The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter and how to observe it

Posted by Stephen Barany on Feb 22, 2019 3:20:13 PM

Every year on February 22, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Confusing to many, this feast is less about an ancient piece of furniture than it is about the office of the pope and his role as a sign of unity and peace.

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Topics: traditions, feast days, universal call to holiness

How to make a grotto cake to celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes

Posted by Alycia Valentiny on Feb 7, 2019 4:55:45 PM

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is coming up on February 11th. Tomorrow, we’ll post some ways to celebrate this great feast of Our Lady, but today I wanted to share with you one of our favorite family activities for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes—baking a grotto cake!

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Topics: parenting, holidays, traditions, DIY, feast days, activities

The Mexican celebration of Candlemas

Posted by Elizabeth Serafin Berruecos on Feb 4, 2019 4:52:50 PM

In Mexico, we eat tamales all year long, but Candlemas on February 2 has its own special traditions. On this day, we celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple by gathering as a community, clothing the Baby Jesus in special garments, honoring him on our family altars and singing the Baby Jesus to sleep.

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Topics: Culture, traditions, feast days, en español

DIY 'stained glass' luminaries to celebrate Candlemas

Posted by Madeline Haydon on Jan 31, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Stained glass luminaries are a perfect craft to celebrate Candlemas. With simple materials and a stunning effect, they’re a great activity for the family and home. The soft glow of candlelight provides an opportunity to teach about the prophecy of Simeon, that Jesus would be the light to all nations.

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Topics: parenting, traditions, DIY, feast days, activities

What is Candlemas and how to observe it

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jan 30, 2019 7:12:00 AM

On February 2—forty days after Christmas—the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, calling to mind the Holy Family’s observance of the Mosaic Law (see Leviticus 12:1–8). Mary comes to the Temple forty days after giving birth to Jesus, and she and Joseph offer for her purification a sacrifice of two turtledoves, the offering prescribed for the poor. In addition, Mary and Joseph present and dedicate Jesus to God, as he is Mary’s firstborn Son (see Exodus 13:2–16).

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Topics: family life, holidays, traditions, DIY, feast days