Christmas Around the World

One Holy Catholic Apostolic

 

Christmas Around the World

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic 

From the beginning this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s its and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the people of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together…Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions. The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #814)

The word “catholic’ means “universal”, First, the Church is catholic because Christ is present in her. “Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church” (St Ignatius of Antioch) . Secondly the Church is catholic because she has been sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole of the human race. 

Most everyone will have come from the Roman Rite of Catholicism, but there are some areas in the world that, while in union with us in belief, practice and pray differently because they are a different rite. For more information click here to watch a video. 

Immaculate Heart has a rich diversity of peoples. While we believe in “One Lord, one Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of all”, we may have grown up or had relatives share with us how the faith was practiced in another country outside of the United States. 

Christmas Around the World invites parisioners from any nation outside of the United States (except the Native American nations) to share with the rest of us the traditions, music, food and celebrations of Christmas. 

Also, please share with us how your culture celebrates who Jesus is. Are there images of Jesus, Mary, the Holy Family, the Disciples or other saints that you could share with us? Are there saint stories we can learn from? What do Churches look like? What is it like to go to Mass in that country? Are there any special feast days? 

Guidelines: 

  1. There will be one webpage per country. 
  2. The first person or group who signs up for a country gets to make the decisions about content on that page. 

Content:

  1. You are welcome to submit any pictures, links or videos that have been uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube. I will not be able to provide content, explanations, etc. You must provide this.
  2. When you submit pictures, make sure they have at least 300 pixels. A good way to check is to make them larger on your screen. If they are large enough to see and do not look fuzzy, they are ok. However, if they are fuzzy when you make them big enough to see, they will be fuzzy on a website. 
  3. Please provide brief but adequate explanations of the content you submit. Remember: this is an opportunity to explain your culture to people who were not raised in your culture but wish to know what it is like to be you. 
  4. All content will stay up through the Liturgical Christmas season (website dependent-we may be going through a website upgrade)
  5. Send all submissions with explanations to brownj@ihmlansing.org by December 20, 2020. 
 
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