Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.
Tobias and Sarah's story is from the Book of Tobit, and his journey is guided by Saint Raphael.
Learn More: Tobias & Sarah as led by Saint Raphael
Great Carlos.Wishing you'll all the best.
I contemplated this today when I heard my first Christmas song on the radio (I know, some of you heard it in September) and I realized I'm not ready. But I have a plan! I am attending a few CM gatherings. I have found I am never uncomfortable or down about the holidays when I know I'll be celebrating with great CM friends! (There are already at least a dozen definite attendees. ) Come join us at the CM Indy Christmas party on the first Sunday of Advent! We'd love to celebrate with you!
I would love to attend again the "Simbang Gabi" (Mass at dawn from Dec. 16 - 24) which is a Filipino tradition in preparation for the birthday of our Lord at Christmas. However, I am not sure if I will be able to do it because I have work during the day. In case I cannot make it to the "Simbang Gabi", I will attend the Christmas Triduum from Dec. 22 - 24 then spend Christmas Day with my mom and my cousin's family who live near us.
Also, as Dawn had mentioned Christmas song, I was reminded of my fave Christmas songs from several years ago and I'd like to share them with all of you. Happy listening!
www.youtube.com and www.youtube.com
You're welcome, Erin. I'm glad too that you enjoyed your trip here. Yes, Christmas season starts quite early in the Philippines. At the onset of September, the Filipinos have a common immediate thought: "Christmas is just around the corner." (It doesn't matter that in reality, Christmas is still 115 days away from September 1! ) Then we have the 100 Days Christmas Countdown in the local television stations that starts on September 17; and right after we take time to remember our dead love ones on November 1 and 2, some families already start putting up their Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations, and their miniature Nativity set in their homes. With this, the malls and the streets, like you have seen, are also decorated with colorful Christmas decorations. Christmas is always a joyful celebration because it is a time of family reunions and celebrating the birth of our Lord.
After last year's Holiday season being a sad one for me (my father passed in September, and my mother is gone too) I'm trying to think of things to do to make this year much better. No kids, or nieces or nephews yet, just my brother and his wife.
Even with electronic technology, do people still snail mail Christmas cards? That would be a start. Then, my parish has a Giving Tree for children and local nursing home residents, so I'll contribute a gift there.
Any other ideas out there?
Now, that's the holiday spirit!! Before you know it, it will be time to bring out the mistletoe!
St. Raphael, pray for Carlos to have a happy meeting that leads to many with this young woman. May the Spirit guide them.
I usually attend a Christmas Novena at 5.30 am at a nearby parish.Looking forward to this again.
Love Christmas. I need a baby Jesus emote here
Hello, Sherrill-anne! Hope things are good in your corner of the world! Can't hardly believe that it is time to talk about Advent again!
John, I hope that you are well in NJ. We've been praying for you and yours. I know that this holiday season will be different than those before for all of you who were in the path of Sandy. May this season be a time of grace and restoration for all of you!
I know what you mean about losing the sense of childhood joy. I get some of that back with our Christmas Party. I also try to find children to spend some time with-- it's infectious!