El Colacho: Corpus Christi and the Devil’s Leap

Baby jumping in Spain

If you are a baby in the town of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain, LOOK OUT!Around the world, Catholics and some other Christians celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi two weeks after Pentecost, the Sunday following Trinity Sunday on the liturgical calendar. This year, the feast will be celebrated in the United States on Sunday, June 2.On the feast, which is also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Catholics honor Christ fully present, Body and Blood, … [Read more...]

Baptized in the Stanley Cup!

Three-year-old Alva Felicia Sundstrom may not realize it, but she holds a unique place in National Hockey League history.Alva was baptized in the Stanley Cup.If you are a big-time hockey fan, you know that hockey’s “Holy Grail” has been used and misused in countless ways: as a beer mug, a dog bowl, a flower pot, a serving dish for raw oysters and for Froot Loops, and to hold champagne.  Detroit Red Wings’ Kris Draper allowed his newborn daughter Kamryn to use it as an impromptu toilet bowl. N … [Read more...]

CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: The Significance of the Paschal Candle

Last night at the beginning of the Easter Vigil, our pastor Fr. Bob LaCroix prepared the Paschal Candle. The pure white wax of the candle is inscribed with a cross, along with the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, and the date of this year of grace.As we gathered outside the church to watch, Father Bob inserted five grains of incense incased in wax into the candle, representing the wounds our Savior received on the Cross in his hands, feet, and side. As the nails on which the … [Read more...]