Posted tagged ‘Feast Days’

Celebrating the Liturgical Year

December 9, 2016

our-lady-of-guadulupeOur super-easy-suggestion for today’s Feast of St. Juan Diego (Also applicable on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12):

Listen to Family Formation’s story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Bonus points if you do it over a dinner of your family’s favorite Mexican food.  (Yes, that could be takeout from Taco Bell.)

 

Yes, it really is that easy to bring the Church year into your family life.

All you holy men and women, pray for us!

November 1, 2016

Thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday’s All Saints’ Day party such fun!  And special thanks to the Kraft, Clarke, and Brooks families who put in lots of hours on the project.  Enjoy a few of the photobooth pics here and those of you who got your picture taken should have a card with the link to the full album.

Echoing what Fr. Jim said at Mass, we cannot wait for the day when, after all your adventures on your path to heaven, people will be dressing up as you for All Saints’ Day!

Jesus, we trust in You!

April 1, 2016

Divine Mercy Sunday is almost here and what better way to celebrate than with a little feast?  We recommend Catholic Icing’s Divine Mercy sundae, a delicious reminder of the sweetness and joy of following our risen Savior!

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Epiphany Blessings

January 5, 2016

Most of the US celebrated Epiphany last weekend, but since the traditional date is January 6th it’s not too late to share the details of this tradition:

The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 16. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2016 is the year.

You can read more details here, and Church of Saint Paul families be sure to pick up your blessed chalk in the Year of Mercy kiosk in the parish entry.

The Immaculate Conception

December 7, 2015

REMEMBER: Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and it’s a holy day of obligation.  Here at Church of Saint Paul, you can go to Mass at either 7 a.m. or 7 p.m.  and there are lots and lots of other opportunities in the area.

In case you or your kids need a little refresher course on just what we’ll be celebrating, these resources may be helpful:

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Time to feast!

November 20, 2015

The feast of Christ the King is on Sunday and I just wanted to remind you that this is a wonderful time to celebrate in some way before the more penitential season of Advent begins next weekend.  If you’d like a few suggestions, maybe you’ll find a spark of inspiration here:

  • Invite someone over for Sunday brunch.
  • Dress up your table a bit.  Even if you’re just serving take-out pizza for lunch, a tablecloth and candles have a way of getting everyone’s attention.
  • Redecorate your prayer table with a white cloth and whatever gold (brass) decorations you have.  If you have access to a color printer, this would be a nice piece to display.
  • Make dessert.  Or buy dessert and make it a little fancier  for the occasion.
  • Be sure to go over the Sunday readings one more time.  In particular, you may want to talk about the contrast between the first reading and the Gospel.
  • Ask your kids what it means to make Jesus king of their lives.
  • And be sure to thank Him for His loving care for each of us!

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UPDATE: Grown-ups may also want to check out Bishop Barron’s Top Ten Christ the King resources.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

August 19, 2015

St. Bernard’s feast is tomorrow, so this is your head’s up on cooking for the day.

Bernard is the patron of bees, beekeepers, and candlemakers (a pretty big deal when he lived almost 1000 years ago in the days of no electricity or refined sugar), and this is an easy connection for celebration food.  There are so many options for using honey in recipes: baklava, honey pound cake, honey dijon sauce on your grilled chicken … even simply serving peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch will make the connection.  (Extra points for lighting a candle while you eat!)

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There’s a lot more to Saint Bernard than a delicious snack opportunity though.

Bernard came from a very holy family and founded a monastery which soon attracted over 700 other monks.  He wrote extensively, and was an adviser to a pope.  He fought heresy, helped heal a split in the Church, and was eventually named a Doctor of the Church; a title given to only 35 men and women in the whole history of Catholicism!  It’s said that his first thought upon waking up each morning was “Why have I come here?” and his second was a reminder that he was there to live a holy life; a good daily thought for each of us!

Saint Bernard is also the author of the Memorarae, a really nice way to start your family’s prayer time tomorrow.

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


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