First-place winners, one in each of four grade categories, were chosen from among 431 entries in The Visitor’s annual Christmas poster contest. Young artists were invited to complete and then illustrate the sentence: “I will bring joy to the world by …” Entries were judged on originality and artistic ability as well as how well […]
The following was first published in the Dec. 2 issue of The Record, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. It was written by Marnie McAllister, editor. Dachau, one of the Nazis’ notorious concentration camps, sits in the Bavarian countryside beside the town of Dachau. Less than an hour by car from Munich, Dachau’s […]
It is not mysterious at all that the church lodges an annual day of joy in the heart of Advent. The tone of this December day, called Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.
Third Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 Responsorial Psalm: 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 Second Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:2-11 By Jeff Hedglen While I was studying for my degree in theology, a professor told us: “The secret to joy is waiting.” I had never considered waiting as criteria for joy. I had […]
Second Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 Responsoral Psalm: 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Second Reading: Romans 15:4-9 Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12 By Jean Denton Going to church” in the Protestant American South holds a certain amusing lore through which I fondly recall the small Louisiana congregation of my girlhood, although at the time […]
16th century FEAST: December 12 Under this title, Our Lady is the patron of Mexico, the United States and all of the Americas, as well as the protector of unborn children. In 1531, she appeared in a vision to the peasant Juan Diego, on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City, and charged him with asking the […]
Q. Recently I attended a service for the sick. The priest read a passage from the Gospel and then he distributed holy Communion before anointing the sick. Since it was a Saturday afternoon, I stayed in church afterwards and attended the Sunday vigil Mass. I have two questions. First, would my presence at the service […]
The hair shirt worn by St. Thomas More as he contemplated a martyr’s death in the Tower of London has been enshrined for public veneration.
There’s great value in knowing your roots. And that’s exactly what the Jesse tree offers kids at Advent — the chance to learn about Jesus’ own family history as well as our connection to the familiar stories from the Old Testament.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Adam English, author of the book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” The interview, conducted by editor Joe Towalski, first appeared in The Visitor in December 2012. The feast of St. Nicholas is Dec. 6. […]
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Although there are different versions of the story of St. Barbara, Christians in the Middle East and Central Europe still celebrate the early Christian martyr each Dec. 4. To celebrate St. Barbara’s Day, known as “Eid il-Burbara,” Christians in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon prepare and share a dessert made from boiled […]
First Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Responsorial Psalm: 122:1-9 Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:37-44 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock Noah’s neighbors were so engrossed in celebrating their good fortune that they were caught unprepared for the calamity of the Flood. Had they invited the less-fortunate villagers, perhaps the party may have […]
By Kelly Bothum In an age where we can get just about everything we desire in an instant, Advent is wonderfully old-school. It’s four weeks of pressing pause, which is not like hitting the snooze button. Instead, it’s a chance to re-engage with those we love and joyfully prepare for the Christmas season. It’s taking […]