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December 3, 2015
Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

The Catholic Courier has planned special ways to mark Advent with an online, multimedia calendar. 

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November 30, 2015
Finding a place to belong: Unique circumstances make for unique Christmases
Finding a place to belong: Unique circumstances make for unique Christmases

You can't get much farther from home for Christmas than Father Lewis Brown did in 1988. That's when he celebrated a Christmas Eve service for fellow servicemen on a Navy ship in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 miles from the Diocese of Rochester.

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By Mike Latona/Catholic Courier
November 30, 2015
Wreath, creche are powerful symbols
Wreath, creche are powerful symbols

Most Catholic families probably have an Advent wreath, a creche or perhaps both somewhere in their homes. The Advent wreath and the creche -- sometimes called a Nativity scene or manger scene -- are two of the most recognizable Advent liturgical symbols.

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By Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier
November 30, 2015
Waiting in the midst of a culture that does not want us to wait

If you're old enough to remember Mr. Rogers, whose "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" children's program ran on public television for years, you may remember his song, "Let's think of something to do while we're waiting."

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By Effie Caldarola/CNS
November 30, 2015
Looking to Mary's example during Advent

Patience is like a parking space at the mall on Black Friday -- it exists but it sure seems in short supply.

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By Kelly Bothum/CNS
November 30, 2015
Diocesan Advent events abound

The following parishes and schools have informed the Catholic Courier of their upcoming Advent activities:

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November 30, 2015
Appeal funds help people get back on track
Appeal funds help people get back on track

Last winter, Kim was facing eviction for back rent. She was employed, but she left her job after her hours were cut and she was not getting paid as promised.

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By Gina Capellazzi/Catholic Courier
November 30, 2015
Consider giving the gift of books
Consider giving the gift of books

They say Christmas is for children, but you and I know differently. Nevertheless, I have included more books for young readers this year, in hopes that readers will use the opportunity to encourage the young among us to share some special time with a good book.

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By Judi Palma
December 11, 2013
Christmas message from Bishop Matano
Christmas message from Bishop Matano

The birth of Christ, which we joyfully celebrate on Christmas day, gives us the definition of the new evangelization. The new evangelization means accepting the Child born at Bethlehem and unreservedly following him.

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December 5, 2013
How to deal with grief during the holidays
How to deal with grief during the holidays

Social workers Michele Allman and Christine Lloyd offer seven tips for handling grief during the holidays.

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By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier
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