Seek the Lord - December

In the waning days of December, some non-Christians celebrate the winter solstice instead of Christmas. The connection between the two observances is worth reflecting on this Advent Season.

The winter solstice, which will occur on December 21, marks the longest night of the year. After that, the nights grow shorter and the days longer. From ancient times this has been hailed as the victory of light over darkness, which may be why early Christians chose to commemorate the birth of Christ just a few days after the solstice.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about this quite eloquently in a Christmas homily before he assumed the papacy:

“Very soon, Christians claimed for themselves, on December 25th, the day the light invaded, and celebrated it as the day of the birth of Christ, in which they had found the true light of the world.”


Advent Reflections 2019

As we prepare for Christmas, enjoy the journey through Advent with these reflections by women who’s vocation is in the church. Second Week of Advent Advent reflection for December 12 –Feast of...

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Advent Calendar 2019

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Saint Nicholas Inspires all ages at the Shrine

MARIA STEIN, Ohio (November 27, 2019) – The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics recently hosted two events featuring St. Nicholas, to celebrate his feast day on December 6th. St. Nicholas of Myra ...

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Quick Pics: Elder paints in the Holiday on the Hill Painting Contest

The Elder Art Department participated again this year in the Holiday on the Hill Painting Contest. This year’s painting contest theme was “Holiday Traditions” and the painting is loc...

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Update: Germany tour led to making Holocaust research her life’s work

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Sainthood cause advances for religious sister, educator who fought racism

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Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, pope says

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — There always will be martyrs among Christians in the world, Pope Francis said. Martyrdom "is the sign that we are on Jesus’ ...

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DC basilica attack leaves ‘Mary’s Shrine’ shaken, and at prayer

By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2019 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- A violent attack at “Mary’s Shrine” in Washington D.C. on Tuesday shook the community and prompted prayer and solidarity among staf...

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Sensory-Friendly Mass

December 14, 2019 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Albert the Great, 3033 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, Ohio 45429

    WHAT In an effort to embrace and welcome the members of our church with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other special needs, several parishes in the Dayton Area have begun to host...

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2019 Nationwide Vigils & Events to #EndGunViolence

December 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Anthony Church, 6104 Desmond Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45227 United States

Come together to remember over 700,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. And attend a Taize prayer vigil. At hundreds of locations nationwide, we will give v...

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Young Women - Spiritual Exercises

January 31, 2020 6:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212 United States

Get the Most from Your Annual Retreat Check out the newest online course - for free! RCLIFE 101: An Introduction to Spiritual Exercises is a series of six talks outlining the purpose of Spiritual Exer...

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Young Men's Silent Retreat

February 7, 2020 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212 United States

Attend Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (silent retreat) with other Catholic young men. Talks, adoration, Mass, confession, good food and one-on-one dialogue with a priest, a silent spiritual journey with...

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