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  • School Board Changes 'Christmas Break' to 'Holiday Break' Over 1 Complaint

    11/28/2014 8:34:40 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://insider.foxnews.com ^ | november 26, 2014
    A Massachusetts school board has banned the term “Christmas Break” due to one family’s complaint. Back in September, Marshfield Schools approved a name change from “Christmas Break” to “Holiday Break.” Since then, more than 4,000 people have signed a petition, urging the schools to reconsider. This week, the school board voted to keep the name change.
  • VANITY: Your Favorite Christmas Songs/Carols?

    11/27/2014 7:17:39 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 132 replies
    Well, The Season has Begun; and I am 'In The Spirit'! What are your favorite Christmas songs/carols and renditions? Here are some of mine: Oh Come Emmanuel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHKo4NmmvRI What Child Is This? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ndtAPNUhI4 O Holy NIght: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7uiqRCW6I8 Ave Maria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwp1CH5R-w4 Venid Pastores (taught to me by my Jr. High Spanish teacher): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew11VTnWvFs The Holly and the Ivy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3he6J0Bykz4 And finally, for fun, Baby It's Cold Outside! (there are versions of this that I like better, but this is so cute, I couldn't resist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bbuBubZ1yE Seasons Greetings to All! =JT
  • Cyber-Shopping: 10 Great Christmas Gifts made by Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 27, 2014 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    Zelda Caldwell November 27, 2014 The Texas Nuns Does the thought of hitting the malls this Black Friday (and beyond) fill you with dread? Is a crowded parking lot an occasion of sin for you? Do gift cards leave you feeling like a failure? Why not skip all that stress and and give your loved ones thoughtful, unique, and delicious gifts made by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities around the country and available online?   These handcrafted and original gifts will thrill everyone on your list, from your most pious aunt to your hipster nephew searching...
  • Pope Francis Invites Notorious Blasphemer to Headline Vatican “Christmas Concert

    11/27/2014 11:32:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    <p>It is hard to escape the conclusion that Pope Francis would like to turn the whole Catholic Church into the pastoral equivalent of the decadent and dying Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, where Catholics — as in all of South America — are defecting to Protestant sects, there are no vocations, and the former Archbishop Bergoglio “authorized ‘curas villeros,’ the priests sent to the peripheries, to give communion to all, although four fifths of the couples were not even married.”</p>
  • The Commercialization of Thanksgiving—and So Much Else

    11/27/2014 8:00:42 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2014 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Thanksgiving is rapidly competing with Christmas as a candidate holiday for the next cultural war. We know, of course, that December 25 is the holiday that dare not speak its name, having been transmogrified into “winter holiday” lest delicate ears be offended by “C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s.” Thanksgiving, so far, has managed to retain its name of religious origin (though we tend to speak publicly about what we are giving thanks for rather than to whom). The cultural war over Thanksgiving is being fought over: when can the sales begin?“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving—has, over the years, become the unofficial launch of...
  • Your Presence as Your Present

    11/27/2014 4:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is the season that marks the expectation, the waiting and the preparation for Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth. It also marks the beginning of the church year, when the readings and the rituals observed throughout the year start anew. However, what I like most about this season is the repetition of things past. Our family traditions include decorating the Christmas tree, making cookies and chocolate treats, cooking a breakfast strata for Christmas morning and Southern dressing for Christmas Day. It's also the time for family Christmas parties, Advent wreath making and...
  • Parents offended by "Nutcracker" Christmas tree

    11/25/2014 4:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    We haven’t even had time to hang the mistletoe and would you believe there are already skirmishes breaking out in the war on Christmas? The latest yuletide battleground is Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Mass. Over the years I’ve covered my fair share of anti-Christmas school house shenanigans. There was the dimwit who confiscated a child’s candy canes and the dunderheads who banned the colors red and green. And how can we forget about the simpletons who outlawed classroom poinsettias or the Junior League communists who rewrote the lyrics to "Silent Night"? But those are junior varsity skirmishes compared to...
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear of exposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Bring back Christmas: Marshfield residents miffed about vacation name change

