Regarding St. Joseph

By: Crystal Peccia The Italian Family! The classic symbol of the Italian culture and one of the many things that makes Italians unique. We all know how important it is in anything to have a strong foundation. Whether you are building a house or baking a cake, a good solid foundation is crucial. Society is no different! The family is that foundation, that structure that really makes it all work. It’s no wonder God made sure Jesus had a family while He was here on earth. God, knowing all things, provided that stability and foundation for Jesus. Not only did He pick out a beautiful, pious...

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What Are Ember Days?

By: Crystal Peccia One of the perks of living in Colorado, is the changing of the seasons. There is nothing better than watching the seasons change and all that comes with it. During the winter season, the beauty of freshly fallen snow and the quiet, peaceful feeling makes for quite the scene. We move into spring from there and one of the things first noticed are the little flowers popping up everywhere. The snow gives way to new life. The subtle hues of the colors of the rainbow are everywhere, the warm air excites the mind, and we look forward to summer. Summer brings warm days and...

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Christmas Novena

A novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a particular feast, or to obtain a special favor.  We are currently in Advent, which itself is a season of waiting and preparation.  Many Catholics pray the Christmas novena (below) to prepare themselves for the coming of the Savior. This particular novena is the earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has record. It commemorates the nine months during which Christ was carried in His mother’s womb. Christmas Novena (Dec. 16-24) December 16 O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come...

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Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

“There shall not enter into it any thing defiled, or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the book of life of the Lamb.” – Revelation 21:27 This and many other Scripture passages indicate the existence of purgatory.  When one dies, they can go to one of three places: Heaven, purgatory, or hell.  One who dies in a perfect state of grace with no stain of sin goes to Heaven.  One who dies in a state of mortal sin is condemned to hell by his own choice.  One who is free from mortal sin, but in a state of venial sin, goes to...

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Novena to St. Michael

September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.  However, in the 1962 Missal of Pope John XXIII – the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – it is the feast of St. Michael. St. Michael, whose name means, “who is like unto God,” led the heavenly armies against Satan and the fallen angels, casting them out of Heaven forever.  He is both the prince of angels and our defense against the devil.  As such, we should call upon him whenever we are attacked by the evil one through temptation or spiritual hardship.   Novena to St....

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Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

September 6 – 14 (via Sensus Fidelium) September 6 Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary Preparatory Prayer (to be said each day) Bid me bear, O Mother blessed, On my heart the wounds impressed Suffered by the Crucified! Meditation From the dolorous way of Our Lord’s passion Holy Church selected fourteen incidents to place before us for consideration, which are called the Stations of the Cross. In the same manner the pious devotion of the faithful selected seven events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and gives itself to their religious contemplation. They are:...

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