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Celebrating Christmas: Incarnational Vision

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer for Setting Up the Crèche

Setting up the crèche is a beloved tradition in both homes and parishes. I have seen a number of beautiful Nativity sets over the years. Many of them...

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Trimming the tree. Baking cookies. Hanging out the stockings. Sending greetings. Welcoming visitors. Wrapping presents. Singing carols…  The list of...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day

Our family first celebrated Saint Nicholas Day about twenty-five years ago. We gathered with a cherished circle of friends for a post-Thanksgiving meal...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Advent in the Home

My mother loved all holidays but most especially Christmas. Each year a new decoration was added to the mix in our home – colored lights strung around the...

Kathy Hendricks

8 Printable Catholic Christmas Prayers

The Catholic Christmas season begins on December 25th and ends in January on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Joy; Lighting the Pink Candle on the Advent Wreath

This Sunday we light the odd candle on the Advent wreath. Long before pink became a symbol of breast cancer awareness, it took prominence in the third...

Kathy Hendricks

The Season of Advent

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Setting out familiar symbols puts me in the mood for a time of joyous expectation. Advent is about to...

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Prayers for Families

The liturgical year begins with Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas. It is a season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation. Download and print...

Kathy Hendricks

The Hope of Christmas

It hasn’t been an easy Advent in which to hope. As the shadow of the bombings in Beirut and Paris continued to hover over us, the shootings in Colorado...

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Whole Community Catechesis Handouts

Sadlier offers whole community catechesis seasonal events that can be used with the entire parish community or all the students in a school community or...

Kathy Hendricks

Praying the “O Antiphons”

The “O Antiphons” are a tradition of prayer during a period of time known as the Octave of Advent. Thus, they begin on December 17th and continue through...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Christmas Traditions

When I speak to groups about how faith grows in the family, I ask them to name a favorite tradition. Responses almost always include something about the...

Kathy Hendricks

Not So Ordinary Time

There is such a stark contrast when the Christmas season ends. The twinkling lights in the neighborhood have gone dark and trees left for recycling sit...

Kathy Hendricks

Entering the Crèche

Setting up the crèche is a beloved tradition in both homes and parishes. I have seen a number of beautiful Nativity sets over the years. Many of them...

Kathy Hendricks

Sounds of Advent

Have you noticed the newest warning in theaters these days? In addition to the reminders to turn off cell phones and cease conversation, moviegoers are...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Giving

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with...

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Blues

It has been a year since the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This means parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends of those killed...

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Parish Event- A Time for Watching and Waiting

Bring parishioners of all ages together to learn about and share their faith during a special seasonal event. Download these Advent handouts to implement...

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Lesson and Prayer Celebration

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. The meaning of Advent season is two-fold, reminding us both to remember the past and to look to the...

Kathy Hendricks

Praying the “O Antiphons” During the Octave of Advent

 The O Antiphons, a tradition of prayer that marks the Octave of Advent, provide a beautiful framework for reflection in the week preceding Christmas. As...

Kathy Hendricks

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....

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Light

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Setting out familiar symbols puts me in the mood for a time of joyous expectation. Advent is about to...

Kathy Hendricks

Saint Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes

The candy cane is a treat often associated with Saint Nicholas, the patron and protector of children.  Its distinctive shape is attributed to a 17th...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Nativity of the Lord

Sunday, December 25th, is The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Solemnity and Holy Day of Obligation. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the...

Kathy Hendricks

The Sacred Stories of Christmas

Each year, decorating the Christmas tree is an occasion for storytelling in our family. The ornaments are the trigger. Some date back to my childhood and...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 18th, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent! Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. ...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 4th, is the Second Sunday of Advent! Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. ...

Kathy Hendricks

Pressed for Time: From Holidays to Holy Days

Halloween has come and gone, much to my relief. I always loved this holiday but it’s lately started to wear on me. It isn’t the holiday itself, but its...

Kathy Hendricks

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