    11/24/2014 1:24:13 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/24/14 | Laurel Sweet
    With their campaign to save Christmas snowballing, traditionalists are expected to pack Marshfield High School’s auditorium tonight in hopes of persuading the School Committee to reverse its decision to rename the late December vacation as the “holiday break.” “There are signs all over town: ‘There’s Still a Christmas,’ ‘Bring Back Christmas.’ There’s some little kids in town picking up on this and wondering if Santa is going to come to their house,” said attorney Dennis Scollins, the Marshfield School Committee’s longest-serving member and one of two who stood up for St. Nick when the board voted 3-2 on Sept. 9...
  • School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure

    11/24/2014 11:15:22 AM PST · by dennisw · 45 replies
    reason ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience. According to whdh.com: The trip to see the famous ballet has been a tradition at the school for years, but apparently some felt the trip was improper because there is a Christmas tree on the stage. The issue came to a head at a [Butler Elementary School] PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told...
  • Michelle will ‘guide’ you through Christmas this year

    11/24/2014 9:19:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Judi McLeod
    Jonathan Gruber dimwits: Michelle Obama has been strangely quiet since her husband King Obama I delivered Executive Amnesty on November 20. “I wonder where Michelle is?” talk show radio supremo Mark Levin asked on Friday. “Where are the girls?” “I don’t know.” Only the school children of America know for sure where Michelle Obama isn’t: In the school cafeteria where she has been given the proverbial bum’s rush for her scanty and even gross school day lunches, with which she has abysmally failed to replace Mom’s lovingly packed paper bag lunch.
  • Does the first amendment prohibit government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas?

    11/23/2014 12:31:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    <p>Does the first amendment prohibit city governments or other government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas including, appropriate displays, symbolism, quoted scripture, etc.?</p> <p>"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."</p>
  • My Holiday Wishes for Obama (What an excellent list)

    11/21/2014 5:08:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    It's almost Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. Many of us are already shopping for holiday gifts. So that inspired me to think up a holiday gift list that I hope and pray Obama receives for Christmas! Here are 15 perfect holiday gifts for Obama. *Obama's Secret Service disarmed- since he doesn't think rest of us need guns for protection. *Remove the fence around the White House- since Obama doesn't think we need a fence at our Southern border. *A Christmas dinner at White House prepared and served by illegal immigrants who just arrived from the Ebola Zone-...
  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    If you enter Amazon's website through this link, you can donate 0.5% of each purchase to the charity of your choice. Mine is the NRA. It bears repeating that this is entirely free....Amazon pays for the donation, not you. A good way to donate if you are going to be doing any Christmas shopping.
  • Neutering Religious Holidays

    11/18/2014 3:40:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Folks, our country is heading down a slippery slope. We have to stop it before it is too late. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway. This time, one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. is eliminating every mention of religious holidays on its official calendar. The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year's school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name. NPR reported on the origin of the decision: "The path to...
  • Clashes at Dutch Black Pete protest in Gouda

    11/16/2014 7:11:38 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/15/124
    Dutch police have arrested dozens of people during a protest over Black Pete, a controversial black-faced sidekick to the local St Nicholas. The police said most of the 90 people were arrested for protesting in a non-designated area in the city of Gouda. Many in the Netherlands see Black Pete as a racial stereotype, but others say the tradition is not linked to race. The Dutch version of the St Nicholas legend depicts him arriving by boat from Spain with armies of Black Petes. Trouble broke out in Gouda, selected as the city to kick off this year's festivities, during...
  • Pope Francis selects Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 195 replies
    http://www.nme.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Patti Smith is to play this year's Vatican Christmas Concert in Rome next month. The punk singer will perform live at the Italian city's Auditorium Conciliazione on December 13 following a personal invitation from Pope Francis, according to The International Business Times. The entire event is set to be broadcast live on TV. Smith's booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as "blasphemous", following the singer's 1975 song 'Gloria', which famously featured the lines: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine". The singer met Pope Francis at St. Peter's...
  • Suburban DC school district takes Christmas off calendar after Muslims complain

    11/12/2014 6:30:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    eagnews.org/ ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    ROCKVILLE, Md. – Christmas is now just December 25th in the Montgomery County school district. The suburban DC district stripped Christmas and Jewish holy holidays from its official calendar after Muslim parents complained. But that’s not good enough as they say the move does “nothing to gain parity and a day off for the Muslim holiday of Eid,” according to WTOP. “Equality is really what we’re looking for,” Saqib Ali, co-chair of Equality for Eid, says. “Simply saying we’re not going to call this Christmas, and we’re not going to call this Yom Kippur, and still closing the schools, that’s...
  • Venezuela steps up battle to keep shelves stocked and prices low ahead of Christmas

