Advent

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day, accepting Advent as it comes, name tags, skating, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Every year we leave our shoes by the door the night before his feast day, and we wake up the next morning to treats in our shoes.
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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus' crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.
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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love "by smiling and opening his arms to all," Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs.
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Approach Advent with a sense of wonder

It’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the busyness of the season. So, maybe instead of resisting, we should lean into all of it. Maybe we can embrace the fullness of Advent and soak it all in.
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Want to add to hope, joy, reflection, healing? You can do Advent

If Catholics do take time for Advent, which begins Dec. 1 this year, they can find it to be a meaningful season.
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My favorite gift to buy is that for a stranger

This Christmas season, as your family and mine add unnecessary “stuff” to the pile collecting in our closets, dressers, and cabinets, let us remember there are good and hardworking families in our community who are not as blessed to afford new things.
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Advent: Parishes, schools prepare the way

Here are some steps Catholics can take to embrace Advent and prepare for the coming of the Lord.
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