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Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That iconic line from the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” seems pretty off-base just a little more than a week away from Christmas, doesn’t it? Stop and look around? There’s no time for that.

Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

FERDINAND, Ind. (CNS) — The sights and sounds of Christmas brightened the massive dome of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand as six Sisters of St. Benedict rang out “Silent Night” on hand bells.

Finding the heart of Jesus this Advent

The liturgical life of the Church is literally the heart-beat and pulse of the faith in motion. To appreciate the richness of the Catholic faith, one must only look to the sacramental life of the Church.

Fourth week calls us to await the revelation of Christ Incarnate

The faithful hear the Annunciation in the Gospel. Mary’s example of faith and obedience to God allow her to respond with her fiat.

As pope turns 81, kids entertain with song, dance and 13-foot...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic.

Third week of Advent calls us to rejoice

Beginning Dec. 17, individuals and families might consider adding the “O Antiphons” into regular prayer time.

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

The big challenge for parishes this year will be decorating for Christmas liturgies, especially parishes with afternoon Masses on Sunday that will only have a few hours to "turn the church over from Advent to Christmas."

Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing.

Second week of Advent calls us to promise, prophecy, return

God kept the first promise that He would send a Savior, so the faithful should trust Him to keep the second promise that He will come again and take the holy ones to be with Him for eternity.

Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God’s call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.