    11/02/2014 5:18:39 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/1/14 | Jorge Rueda
    Venezuela is stepping up efforts to combat shortages and rising places so families can have a merry Christmas complete with 12-cent sacks of sugar and 50-cent chickens. President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that he is deploying hundreds of inspectors to enforce the government's price regulations, which set the cost of everything from milk to toothbrushes artificially low. "Today we deploy, and in November and December you will see that we have guaranteed a happy Christmas for the people," he said during televised remarks.
  • (Vanity) Any radio stations playing Holiday music yet?

    11/01/2014 3:03:49 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 42 replies
    11/1/14 | hoagy62
    Just wondering if anyone's local radio stations are playing Christmas music yet. We have a station up here in Seattle that changed their website format to Christmas at midnight last night. Their on-air music is still 'normal', but they have an online channel of nothing but Christmas music. If they follow tradition, they'll be switching their on-air format on Nov. 15th to all-Christmas...two Fridays before Thanksgiving.
  • Several Marshfield residents push for return of 'Christmas' to school calendar

    10/15/2014 6:21:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Patriot Ledger (Mass.) ^ | October 15, 2014 | Jessica Trufant
    MARSHFIELD – Residents opposed to a school committee vote to remove the word “Christmas” from the school calendar say the decision promotes religious intolerance and censorship. At a school committee meeting Tuesday night, several residents asked members to reconsider the September vote that changed the name “Christmas vacation” to “holiday break” on the calendar. The vacation week begins on Christmas Eve and ends the Monday after New Year’s Day.
  • Radioactivity in Norway's reindeers hits high

    10/06/2014 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Much higher levels of radioactivity than normal have been found among Norway's grazing animals, especially its reindeer population, a study revealed on Monday. Almost 30 years after the nuclear plant explosion in Chernobyl, this autumn, more radioactivity has been measured in Norwegian grazing animals than has been noted in many years. Lavrans Skuterud, a scientist at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Statens strĺlevern), said: “This year is extreme.” In September, 8200 becquerel per kilo of the radioactive substance Caesium-137 was measured in reindeer from Vĺga reinlag AS, in Jotunheimen, central Norway. In comparison, the highest amount at the same place...
  • Support the NRA each and every time you shop at Amazon.....at no cost to you!!!!

    10/04/2014 11:31:01 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Shop at Amazon through https://smile.amazon.com and .5% of each purchase will be donated to the NRA. An easy way to donate. Few people know about this. You need to remember to go through that link each time however.
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, PRIVATE BERGDAHL

    12/25/2009 4:16:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 43 replies · 773+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 25 December 2009 @ 23:08 | Aaron Weisburd
    Private Bergdahl - assuming he's still alive - is spending Christmas as a captive of the Taliban. His captors spent the last day or two uploading a video showing Private Bergdahl reading a statement. The video was divided into four segments and uploaded to YouTube on 25 December 2009. The YouTube account is:
  • Should we ban Christmas? Telling children the myth of Santa Claus could damage them, claims...

    06/06/2014 3:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Fairy tales and believing in Father Christmas could cause children harm.This is according to controversial biologist Richard Dawkins who warned an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the dangers of make-believe. In typically incendiary style, Dawkins suggested it was 'pernicious to instil in a child the view that the world is shaped by supernaturalism.'The 73-year-old acknowledged that the appeal of fairytales lay in their magic but believes they may be causing more harm than we think.He also questioned whether we should let children believe in the myth of Father Christmas at all.'Is it a good thing to go along...
  • Christmas celebrations coming back to some American schools

    04/01/2014 7:33:26 AM PDT · by usalady · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 31, 2014 | Martha
    Parents and students are fighting back against the war on Christmas and there is evidence that in some states they are winning the battle. Help has come from recently passed legislation that allows celebrations of the holidays in school rooms once again.
  • CA Teacher Forces Student to Stop Talking About Bible

