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St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

According to tradition prayed 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) until Christmas Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayers and grant my …

National Novena Begins October 1st

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Any given Sunday in Wisconsin something special can happen. Particularly if you find yourself attending Mass at a local Catholic Church. One Sunday the Queen of Heaven came to speak to a Belgian immigrant named Adele. The message was very simple: “I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do …

The Mysterious Mary Magdalene

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

After the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, there is perhaps no woman in the New Testament more intriguing than Mary Magdalene. She has figured prominently in art, the naming of churches, and even popular fiction. Pope Francis just elevated her feast day, July 22, to greater importance. Church holy days have three ranks: Memorial, Feast, and Solemnity. Mary Magdalene is moving from …

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Grateful for Nine Years of Priesthood

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Flipping through pictures from my ordination nine years ago, I couldn’t help but think: I look so young! I started to marvel that I survived my first few years as a newly ordained priest. In 5 years I had served 8 different parishes, moved three times, been involved in sacking two employees, and survived a school fire. I became pastor …