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Celebrating St. Joseph's Feast Day

Holy Family Saints St. Joseph

Celebrating St. Joseph's Feast Day

By Colleen Pressprich

St. Joseph is celebrated during many feast days throughout the year, but the most important one happens on March 19th. Here’s what you need to know to celebrate this great day.

Some Important Facts About Joseph

Joseph was the foster father of Jesus. A carpenter by trade, he supported and protected the Holy Family throughout Jesus’ childhood, including during the family’s flight and exile into Egypt. He is written about in the Gospels as a righteous man of strong faith. In fact, in the Gospel of Matthew, there are four instances where an angel appears to Joseph to relay God’s message for the Holy Family to him.

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How to Boost Your Family's Prayer Life with a Novena

How to Boost Your Family's Prayer Life with a Novena

By Colleen Pressprich

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to boost your family’s prayer life, consider starting a novena.

What is a novena?

Novenas are powerful sets of prayers, dating all the way back to Pentecost. The word novena comes from the Latin word novem which means nine. In the Catholic Church a novena is a set of prayers said over the course of nine days. The very first novena was prayed by the Apostles and the Virgin Mary after the Ascension of Jesus as they awaited the Holy Spirit.

Typically, a novena is said for a specific purpose and asks the intercession of a particular saint. They can be a set of repeating prayers or contain a different prayer for each day of the novena’s duration.

Why should we pray a novena?

You can think of a novena like an HIIT workout: a short burst of activity designed for maximum benefits. Novenas can be especially helpful for families because they are short. You aren’t making a lifetime commitment with a novena; you’re praying for a specific intention for a set number of days.  I like novenas because they can expose my kids to different saints and prayers of the Church.

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Emulating the Holy Family When Your Family Doesn’t Feel so Holy

Emulating the Holy Family When Your Family Doesn’t Feel so Holy

By Anne Metz

My family doesn’t feel super holy, to be honest. When we show up at mass on Sunday, we definitely feel like the B team.

First of all, we’re usually late. My dad says, “Mass is at 9, but Anne and her family go to the 9:05.” Then there’s the chatting, the waving at cute babies, and the occasional zoning out, me included.

But holiness is more than just a good showing at mass.

It's about living out our faith every day, moment to moment. We can look to the Holy Family for our inspiration and as a model of how to live a holy home life.

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Explaining Baptism to Kids

Explaining Baptism to Kids

By Anne Metz

Baptism is the sacrament where we welcome new members into our church. It’s a beautiful ritual filled with grace, symbols, liturgy, and tradition. Because of this, it might feel overwhelming to explain Baptism to kids. But, by keeping it simple, and by taking the approach that you can add more details over time, explaining Baptism to children can be fun and easy.

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Simple Ways to Celebrate Epiphany as a Family

Simple Ways to Celebrate Epiphany as a Family

By Colleen Pressprich 

Epiphany, celebrated on January 6th each year, is also known as the Feast of the Three Kings. It’s the day that we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men at Bethlehem and the end of the Christmas season.  

Here are five easy ways to celebrate this day with your family.

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