Dia de los Muertos Festival

The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, which celebrates the memory of deceased loved ones, attracts crowds upwards of 10,000 people to St. Mary’s Basilica, a Phoenix Point of Pride and historic building listed on the National Register. This family-friendly event in…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday liturgies are some of the best attended in the entire year.  Some people suggest that is just because the Church is giving out something free, but I suspect there are deeper reasons!  Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes). …

Call to Almsgiving

Of the three marks of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – almsgiving is often the most neglected.  And yet, it’s the only place where the Bible brings all three together, the inspired author puts the emphasis firmly on the last:  “Prayer and fasting are…