All is calm, all is bright: terrific Advent video from the Archdiocese of Washington

Hot on the heels of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s clever promotion for the season comes another advertising effort, this one from the Archdiocese of Washington. Turn up the volume—so you can turn it down for Advent. The archdiocese has also launched a website: FindthePerfectGift.org.  It has prayer resources, links, a listing of events and suggestions for [Read More...]

Three days and counting …

…so make Advent count.  There’s still time.  Below, the “Advent Conspiracy” video for this year. [Read more...]

“All are indeed welcome in this place…”

Over at his blog, Deacon Bill Ditewig shares a timely and thought-provoking dream: The dream?  The catholic — truly universal — people of God!  Every person who is cut off from everything and everyone else, is WELCOMED by the catholic people of God.  In a very real sense, the catholic people of God is the [Read More...]

Circle of light: behind the Advent wreath

It’s a popular fixture in Catholic churches and homes, but the Advent wreath comes with a long history and rich meaning. From the Catholic Sentinel in Portland, OR: Advent is about more than marking an event 2,000 years ago and the wreaths help make that clear. Progressive lighting of candles symbolizes a two-part hope surrounding [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover: homily edition

[After cobbling together this week's homily -- which is much shorter than usual, because the Mass will include the 15-minute-long Rite of Welcome in my parish -- I realized that I also need to preach at another Mass Sunday morning.  D'oh.  I decided to revisit my original homily, revising and expanding it.  The results are [Read More...]

Fr. Ken

A deacon friend sent this my way. It belongs to a priest, who explains: A long time ago, this friend, Mary Ryan (RIP) made me a Ken doll with a full set of liturgical colored vestments – here he is in purple for Advent, and stands in my office as a reminder that Advent is [Read More...]

Waiting for Christmas

A British department store has come up with a sweet commercial for the Christmas season (and, in fact, Advent) that will resonate with anyone who has ever been 8 years old. [Read more...]


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