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Religion

  • Reason for Christmas often is lost

    Holiday merchandise bursts into color on shelves of every wholesaler and retailer three months in advance of Christmas. Holiday exchanges and sales carry the spirit of gift giving right into the New Year. We are hard pressed to find public reference to why celebrating Christmas is such an all-consuming yearly experience, except that successful marketing throughout the Christmas season is crucial to reaping the lion’s share of business’ yearly profits.

  • 2011 offers a new start for those who want to change

    For God’s grace, we will live a New Year. God always loves to give us the best.

  • Church news

    The community is invited to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sr. Theodore Nolan, known as Sr. Teddy, at an open house from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in the St. John Parish Hall, 503 Fifth St. in Carrollton.

  • Christmas Eve service set at Methodist Church

    The Carrollton United Methodist Church, 310 Highland Avenue, invites everyone to celebrate Christmas by joining them for their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24. This traditional ervice is filled with charm and warmth as scripture readings are tightly interwoven with twenty-six carols that include just a touch of Handel and Bach.

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  • Where does Christmas come from? Not a store

    One of my favorite children’s book and Christmas TV special is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” I have watched this show faithfully for years.
    We all know the story, the Grinch despises the Who’s down in Whoville with their Christmas celebration. The Grinch hates all the “Noise, Noise, Noise” from the toys and their singing.  Then he came up with the “wonderful” idea to stop Christmas from coming.

  • An hour a week offers a year-long gift to a child

    There are a few of you out there anxious for children in Carroll County still without December gifts. Rest easy. The Christmas Crews (and there are too many of them to name here) are pulling off minor miracles for children and families, and virtually hundreds of kids and households are rightly anticipating a memorable holiday. If you participated in one of the many efforts for Christmas, I thank you.

    But I hope you might consider a January gift for a child.

  • Hispanic community to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

    The Hispanic community of St. John’s Church in Carrollton will be holding a celebration of Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Sat. Dec. 11, starting at 7 p.m. with a candlelight street procession with dancing; 8 p.m. a Spanish Mass at St. John’s Church; 9:15 p.m. a Fiesta in the parish hall; 11:30 p.m. gathering in church to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe; and at midnight there will be singing of the traditional Las Mananitas until 1 a.m.
     

  • Slow down, make Christmas simple with the gift of Jesus

    Well it’s that time of year again; the season of our Savior’s birth. Christmas is a time of shopping, parties, plays and dinners with family and friends. Wow! What a busy season!

    I don’t know about you, but sometimes I come out of Christmas worn out. Is it possible that in all the busyness during this time, we’ve developed a rushed and complex approach to Christmas? It’s possible that in our push to do all that we do, we find ourselves not only exhausted, but also somewhat empty on the inside.

  • Our Savior’s Nativity featured at local church

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 501 Main St., Carrollton will hold  “Our Savior’s Nativity”  Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.