Preparing for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland 7/25 – 7/31

In 1984 at the close of the Holy Year of Redemption, over 300,000 young people from around the world responded to the invitation of His Holiness John Paul II for an International Jubilee of youth on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s square. Looking out to the crowds who answered his invitation he said, “What a […] Read more »

10 Things We Want You to Know about the Catholic Faith by CatholicTV & Bishop Christopher Coyne

CatholicTV and Bishop Christopher Coyne have put together a wonderful series of videos called “10 Things We Want You to Know about the Catholic Faith.”  In the search for creative New Evangelism in the Catholic faith, these videos are a great intro for newcomers and those returning to Catholicism after many years. They have a lot […] Read more »

Last Minute Holiday Survival Guide

Keep Calm and Enjoy Christmas

Today – pause and breathe in.  Remember the “reason for the season” and look all around you to count your blessings.  The holidays can be stressful and manic but we have some tips to keep the calm and ensure that YOU enjoy the celebrations. Merry Christmas and breathe!  Tips for Stress-Free Family Holiday Travel from […] Read more »

A Day of Fasting and Prayer for #Syria September 7

osv pray for syria

“Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!” Pope Francis has called for a global prayer vigil on September 7 to focus on Syria and the Middle East.  The vigil in St. Peter’s Square will last from 7pm to 11pm    and Pope Francis has invited Catholics, other Christians, those […] Read more »

Virtue of the Week – Altruism and Summer Volunteer Ideas for Children

Our Virtue this week is Altruistic and what better way to put the Virtue in Action than volunteering? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to […] Read more »

Happy Memorial Day!

Amidst the family barbecues and gatherings with friends this weekend, it is an important time for us to stop, remember and give Thanks to the men and women of our military who have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice in defending our great country. To all of the men and women of the Armed Services and to [...] Read more »

Virtue of the Week – Charitable

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank Charity and being Charitable are the focus of our Virtue of the Week.  It is said that Charity begins at home and we have seen time and time again the way that Americans reach deep for emergencies and causes not […] Read more »

Tornado Relief 2012 – How You Can Help

Our Virtue of the Week this week is “Loving” which is a big, but as I was thinking about this post, it occurred that there really is not anything more “loving” that we can do beside helping others. The news and my morning coffee was enough to confirm that we need to put that loving […] Read more »

Virtue of the Week – Compassion

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Compassion is the Golden Rule in Action – Do unto others as you […] Read more »

How to Share the Christmas Spirit in Your Community

While Christmas has become a big retail holiday, we wanted to take a few moments this week to reflect on how we can recapture the giving spirit of Christmas.  Focusing on family and working to give back to our communities means stronger ties inside and outside of our families.  Here are a few ways that [...] Read more »