Happy Birthday, Pope Francis! Take Time to Sign His Card…

Birthday candles

Kudos to the group Catholic to the Max, which came up with this idea:For Pope Francis’ 77th birthday, which is coming up on December 17, the Steubenville-based group is shipping a giant birthday card to Rome.  The card was recently at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, where it was signed by thousands of Catholic young people.  From there it was returned to Steubenville, where it’s been made available for additional signings at various locations and events.But … [Read more...]

Catholic Priest Brings the Spirit of Christmas to Life in Detroit

Santa Claus / Fr. Joseph Marquis

I’m from a family of Christmas-lovers.   My Dad always took us kids downtown to watch the annual Thanksgiving Parade.  Bundled and mittened, my sisters and I shivered anyway in the cold, perched on ladders to peer over the crowd of merry-makers.  And the highlight, of course, was always Santa—his merry ho-ho-ho! thrilling children lining Woodward Avenue along the route which ended with Santa’s climbing to his throne in front of J.L. Hudson’s.Years later, when my own children were small, w … [Read more...]

Texas School Bans Christmas Trees, As Well As the Colors Red and Green

Purple Christmas

An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is planning a “winter” party with the halls decked out in… PURPLE?Nichols Elementary School will not have a Christmas tree, and boys and girls will not be permitted to make any reference to Christmas.  Also banned are the colors red and green.According to Todd Starnes writing at Fox News, Texas State Representative Pat Fallon, who introduced a successful bill in the Texas Legislature last year titled the “Merry Christmas Bill”, was alerted to the new … [Read more...]