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Family Traditions

Do You Know Where Your Candles Are?

Ordinary time ends this weekend and Advent begins in one week. That means that this weekend my wife and I should try and find the Advent wreath, make sure we have candles that are not burned to nubbins. We need to prepare to prepare. It is time for us to …

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Advent Ideas ~ And a Prayer

When Advent begins this year on November 30th all of the stores will already be festooned with Christmas decorations and your family calendar may start to look like there will be no time to breathe between Thanksgiving and the 25th of December. Come, Lord Jesus, Come! Every November, after we …

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A Family Red Plate Tradition

One of the top songs in the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is “Tradition.” Raising a family of faith in a secular culture, we share the struggles of Tevye, the father in the musical. In all families traditions create bonds of shared values and experience among that small community. Our mother Church recognizes this …

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St. Joseph Altar Traditions

St. Joseph’s Day which falls on March 19th in the Catholic liturgical calendar, means many things for me.  I can be assured that on this day I know that the long, Midwestern winter is nearing an end.  I also know that there is great cause for celebration.  Why?  Because St. …

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Advent Family Traditions

Advent is, hands down, one of the richest liturgical seasons to celebrate as a family.  Unfortunately it is often overshadowed by the business of our need to materially prep for Christmas.  It doesn’t help that our culture starts their Christmas celebration directly after Halloween! This makes living our counter cultural …

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Celebrating Holy Week as a Family

As a mother of five young children, I can attest to the fact that by the time Holy week comes around I am usually in a bit of a state of denial.  Did Lent really go by that fast?  Then there are the usual excuses, “Oh, if I only had …

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