Advent Candles Help Prepare for Christ, Light of the World

Advent is upon us, and parishes have placed their wreaths with four candles on the altar in keeping with the Catholic Church’s teachings. But there are many Catholics unaware of the significance of their deeper meaning.

Let Them Speak: More Than Just a Saint

Saint Philomena, the patron saint of youth and babies, died on Aug. 10, 304, at the age of 13. She was canonized in 1837 and her feast day is Aug.11. An interesting fact is that she died on a Friday at 3 p.m. just like when Jesus did on Good Friday.

Relic Swiped as Queens Man Prays in East Harlem

An unidentified male stole a bag outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East 116th Street in Manhattan on Oct. 13. Inside was a second-class relic, a piece of stone from the Shrine of St. Michael on Mount Gargano in Italy.

Priest and Parish in Woodside Are ‘Fit’ to Serve

This is the third summer that the youth ministry at St. Sebastian’s, Woodside has sponsored the “Fit Club,” a program that gives youths a way to exercise and build up their faith. And it is a year after Father Henry Torres, a parochial vicar at St. Sebastian’s, started a weight-loss program after being warned about the health dangers his weight posed.