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4 simple ways you can celebrate the feasts this February

4 simple ways you can celebrate the feasts this February

After all the excitement of Christmas, you’re kind of ready for things die down in January, aren’t you? Still, it doesn’t take long before you’re itching to do something special with your family again. Here are four simple ways you can celebrate a feast or observe the season this February.   Candlemas February 2, the Presentation of the Lord, is known as Candlemas. While the feast celebrates Jesus presented before God, it is also the day the Church blesses the candles that will be used through the year. The laity have long participated at home by placing a candle in...

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Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas and what to do instead (at least during November)

Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas and what to do instead (at least during November)

The earlier we celebrate Christmas, the less we pray for the dead. The earlier we celebrate Christmas, the less we prepare for Advent.

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Tips for your Michaelmas menu

Tips for your Michaelmas menu

  If there was ever a feast day that needed to be celebrated with the same gusto it was celebrated in its heyday, it’s the feast of St. Michael. The tradition around most of Europe had been to celebrate the feast of St. Michael with goose, though it isn’t unheard of in parts of Germany to serve duck. In modern day liturgical living circles, chicken or Cornish hens are often substituted for more expensive fowl. And if it makes celebrating the feast more accessible, why not? The feast of the Archangels, formerly celebrated solely as the feast of St. Michael,...

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Managing Anxiety and Renewing Our Home Life by Reigniting the Spirit

Managing Anxiety and Renewing Our Home Life by Reigniting the Spirit

Jesus reminds us in Luke 10 that we aren’t responsible for carrying everything. Rather, reigniting our spirit is just what we need to help refocus our attention, lower anxiety, grow closer to our family, and grow closer to Him.

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