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Vietnamese Christmas has Eucharist at its heart

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

KEARNS — Christmas among the Catholic community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kearns is one of recollection. They are a people who have suffered greatly through war, persecution, loss, and relocation half way around the world. The one aspect of their lives that has not changed is their faith. Father Dominic Thuy Dang Ha, a refugee himself, puts the Eucharist; the incarnation of God in human form, then into sacrifice, before his parishioners in direct contrast with the consumerism that surrounds them.

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A Native American Christmas: horses and warriors

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

WEST VALLEY CITY — Growing up on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, Ervin Slim recalls the sheer joy of Christmas in a way many people only dream of.

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A Tongan Christmas

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — "The Eucharist is the most important part of the Christmas celebration in Tonga," said Deacon Sefo Manu, of St. Patrick Parish, Salt Lake City. "What I remember most about celebrating Christmas in Tonga is coming together to share in the body and blood of Christ at midnight Mass. The family is the second most important aspect of Christmas."

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Korean community celebrates Christmas in Utah

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — "Sung Dan Juk Ha," is the Korean Christmas greeting. The Korean Community begins their celebration by gathering at St. Patrick Parish, Salt Lake City, on Christmas Eve one hour before Mass.

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The youngest Polish child watches for the first star

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

MAGNA — The spirit of Advent permeates Polish Christmas tradition. On Christmas Eve, especially, the sense of expectant waiting prevails in a Polish home.

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An Italian Christmas is faith, family, and food

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — An Italian Christmas revolves around faith, family, and an abundance of food. Throughout the Christmas holiday season, women spend days, sometimes weeks preparing for their family’s favorite Christmas dishes.

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Mathew Thomas Holland

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

DRAPER — Mathew Thomas Holland, 36, died Nov. 5, in his sleep following a long illness.

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Manuel R. Lopez

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

OGDEN — Manuel R. Lopez, 75, died Nov. 12. He endured numerous medical problems as the result of an auto-pedestrian accident in November 2005. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Ogden.

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John C. Roberts

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — John C. Roberts, Jr., 50, died Nov. 13.

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Diocese closes retreat house temporarily

Friday, Dec. 15, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — Diocesan Administrator Msgr. J. Terrence Fitzgerald announced Dec. 7 that Our Lady of the Mountains Retreat House in Ogden will be closed temporarily.

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