Monday, October 16, 2017

Our Lady of the Rosary: October 7


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On October 7, the Catholic Church celebrates another beautiful Marian feast day, Our Lady of the Rosary.



This year my children wanted to use candy corn, M&Ms, and chocolate chips to make their edible rosaries that we have done for the past few years.  And they just made one decade of the rosary, which worked out since we then prayed a decade of the rosary.


Recently I wrote a blog post for Peanut Butter & Grace titled 9 Creative and Edible Ways to Celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary. In the post I list other ways you can make edible rosaries to make this feast day extra special.



In the evening when my husband got home from work, we prayed the The Joyful Mysteries using the Holy Heroes CD.  We really enjoyed this CD because there are children's voices reciting the prayers which kept my family's attention and before each prayer there is scripture verse given to help mediate on the mystery.   At the end of the rosary, there is also a summary of the Battle of Lepanto and Our Lady of the Rosary.

It was a simple, fun and meaningful celebration!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!








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Saint Francis of Assisi: October 4


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October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.   He is well-known and loved by many for his love for God, the poor, animals, nature and for his simple, devout life.


In the morning, I set up a "St. Francis" themed table setting and had a very simple celebration. 



I also displayed the St. Francis peg doll that I received in a Saint peg doll exchange awhile back.  I painted 13 each of St. Luke and St. Kateri for the exchange.   See all the beautiful dolls that we hand painted. 

The San Damiano Crucifix on the table was given to us from a family friend who is now a Franciscan priest.  You can find out more about the significance of this crucifix in Saint Francis of Assisi's life HERE.   The Saint Francis statue was given to us as a gift. 

Since St. Francis had a love for animals and nature, I usually buy animals crackers/cookies, which are always a big hit (and a very simple way to celebrate liturgically! :)

Last year for this feast day we made the "Rebuild My Church" craft from Catholic Inspired.

 

This year we celebrated by reading books about his life and we watched Francis, the Knight of Assisi DVD.

The books that we enjoy about Saint Francis that I personally own or borrowed from the library are:

Saints and Angels (this is the book opened in the first photo above)  
Picture Book of Saints
Saint Francis and the Wolf
Around the Year Once Upon a Time Saints
Saint Francis
Saint Francis of Assisi   

My younger children enjoyed watching Francis, Knight of Assisi DVD from CCC of America while they ate their animal crackers



My preschooler also loves playing with her My Catholic Saint Magnets from My Catholic Kids.  Each magnet comes with its own Saint holy card where there is a short paragraph about the Saint's life. You can get your monthly subscription of the My Catholic Saint Magnets for a great price and start collecting these for faith-filled fun!   Be sure to check out all My Catholic Kids products in their shop!



If you would like to see some more ideas to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi's feast day be sure to visit Feast Day Celebrations: St. Francis of Assisi at Sweet Little Ones Printable Shop.  Maybe one year we will make the adorable heart-shaped bird seed cakes!



Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon; 
where there is doubt, faith; 
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light; 
where there is sadness, joy.








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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feast of Holy Guardian Angels: October 2


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October 2 is the Feast Day of our Holy Guardian Angels.  It is a day to remember how our guardian angels protect, guide and lead us on our life's journey.


Last year I set up this table centerpiece for this special day.




This year my preschooler made a simple angel craft, one my older children have done before.  She wanted to paint in the outline of her hands vs. get her hands wet with paint for handprint wings.


 We have done a few angel crafts in the past in 2014 and 2015 if you would like some other ideas.

Some of our favorite angelic books are:

Saints and Angels: Popular Saints of Familiar Saints 




 Angel in the Waters (This was also a great book to read when we did our Defend Life Lesson.)


Angels for Kids (I won this one from Catholic Child on Catholic Child's Facebook page.)



We also watched CCC of America's My Secret Friend, A Guardian Angel Story.  My children have grown up with these DVDs from CCC of America's Saints and Heroes series and they are enjoyed by all!



Lacy at Catholic Icing has 10 Ways to Celebrate the Feast Day of Guardian Angels if you would like several more ideas to celebrate this beautiful feast day. 

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, 

to whom God's love commits me here, 

ever this day be at my side, 

to light and guard, to rule and guide.

 Amen.


Our Holy Guardian Angels, protect and guide us!
   







