Autumn Fun

We have passed Halloween, I know, but I still wanted to get some photos up.  One day in the mail a box arrived for the children.  It was from our good friends Aunt Marie and Uncle Homer.  It was full of Halloween cards, stickers and even dollar coins for the children.  What fun was had by all playing with the items and seeing what treasures were inside.

  

  

 

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On Halloween, we had a wonderful little All Saints party.  We had a nice turn out and everyone had a good time.  Some of the featured items were our St. Isadore the Farmer pumpkin pinata and our St. Lucy cupcakes.  (Thanks to the Catholic Cuisine blog!)     (St. Isadore artwork by Kevin)

We attend the extra-ordinary form of the Mass every week, so we celebrated the Feast of Chirst the King in October.  We had Benediction and a Eucharistic procession.   

One day the girls and I took some time to shuck some pop-corn.  We had a good time.  Boy was it delicious when we popped it!  We bought it at an Amish produce auction in September.    We also carved pumpkins with friends, but didn’t take any pictures.   We were just too busy scraping out pumpkin guts and having fun!

November 2 is the Feast of All Souls day.  We remember and pray for our dearly departed loved ones and even those souls who have been forgotten.  Holy Mother Church reminds us that some souls need to be purified before entering into God’s glory.  Let me take this opportunity to clear a common misconception up right here.  Catholics do NOT believe that you end up in either Heaven, Hell, OR Purgatory.  You end up in Heaven or Hell.  In order to get to Heaven, to be one with God, you must be perfect.  If you died this instant, would that description fit you?  It certainly doesn’t me!  God has given us a great gift in Purgatory.  If we make it there, we will get to Heaven, as we are already there.   Is Purgatory in the Bible?  The word is not, however the concept is.  (The words Trinity and Incarnation are not in Scripture, either.)    In Matthew 12:32, Jesus implies that some sins can be forgiven in the next world.   1 Corinthians 3:12 says, “If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”  This can’t refer to Hell because there is no saving once you are there.  Other Bible passages to look at are 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 1 Peter 4:6.  I could go on and on, but you get the point.  If you want to look into this farther, goto the  Bible Christian Society and get the free download entitled Mary and the Bible. 

After all that, what I wanted to mention was that our priest wore the traditional black.  Even the altar cards were a little subdued in their coloring for this great feast of the Church. 

On November 2nd, after Mass, we went to our homeschool group’s All Saints party.  That is one of the biggest events of the whole year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of my little saints this year.   We love this time of the year.  The weather is usually just right, temperature wise, the beautiful leaves are changing and Holy Mother Church gives us so much to think about, pray about, and celebrate.

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One Response to “Autumn Fun”

  1. Lacy @ Catholic Icing Says:

    Yay! Someone actually made my St. Lucy cupcakes! You have no idea how happy that makes me. And they look just like mine did! Awesome! Thanks for posting a picture 🙂

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