Saints

What does a Saint Wear on Her First Communion?

While browsing through our Communion veils, gloves and accessories, I began to wonder, what does a saint wear on her First Communion? Would her dress be simple? Or would she be dressed to the nines for such a special day? And then I stumbled across this photo of St. Therese’s …

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The Patron Saint of Television Never Watched One.

The Corpus Christi Monastery of the Poor Clare Colettine Nuns is a few miles from our house. Within the cloister walls of this monastery the sisters live a life of prayer, worship, work and sacrifice. Their foundress St. Clare of Assisi, a 13th century Franciscan, never would have seen a …

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And the Winner for the Best Nativity Is… St. Francis of Assisi!

We live in such a creative society, that there is an infinite variety of nativities available now-a-days. You can find everything from intricately hand-carved wooden pieces to glow-in-the-dark sets, musical nativities to nativity finger puppets. Some make great heirlooms and some are great for kids.  But of all natives ever made, …

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Patron of Dogs? Not St. Francis!

I finally got a chance to look at the diocesan newspaper and it had wonderful pictures of pet blessings from around the diocese, including an adorable girl and her guinea pig. The occasion had been the Feast of St. Francis earlier this month. Pets are as welcome at our house …

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4 For the 4th

Four reasons why saint medals are a fitting gift for those in the armed services. As we approach the 4th of July and get ready to celebrate our country’s freedom and independence, we remember that 238 years ago these blessings were obtained through the brave sacrifices of patriots in the …

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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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