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Christ at the center of all things

Keeping Christ in Christmas might be difficult for some.

But it isn’t for parish religious education programs, Catholic schools and ministries, food pantries and many families as they make spiritual and service efforts to keep Christ at the heart of the holidays.

Those works of faith and mercy – highlighted in this and the next two issues of the Catholic Voice – reflect Archbishop George J. Lucas’ Christ-centered pastoral vision and priority plan announced last month: One church, encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.

As part of the series, click here for a story that looks at the importance of Advent – a time of quiet and preparation for Christmas that begins Nov. 27. Ideas for marking the special season also are highlighted.

Another story outlines some of the holiday needs at several food pantries in the archdiocese, and click here to read about an Ignatian spirituality program for the homeless that is seeking financial help this Advent season and beyond.

In the Dec. 2 issue, the Catholic Voice will focus on the ways two families in the archdiocese mark Advent with traditions intended to keep Christ in Christmas, including a special prayer book, reading Christmas stories to their children and making ornaments that honor the saints.

The Dec. 2 issue also will look at the Christmas pageants, food drives and other events at Catholic schools and parish religious programs that center on Christ and his teachings.

The Dec. 16 issue will showcase how several priests, born in other countries and now serving in the archdiocese, celebrate Christmas far from their homelands.

Another article will tell the story of December prayer services held in memory of men and women who have experienced homelessness and who died this past year.

Also Dec. 16, the newspaper will announce the winning artwork from its Colors of Christmas art contest. Once again this year, the contest also helps the needy, with Woodhouse Auto Family donating one can of food per entry to food pantries in rural areas of the archdiocese.

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