Why is Christmas in December?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The near universal celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or Christmas, on December 25th dates to the early 4th century. Now, we have all heard the allegation: the date, December 25th, was settled on by the early Catholic Church to counter (or rather eclipse) the birthday celebration of the pagan “Invincible Sun” god, or […]

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The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

As we continue through the season of Advent, almost everyone anticipates the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. For most people, it is annoying to open their new gadget or toy, only to find a “some assembly required” label on the box. This is especially true for young children who have a difficult time […]

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St. Jude Shrine Christmas Novena

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“We are a ‘touchy’ people, Father… we like to touch.” Dear friends of St. Jude, I was invited for this past St. Jude feast by the devotees of St. Jude in Tucumán, Argentina, to come and give a novena with some of our relics of St. Jude, while Fr. James Moore, OP, my predecessor, was […]

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Fr. Aquinas Costello, O.P.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Born Richard Costello in Lincoln, NE on September 1, 1926, Fr. Aquinas Richard Costello passed away quietly at Nazareth House on December 1st after a lengthy illness. Having been pre-deceased by his parents, Clarence Emmett Costello and Hazel May Hills Costello, his brothers, Donald, Edwin and John Costello, he is survived by his brothers, James […]

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Fr. Aquinas Costello’s Funeral

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Aquinas Costello, O.P., who died on Friday, November 30, 2018. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Tuesday, December 11 9:30am – Mass with Rosary at Nazareth House in San Diego, CA Thursday, December 13 7:30pm – Vigil with Rosary at St. Albert’s Priory, […]

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The Impact of the Lima Center

Monday, December 3, 2018

Last month on November 3, the Church celebrated the feast of Saint Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother who cared for the poor and the sick of Lima, Peru in the late 1500s. Renowned for his humility and charity, Saint Martin always sought to serve God and others, heeding the greatest commandments: “to love the […]

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Advent: a Season of Watchful Preparation

Monday, December 3, 2018

In this moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas, while the carols are already playing, our liturgical calendar goes through its transition: the ending of Ordinary time and the beginning of Advent. My childhood memories from being raised in a non-denominational Christian home are sadly chased away as purple is put up instead of green, celebrating this […]

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