January 04, 2018

9 Days for Life

How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments? Each year the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Her open … Continue reading “9 Days for Life”

January Prayer Intention

During the month of January, 2018, Pope Francis asks us to pray with him for Religious Minorities in Asia – that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom. Religious liberty is a hallmark of our American system. In Canada and the United States, such … Continue reading “January Prayer Intention”

New Year, New Life

“Looking back, we had so much hope that 2017 would bring us our baby boy,” said Heather Martinez who with husband Lucio adopted their son, Ignacio, nine months ago. “So much joy, love and life came into our little world – our family. In 2018, we hope our family will continue to grow.” The couple … Continue reading “New Year, New Life”

PJ’s in action

Children living in foster homes may feel a bit cozier thanks to the generosity of the FIRE League. 7th and 8th grade students from Lourdes Academy, Daytona Beach put faith into action and organized a big pajama collection before Christmas. “All of us in the FIRE League wanted children in our community to have pajamas … Continue reading “PJ’s in action”

Checking Expectations: Part I

Catholic Rural Life guest blogger Magdalene A.R. Mastin, author of the “Summer Silo Series” blog, returns with a new series about the unexpected beauty of life on her farm: Our contentment and creativity is centered around—either perceived or unconscious—expectations. Jeff, my husband, is fine with spaghetti squash for dinner on a regular night but if … Continue reading “Checking Expectations: Part I”

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas

My True Love gave to me ~ Eleven Pipers Piping! The eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful and loyal Apostles (minus Judas who betrayed Jesus). Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, patron of in-law problems, against the death of children, widows, death of parents, and opposition of Church authorities. … Continue reading “Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas”

Poverty Awareness Month

January is Poverty Awareness Month Poverty is not a catch-phrase, it is a serious reality that many are living. More than 40 million people live below the poverty line the United States. For a family of four, that line is $24,000 a year. Our faith invites us to respond to those who are most in need, “Whatever … Continue reading “Poverty Awareness Month”

Save these dates for upcoming events around the Diocese of Orlando

You’re invited! Join the faithful for celebrations of Mass, dedications of new sanctuaries at local parishes, concerts, faith filled conferences and more around the Diocese of Orlando. Click here to view and download the flyer. For more details on these events, visit our event calendar online.