Month: December 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE XAVERIAN MISSIONARIES

It’s Christmas every time You smile at your neighbor And hold out your hand. It’s Christmas every time You remain silent And listen to each other. It’s Christmas every time You don’t accept the principles That relegate the poor to  The margins of society. It’s Christmas every time You...

BIG SHIFTS IN GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY

A very interesting study done by the Pew Foundation shows a comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. Christians are also geographically widespread...

Hanukkah: Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is many Jews’ favorite holiday and with good reason. Its rituals are beautiful, complete with a shining candelabra (menorah) in the window, the rich smell of latkes or jelly donuts frying in oil, and the modern custom of giving gifts to friends and loved ones. It’s a holiday...

Typhoon Sendong Kills in the Philippines

The Xaverian Missionaries first began work in the Philippines in 1989. Typhoons visit this country yearly but this one was particularly deadly. Please pray for the victims and their families, like that of the father pictured above.  The death toll in Saturday’s flash floods in the cities of Cagayan...

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe enveloping Pope John Paul II adorns a wall in Los Angeles, California. (photo: Laurie Avocado/Flickr, cc by 2.0) This past Monday, December 12,  millions of Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Marian patron of Mexico. It’s not just Mexicans...

Mass of Thanksgiving for Canonization of St. Conforti

Mass of Thanksgiving for Canonization of St. Conforti, a set on Flickr. On Sunday, December 11, 2011 we celebrated a solemn mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of St. Guido Conforti, founder of the Xaverian Missionaries. The mass was held at St. Bridget’s Parish in Framingham, Masschusetts where Msgr....

MISSION DAY FOR PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS

This year, as has become customary, the Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests and Religious proposes to priests and consecrated religious a prayer vigil for the Day of Missionary Priests, which will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 3, the day the Church commemorates St. Francis Xavier, patron of the missions. The...
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