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A Spooky Timeline

Over 2000 years ago:

Halloween’s original creators came from the Celtic religion. The Celts were usually found in areas that are currently known as the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland areas. The ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, is believed to be the beginning of what we know as Halloween. Samhain was celebrated because the end of October was considered the end of harvest. The end of harvest was recognized as the end of the year for the Celts, this was their time to celebrate the end of the year. To celebrate, the Celts believed that on the night of October 31st the dead returned to earth annually. The Celts feared evil so while attending Samhain, they lit bonfires and dressed in costume to disguise themselves from evil.

A.D 680:

Christianity spread across the Celtic regions. Pope Boniface IV essentially began All Saints Day with the Pantheon in Rome to honor all Christian martyrs. He originally dedicated the feast on May 13th.  

Mid-8th Century: 

During the mid-eighth century, Pope Gregory III changed the date of the Pantheon to November 1st and also added all saints to the celebration. He then changed the name from Pantheon to All Saints Day. 

1000 A.D.: 

The Catholic Church then added All Souls Day making the two day holiday a trio. All Souls Day takes place on November 2nd every year. All Souls Day was originally celebrated the same way the Samhain festival was. We still observe All Souls Day to honor and celebrate the dead today. 

All Saints Day used to be referred to as All-Hallows or All-Hallowmas. This explains where All-Hallows-Eve came from. We have evolved All-Hallows-Eve to what is called Halloween today.  


When the Irish Potato Famine came about in 1841, Irish immigrants came to America all at once. Because the Celts were mostly in Northern Ireland, Halloween was a very popular holiday in the 1840s for most of the Irish. Once the Irish immigrants came to America, the holiday became popular here as well. 

Late 1800s:

During the late 1800s there was a push to make Halloween less scary and to create a neighborly holliday instead. The media tried to convince parents to not allow their children to dress up as something scary or grim. Because of this, Halloween lost a lot of the religious connotations.


By the 1920s -1950s, Halloween parties became a part of the Halloween festivities that made Halloween a popular holiday among people across America. Parties were popular among both adults and children. The practice of trick-or-treating became extremely possible during this time in history. Trick-or-treating became extremely popular like it had been in the past. Trick-or-treating came about in the 1950s. The tradition has grown since. Halloween movies also became a popular phenomenon in America during this time.


Halloween is rarely associated with the Catholic religion, however, the Catholic religion plays a huge role in the history of the holiday. All Saints Day and All Souls Day is still celebrated by Catholics everywhere. These two days are to remind us to pray for our saints and all souls that have been taken from earth and to remind us that this holiday is important for us to take time to pray for those we have lost and reflect on what they have sacrificed for us. 

Sources: History.com, https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

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In Everything Give Thanks

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

In everything that we say and do we should give thanks to God!  The month of November is here, and it is a time of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives.  There is a distinct turning point that seems to happen within the monastery during November.  The solemnity of All Saints on November 1 welcomes this shift within my spirit each year as we celebrate first Vespers on October 31.  The sun has almost set, and the Basilica is adorned with the relics of the saints.  The monks are lining up for the procession into church and there a sense of calm as one contemplates the Saints that have gone before us.  On the feast of All Saints, I give thanks to God for my vocation as a monk and priest of Conception Abbey.

As we move through the month of November, we are reminded of all the souls that have gone before us into the Eternal Kingdom.  During the first week of November I like to walk through our cemetery and pray for the monks who have died.  I also give thanks to God for their vocation, and for the work that they had done to make Conception Abbey a beautiful place to live and worship Him.

The week of Thanksgiving all the monks on mission come home for meetings and to celebrate the jubilee of profession or priest of confreres celebrating.  The junior monks put together a program to honor those monks who have dedicated their lives to the work of God.  Of course, Thanksgiving Day is the highlight as we give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received, with the celebration of the Eucharist, and then move to the dining room to give thanks with a delicious meal.

My brothers and sisters, may we take time these days to be mindful of the many blessing that we have received.  May we take time to recognize that God is at work within each and everyone of us.  May we take time to pray, and most importantly may we take time to give thanks.  On behalf of all the monks and the staff at The Printery House; we would like to wish you all a Blessed and Thankful, Thanksgiving Day!

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Advent Devotional Readings

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We are full of hopeful expectations as we prepare for the birth of our Savior and the promise of the new year. 

In this time, we can really prepare by reflecting on our deep need for Jesus through Advent devotional booklets. These booklets let us bring focus each day to the things that truly matter in our lives and help us to prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. These booklets are not only great gifts for others but could be one of the best gifts to give ourselves. 

Below are a few of our Advent booklets available this season. Click the link to learn more. http://bit.ly/2ysDRSo 

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Spreading the Message

The position of The Printery House General Manager has proven to be a bigger task than I had ever anticipated.  Now in my third year of being the General Manager of the press I would like to share with you one of the great things that I have learned.

Throughout our lives we receive several invitations, whether it be to a wedding, a dinner party, or to share a prayer with a family member or loved one.  In seminary, we were taught that the people who come to church every day are not the people of God that we needed to worry about.  We as future priests needed to be more attentive to the people who only come to church at Christmas and Easter, or even more important than those people who live within our parish boundaries that we never see. At the time it sparked a couple of questions.  How does one reach out to the people of God who only come to church once or twice a year?  How do I reach out to the people whom I never see? 

In October 2016 I was in the press room talking with our Press Manager/Operator while she was printing an order for 4,600 Christmas cards.  As the cards were coming off the press, I looked at the card and was blown away by the innovative way this pastor was reaching out.  The card itself was one of our Christmas cards.  As you would open the card up on the left-hand side, he had printed the church services for the Christmas Season.  On the right-hand side of the card was our message, but underneath that the pastor wrote his own note.  “Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas Season with the Peace and Joy of the New Year to come!” and then he signed his name. 

I found out that there are several pastors that have cards printed in this way, which is a creative way of reaching out to everyone within the parish. We can now help out these pastors even more with our new mailing program. Given the mailing addresses, we can print, stuff and mail all your Christmas cards for you hassle free. This could be a great way for your own parish to reach out to people, and a unique way to invite people to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

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