Pope Francis keeps showing us the softer, gentler side of the Holy See. We see a compassionate man beneath the papal pomp, a passionate prelate who champions the poor, voiceless and humble. He spoke up for babies at Sunday's Feast of the Baptism of Jesus holy day mass. The Pope told mothers to breastfeed children when they cried, said NBC news, Jan. 11.
The pontiff baptized some 30 infants on the holy day. He alluded to comforting children, when some little ones got fussy at Sunday's mass. The crying wasn't cued. Little ones often fuss in church. Pope Francis had planned ahead of time to speak on caring for them. But he did weave his homily around the timely crying by turning it into an object lesson. Pope Francis speaks up for breastfeeding, exhorts moms to nurse at holy day mass
Advent, a penitential season in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, begins four weeks before Christmas. During that time, the faithful pray, give alms, fast and perform acts of sacrifice. It's a lesser Lent. Starting Dec. 17, says Benet Vision, the church counts down the last week till the Octave of Christmas, praying the Magnificat or O Antiphons (names for Jesus) litanyPrintable Catholic Advent O Antiphons prayers, crafts count down to Christmas
Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, prior to Christmas, Catholics practice advent values prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide advent to Christmas devotions.Free printable Advent calendars for Christmas countdown - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com
Planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner and party doesn't need to be costly. You can throw a great Thanksgiving celebration that's green and cheap. Here's one tip: send free printable Thanksgiving greeting cards and invitations. Here are free Christian, religious and secular Thanksgiving cards to print. Free printable Thanksgiving greeting cards, invitations, coloring pages
Halloween is celebrated different ways. Some get into the ghoulish. Others trick-or-treat but avoid the spookier aspects. Some celebrate church harvest festivals. Catholics observe All Saint's Day (Halloween means All Hallows Eve, a pre-holy day pagan bacchanalia). Here are Bible, Torah and saints Halloween costume ideas for Jewish, Christian or Catholic All Saints' Day parties.Bible character Halloween costumes for All Saints Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com
Catholics celebrate several religious days, referred to as Holy Days. Based on the Bible, these days center around an event in the life of Jesus or His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. Holy Days are All Saints Day (Nov. 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Christmas (preceded by the holy season of Advent), Solemnity of Mary (Jan 1), Ash Wednesday (movable feast which kicks of the holy season of Lent and leads up to Easter), Ascension Thursday (movable feast) and the Assumption of Mary (August 15). Free Printable Catholic Saints and Christian Bible Coloring Pages - Bubblews
Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, originated as a pagan celebration preceding the Catholic church's observance of All Saints Day (a holy day honoring canonized saints) on November 1. It is followed by All Souls Day on November 2 which remembers the beloved dead.Day of the Dead Lesson Plans and Printable Activities to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
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