I’m bringing this post on St. Patrick forward since his Feast day is approaching. I thought it would be helpful to read it ahead of the Feast so you could make preparations for the simple craft if you were interested. I also updated the post with a few book recommendations we’ve enjoyed! Hope you enjoy!
For the 40 days of Lent, Novena.com is offering a special .99 app titled simply, Novena. (For the iphone) It’s a beautiful app with traditional images from holy cards and it’s a lovely way to use your smartphone to help you pray through Lent…and beyond. The app allows you to search for novenas under various categories: Health Occupations Situations States… Read More
Left to right: Lauren (8 months), Sarah (almost 17), Katie (5) Left to right: Mark (13), John Paul (9) Wishing your family a blessed and joyful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our little Savior!
Good morning all! It’s a cold morning here on the day after Thanksgiving – the perfect morning for a warm fire and hot chocolate! I’m sitting here with my planner open and checking off tasks that were completed this week…and adding a few extra, and I realized I hadn’t shared our Advent plans here yet! Advent will be here in… Read More
I know this little blog corner has been quiet lately. I like it like that sometimes. It’s a simple necessity – quiet – and reflects the natural changes in our family life…and our need to allow some corners of our life to be very quiet.There is a reason for my quiet the last few months. A little project I’ve been… Read More
This is a continuation of a series of Advent ideas (see part I and part II). These thoughts are from my brother, Chris, published on one of his blogs in 2009. Please pray for the repose of his soul as you read. I’m posting this under the patronage of St. Joseph, who with great quiet, obedience, love and humility, undertook… Read More
This is a continuation of a series of Advent ideas (see part I here). These thoughts are from my brother, Chris, published on one of his blogs in 2009. Please pray for the repose of his soul as you read.I’m posting this under the patronage of St. Joseph, who with great quiet, obedience, love and humility, undertook the final preparations… Read More
I’m going to share with you some thoughts I am pondering, and some thoughts that are inspiring me this Advent. These thoughts are from my brother, Chris, published on one of his blogs in 2009. Please pray for the repose of his soul as you read. This is part one in a series of three posts Chris wrote on the… Read More
I have been working hard to get all my plans and ideas on paper for Advent this year. Have you been considering your Advent plans? Will it be a simple, quiet season of preparation for you and your family, or will you try to incorporate some meaningful ideas for living the season of Advent? (Both are right answers, by the… Read More
History has always been intriguing to me, and liturgical history, so relevant to my daily life and domestic church, is even more so. Liturgical history is vivid, sometimes surprising and fascinating. I enjoy the context. There is a depth and richness to our faith that is not only intriguing historically speaking, but offers a sense of belonging to a larger… Read More
October is almost over…..and I’m a little late in posting this! 🙂 But we did some fun things this month and I wanted to show you!October is a rich month liturgically speaking – with St. Therese, the Feast of the Guardian Angels, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Faustina, and more! We enjoy choosing a Feast to celebrate and focus on… Read More
“Grant, O Lord, to Thy faithful people that they may begin the venerable solemnities of fasting with becoming piety, and may persevere to the end with steadfast devotion.” Taken from the Collect of the Mass, Ash Wednesday Below is our Lenten Feast table with our liturgical frame. Have I ever given you a close look at our Liturgical Frame? It was… Read More
As the kids enjoy an afternoon outside, I thought I’d take a little bit of time to tidy and freshen up the learning spaces. I try to do this monthly, but……well…you know, right? I tidy, but I don’t really consider whether or not something is really working in that space, or what might need changing or rearranging. Generally, I only… Read More
I hung our Advent wreath this year (inspiration here and here). I had plans to try to use evergreen and make our own, but the pace of life on that first Sunday of Advent and the week before didn’t allow me to prepare as I had wanted. I decided to hang our old Advent wreath even if the bottom of… Read More
I know…I know…we’re in the last week of August and I’m just now putting up pictures of our August Feast Table? Sorry! I really thought the image of Our Lady being assumed into heaven was lovely, though! It illustrates how the addition of silks in a variety of liturgical colors has been a real help in monthly liturgical displays. The… Read More
Our Sparkly has been training and waiting and anticipating this day with much excitement. Today was the first day he served Our Lord’s altar during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I can tell you that as a parent, few things top something like this! When one of my children receives a Sacrament, I am beaming inside and out. Today,… Read More
Thought I’d share our finished Sacred Heart displayed above our family Feast Table. Since June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, that imagery takes precedence, but there are so many other Solemnities to celebrate. One of our favorites, and one of the most beautiful is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Our Lord, on June 14…. Read More
June is the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is on June 19. “Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.”Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary… Read More
Sweet Pea and I watched an episode of the Barefoot Contessa that inspired us – it’s the one that Ina cooks a delicious meal with a potluck and friends. Do you remember that one? We’ve seen it a couple of times, but this time Sweet Pea wanted to take the idea and run with it. In this episode, Ina makes… Read More
The Ember Days were once Holy Days of Obligation on the Church Calendar (up to the late Middle Ages); the observance of Ember days is now optional after the revision of the Church calendar in 1969. Their history and connection with the celebration of and thanksgiving for the seasonal times of the year as well as the liturgical time they… Read More
Meredith has been posting lovely Marian feast day craft posts at Sweetness and Light for some time now! I’ve long enjoyed visiting Meredith and finding inspiration in her gentle words and crafts that foster a great love of Our Lady. Her teatimes are the greatest! Now, you can have it all in a great book to add to your liturgical… Read More
Look down, O Mother Mary, From thy bright throne above; Cast down upon thy children One only glance of love.
Our beautiful Sweet Pea is growing into such a lovely young lady, and yesterday, May 3, 2009, she was confirmed. She was confirmed as S* Jacinta. Unfortunately, Rob was unable to attend her Confirmation because our little Peanut was still recovering from a stomach bug. 🙁 So, I tried to take lots of pictures for Rob! Here he is holding… Read More
This is the third in my series of Covenant Theology for Kids posts. (I’ve added a label to all my Covenant Theology…for Kids!!! posts so that they’re easier to find for reference…I hoped this might be helpful or useful to those of you as you plan for the upcoming year. This has been such a fantastic way for my children… Read More