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October 1: Celebrating My Favorite Saint: Saint Therese of Lisieux



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On October 1, the Church celebrates the feast of my favorite saint, Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower!   I blogged about why I love her so much a few years ago and how a pilgrimage to Medjugorje inspired me to name our youngest after this beloved and well-known Saint.


This year, as in year's past, we had a simple celebration with rose decorated cupcakes and we read some books about her.

Our little one whose middle name is Therese loves to celebrate her "Name Day" with cupcakes, books and her St. Therese Shining Light Doll.

At Mass on Sunday, October 1, my daughter brought roses from our rose bush to place in the vase in front of the St. Therese statue that stands in the gathering space of our church.


We read from The Little Flower: A Parable of Saint Therese of Lisieux, which is a beautifully illustrated book about how St. Therese saw herself as a little flower in a garden full of a variety of beautiful flowers. 


I won the book Mornings with Saint Therese: 120 Daily Readings at The Edel Gathering in July 2015.  I just love reading these short quotes and reflections by St. Therese.

 
Another book we own and enjoy is The Little Flower: The Story of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.


And I'm currently reading, (along with Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom), I Believe in Love.


If you have younger children, I just discovered Therese of Lisieux: Little Flower of Love.


Another great gift idea for a young child (or an adult ;) ) is the St. Therese of Lisieux Shining Light Doll.

If you would like to find out more about St. Therese of Lisieux be sure to read I Didn't Like St. Therese of Lisieux...Until I Learned These 8 Little Known Facts About Her, which includes a short video by Bishop Robert Barron on the life and lessons of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Have you heard this about St. Therese before?  I find this fascinating!











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How We Celebrated the Feast of the Archangels: September 29


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September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels, or Michaelmas.   The Archangels are Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael. We started celebrating this special feast day a few years ago and I'm still learning more about it! What is Michaelmas? I'll let Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas answer that here.


Like last year, we celebrated this feast with readings, food and a craft.

In the morning I set up our kitchen table with books, statues and the symbolic food we were going to eat for the day.   For the food we had angel hair pasta, angel food cake with blackberries and homemade whipped cream.  Blackberries are symbolic of Michaelmas as explained with this recipe for Michaelmas Blackberry Cobbler at Catholic Cuisine.


The book on the stand is Saints and Angels.  The book that is opened is Treasure Box book #18 and then on the far left is Angels for Kids that I won from Catholic Child on Catholic Child's Facebook pageAngels for Kids has a chapter titled "The Archangels" which gives interesting information about each of the Archangels.



Like in years' past, we did an Archangel craft with tissue paper to make "stained glass" Archangels.  I found the free printable on Pinterest through Happy Saints.



After eating our angel hair pasta meal, we had our angel food cake with homemade whipped cream and blackberries.  I printed out the Archangel cake topper from Happy Saints that I saved from last year and put a popsicle stick on the back. 


Our parish was just gifted a huge life-size statue of St. Michael and we had a Rite of Blessing for the statue as another way to celebrate this beautiful feast day! 


I've been blogging less for various reasons (mostly due to life always being VERY busy), but I still post photos and feast day celebrations on my blog's Facebook page and on Instagram.  So be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

Here is the photo I posted on social media on the actual feast of the Archangels...


 I found this graphic on Catholic Link's Facebook page which I think is beautiful!



If you would like to see more ways to celebrate the feast of the Archangels be sure to visit:

Peanut Butter and Grace's post titled 7 Ways to Celebrate the Feast of the Angels.

Catholic Mommy Blogs posted other  ways to incorporate the Feast of the Archangels into your meal.

Catholic Icing posted Celebrate Michaelmas-St. Michael and all the Archangels! with a list of fun ideas.

Saintly Seasons has 2016 Catholic Children's Calendar Coloring Book that includes a page of the Archangels.

Life, Love & Sacred Heart has a free St. Michael the Archangel printable prayer card.

A PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS



Heavenly King, You have given us archangels 
to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. 
Saint Michael is our protector; 
I ask him to come to my aid, 
fight for all my loved ones, 
and protect us from danger. 
Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; 
I ask him to help me 
clearly hear Your voice 
and to teach me the truth. 
Saint Raphael is the healing angel; 
I ask him to take my need for healing 
and that of everyone I know, 
lift it up to Your throne of grace 
and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. 
Help us, O Lord, 
to realize more fully the reality of the archangels 
and their desire to serve us. 

Holy angels, 
pray for us. 

Amen. 








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