From Lent to Easter—From Fasting to Feasting (Savoring)

We just finished 40 days of Lent in order to prepare to celebrate 50 days of Easter! During Lent, we practice specific disciplines: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. So how do we “practice” Easter? We certainly don’t give up on praying and almsgiving, although those are colored now more by joyful gratitude than penance. But what does it mean to move from fasting to feasting? Feasting is not to be associated with gluttony. Feasting, for Catholics, […]

Holy Saturday, 2013

Alleluia! He is Risen! Here are pics from the Easter Vigil so beautifully celebrated at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, IL. Awaiting the Vigil in darkness 6 young adults await baptism The lighting of the Easter fire The Exsultet beautifully proclaimed by John Thomas of Liturgy Training Publications   Alleluia!!! The Litany of Saints I baptize you… Renewal of baptismal promises White garments   Approaching the altar for the first time

Resurrection

Today we celebrate the great feast of the Resurrection. As catechists, we know that Easter is more than one day; it’s a full season. Let us rejoice! Enjoy this year’s Easter reflection from all of us at Loyola Press. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgMsWlyS__s

Home Blessing of Easter Foods

For years, my wife and I bless our Easter foods at home: bread which reminds us of the Bread of Life, meats which remind us that Jesus became flesh, dairy foods that remind us of the richness of the Kingdom, herbs and spices that remind us of the flavors of life including bitterness, and wine to symbolize the Holy Spirit! A blessed Easter to all!  

Good Friday, 2013

Beautiful Good Friday services at St. Julie Billiart parish in Tinley Park, IL. Anticipating the beginning of services. Entering into the prayer. Behold the Wood of the Cross! Veneration of the Cross.

Our Triumphant Holy Day!

As we celebrate this sacred Triduum and move into the Easter season, I extend my sincerest best wishes and prayers to all who enjoy the privilege of proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus in the catechetical ministry. Together, on this Easter morning, we sing: Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! […]

Announcing a New Webinar! 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: A Webinar for Easter People

I am proud to announce my next free Webinar! I will be hosting “7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: A Webinar for Easter People” on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 7:00 pm (CT). I will be drawing on my new book 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness. As we anticipate the celebration of Pentecost, this webinar will be an opportunity to truly renew our baptism and open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit who guides us in […]

Easter is Very Late Next Year!

I see that Easter, 2011, is on April 24! That’s quite late compared to most years (almost 3 weeks later than this year).This means that for many of us, we’ll be winding down our programs as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter! Of course, this means that Ash Wednesday is also very late: March 9, 2011, to be exact, which gives us some breathing space between Christmas and Lent. Why am I mentioning all […]

The Ascension: Did Jesus Really Go “Up?”

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, it might be good to look at an FAQ associated with this feast, namely, “Isn’t the Ascension of Jesus based on outdated science?” I have to admit that this question has popped into my mind, making me wonder just what it is that we are celebrating on this feast. If science has shown that “heaven” is not to be equated with “outer space,” then where […]

Easter Season Lessons?

Happy Easter everyone!!! I received the following email from Margaret Ann, asking for some help. Hi Joe, I started putting together my next Family Program for the Home Schooler Rel. Ed. folks at my parish. I’m thinking along the lines of the Easter Season Readings/Feast Days – Ascension, Pentecost. I am leaning on the theme of New Growth, Gardening, Spring, Rogation Days (the ritual of blessing the fields – this year they are May 10, 11, […]

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