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  • Prayer garden flowers for Catholic devotional grotto or Stations of the Cross
    Prayer garden flowers for Catholic devotional grotto or Stations of the Cross
    In Catholic worship, prayer is sensory. We kneel, bow, genuflect, chant, meditate on statues, burn incense, light candles. Our highest worship is receiving Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Eucharist. Worship is every day, too. Here&...
  • Catholic Stations of the Cross prayer garden: Stepping stone path prayer garden
    Catholic Stations of the Cross prayer garden: Stepping stone path prayer garden
    Praying the Stations of the Cross is an essential Catholic spiritual exercise during Lent. Churches display the 12 to 15 stations representing Jesus's via dolorosa (way of sorrows) to Golgotha. Each station is a grotto, depicting Biblical...
  • May is the Month of Mary
    May is the Month of Mary
    It's already May, and guess what that means for Chicago Catholics? Traditionally, May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Celebrating May as the “Month of Mary” is a pious practice that dates back centuries in the Catholic Church....
  • One Voice, Many Faces 10: A Walk on the Southwest Side
    One Voice, Many Faces 10: A Walk on the Southwest Side
    Once upon a time, I did a series of articles for The Examiner called “One Voice, Many Faces”. The content of these pieces were a look at different types of Catholic parishes around the Chicagoland area. It's been a while since I&...
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    African Catholic bishop: Hillary 'thinks she is a god'
    While a number of both theologically and politically conservative-leaning American Catholics have bemoaned the hard left turn that's become commonplace in the American Church, a Nigerian bishop is raising eyebrows due to his decidedly non...
  • Farewell, Cardinal George
    Farewell, Cardinal George
    Cardinal Francis George, age 78, died Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. It speaks volumes that its now Saturday morning, but my column reporting on the event is already old news. The death of Cardinal George prompted an outpouring of...
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    Fundraisers for Joliet Museum, School; Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center
    A theatrical fundraiser Tuesday in Joliet, Illinois will benefit the Joliet Area Historical Museum and St. Joseph Academy and a literary fundraiser in west suburban Glen Ellyn, Illinois Thursday will benefit Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource...
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls
    For Whom The Bells Toll
    You might be surprised to hear church bells tolling at random this week. On Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 2:15 p.m., there will be a four-minute ringing of the bells at Catholic schools and parishes throughout the state of Illinois. Does it mark a...
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    Easter Triduum printables: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil activities
    Lent is the holiest season of the Catholic and Orthodox Christian church year. During Lent, we "follow" Jesus on His journey to Calvary. We practice prayer, fasting, giving things up and almsgiving. in imitation of Christ's suffering...
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    2015 Easter services at Walt Disney World
    Easter weekend is a popular time to visit Walt Disney World. Some schools are closed for Spring Break. It is also a good time of year to escape after a long winter and enjoy the Florida sunshine.If you're planning to visit Walt Disney World...
  • Free printable Palm Sunday crafts, Holy Week activities, Easter printables
    Free printable Palm Sunday crafts, Holy Week activities, Easter printables
    Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians observe Palm Sunday which celebrates the Biblical triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before His crucifixion. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week and the countdown to the Paschal Triduum (Holy...
  • Catholic priests are causing yogaphobia
    Catholic priests are causing yogaphobia
    Yoga is seen as an universal accepted exercise. Millions of people practice yoga at any age. Yoga is seen all around us including malls, parks, schools and libraries. Many use yoga as exercise and a way of becoming closer to spiritual aspect in...
  • Ave Maria Grotto
    Brother Joseph, the monk who built Ave Maria Grotto
    The story of Brother Joseph, the Catholic Benedictine monk who built Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama is truly an inspiration.Documentary film tells the Brother Joseph and Ave Maria Grotto story of vintage inspiration“Brother Joseph and...
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    Free printable Catholic Christian activities, Lenten lesson plans, Bible crafts
    The Catholic Christian faith is rich in Biblical teaching, prayer, sacraments and oral tradition. The Catholic liturgical calendar is full of other specials holy days. Catholics commemorate patron saints feast days. To help children learn about...
  • free printable Lenten calendars
    Free printable Lenten calendars, Catholic liturgical calendars, Lent printables
    Our Lenten journey in the Catholic church begins on Ash Wednesday and follows Jesus Christ for forty days of suffering in the desert, up to Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. Here are free printable Lenten calendars to help your experience of Lent...
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