The Immaculate Conception • Monthly Devotion for December

In popular practice, December traditionally has been devoted to the Immaculate Conception. Here are some ways to practice that devotion with your family this month.   by Brian Smith   Back in the Middle Ages, many Catholics began observing special … Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel began in the community of hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in Israel. The community were devoted to Mary and felt very close to her. Many people throughout history have been led … Read More

Mary, Help of Christians

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Instituted after Pope Pius VII survived imprisonment from Napoleon and accredited Mary’s intercession on his behalf, Mary, Help of Christians honors Mary’s role in interceding for the faithful’s prayers, God’s plans and protecting Christians. Mary, Help of Christians is the … Read More

Mary, Mother of the Church

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Mary, Mother of the Church is to be celebrated the Monday after Pentecost Sunday each year to promote the maternal sense of the Church through its pastors, men and women religious and laity. The Gospel reading that day will reflect … Read More

Our Lady of Fatima

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(Visions begun 1917) On this date one hundred years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to three young children, Lúcia Santos and Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in Fatima, Portugal. Despite being accused of lying and even being jailed by … Read More

May Is Mary’s Month: Here’s How to Celebrate with Kids

  May has traditionally been “Mary’s month.” Here’s a roundup of ideas and resources for celebrating.   May brings the blossoming of fragrant spring flowers (at least here in the northern hemisphere) . . . which may be why, for centuries, May … Read More

Make A Timeline of Marian Apparitions

Make a timeline of Mary’s apparitions and teach your family about Marian theology, geography, and history. by Heidi Indahl If you have been following my column for long, you probably know that I have a thing about timelines. They are … Read More

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