Feasts & Solemnities

We celebrate these special days throughout the liturgical year.

Epiphany

Christ is made known to all the nations, as the magi visit and offer their gifts.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The themes of Our Lady of Guadalupe—unity of all humankind, dignity for all God's children, hope for a better life, love and support from God and our Blessed Mother—are all embodied in this brown-skinned woman.

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Pentecost

The season of Easter begins Easter Sunday and ends on Pentecost, fifty days later. The feast is called Pentecost coming from the Greek word pentekoste or fiftieth. It is held in the Church second only in importance to Easter. It is best understood in context of the original feast of Pentecost in the Jewish tradition also known as Feast of Weeks.

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Holy Family

We learn from Jesus' family—the examples of Mary and Joseph—how to be holy ourselves.

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All Saints & Souls

On November 1 and 2 each year, we celebrate, honor, and pray for all those who have gone before us in faith.

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Christ the King

On this feast, which falls on the last day of Ordinary Time each year, we reflect on what sort of king would sacrifice himself for us as Christ did.

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Ascension of the Lord

We celebrate Jesus' bodily ascension into heaven with a feast on the 40th day after Easter Sunday (or the closest Sunday) each year.

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Thanksgiving

A collection of resources focused on the celebration of Thanksgiving.

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Trinity Sunday

A collection of resources on Trinity Sunday.

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St. Francis of Assisi: Do You Know Me? • Generations of Faith

This activity that explores St. Francis' life and values can be used as an all-ages opening experience, a whole group in-depth learning experience, an age-specific in-depth learning experience, as a home activity or as a learning center activity option.

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St. Francis of Assisi Prayer Service • Generations of Faith

A prayer service to celebrate the life and insights of St. Francis.

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St. Francis of Assisi: An Environmental Review • Generations of Faith

This session will guide participants to explore the Catholic Social Teaching of caring for the earth as part of honoring St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.

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Life of Francis Game

Play this game to learn more about the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Learning to Pray with Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Use St. Kateri as a model for learning how to pray.

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Learning to Pray with Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Use this parent drop-in session to introduce the power of prayer to families. • By Tom East

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Leader background for teaching about St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

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St. Joesph Table • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to introduce participants to the tradition of the St. Joseph Table as a way to prepare for the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. • By Jim Merhaut

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St. Patrick • Faith Festivals

Celebrating Faith

Learn about the life of St. Patrick and find new ways to celebrate and share your own faith. • By Jane Angha

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St.Patrick's Day Celebration • Generations of Faith

Ideas for celebrating the feast of St. Patrick in your home.

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St. Joseph's Day • Generations of Faith

A ritual for families to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph.

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Happy Birthday, Mary! • First Steps for Families

September 8

Help parents and children explore the birth of Mary, Mother of God, which is celebrated on September 8th.

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Francis of Assisi Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival helps an intergenerational group explore key events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Participants also discover principles of Franciscan peacemaking and how they apply to their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. • By Jim Merhaut

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St. Oscar Romero Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Archbishop Oscar Romero was canonized on October 14, 2018 in San Salvador. This Faith Festival is an opportunity to invite households to celebrate his life and to examine how they too are called to serve and to advocate for the rights and dignity of others. • By Mariette Martineau

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