Advent and Christmas

A Christmas message from Fr. Mark Soehner

Advent and Christmas, Prayer

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O Holy Night

Advent and Christmas, Prayer, Senior Friars

The Franciscan friars wish you and your family a Blessed Advent, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Br. Gabriel Balassone, OFM, sings O Holy Night, recorded at the St. Anthony Shrine in 2014. The accompanying images in the video…

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St Anthony’s help guides Colleen to the hidden box.

Advent and Christmas, Prayer, Saint Anthony

Colleen’s cherished Christmas castle decoration. In April, we moved from Ohio to Georgia. After 27 years in the same house, there was a lot of purging, selling, donating and giving things away to nieces and nephews. We are…

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Defiant joy!

Advent and Christmas, Missions

Mary, Gate of Heaven in Negril, Jamaica, all lit up for Advent and Christmas. Photo by Jim Bok, OFM In September 2008 I arrived as a missionary in Negril, Jamaica. October came and went and then November came…

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A Blessed and Holy Advent Season

Advent and Christmas, Prayer

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year and begins on Sunday, November 28. While Advent is meant to be a time of joyful anticipation of the birth of our Savior, it is often overshadowed by the hustle and…

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Merry Christmas and Thank You

Advent and Christmas

While 2020 has challenged us in ways we never expected, it also proved that with God, and a little help from our friends, all things are possible. With the Christmas Season upon us, there is no better time than…

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Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, sends message of hope this Advent

Advent and Christmas, Missions

The light of Advent At times in this pandemic, we’re tempted to give up. We’re tempted to think the candles of Advent have gone out. Mother Teresa, with her great work with the poor, lit a candle in Calcutta…

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Everybody loves 'A Franciscan Christmas'

Advent and Christmas, Events

One of the featured nativities at A Franciscan Christmas “We stumbled upon this and were mesmerized by the lights and all the nativities,” says Diane from Montgomery, Ohio. “It’s beautiful! It’s so Christmassy and it really…

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Advent series at St. Anthony Shrine

Advent and Christmas

  Longing for Light You are invited to join us  for a new Advent series entitled, Longing for light, at the St. Anthony Shrine, 5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223. The three Wednesdays during Advent, we’ll gather from…

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A Franciscan Christmas 2019

Advent and Christmas, Events, Jesus

For unto you a child is born ~ Bring your friends and family to ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ in historic Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati.  Enter the courtyard of St. Francis Seraph Church on the corner of Liberty and Vine to meditate on…

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