Author - Diane Driscoll

The Story of Our Lady of Fatima: 100th Anniversary

The Apparitions of the Angel  In 1916, as World War I devastated Europe, three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, were visited three times by an angel while out tending their sheep. The first apparition took place in the spring of 1916. Lucia dos Santos, age 9, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 8 and 6, had taken shelter from the rain in a small cave, where they ate their lunch, prayed a truncated version of the Rosary, and [...]

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9 of the Most Well Known Catholic Religious Orders

If you are like me, you can never remember the names of the religious orders that run your school, parish or other institution let alone who founded them, their mottos, coat of arms or characteristics of their spirituality. Well, here is a quick refresher for 9 of the most well known religious orders of the Catholic Church; Franciscans, Carthusians, Jesuits, Benedictines, Salesians, Missionaries of Charity, Dominicans, Augustinians and Carmelites. They were started by some of the most notable men [...]

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Catholic Door Scholarship

$750 in College Scholarships for Catholic Students

Catholic Door is proud to announce that we will be awarding $750 in college scholarships for up to 3 different Catholic students. It is hard enough already to be Catholic at University today, we want to help defray the cost just a little bit. Either seniors in high school who will be starting next fall or currently enrolled students may apply for the Catholic Door Scholarship. You do not have to be attending a Catholic college or university. No long [...]

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2017 Catholic Men’s Conference in San Antonio Texas

Catholic Door is proud to sponsor the 2017 Catholic Men’s Conference in San Antonio Texas. This will be the twelfth CMC conference and is expected to be en exciting event. It has moved from the smaller Norris Conference Center at Park North Shopping Center to a new venue located on St. Mary’s University which can seat 4,000. It will be in the Bill Greehey arena located at 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228 on Saturday, March 18th. The night before will include [...]

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A Day to Honor All Veterans. Happy Veterans Day!

Today is a day to honor all of the men and women in our lives who have faithfully served our country. Our country owes a great deal of gratitude to our veterans who have willfully and dutifully protected us from harm. If you are one, thank you for your service. If you know one, please give them a call today, say a prayer for them and fly your American flag honoring them. Another way to thank them is to give [...]

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Its Official! Catholic Door is open for business.

Welcome to our new online store. Catholic Door has been in the works for about a year and we are now ready to open our virtual doors. It has been an exciting adventure thus far and we can’t wait to see where it goes. So please browse around our store and hopefully buy something. If you don’t see what you are looking for, don’t worry. We are continually adding new inventory all the time and we are definitely open [...]

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Importance of Catholic Crucifixes

Why are crucifixes important to a Catholic?

So why is the crucifix, a cross which holds an image of the crucified Jesus, so important in our Catholic tradition? Many non-Catholics say Jesus is risen and having an image of the suffering Jesus on the cross takes away from the power of the Resurrection. And others argue we are keeping Jesus on the cross. Catholics are no more keeping Jesus on the cross than all Christians keep Jesus an infant when they display statues or figurines of [...]

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Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?

The short answer is no. While it is not technically a holy day of obligation, it is a beautiful Catholic Mass to attend. Holy Thursday, part of Holy Week, is one of the most significant and profound celebrations of the Catholic Church. The mass on Holy Thursday, also called the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic faith. On top of that, it also commemorates the institution of the [...]

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Holy Week Timeline

Holy Week Timeline: Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday

While Holy Week marks the final week of Jesus’ earthly life, it is also the end of the Catholic Liturgical season of Lent on Holy Thursday and the 40 day Lenten fast on Holy Saturday. The week begins with Palm Sunday. The exact timeline is debatable but here is a possible timeline of Jesus’ final week: Palm Sunday On the Sunday before his death, Jesus began his trip to Jerusalem. Nearing the village of Bethphage, He sent two of his disciples [...]

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Lectio Divina scripture prayer

How to Do Lectio Divina: Catholic Meditative Prayer

What is Lectio Divina? Lectio Divina, pronounced LEK-tsea-ho di-VEEN-ah, is a latin term meaning “divine reading” and is a Catholic meditative form of prayer.  The process is a slow, reflective praying of the Scriptures which enables the Word of God, to unify us with God…to be a fruitful source for growing our relationship with Him. The person praying the Lectio Divina is more communicating or sharing Scripture with God instead of the typical studying of passages that is usually found [...]

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