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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Jan. 1

This is one of the most significant Marian feast days as it recognizes specifically her role as the mother of the Savior. “Clearly from earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honoured under the title of Mother of God” (Lumen Gentium 66).

12 Days of Christmas – Part 3 [VIDEO]

Fr. John Muir exhausted his Christmas sweater collection, but he has more saints and memorable characteristics to introduce you to!

Feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 31

The Feast of the Holy Family is usually celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas, Dec. 31 this year. The Holy Family, made up of the Christ Child, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, serves as a model for all families.

12 Days of Christmas – Part 2 [VIDEO]

Fr. John Muir compares four more Valley coffee shops to four well-known saints — and finally wears the same sweater twice!

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec. 28

This feast recognizes all the boys of Bethlehem younger than two who were martyred by King Herod after St. Joseph had been warned to flee with his family to Egypt.

Feast of St. John the Evangelist, Dec. 27

John and his brother, James, Galilean fishermen called the “sons of thunder,” were chosen to be among the Twelve Apostles. John was with Jesus at the Trans-figuration, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary.

Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colorful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis said.

Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, Dec. 26

Stephen, the namesake for “Stephen ministers” was called as one of the Church’s first seven deacons (Acts 6:1-7) to serve at the altar and serve the people.

12 Days of Christmas – Part 1 [VIDEO]

Enjoy these video reflections from Fr. John Muir, host of Catholic Breakfast. There will be no countdowns to remember, but there will be comparisons of Valley coffee shops to popular Catholic saints.

Peace amid conflict

At one time or another, we’ve all secretly yearned for the Madison Avenue version of Christmas.