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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS


The 9 days to Christmas - a Journey of Faith in Wonder and Awe at the Birth of the Promised One
The Original Catholic Novena

For Joseph and the very pregnant Mary, the usual 4-day journey to Bethlehem on foot took them 9 days. We celebrate their 9-day pilgrimage in the Advent Season by abruptly ending the first part of Advent on December 16th to make room for a commemoration of this journey from December 17th to 25th. Joseph led Mary out of Nazareth on the 17th and arrived in the stable after midnight between the 24th and the 25th; so it was in the wee hours of the morning on the 25th that Joseph set Mary up in the stable and that she very shortly gave birth to Jesus. Very soon afterwards the shepherds arrived with their amazing tale of angels from Heaven bringing them a message of wonder and songs of joy and glory to God. This traditional understanding of what happened made the "Midnight Mass" Liturgy special for Catholics, giving them a sense of being present at the scene of Jesus' birth in the middle of the night.

Check out these links:
What is Advent about? + + +
Make Space for Christ in Life + + +
Christmas Spirit... the Right Way
 

[AC] Promo 2011 from Advent Conspiracy on Vimeo

The 7 days preceding Christmas Eve highlighted with the "O" Antiphons   

"O Antiphons"? FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS            "O" Antiphons in Wikipedia        "O" Antiphons in "Catholic Culture"       
"O" Antiphons in "New Advent"      "O" Antiphons in "Women for Faith & Family"        Listen to "The Priests"      
 "O" Antiphons in "Fish Eaters"        About "Fish Eaters"      

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Some Short Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus 

Mary did you know? - A Christmas song for all year...

CONFIRMATION & CHRISTIAN INITIATION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

How to Prepare for Confirmation 
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP

St Luke 2009 Sunday Series:
Week 1 - Children of God and Disciples of Jesus
Week 2 - Stewards of God's Gift of Time
Week 3 - Stewards of God's Gift of Talent
Week 4 - Stewards of God's Gift of Treasure and Material Goods and Series Summary
Week 4 - God rewards our every effort to follow Jesus more closely as his disciple and steward - a homily
Disciples & Stewards Series Summary - Fr. Gilles' Notes - PDF file
Account of Our Stewardship - Parish History Exercise 
Account of My Stewardship - Personal Inventory & Spiritual Discernment Exercise

Documents
Stewardship scriptures 
Volunteer Bill of Rights
 

Stewardship links
  Pastoral Documentation: www.usccb.org/stewardship/disciplesresponse.pdf  NCCB document
Biblical Stewardship: www.generousgiving.org

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EVANGELIZATION

Irish School of Evangelization ISOE - Dublin, Ireland
Novo Millennio Ineunte - Pope John Paul II's strategy for the Church's evangelization in the 3rd Millennium
St. Andrew School of Evangelization - Canada
Guest Programs - Madonna House Apostolate, Combermere, Ontario (near Barry's Bay)

FAMILY, MARRIAGE, & PARENTING

Family & Infant Blessing for the Feast of the Holy Family 2007 
Handicaps, Children, Family, and Parenting
 

text - audio - Mothers' Day Blessing 
Bénédiction pour la Fête des Mères - texte - voix


 


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HOLY WEEK, TRIDUUM, & EASTER

Holy Week our Holiest Week by Thomas Richstatter, OFM
Triduum Overview 

LENT & LENTEN CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINES FOR A SEASON OF RENEWAL

Effortless Lent
Lent Disciplines
Lent Easter phases
Lent Season of Joy
St Luke Way of Cross


Fasting - a Lost Treasure? by Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP (Paulist Priest)
Hunger For God - Catherine Doherty  
Lent Season of Joy by Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv
Living Lent a leaflet from our Canadian Bishops 
Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 Message for Lent 
My Sacred History  
Not To Be a Saint - Doherty  

Now is the time to forgive 
Overcoming fear through faith & love  

Reconciliation Sandra De Gidio, OSM  

PASTORAL HOME CARE

When bringing Holy Communion to the sick, elderly and other homebound or institutionalized,
when I bring Holy Communion to others, do I take a Host for myself?


World Day of the Sick
 
Pope John Paul II's dignity in illness and old age 


Apostolic Letter of John Paul II On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering February 11th, 1984


Message of Pope Benedict XVI - 14th World Day of the Sick February 11th, 2006  
Message of Pope Benedict XVI - 15th World Day of the Sick February 11th, 2007  
Message of Pope Benedict XVI - 16th World Day of the Sick February 11th, 2008  
Message of Pope Benedict XVI - 17th World Day of the Sick February 11th, 2009
 
Resources for celebrating the World Day of the Sick

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Pastoral Home Care Newsletter 1st Edition February 2009 by Cathie Macaulay, Archdiocese of Montreal
The Bridge PHC Newsletter September 2018

PASTORING

Parish History in the English Vicariate - Parish Dates & Situations  
On Pastors
by St. Augustine
On Pastors by St. Augustine - notes by Fr. Gilles  

PENANCE & RECONCILIATION

Talk given to the RCIA - History of the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation
Questions and Answers
- How we celebrate this Sacrament 
Review of Life by Fr. Tom Dowd - 6 ways to examine your conscience - updated as Preparation for Confession 

THE SUNDAY LITURGY - HAPPENINGS


Lent Send-off 080210 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in
Lent Send-off 080217 WYD Pilgrims 
Lent Send-off 080224 Baptism Teams  
Lent Send-off 080302 Eucharistic Congress Delegates 
Lent Send-off 080309 candidates to the Permanent Deaconate 

HOLY WEEK 

Drivers'
2008 pledge & blessing                                      Drivers' 2009 pledge & blessing


THE SUNDAY LITURGY - STUDY & IMPROVEMENTS


Lectors Are Not Just Readers
Holy Communion  - Current Instructions - 090222
Ecclesia de Eucharistia JP II 030417 
Eucharist Source & Summit Ben XVI 070222  
Eucharist What to Avoid CDWDS 040325   
 
International Eucharistic Congresses 021105
On Keeping the Lord's Day JP II 980531
On the Mystery & Worship of the Eucharist JP II 800224
Some Aspects of the Church Understood as Communion CDF 920528 

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VOCATIONS

Fishers of Men 
Pilgrimage - It is our true condition  

WAY OF THE CROSS - versions

Cardinal John Henry Newman's Stations of the Cross Meditations
2018 Papal meditation on the Way of the Cross
Rutter's 1875 text      Stations of the Cross
Saint Pope John Paul II text - Scriptural Way of the Cross
A Scriptural Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori
A Way of the Cross from St. Charles Borromeo Church in Picayne, Mississippi 
A Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi
St. Josemaria's Way of the Cross
A Way of the Cross for St. Luke Parish's unique Scriptural Stations
A Way of the Cross 

WORLD YOUTH DAY



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