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Advent: A How-To Guide

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming." The Advent season, which began Sunday, Dec. 1, is one of commemoration, expectant waiting, and preparation for what are often referred to as the "three comings."

Indeed, Advent is a time in which we:

Let's Unmask the Real Halloween

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's one from our Archives, definitely worth reposting.

By Chris Sparks
We celebrate the Feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 every year. You could say we're cheating a little bit by having one day annually when we celebrate everybody - every last person who's in heaven, every last child of Mary who has accepted Jesus's offer of salvation and triumphed over the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

And the evening before, we celebrate the Vigil of All Saints, also known as All Hallows Eve - Halloween.

Worldwide 54-Day Rosary Novena

Please join the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and the Association of Marian Helpers in praying a worldwide 54-Day Rosary Novena for the respect for life from conception to natural death.

From Aug. 1, the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, until Sept. 23, the Feast of St. Padre Pio, pray a Rosary every day for the following intentions:

1. The end of abortion.

2. The end of the pervasive and entrenched contraceptive mentality and practice in our world.

3. The conversion and healing of any involved in the above.

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