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Celebrating Saints and Mystics During the Liturgical Year

My Little Lives of the Saints booklets were precious possessions. As a child I pored over each account and studied the accompanying pictures. Each saint looked so serene and perfect. None were old,...Read more

A Printable Reflection and Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting, marks the beginning of Lent. I often marvel at how many people are drawn to services on Ash Wednesday. After all, it's not a holy day of obligation and it...Read more

Celebrating Epiphany: 5 Ways to Mark Three Kings Day

My husband, Ron, and I needed a trip to the mountains. Faced with some major changes in our lives, we needed to clear our heads by getting away from all that was familiar. There is nothing like the...Read more

Prayer for All Saints

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day celebrated annually on November 1st. On All Saints' Day, we honor those saints, known and unknown, who inspire us with their generous and faith-filled lives....Read more

Our Lady of Sorrows Feast Day

I saw them as I entered the supermarket parking lot. A family of four crouched in the shade of a small tree. Two young boys sat with their mother and waved at passing cars. The father held a sign...Read more

Prayers & Activities for the Feast of Pentecost

When the risen Jesus visited the disciples before he returned to his Father in Heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with the Church always.  The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on...Read more

Keep the Easter Season Momentum with Calendar Cards

I re-discovered this year why Easter is a feast. There was such abundance in my celebration, starting with the rich symbols and rituals of the Vigil service on Saturday night. It began outside with a...Read more

Printable Saint Nicholas Prayer Cards

The candy cane is a treat often associated with Saint Nicholas, the patron and protector of children. The crook symbolizes the gentle image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Celebrate Saint Nicholas Day...Read more

Feast of Christ the King 2015 Reflection

I confess to not quite getting the image of Christ as king. Perhaps it’s because royalty in my lifetime have been primarily figureheads and, at times, models of bad behavior. The one king I feel an...Read more

Holy Week’s Passion

Moving through Holy Week takes stamina. Not only do the liturgies last long and well into the night, but the readings about Christ’s betrayal, trial, sentencing, journey up Calvary, and death on the...Read more

Ashes to Ashes

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19 Read more

Pentecost Language, Part 2

Note: In last week’s blog, I wrote about the power of the Holy Spirit to set the disciples afire with words that matter. I continue this week by reflecting on the power to go beyond words as God’s...Read more

Pentecost Language, Part 1

For sheer drama it’s hard to beat the scene in the Book of Acts. As the disciples gather in a closed room, a roaring wind envelops them. It’s so ferocious that it attracts the attention of pilgrims...Read more

Question of the Week: THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST solemnity

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

People of Pentecost

During Lent, I wrote about directing a day of retreat centered on the people of the Passion – those figures from Scripture who were present during the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. Now I...Read more

Question of the Week: PENTECOST SUNDAY solemnity

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in our parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Holy Week Reflection Cards

It’s almost Holy Week, a time that writer Michael Ford describes as a “journey within a journey.” Draw hope and joy from this time-honored rite that celebrates life arising from death and the...Read more

People of the Passion: "Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord...?"

This melancholy lyric is sung by countless congregations on Good Friday. It is so beloved that I once saw a liturgy committee nearly explode when the music director suggested replacing it with...Read more

5 Ways to Mark Three Kings Day
Question of the Week: The Epiphany of the Lord

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

GIMN: A Celebration of Epiphany
Our Lady of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) is an opportunity to re-read the account of this miraculous story and to consider the needs of the poor. It begins with a simple man named Juan Diego...Read more

Christ the King Feast: Thy Kingdom Come Reflection

I confess to not quite getting the image of Christ as king. Perhaps it’s because royalty in my lifetime have been primarily figureheads and, at times, models of bad behavior. The one king I feel an...Read more

Christ's Sacred Heart
Question of the Week: The Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, June 3rd, is The Most Holy Trinity. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" - a free...Read more

Celebrating Holy Week

It’s almost Holy Week, a time that writer Michael Ford describes as a “journey within a journey.” I have walked through this holiest of weeks many times and yet it continues to take on new and more...Read more

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

As the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) approaches, enjoy this series of articles on the life and ministry of this great saint by Scripture scholar, Father Donald Senior. Read more

Feast of The Holy Family

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