San Jose Christmas tree display mired in controversy

Catholic League president Bill Donohue discusses a controversy over this year's San Jose Christmas tree display: Every year since the 1950s, San Jose has had a proud record of honoring Christmas with a grand display of Christmas trees. This year,

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2017-12-04T16:58:52-07:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Arts and Culture|Tags: , , |8 Comments

No ‘two-for-one” Mass to satisfy Christmas Day obligation

In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations can be fulfilled with a “two-for-one” Mass attendance at Christmas this year. In a “relatively rare” situation which last

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2017-12-03T19:22:40-07:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Church life|Tags: , |22 Comments

History of Christmas still celebrated at California missions

The following comes from a December 1 Chicago Tribune article by Jay Jones: On the winter solstice, as the sun rises in the dip between two hills, the amazing accomplishment of some 18th-century priests becomes crystal clear. Through an open

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2016-12-16T17:46:43-07:00December 17th, 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , |3 Comments

What ever became of Advent fasting and penance?

The following comes from a December 13 Community in Mission article by Msgr. Charles Pope: I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the reason the color purple (violet) is used during Advent is that Advent, like Lent, is

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2016-12-16T07:56:55-07:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Spirituality and Faith|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Can you have a humble and holy Christmas and still have fun?

The following comes from a December 1 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: One of the main reasons the Puritans separated from their Protestant churches and set sail for the New World was their objection to the materialism and general

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2016-12-03T17:56:32-07:00December 4th, 2016|Categories: Spirituality and Faith|Tags: , |9 Comments