Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Christmas Candle & Tree

An Advent tradition for many is to begin praying the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena on November 30. The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. It is attributed to Saint Andrew given the prayers traditionally begin on his feast day.

Hundreds of Nativities on Display at Annual No Room at the Inn

One of many Nativity scenes at No Room at the Inn

Inspiring others to join in efforts to reduce poverty   More than 300 nativity scenes from around the world will be on display Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. The exhibition of nativities is the centerpiece of events hosted by Catholic Charities of Des Moines intended to inspire others to join […]

Occupy Advent

The Nativity

Take back Christmas by preparing your heart to receive Christ. Like homecoming weekend in a college town, there are currently no vacancies. Everything, it seems, is occupied. Occupy Wall Street. Occupy San Francisco. Occupy DC. Begun as Occupy Dataran in Kuala Lumpur in late July, the Occupy movement has spread around globe like wildfire in […]

The History of Christ the King


Celebrated one week prior to the first Sunday of Advent — a purposeful time of preparing, waiting, and making straight the path for Jesus in our lives — the feast that proclaims Christ being Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe is just as relevant today as ever. Here’s the history of Christ the King.

Catholics with Disabilities: Part of the Fabric or on the Fringe?

Kathleen & Julianna

it’s not all that surprising that a diagnosis of Down syndrome, with its laundry list of potential medical and developmental issues, so often leads to abortion. After all, so many people have not been steeped in the belief that one’s worth is unconnected to their abilities. If they have no personal experience to offset the “scary bad,” the inertia must seem irresistible.

So now comes the really hard question: what do we do about it? Here are a few ideas.

Clip Out, Photocopy & Pass-On Advent Guides


The National Catholic Register’s 2011 Advent Guides I enjoy receiving our printed copy of the National Catholic Register this time of the year for the clip out, photocopy, and pass-on Advent guides. Previous years’ clip-outs still remain in my prayer journal, and I refer to them often (e.g., the How (and Why) of Daily Prayer and Praying the […]