Gretchen Filz Archive
At the end of May we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I’ve always found this feast day (which is also the Second Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary) a really fun one. One of
The Catholic Company’s SIXTH ANNUAL First Communion Photo Contest Is a child in your life celebrating their First Holy Communion this year? If so, pick the best photo from that very special day and upload it to Facebook, we’re looking
March 7 is the feast day of Perpetua and Felicity, two young mothers martyred for their outlawed Christian faith in Carthage in the year 203 A.D. Together with three others they were condemned to be mauled to
I recently came across this article at ThrivingMen.com about called Improve Your Relationships Today By Avoid These 5 Miserable Actions. I love this list! It really points out how ridiculous we can be sometimes. All 5 of
There’s a lot to think about and do in preparation for your child’s First Holy Communion. From making sure your child is spiritually prepared for the big day down to the concrete practical details of party planning—it’s
The Lenten season is 40 days of preparation for the greatest feast day in the Catholic Church: Easter. As such, Lent is the greatest time of the liturgical calendar to foster a devotion to Jesus through meditation
Since becoming Catholic I’ve collected just about every sacramental there is, but one that I’ve been holding out on is the scapular. There are so many scapulars of various colors, materials, and styles associated with various saints
Each Easter Vigil loads of new Catholics are received into full communion with the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). If you’re reading this, hopefully you’ve either been a sponsor for one
When the Holy Father announced the Year of Faith, one of the major ideas he had in mind was for Catholics to make a concerted effort to catechize themselves, particularly through reading the Catholic Bible, the Catechism
I recently received an instant message from a friend who has been experiencing difficulty in prayer. Friend: I stink at praying. I’m meeting with Father in a few hours. Me: That’s not uncommon though . . .
One of the coolest parts about being Catholic is the rich treasury of 2,000 years worth of prayers penned by some of the holiest and most virtuous men and women who have walked the planet. The prayers
You’ve probably heard it said that the Catholic home is the Domestic Church. Two main reasons for this very true saying is that parents are primarily responsible for children’s catechesis, and of course, families spend much more
Gretchen Filz shares a review of My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell - "From the first paragraph of the first page, I was hooked. This book 'bit' me."
Last year I celebrated my first Christmas as a new Catholic. I was delighted to realize that for Catholics Christmas was actually twelve (!) days long, and not just one day. When I was growing up, there
Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene? St. Francis had a special devotion to the Child Jesus and had the idea of re-creating the humble beginnings of Jesus’