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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.

Head’s up!

November 18, 2014

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  How are you planning to celebrate?

Christ the King cupcakes

Hi Mom!

August 14, 2014

CABEZALERO, Juan Martín , Assumption of the Virgin

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and related to that topic there are a few things you need to know and a few extra things you may want to know.

First the important stuff:

  • On this day we celebrate the fact that at the end of her life on earth, God took Mary into heaven, body and soul.  She did not go into heaven on her own power as Christ did, but was assumed (taken up by God).
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that Mary, “the new Eve, ‘full of grace’ of the Holy Spirit, is preserved from sin and the corruption of death.”  
  • From the very first days of the Church, Christians have always venerated relics of holy men and women (typically their bones).  There are many stories of the importance placed on relics and how they were guarded and prized around the world.  (Scroll down to “Relics of St. Mark” for one such story.)   Having said that, isn’t it interesting to consider that no place on earth claims to have the bones of the Blessed Virgin Mary?  Surely those would be the greatest of all relics, yet they are nowhere to be found.  Catholics would argue that this is simply because there were no bones left on earth as she was completely taken up into heaven.
  • It’s also interesting to remember that there are Old Testament precedents to this phenomena:  both Enoch and Elijah were taken up into heaven in a similar way.  (See Genesis 5:24 and 2 Kings 2:1, 11)
  • The lessons of this feast are so important that the Church has declared it to be a Holy Day of Obligation and all Catholics are to attend Mass in celebration.  Mass times at Church of Saint Paul tomorrow are 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Now for stuff that is way less important (but still fun):

  • Friday is typically a day to fast, but tomorrow is a day to celebrate!  If you combine that with the fact that people tend to misunderstand the meaning of this celebration and that the vocabulary may be little outside of your kids’ range, you may want to create some memorable experience to tie all these things together.  
  • Of course, we recommend food and humor – both very memorable experiences for kids.  If there’s one thing the internet is good at, it’s quickly pulling together ideas from a wide variety of sources.  I’ve done a little search and have a few ideas for you just below.

Sky … clouds … looks heavenly to me and you can hardly make an easier dessert than jell-o and cool-whip!

“I told the kiddos that the bread is rising, just like Mary did today. It is sweet, just like the love between Jesus and Mary and the two pieces joined together are just like them going up into heaven, when Jesus came to get His mother and take her to be in heaven with Him, body and soul.”

Any foods that are cloud related will help make the association with Mary being taken up to heaven.

Or any cake (cupcakes/brownies/pancakes) that you can dye a lovely shade of Marian blue.

Thanks to Catholic Cuisine and Catholic Icing for the ideas and Web Gallery of Art for the beautiful image!

Pentecost

June 6, 2014

In case your past few weeks have been crazy-busy and you haven’t gotten around to doing the Pentecost Home Lesson yet, this would be the perfect time to do it!

pentecost

Pentecost is the end of our 50-day celebration of Easter and the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send us an Advocate to be with us forever.  On a most basic level, you’ll want to be sure your family is familiar with the story from the book of Acts.  It’s filled with drama and you’ll hear about the Holy Spirit turning a confused and uncertain group of Christians into bold witnesses for the Faith!

Pentecost is also know as the birth of the Church and any birthday images and traditions you want to bring into this lesson are very appropriate.  It’s also a great time to celebrate with another family – they can help you eat all the cupcakes as you do the activity on pages 9 -11 in the lesson.

If you’d like to carry out the fun even a little further, there are lots of “punny” things you can do with your meal plan.  There are a few suggestions below to get you started.

pentecost pics

Yum!

April 24, 2014

Catholics are all about celebrating and what better way to mark the canonization of Pope John Paul II on Sunday than by making one of his favorite desserts?

Not only does it look delicious, but once you buy the puff pastry, you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

Pair it with your family’s favorite Italian main dish (in celebration of Pope John XXIII’s canonization) and you have a perfect Sunday dinner!

Liturgical Cooking: Christ the King

November 13, 2013

If you’re looking for a way to make your celebration of the upcoming Solemnity of Christ the King a little more special, try this very easy idea:

Christ the King cupcakes

  • You can find gold doilies at any party supply store. (Also good for decorating your prayer table for any day when the liturgical color is white.)  Look in the 50th anniversary section.
  • I’ve lost the original source of this idea, but it looks like you fold or cut a 5 or 6- inch doily in half and tape it into a circle.  Sequin jewels are optional.

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