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It’s not Fathers Day everywhere

Many countries celebrate the third Sunday in May as Father’s Day but others do not.  Fathers Day originated in the U.S. in the 1920’s as a counter point to Mother’s Day although it did not gain much popularity in the early days.  

Perhaps one of the most notable exceptions is that of Italy.  They celebrate on March 19th, Feast Day of Saint Joseph.  We think this is rather fitting since Saint Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and a great example to fathers everywhere.  

Regardless of where or when, we salute fathers, step-fathers, foster-fathers and God-Fathers everywhere (hope we mentioned all categories).

For an interesting look at how the Feast of Saint Joseph is celebrated not only in Italy but around the world click our webpage here.

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WYD 2013 Helpful Sites & Apps

Whether you are traveling with a group or independently, you will get more out of your visit to Brazil if you do a bit of advance planning.  One thing would be to learn a few basic sentences in Portuguese.  Remember, that is the official language of Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish as in most other South American countries.  A phrase book or phone app would be a wise investment.  At least become familiar with some aspects of the country, emergency contact numbers, etc.  Here are a few basic tips to help you prepare:

  • Emergency phone numbers……medical: 192    fire: 193      police: 197
  • For Mass times and locations try the website Horario da Misa.  It is in Portuguese, so use google translate or some other method.
  • Be sure to check in at the main World Youth Day website..Lots of great info.
  • Follow the Cross app lets you follow the Cross and Icon of the Virgin Mary throughout Brazil. For iphone and ipad click here & for Android users click here.
  • There is also an app for Australians, but we don’t have final information on that yet.
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Vatican Announces Pope Francis’ World Youth Day Schedule

Here is the latest press release from the Vatican Information Service (reprinted with permission):

 Vatican City, 7 May 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis will make an apostolic trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 22 to 29 July of this year on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day (WYD).

Sketch of Pope Francis
A sketch of Pope Francis by Catholic artist Tobin Pilotte

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The Oblate Grotto–a weekend favorite in San Antonio, Texas

Oblate GrottoSan Antonio is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. and every weekend we get requests on our main website for information regarding the Oblate Grotto in San Antonio.  Many visitors to the city are looking for a place to attend Mass and apparently the Oblate Grotto is one of the most popular.

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