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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Is it Happy Holiday or Happy Christmas?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We have been bombarded with the idea of the “political correctness” of everything you say or do in this society. Any sincere and true Christian will agree with me that there has been a constant calculated and deliberate effort to neuter Christmas.  You and I now live in a ... Read More »

Joseph the Noble Man

Posted by Nancy Lambert

It's the fourth Sunday of Advent.  With the four weeks of Advent season ending, we are ready to start the Christmas season.  And today's Gospel gives the story of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

Obviously, not so much was written or mentioned both in the apostolic tradition and in ... Read More »

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before ... Read More »

The Lord Blesses Us with Beautiful Season(s)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the ... Read More »

Cardinal DiNardo Elected USCCB President of U.S. Bishops, Archbishop Gomez Elected Vice-President

Posted by Nancy Lambert


BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during today's annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo has served as vice president of the USCCB since 2013. Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected as USCCB vice president.

Cardinal DiNardo ... Read More »

USCCB President: Amoris Laetitia, A Tremendous Gift for Church and Families in the U.S.

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement about the ongoing, fruitful reception and implementation in the United States of Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

Full statement follows:

A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, ... Read More »

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection to be Held as Jubilee Year of Mercy Draws to a Close

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be held in most parishes the weekend of November 19-20, on the Solemnity of Christ the King and the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

"The Year of Mercy, a time of extraordinary grace, is also ... Read More »

Two Great Feasts: All Saints and All Souls

Posted by Nancy Lambert

On the first two days of November each year, the Church commemorates two linked feast days: All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2). All Saints is easy to understand: We remember all those who have lived lives of heroic holiness, whether the Church has canonized them or ... Read More »

National Vocation Awareness Week Set for November 6-12

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 6-12. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. 

Pope Francis, in his homily at the final Mass ... Read More »

USCCB President Says the Gospel Serves the Common Good, Not Political Agendas

Posted by Nancy Lambert

A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

At this important time in our nation's history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our republic – the freedom ... Read More »