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 Lisa Janusa I’m sure that you are aware of the many conflicts in the world between nations, political parties, religious groups, races and even members of our own families. Peace is a rare commodity and seems to be beyond our reach.
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 Phillip Garside “Breath in the cookies and blow out the candles.” When our children were very young and tantrum-prone, this was the technique that we used to help them to recenter. Breathing is a natural rhythm that accompanies us our entire life. Like sanctifying grace, it works constantly, steadily, and almost completely unnoticed to […]
By Stacy LaMorte My friend Laura passed away two years ago today. She had been ill for a very long time and fought a very good fight, but finally surrendered to eternal rest on Nov. 9, 2021. Another friend from our Rosary group and I had gotten together that morning to pray for her and […]
By Gina Sternfels With two of my kids being away at college, I worry about my boys. What worries do you have today? Kids, parents, work or the front page of the paper? There are many things we let crowd our hearts and minds. Did you know there is a “Cure for Anxiety” in Matthew […]
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 […]