Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Celebrating February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day



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Do you know about the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated on February 11th and the young girl, Saint Bernadette, that Our Blessed Mother appeared to in Lourdes, France in 1858?

I'm definitely always learning more about this apparition and I'm always fascinated by what I find out about it!  Be sure to read 10 Things to Know About Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette from Word on Fire Blog to find out more information.   It's fascinating!

And as I've learned through the years, there are always fun and faith-filled ways to celebrate our beautiful Catholic faith and the feast days, like Our Lady of Lourdes, and "live liturgically."  (I've been documenting how our family has celebrated the Church liturgical year over the past several years with links on my A Slice of Liturgical Life page for my own reference and if our family fun and memories inspire others, that's an extra blessing!)

One way we celebrated Our Lady of Lourdes this year was by watching a family favorite DVD from CCC of America called Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes.
I'm amazed how well my children (and even myself) have remembered the facts about Our Lady of Lourdes from watching this animated movie over and over again through the years.




After we watched the movie we did an Our Lady of Lourdes craft for the first time that I received from Jennifer at Catholic Inspired. The craft and booklet can be downloaded and then you color the craft and piece it together.  The booklet is easy to assemble and staple after you print it.  The booklet was filled with a wealth of interesting information about St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.  Our family learned some new information for sure!

We especially liked reading the pages in the booklet about what was happening around the world during the time between 1844 to 1879, when St. Bernadette lived.  For example, did you know that the doughnut was created in 1847?  My children especially liked knowing that fact!

Here are my 3 older daughters making the craft:

And here are the finished products:

Maybe one year we will celebrate this special feast day with a Rice Krispie Treat Grotto like Lacy did at Catholic Icing or a Fruity Pebbles Grotto and other crafts or this grotto craft at Catholic Icing.

So many feast days and fun ways to celebrate our beautiful Catholic faith!  I look at Catholicism as a bottomless treasure chest.....the more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn and want to learn!  Got all that? ;-)

Speaking of CCC of America DVDs, they are having a great Spring Sale going on now from February 18th through March 18th!  These DVDs make meaningful and faith-filled Easter gifts and fit perfectly into baskets! :)  Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes is included in the Marian Collection and you can get all 3 DVDs for $25.00 using the discount code EASTER40 at checkout!  Check out more of their products on sale in the CCC of America shop!

40% off our best sellers plus up to 60% off DVD bundles!
 




Have a blessed week!


4 comments:

Chris said...

What a wonderful post...your kids created beautiful keepsakes of OLL! As you know, I have a great affinity also for OLL. I so enjoyed reading the Word on Fire post as well as reading up on all your kids did to celebrate the day.

Thanks for sharing!

xoxoxo

Tracy, Thanks so much for sharing this! I love seeing the Grottos that your children made! They are beautiful! I'm so glad you enjoyed this craft and book! We love the CCC movie as well!
God Bless you and your family!
~Jennifer

Hi Chris!

St. Bernadette's life story and the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes is so beautiful! No wonder you have a strong devotion to this feast day! I found the Word on Fire post very insightful, as always! Thanks for stopping in!

Thank you again Jennifer the great craft and for stopping in to check out how ours turned out :) I love all your amazing creativity and activities! Very inspiring! God bless!

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