Holy Week is just around the corner, but first, the Irish and the Italians have some celebrating to do! In many locations, St. Patrick will be celebrated on March 14 this year, followed by St. Joseph the next day (Palm Sunday is on the 16th). We have e-cards from Catholic Greetings that you can link to from your site. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular days for Catholic Greetings. Place links to our St. Patrick and St. Joseph e-cards on your site, and help your visitors celebrate their faith-filled heritage, even as they enter into this holiest of weeks.
Soon we start the most sacred of Christian celebrations, the sacred Triduum, which starts with Holy Thursday with its institution of the Eucharist. The Triduum continues with the celebration of our Lord’s Passion and death on Good Friday and concludes with the celebration of the Resurrection, beginning with the Easter Vigil. You can help visitors to your site understand the meaning of the Church’s liturgy with a link to our Easter feature.
Did you know that the pope is coming to the United States a few weeks after Easter? April 15-20, Pope Benedict XVI will be in Washington, D.C., and New York City. His trip will also include a speech at the United Nations. We’ll have coverage updated on our site leading up to and during the visit, in the forms of print and audio reports from St. Anthony Messenger editors Susan Hines-Brigger, from D.C., and yours truly, from New York. We’re providing a button for your Web site to make the link to our free section.
Finally, with the election year warming up to be one of the most interesting in decades, we’ve put together news stories about Catholics and the election. We also have a guide to help voters bring their faith to the ballot box, courtesy of Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, N.H. No candidates are endorsed or shunned; but guidance from Catholic social teaching is offered, along with stories as they come to us from Catholic News Service.
Have a blessed Easter!