    01/15/2014 2:29:31 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 17 replies
    Truthrevolt.org ^ | 1.14.2014 | Paul Bois
    On December 19, a school teacher in Temecula, California told her first grade student, Brynn Williams, that she could not present her family's Christmas tradition of a star of Bethlehem at her school, according to local reports. Brynn's class was assigned to do a 1-minute presentation about an object that best represents their family's Christmas tradition. When Brynn stood up to give her presentation, she began reciting a Bible verse just before the teacher interrupted and told her to ”go take your seat". She was the only student not allowed to finish her presentation. "When this took place she was...
  • 1st-Grader’s Christmas Presentation Allegedly Cut Short For Citing Bible Verse

    01/14/2014 3:16:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | January 14, 2014 1:00 PM
    TEMECULA (CBSLA.com) — The family of a Temecula Valley first-grader claims their child was prevented from talking about the Bible during a class presentation on Christmas, according to attorneys. The allegations stem from an incident on Dec. 18 after a teacher asked first grade students at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula to find something at home that represents a family Christmas tradition and share it with the class, according to Advocates for Faith & Freedom, a Murrieta-based nonprofit law firm. In response to the assignment, student Brynn Williams took the “Star of Bethlehem” ornament from the top of her...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-12-14, Feast, Baptism of the Lord

    01/11/2014 8:17:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2014Feast of the Baptism of the Lord    Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I formed...
  • No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

    12/29/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 28, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas.Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and up.The star called them beyond what was familiar in their own country and world and expanded their horizons toward Christ and His kingdom.The star summoned them to seek Christ, and when they found him, to worship him.The Star drew them to be generous to a poor...
  • The Humility that Heals – A Homily for Christmas

    12/25/2013 4:57:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/24/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I. The Paradox of this Night - In a way, we are too familiar with the Christmas story, and so many of its strange paradoxes and stunning “absurdities” fail to shock and amaze us. And yet it does not take long to consider that no human being would ever craft this sort of entrance of God into our world. Surely we would envision God’s entrance in Cecil B. DeMille proportions.  (DeMille was producer of “The Ten Commandments” and other classic Hollywood Epics, in case I’m showing my age). Yes, there would be grand sets, a cast of thousands, palaces, trumpets,...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 01-11-14

    01/10/2014 11:03:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2014Saturday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • Queen Christmas Message Does Not Mention the Plight of Christians

    01/10/2014 4:37:37 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    On Christmas Day I watched the Queen's 2013 Christmas message on the BBC. It would have been nice, if she hadn't told two lies, one by action and one by omission. The former was: "For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people." It's quite obvious that not in all faiths believers strive to become better people, unless we consider as self-improvement perfectioning suicide-bombing and beheading skills in order to impose one's faith - to be specific, Islam - to...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-14

    01/09/2014 8:51:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2014   Friday after Epiphany   Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-14

    01/08/2014 7:44:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2014 Thursday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 jn 4:19-5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,”but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-14

    01/07/2014 9:56:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2014 Wednesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in God....
  • Teacher Throws Away 6-Year-Old's Christmas Gift, Tells Him 'Jesus Is Not Allowed in School'

    01/07/2014 1:51:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Katherine Webber
    Parents are threatening legal action against a Southern California school district after their six-year-old son was told he could not pass out candy canes with religious messages taped to them because "Jesus is not allowed in school." Isaiah Martinez, a six-year-old student at Merced Elementary School in West Covina, Calif., arrived to school on Dec. 13, planning to pass out candy canes with religious messages to his fellow students in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season. After the boy's teacher consulted with the school principal, he reportedly told the student that he could not pass out the religious messages because...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-14, OM, St. Raymond Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2014 11:37:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2014 Tuesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • Why Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January

    01/06/2014 7:07:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Ahram ^ | Monday 6 Jan 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    On Tuesday 7 January, Coptic Orthodox Christians – who comprise 90 percent of Egypt's Christians – will break their 43-day fast and celebrate Christmas. The festival comes almost two weeks after most Western denominations, including Catholics and Protestants, held their celebrations on 25 December. Ahram Online asked Bishop Abram of the Fayoum Diocese to explain why there was a difference in the dates; he stressed that the difference in fact results from the use of different calendars, not from any underlying theological dispute. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth was -- and remains -- unknown, within the first few...
  • Jesus Returns to the Woodlands!

