Sixty scouts gathered at the two parishes for faith-focused crafts and learning activities.
"The kingdom of heaven means finding in Jesus a God who gets involved with the lives of his people."
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"Jesus' heart was not moved by ideas or concepts but by faces, persons."
Diocesan bishops make Christmas pastoral visits to Catholic inmates in Long Island jails.
65 percent of Catholics said they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday,
'Even when the angel visited her, no one knew. There weren't any reporters there that day.'
The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year, and for some Catholic families, the liturgical "New Year" is tied to special traditions at home.