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Celebrating Saints, not Spooks

Did you know that Halloween has Catholic roots? There are varied suggestions and theories about the origin of this celebration, but there’s no question that it’s tied to the Solemnity […]read more

Saint Joseph: Defender of the Divine House

Pope Pius IX declared Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church. His successor, Pope Leo XII, dedicated an encyclical letter to Saint Joseph. It is On Devotion to St. […]read more

Saint Joseph: The Worker

While the Church has always honored Saint Joseph as the spouse of Mary and protector of Jesus, in modern times especially, he has been given special homage as the patron […]read more

Saint Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church

In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church. It was on the 150th anniversary of that proclamation when Pope Francis declared the Year of […]read more

Saint Joseph: Hidden Hero

“Each of us can discover in Joseph—the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence—an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds […]read more

Holy Heroes

When asked about their heroes and role models, young people often list favorite athletes, singers or bands, actors, or social media influencers. We need to give them some holy heroes […]read more

Saint Joseph: Creative Courage

In his apostolic letter “With a Father’s Heart,” Pope Francis reminds us that Joseph was “creatively courageous.” We don’t often think of courage as being creative. Too often we think […]read more

Saint Joseph: Symbols of Saint Joseph

Part of the iconography that we use to identify pictures of saints are the symbols that are often portrayed with their images. Those symbols help us understand that the image […]read more

Celebrating Angels

This week, the Church celebrates Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael on September 29 and The Holy Guardian Angels on October 2. Angels are servants and messengers of God. We each […]read more

Saint Joseph: The Death of Joseph

If you were to ask people what we know about the death of Joseph, odds are that they would say he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary at […]read more

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Joan McKamey, project editor, joined the Gospel Weeklies editorial team in September 2016. […]

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