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By Ty Salvant Father Mike Kettenring’s homily on thanksgiving (the Sunday before the holiday) moved the parishioners deeply, receiving a round of applause for his message. His words resonated with us, reminding us that thankfulness should be practiced every day, not just on Thanksgiving day. Father Mike, here I go. As someone who grew up […]
By Charla Misse The Feast Day of St. Gertrude the Great is celebrated on Nov. 16. It is especially fitting that her feast be celebrated in the month of November, the month that the Catholic Church dedicates to souls in purgatory, because she was greatly sympathetic toward the suffering of these souls. The Catholic Church […]
By Kristy Solis As a family, one of the most important decisions that you will decide is where your child will be educated. It feels just like yesterday, as a family, we decided where our child would attend primary school. When I reflect on this time, our child made the decision to go to “Jesus […]
By Gavin Lewis In our family, the Catholic faith plays a central role in navigating holiday stress, providing a spiritual anchor during the hustle and bustle. We integrate holiday-specific prayer into our daily routine, seeking guidance during the holiday season, especially with the diverse range of ages among our four children.
By Kim Roberts A lot of people rush through the month of November to get to December and all the excitement and activities that lead up to Christmas, but I like to take the month of November to reflect and be grateful for family, friends and the life the Lord has given me. As I […]
By Ty Salvant Considering the challenges of managing young children during Mass, how do you show love and support to the family with littles? Last night at Mass, we sat behind the sweetest family. A 2-year-old was accompanied by her parents, grandmother and newborn sister. She was curious, creative and community-oriented. She wondered about the […]
By Vivian Marino There is a saying that holds true in my life as of late: “Little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems.” Quite often, my children come to me asking for prayers for their friends. I have four children ages 19, 17, 15 and 9, so you can imagine the gamut of prayer […]
By Greg Zambrano All Souls’ Day is a day of prayer for me for the souls in purgatory. On Nov. 1 and 2, we pray for the intercession of those who have died. We know, specifically, by name some of the souls in heaven. Those are the saints declared by name by the church. There […]
By Kristen Bourgeois Our Catholic faith is so vibrant and is meant to be woven throughout our daily lives. One of the many benefits of living out our faith daily is a more meaningful holy day. We are a homeschooling family, and I incorporate learning about our faith into our curriculum. This school year, I […]
By Jenny Dendinger When I left for work at 9:30 a.m., there was a thick, heavy fog still lingering. I was so nervous. As I looked down the street at the highway a few blocks away, I could barely see the movement of the cars driving through the clouds in the distance. I waved goodbye […]
By Charla Misse I was raised attending St. Joseph Catholic Church on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans run by Vincentians. No matter how long it’s been since I’ve revisited, the vastness of this church and the sacred treasures within always welcome me home; I am again a child being nurtured.