Saint Lucy: Let Your Light Shine

By Monique Sammut | December 13, 2017

Who is Saint Lucy? Much of what we know of Saint Lucy is buried in legend.  It is very hard to tell what is true and what is not.  Lucy was a Christian from Syracuse, Sicily.  She lived with her mother, Eutychia, since her father died when she was young.  Her family was supposedly wealthy … Continue reading “Saint Lucy: Let Your Light Shine”

The Advent Calendar: Counting Down the Days

By Monique Sammut | December 10, 2017

Waiting in Hope Waiting is hard.  Very hard.  Even the most patient person can have trouble enduring suspense and expectation for a long period of time.  So why does the Church give us about four weeks when the sole focus is – waiting?  Advent is a time when we wait, prepare, and look forward to … Continue reading “The Advent Calendar: Counting Down the Days”

The Immaculate Conception: Full of Grace

By Monique Sammut | December 7, 2017

“Hail Mary, Full of Grace” The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics believe this feast celebrates Jesus’ conception through the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.  However, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s conception in the … Continue reading “The Immaculate Conception: Full of Grace”

The Advent Wreath: Light in Darkness

By Monique Sammut | December 3, 2017

A Tradition Begins A popular Advent tradition among both Catholics and Christians is that of the Advent Wreath.  It is a simple but beautiful way to capture the meaning and symbolism of Advent.  The tradition of using an Advent Wreath originated in pre-Christian times.  People would light candles during the winter in the absence of … Continue reading “The Advent Wreath: Light in Darkness”

The Season of Advent: Waiting in Hope

By Monique Sammut | December 1, 2017

Waiting in Silence Advent is a liturgical season consisting of four Sundays leading up to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve.  It is an Old English word coming from the Latin adventus (arrival) or advenire (to come).  It is a special time dedicated to the remembrance of Jesus’ coming as a baby over 2,000 years … Continue reading “The Season of Advent: Waiting in Hope”

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

By Monique Sammut | November 29, 2017

Saint Nicholas in a Nutshell Saint Nicholas was born in the third century in Patara (modern day Turkey) into a wealthy, Christian family.  When Nicholas was still very young, his parents died of an epidemic.  He then sold his inheritance to help the poor and the suffering. Nicholas became the bishop of Myra (also modern … Continue reading “Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus”

The Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe

By Monique Sammut | November 26, 2017

The Liturgical Year Ends The Solemnity of Christ the King is the final Sunday of the liturgical calendar – the last Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The season of Advent begins the following Sunday.  In the Catholic Church it is a Solemnity and a Holy Day of Obligation and priests wear white. The purpose of this … Continue reading “The Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe”

All Souls’ Day: May They Rest in Peace

By Monique Sammut | November 2, 2017

All Souls’ Day The Feast of All Souls, or All Souls’ Day, is a day set apart for honoring all who have died.  In Mexico, this feast is commonly known as The Day of the Dead.  The official name for this feast in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church is: The Commemoration of All … Continue reading “All Souls’ Day: May They Rest in Peace”

All Saints’ Day: Celebrating Our Heavenly Friends

By Monique Sammut | October 25, 2017

All Saints’ Day The Feast of All Saints, or All Saints’ Day, commemorates all those who have died and are now in Heaven.  Generally, November 1, The Solemnity of All Saints, is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. The word “Saint” often refers to those men and women whom the Catholic Church … Continue reading “All Saints’ Day: Celebrating Our Heavenly Friends”

All Saints’ Day Party: A Family Affair

By Monique Sammut | October 16, 2017

What is an All Saints’ Day Party? An All Saints’ Day Party is an opportunity for families to gather together to celebrate the lives of the Saints while enjoying games, food, and fellowship.  Simply put, it’s a Catholic “Halloween” party.  The name Halloween originally came from All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Eve – The Eve … Continue reading “All Saints’ Day Party: A Family Affair”