly popular Advent and Christmas tradition is the creation of a Jesse Tree. This special tree recreates the family tree of Jesus - beginning with Adam and Eve at the creation of the world. Each person on the Jesse Tree plays an important role in the story of Salvation History and is represented by a symbol, such as t[...]

The Feast of the Assumption

Aug 16, 2010 By Pam Carton

August 15th marks the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This is the day the church recognizes both the passing of Mary and her assumption into heaven.  This is also referred to as the “Dormition of the Virgin Mary”, as seen in this Russian icon.  The icon depicts the story of Mary requesting the Apostles prese[...]