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December 5th in OMJesus & Saints, The Catholic Way by .

December’s GR Quest Is Here and so Is a Camera for the Winner!

Submit your responses in the comment area below and we’ll announce the winner in early January.

Suzanne Haugh directs the charitable non-profit Goodness Reigns, Inc. and has worked as a Catholic journalist for over 13 years. She lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband of 20 years and their three children.

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Congratulations to Susanna–the winner of November’s GR Quest! (See her answers below the November GR Quest.) Check out December’s questions below. Answer them by Dec. 31 at midnight and you may be the next winner of a camera!

Submit your responses in the comment area below and we’ll announce the winner in early January.

1.  December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation.

a.  What does this feast celebrate?

b.  What does Holy Day of Obligation mean?

c.  What other days are Holy Days of Obligations in the United States?

2.  December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Under this title, Mary is called the Protectress of the Unborn.  Why?  There are many interesting details/facts surrounding the story of the image of Mary on the tilma of St. Juan Diego.  List at least one.

3.  Before Christmas, Catholics celebrate the season of Advent.  Explain to your friend the importance of this season and why it is essential that Christians celebrate this season and not begin celebrating Christmas until it arrives.

4. Which patron saint of World Youth Day 2011 celebrates a feast day on Dec. 3 ? List two countries he traveled to and shared the Catholic faith? (Visit www.madrid11.com to find out!)

5.  On December 25th, we celebrate the birth of our Lord. This day begins the Octave of Christmas.  What does Octave mean and why do we celebrate Christmas as on Octave Feast?

6.  On January 6th (or the second Sunday after Christmas in the United States), the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany.  What does the word Epiphany mean?  What gifts were given to the Infant Christ?  What is the significance of each gift?

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