Students Bring Real Life to Nativity Scene

Parishioners saw Scripture come to life Saturday, Dec. 5 as students from Our Lady of Fatima School, Jackson Heights, portrayed a retelling of the Nativity story.

The Vatican Christmas Stamp Features 15th Century Painting

This year’s Vatican Christmas stamps feature a 15th-century manuscript illumination of the Holy Family. The special edition stamps went on sale Nov. 19 in two denominations of 80 euro cents and 95 euro cents in sheets of 10.

NYC Choir CD Offers Sacred Sounds of Season

The secular world ignores Advent, begins celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween and packs up the holiday before the New Year, Paul J. Murray said. He decided to make a CD recording of his choir singing sacred Advent and Christmas music.

Jesus: Dark Stranger or Bright Brother?

It is hardly the biggest surprise in the world, but one that we forget so frequently that it would be funny if it were not so sad: Jesus is on our side. He is no one of whom to be afraid. In Advent, when we confront the fact that the Second Coming is closer now than ever before, we start to think about the end of the world and do so with discomfort. Do we forget so easily the one with whom we are dealing? I’m afraid we do.

Carol Powell

Message of Advent Is That Good Will Win

One of the eighth-grade Confirmation students that I teach religion to made a startling statement. She said, “I think there is more evil in the world than good. Look at all the wars, all the hatred, all the killing.” I had to agree that this is how it appears. But I noted that often only negative events get into the news, not the myriad acts of love and service many people perform daily.

Some Practical Gifts and Christmas Presence

Christmas is the feast of encounter, the celebration of God’s love and nearness. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth,” we read in St. John’s Gospel. God became one of us! He united himself to every man, woman and child in every time and place in Jesus Christ, the sacrament of our encounter with God.

Peace Light Arrives With Message of Hope

An open flame, referred to as the Peace Light, arrived by plane in JFK Airport, Dec. 11 escorted by officials from Austrian Airlines. After a welcome ceremony at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, the flame began its pilgrimage across the U.S. in trucks and cars, lighting wicks in homes, churches and community centers along […]

Pope: Prepare for Christmas With Joy

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) – No saint was ever known for having a “funeral face,” Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, […]

Advent Prep

The St. John’s Prep, Astoria, is in full preparation mode this Advent season. Special public prayers have been said each day; the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been offered to all students; food is being collected; the Christmas Tree was officially lit; the halls and classrooms are being festively decorated; and student musicians and singers have […]

Pope: Advent Is a Time For Silence and Service

ROME (CNS) – In the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, Pope Francis […]