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2012
Graduations
Mother's Day is May 13
Earth Day is April 22
New for Easter 2012
St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, Mar. 17
Celebrate Mardi Gras
St. Valentine's Day is Tuesday, Feb. 14
Eucharist
Epiphany of the Lord

2011
New for Christmas 2011
St. Nicholas' Feast is December 6
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 24
All Hallows Eve
St. Francis of Assisi
Remembering 9/11
World Youth Day
Birthdays
Father's Day is June 19
St. Anthony's Feast Day Is June 13
Graduations
Mother's Day Is May 8
New for Easter 2011
St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, Mar. 17
Celebrate Mardi Gras
Baptism
St. Valentine's Day is Monday, Feb. 14

2010
World Day of Peace
New For Christmas 2010
The Feast of St. Nicholas Is December 6
Advent Begins Sunday, November 28
Thanksgiving Day Is Thursday, Nov. 25
All Hallows Eve
St. Francis of Assisi
Blessed Mother Teresa
Back to School
Birthdays
June 20 Is Father's Day
St. Anthony of Padua's Feast Is June 13
Mother's Day Is May 9
Earth Day is April 22
Celebrating the Easter Season
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate Mardi Gras
St. Valentine's Day

2009
World Day of Peace (December)
Christmas (December)
Celebrate December Saints (December)
Advent (November)
Thanksgiving / Pet Blessings (November)
All Hallows Eve (October)
St. Francis of Assisi / Pet Blessings (September)
Blessed Mother Teresa (September)
Back to School (August)
Celebrate Year of Priests (July)
Celebrate Father's Day (June)
Celebrate Feast of St. Anthony's (June)
Celebrate Pentecost and Graduation (May)
Celebrate Mother's Day (May)
Celebrate Earth Day (April)
Celebrate Easter (April)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (March)
Celebrate Lent (March)
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Lent (February)
Celebrate St. Valentine's Day (February)

2008
Celebrate December Saints (December)
Advent Begins November 30 (November)
All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (October)
Celebrate Feast Day of Blessed Mother Teresa (September)
Back to School (August)
Celebrate St. Anthony and Father's Day (June)
Celebrate Graduation and Summer Vacation (May)
Celebrate Mother’s Day (May)
Earth Day and Other Celebrations (April)
Celebrate Easter (April)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March)
Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day (February)
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Lent (February)

2007
Celebrate World Day of Peace (December)
Celebrate Christmas (December)
Celebrate Advent and Advent Saints (November)
Celebrate Thanksgiving and Advent (November)
All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (October)
Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis (October)
Celebrate Feast Day of Blessed Mother Teresa (September)
Back to School (August)
Summer (July)
Happy Father's Day (June)
Feast of St. Anthony (June)
Celebrate Mother’s Day (May)
Earth Day Is April 22 (April)
Celebrate Easter (April)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March)
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Lent (February)
Happy St. Valentine's Day (February)

2006
Celebrate Christmas (December)
Saints of Advent (December)
Thanksgiving and Advent (November)
All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (October)
Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis (Sep.)
Blessed Mother Teresa and Remembering 9/11 (Sep.)
Back to School (August)
Summertime (July)
Happy Father's Day (June)
Feast of St. Anthony (June)
Celebrate Mother’s Day (May)
Celebrate Easter (April)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March)
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Lent (February)
Happy St. Valentine's Day (February)

2005
Celebrate Christmas (December)
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Thanksgiving and Advent (November)
All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (October)
Feast of St. Francis (October)
Remembering September 11 (September)
Back to School (August)
Lessons on the Beach (July)
Father's Day Is Sunday, June 19 (June)
Feast of St. Anthony (June)
Celebrate Mother's Day (May)
Earth Day and Celebrations (April)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March)
Happy St. Valentine's Day (February)
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Lent (February)

2004
Celebrate Christmas (December)
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Thanksgiving and Advent (November)
All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (October)
Feast of St. Francis (October)
Remember Mother Teresa and September 11 (September)
Back to School, Friendship and Thank You (August)
Lessons on the Beach (July)
Father's Day Is Sunday, June 20 (June)
Feast of St. Anthony (June)
Wish Mom a Happy Mother's Day (May)
Earth Day and Celebrations (April)
Spread Easter Joy (April)
St. Patrick and St. Joseph (March)
Mardi Gras and Lent (February)
St. Valentine's Day (February)

