The first classic Christmas carol of the decade

Featuring CeeLo Green and …the Muppets! It includes a fun remix of the classic “Mah Na Mah Na,” plus a little jingly jive from CeeLo.  Brace yourself for an earworm. [Read more...]

No “Christmas” tree in Rhode Island—again

Here we go again:  Rhode Island will go ahead with plans to hold a “holiday tree” lighting ceremony in the state capital despite controversy last year over Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision to avoid using the word “Christmas” in reference the tree. The announcement on Tuesday that the state would hold a tree-lighting ceremony in Providence [Read More...]

‘Tis the season: atheists stage “alternative” Nativity scene

Details:  Atheists, clearly agitated that Christians purportedly “stole” various holiday traditions from pagans, have come up with a solution: A potentially-offensive “natural nativity scene” that removes baby Jesus and replaces traditional Bible characters with some eyebrow-raising alternatives. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is behind the spectacle, which emerged this week as part of a diorama inside the Wisconsin state capitol. [Read More...]

Obscene: 2012 Neiman Marcus catalog and its $100,000 chicken coop

Details: Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual holiday catalog Tuesday, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of “his and hers” timepieces for just over $1 million from Van Cleef & Arpels. The watches depict a tale of lost love on the faces and come with a trip to romantic Paris [Read More...]

This year’s Christmas stamp: the flight into Egypt

Something altogether different from the U.S. Postal Service this year. From CNS: The U.S. Postal Service Oct. 10 released a Christmas stamp featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt. A ceremony to celebrate the first day of issue of the stamp took place at the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church. [Read More...]

Christmas is over

This box was in the sacristy this morning, waiting to be filled. [Read more...]

Homily for January 1, 2012: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

[Click here for readings] A lot of us had our travel interrupted over the holidays – flight delays, cancellations, weather problems.  But none, I think, can compare with the story of Msgr. Steve Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is a priest from the Diocese of Syracuse.  He teaches at Catholic University but every couple years, he goes [Read More...]

It’s still Christmas, so let’s keep the carols going…

One of my favorites, from an old PBS special.  (The CD of this is a holiday perennial around our house.)  Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Staade and “Gesu Bambino,” conducted by Andre Previn. Has anyone ever done this better?  I don’t think so. [Read more...]

“Christmas reveals God’s closeness, His intimacy…”

While we are still steeped in the Christmas season — before the tree has been dragged to the curb and the forgotten toys carted down to the basement — here are some heartening words from Archbishop Robert Carlson, speaking about the meaning of Christmas and the ongoing “Catholics Come Home” initiative in the Archdiocese of St. [Read More...]

Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable Christmas message: “It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love…”

Check this out.  A message of great hope, and faith, and family: [Read more...]


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