Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Perhaps that’s true, but when it comes to Jesus’ mother, Catholics have many ways of addressing her. Names connect us to one another and to God. In the Book of Exodus, when Abraham first encounters God, he asks the Lord his name. The Lord responds, “I am who I am” (Ex 3:14). The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that God revealed himself to us by making his name known (see No. 203). Likewise, the many names of Mary reveal her many aptitudes such as saint, helpmate and mother of us all.
One of the nicest things about an Advent wreath is there isn’t a single right way to do it. Maybe you find it easier to light the candles at breakfast […]
Catholics will celebrate three important feast days in late spring: Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit; Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ; and Trinity Sunday, three persons in one God. Teaching Catholic Kids has creative ways your family can celebrate, including activities, crafts and more.
Most of us are familiar with European Advent customs such as the Advent wreath, the Jesse tree and Advent calendars. While these traditions are popular, they aren’t the only way Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This year, add a little international flavor to your Advent by circling the globe with these ’round the world customs. Visit us online to find a variety of customs!
Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover before his death as recounted in the Gospels. In today’s post you’ll find explanations of the important Palm Sunday symbols to share with your Catholic kids.