Lenten Fish Fries

In the Cincinnati area, many Catholic parishes and schools sponsor “fish fries” as social activities and fundraisers during Lent. They are popular. So popular, in fact, that fast food restaurants offer fish sandwiches for Lent, lest they lose customers to the fish fries. Sometimes there are major...

Ashes

If you receive blessed ashes to mark the start of Lent, you will hear one of two phrases used by the minister who smears ashes on your forehead. “Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” “Repent and believe the Gospel.” Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. The Church uses ashes as...

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King National Holiday It’s almost 47 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. At the time of his death, Dr. King was 39. For his funeral, Coretta King, who had heard her husband foretell his death, arranged to have a recording played of Martin Luther’s “Drum...

Holy Family

The Sunday between Christmas and New Year is the feast of the Holy Family—Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, so it seems natural to celebrate the Holy Family today. Christmas is a family affair. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a popular Christmas melody that expresses...

Filipino Christmas

Every culture develops special ways for celebrating Christmas. The Christmas crèche, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and so forth are found in various forms wherever there are Christians. In the Philippines Catholics celebrate the Christmas Novena from December 16 until the Christmas mid-night...

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