Why the Assumption makes the holy day cut

This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation: the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we celebrate the fact that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life

According to the Code of Canon Law, there are 10 holy days of obligation in the universal Church, though very few countries or dioceses actually require the faithful to observe all 10. Certain areas have holy days other than those on the Canon Law list. In most of the U.S. there are only five (in addition to every Sunday, of course): Mary the Mother of God, the Assumption, All … [Read more...]

Mary’s flowers

Nearly 500 original names for plants and herbs held some reference to the Blessed Virgin

Modern nomenclature may pen them honeysuckle but any medieval Christian would know them as Our Lady’s fingers. White campion - Our Lady’s candles, and forget-me-nots - the Eyes of Mary. Aside from rosemary and marigolds, today’s flowers and herbs are far-removed from their pre-Elizabethan names and associations. Religion was so deeply married to the daily routines of medieval … [Read more...]

Catholics prepare to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento

10th Annual Marian Procession will be held Saturday, May 12; event spokesman says, "We will be praying specifically for the people of this state to turn back to God

In this month of Mary, California Catholics are preparing to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento.  On Saturday, May 12, thousands of faithful will gather for the Great Marian Procession, a march culminating with the consecration of California to the Blessed Mother.  Speaking with Church Militant Friday, organizer Michael Solton described the procession as an act of … [Read more...]

Rosary Rallies planned across U.S. on Oct. 14

In 21,570 public places from coast to coast, lay Catholics will pray the rosary in public, many locations in California

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics prepare to pray the Rosary in public and beg God and the Blessed Mother to save America. In 21,570 public places from coast to coast, lay Catholics associated with America Needs Fatima will hold Public Square Rosary Rallies. The rallies refocus people on the urgency of the Blessed Mother's call to conversion given 100 years ago at Fatima, … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Christ Cathedral

Bishop Kevin Vann will join the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on May 13 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima; prayer before statue offers plenary indulgence

Bishop Kevin Vann and Fr. Christopher Smith will pray the rosary with the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on Saturday, May 13, as they celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of our Blessed Virgin in Fatima. The special celebration in the Arboretum will include: Crowning of Mary, Procession, Rosary, consecration, Mass and … [Read more...]