    01/06/2014 6:13:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2014 | Mike Adams
    My friend Bob Sacamano has long been convinced that the Second Coming of Jesus will take place somewhere in New Jersey. He was kind of confused when I wrote him on Christmas Eve saying that Jesus had returned to the Woodlands, Texas. Apparently, he didn't read a column I wrote for Town Hall last January. You can read it here if you'd like. In that column, I criticized a highly secularized 2012 Christmas Eve service at the Woodlands Church, led by Pastor Kerri Shook and his wife, Chris. The event was more than just highly secularized. It was downright disrespectful....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-14, OM Bl. Andre Bessette

    01/05/2014 8:54:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2014Monday after Epiphany  Reading 1 1 jn 3:22-4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone out into the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-05-14, SOL, Epiphany of the Lord

    01/04/2014 8:13:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 64 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-05-14 | Revosed New American Bible
    January 5, 2014 Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord    Reading 1 is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-14, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2014 9:17:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-13 | Revosed New American Bible
    January 4, 2014 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious   Reading 1 1 jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God’s seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-03-14, OM, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

    01/02/2014 7:33:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 3, 2014 Christmas Weekday    Reading 1 1 jn 2:29-3:6 If you consider that God is righteous,you also know that everyone who acts in righteousnessis begotten by him. See what love the Father has bestowed on usthat we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are God’s children now;what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.Everyone who has this...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,01-02-14, M,Sts. Basil/Great, Gregory Nazianzen, Doctors/Church

    01/01/2014 9:55:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2014 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...
  • Walled Nativity Scene Borders On Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leaders Say

    12/14/2007 7:25:59 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 2,226+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The sale of Nativity scenes with a wall running through the middle to symbolize Israel's security barrier borders on anti-Semitism, Jewish groups are saying. The Amos Trust, a British Christian charity that works with needy communities around the world, is selling the traditional Nativity sets with a political twist, noting that the wise men won't reach the stable because of the wall. The Amos Trust says its Nativity sets are made by Palestinian carpenters from olive wood from Bethlehem. Israel started building its security barrier -- a series of walls and fences -- in response to an...
  • Girl, 13, writes letter asking for Longview nativity scene

    12/11/2012 10:04:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    KATU News ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Joe English
    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Breyanna Lea Siebert noticed something was missing when she looked at the Christmas decorations in Longview this year.  The nativity scene was gone from R A Long Square.  “Don’t get me wrong. I love snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and all kinds of Christmassy things,” said Siebert.A nativity scene, Siebert’s favorite Christmas decoration, had been a part of the park decorations as long as she could remember. So the 13-year-old wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper to let everyone know how she felt about this year’s omission.  “It would be nice if everybody...
  • Kerry Kennedy Christmas card e-mail sparks e-fight

    01/01/2014 5:12:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/31/13
    **SNIP** The brouhaha started when Kennedy, who’s president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center, blasted out a holiday card with an image of her family, a biblical quote and “Merry Christmas.” Even though the recipients were bcc’d, thanks to a tech glitch, anyone who responded by hitting “Reply All” sent their message plus e-mail address to Kennedy’s full distribution list. **SNIP** But as an unending stream of trite responses clogged inboxes, a war of words broke out. “Please remove me from mass e-mails to Kerry in reply to her christmas card,” snapped activist Valerie Sklarevsky. “Please REMOVE ME FROM YOUR...
  • Christmas Eve robber beaten, stripped of clothes

    01/01/2014 4:33:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    KTVU.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | KRMG.com
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Calif. — Oklahoma City Police responded to an armed robbery call at Head Honchos hair salon around midnight on the morning of Christmas Eve. Police arrested 23-year-old Corneilyus Howeth for robbery with a firearm. Howeth also had a prior felony arrest. Howeth forced the employees of the salon inside, telling them to empty their pockets. But when another employee distracted him, the owner of the salon tackled Howeth. The two fought for the gun for a short time before other employees stepped in and helped take the gun from Howeth. The employees then stripped Howeth of his clothes...
  • Gallup: Only 5% of Religious Americans Are Non-Christians

    01/01/2014 7:16:44 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 30, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A recent Gallup poll refutes the claim made by Barack Obama on March 9, 2008 that “we are no longer a Christian nation.” Gallup found that three quarters of all Americans - a supermajority - identify themselves as Christians, with only five percent saying they are practicing members of a non-Christian faith. “We find, looking at our data, that America does in fact remain a predominantly Christian nation,” Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor in chief, said of the poll released on Christmas Eve. “Now, our overall estimation of what percent of Americans identify with the Christian religion depends a little...