What’s behind the curtain?

The first time I noticed curtains in tabernacles was when I saw the tabernacle that had survived the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This wood tabernacle — … Read More

Just when you thought Christmas was over

Question “Someone told me that Christmas isn’t over, in the church, until Feb. 2. What’s that all about? The Gospels have been about the adult Jesus for … Read More

Remembering the name that heals

While the Christmas season ended with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 9, the entire month of January has traditionally been devoted to … Read More

A Mass for the people — each week

Question There is one question that often comes to the Office of Divine Worship about receiving and scheduling Masses to be prayed for parishioners’ loved ones. Typically, … Read More

How a star helped start a war

Did you know the Star of Bethlehem triggered a war? While tensions are not uncommon in the Middle East, the link between a war and a star … Read More

40-year tree tradition at Vatican

How much does your Christmas tree weigh? This year, the Christmas tree at the Vatican, in St. Peter’s Square, weighs 8 tons. It was lit on Dec. … Read More

Finding the star on Christmas

Question Each year, my children want to go out and “see the Christmas star.”  We go out, but I am never sure of a good way to … Read More

Christmas Masses have names

When is Midnight Mass not Midnight Mass? No, not when it’s at another time. Rather, when it’s called “the Mass of the Angel.” (Which can be at … Read More