2003
Christmas (Dec.)
Do You Value Catholic Greetings? (Dec.)
St. Nicholas and Other Saints (Dec.)
Thanksgiving and Advent (Nov.)
Halloween, All Saints and All Souls (Oct.)
Papal Anniversary and Mother Teresa Beatification (Oct.)
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October)
Back to School, Friendship and Thank You (August)
Summertime, Birthdays and Thinking of You (July)
Father's Day and Feast of St. Anthony (June)
Wish Mom a Happy Mother's Day (May)
Spread Easter Joy (April)
St. Patrick and St. Joseph (March)
Happy Mardi Gras! (March)
St. Valentine's Day (February)

2002
Celebrate Christmas! (December)
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Is Dec. 12 (December)
St. Nicholas Day Is December 6 (December)
Thanksgiving Is November 28 (November)
All Hallows Eve Is Thursday (October)
Feast of St. Francis Is October 4 (October)
Remembering September 11 (September)
Back to School (August)
Canonization of Juan Diego is July 30 (July)
St. Anthony of Padua's Feast Day Is June 13 (June)
Mother's Day Is Sunday, May 12th (May)
Earth Day Is April 22 (April)
Celebrate Easter (March)
Sunday Is St. Patrick's Days (March)



Alphonsus Liguori: 
		<p>Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement.</p>
		<p>In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism. His moral theology, which went through 60 editions in the century following him, concentrated on the practical and concrete problems of pastors and confessors. If a certain legalism and minimalism crept into moral theology, it should not be attributed to this model of moderation and gentleness.</p>
		<p>At the University of Naples he received, at the age of 16, a doctorate in both canon and civil law by acclamation, but he soon gave up the practice of law for apostolic activity. He was ordained a priest and concentrated his pastoral efforts on popular (parish) missions, hearing confessions, forming Christian groups. </p>
		<p>He founded the Redemptorist congregation in 1732. It was an association of priests and brothers living a common life, dedicated to the imitation of Christ, and working mainly in popular missions for peasants in rural areas. Almost as an omen of what was to come later, he found himself deserted, after a while, by all his original companions except one lay brother. But the congregation managed to survive and was formally approved 17 years later, though its troubles were not over. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus’ great pastoral reforms were in the pulpit and confessional—replacing the pompous oratory of the time with simplicity, and the rigorism of Jansenism with kindness. His great fame as a writer has somewhat eclipsed the fact that for 26 years he traveled up and down the Kingdom of Naples, preaching popular missions. </p>
		<p>He was made bishop (after trying to reject the honor) at 66 and at once instituted a thorough reform of his diocese. </p>
		<p>His greatest sorrow came toward the end of his life. The Redemptorists, precariously continuing after the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, had difficulty in getting their Rule approved by the Kingdom of Naples. Alphonsus acceded to the condition that they possess no property in common, but a royal official, with the connivance of a high Redemptorist official, changed the Rule substantially. Alphonsus, old, crippled and with very bad sight, signed the document, unaware that he had been betrayed. The Redemptorists in the Papal States then put themselves under the pope, who withdrew those in Naples from the jurisdiction of Alphonsus. It was only after his death that the branches were united. </p>
		<p>At 71 he was afflicted with rheumatic pains which left incurable bending of his neck; until it was straightened a little, the pressure of his chin caused a raw wound on his chest. He suffered a final 18 months of “dark night” scruples, fears, temptations against every article of faith and every virtue, interspersed with intervals of light and relief, when ecstasies were frequent. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus is best known for his moral theology, but he also wrote well in the field of spiritual and dogmatic theology. His <i>Glories of Mary</i> is one of the great works on that subject, and his book <i>Visits to the Blessed Sacrament</i> went through 40 editions in his lifetime, greatly influencing the practice of this devotion in the Church.</p> American Catholic Blog Those who want to participate more fully in salvation history are comforted by the fact that Jesus wants to walk with us in our suffering and wants to break bread to give us strength on our way.

 
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