A Nativity Reflection

David Oatney Catechism, Saints

Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Father Michael Cummins Saints

 Two days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist.  John is the apostle who stood by the Cross of Christ and received Mary into his home.  The gospel attributed to John was the last of the four canonical gospels to be written and contains the most explicitly developed and exalted understanding (Christology) of who …

The Latin Mass

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. Today there is still a debate within the Church as to whether this was a legitimate development of the council. There are a large …

Vatican II & Popular Devotions

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Growing up I spent most of my childhood attending Catholic schools. One of the things we learned were the many devotional prayers and practices that have for centuries enriched the lives of the faithful. The BVM sisters taught us to say the morning offering to God, how to pray the rosary, and gave us holy cards of Christ and the …