Can Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

 Is the celebration of Halloween a pagan feast? May a Catholic celebrate Halloween in good conscience? What is the history of this popular American holiday? We celebrate Halloween on the evening before All Saints Day. The word itself is a shortened form of “All Hallows’ Eve,” which quite literally means “the eve of All Saints.” […]

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All Saints, All the Time

In recent years, it seems that Catholic families have been reclaiming All Saints’ Day on November 1st–not only for the great feast it is in itself, but as an opportunity to provide wholesome, spiritually edifying entertainment for our children as an alternative to pagan Halloween celebrations. And so many communities have been sponsoring All Saints’ Days parties and […]

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Odds and Ends

Even before the Alex Trebek era, I was a big fan of Jeopardy. Back then it was hosted by Art Fleming, who was introduced by the iconic Don Pardo (whose favorite category, like CUF staffer Pete Balbirnie, was “Potent Potables”). One of my favorite categories as a kid was “Odds and Ends,” because you never […]

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