Year of St. Joseph

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde which established these upcoming twelve months as the “Year of St. Joseph.” This had long been speculated by those who do that sort of thing, and they were finally proven correct. Like other “Year of’s…” the faithful among us are to delve …

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Did you know that the Catholic Church once had thirty-six Holy Days of Obligation?

A Holy Day of Obligation (HDO) is a day on the Catholic Church’s Liturgical Calendar when Catholics are obligated to go to Mass; their significance lies in honoring Our Lady, Our Lord, and major saints. All Sundays have been obligatory in addition to the HDOs (except when lifted by the Bishop in certain times) but …

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Novena of Novenas VII: Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Joseph

Today begins the Seventh of the Nine Novenas for Justice, Peace, and Creation, and this one is dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Joseph. It runs from August 13 through August 21, 2020. I will not post this every day as the prayers and intentions are the same for each day. I’ll just …

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Praying for our Church

NOTE: Originally posted in slighly different form in my “other” blog, In Exile, I think it would be of interest to Sober Catholic readers: It is safe to say is that the Church needs prayers. It always does in every century of Her existence for 21 centuries now. But nowadays people are thinking and talking …

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Novena to St. Joseph reminder

Just a reminder: A feast Day for St. Joseph is coming up on March 19th, meaning a novena through him should start on March 10th or 11th. EWTN has two nice novenas. See: Novena to St. Joseph and a shorter St. Joseph Novena Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please …

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The Miracle of the Sun and Halloween

On October 13, 1917 the final Marian Apparition at Fatima, Portugal took place. I know I’m a few weeks late with this, but upon reflection, I decided to push back writing this until today, the Feast of All Hallow’s Eve (a/k/a “Halloween”). I’ll explain at the end. Seventy thousand people attended the event, which was …

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The September 13, 1917 Marian Apparition at Fatima

The Marian Apparition at Fatima, Portugal on September 13, 1917 was marked by increased crowds as news of the previous appearances of the Blessed Virgin continued to spread throughout the country. For this particular one Mary told the seers to prepare for the next one on October 13th, that St. Joseph will also appear with …

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Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary. Here is something I wrote last year about him: St. Joseph. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics” and “The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics …

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St. Joseph

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Patron and Protector of the Universal Church. In his role as husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he is an excellent role model for us alcoholics. While not directly related to alcoholism and addiction, many of us grew up …

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Novena to St. Joseph for Alcoholics: Day 9 (and Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Via USCCB.) It is also the ninth and therefore final day of the novena through him for alcoholics. St. Joseph was the head of the Holy Family of himself, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus. He is the model and guide for …

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