Archive for September, 2011

Catholic Care Packages

September 13, 2011

Welcome to our bedroom!

 The children are waiting in “line” to start packaging.

Today we took the time to put together several Catholic Care Packages.  We have been doing this about 8 years now.  The organization used to be, but now is Mission Capodanno (same organization, new name, greater outreach).  Soldiers or people close to them request the a package be sent.  Over the years, we have received several notes of thanks.  We understand how tight things are for everyone right now, but if you can spare a little donation, it is a very worthy cause.  Our U.S. Military, both soldiers and families of soldiers sacrifice so much for all of us!

While filling these care packages, the children were questioning me about how long we’ve been doing this and who is in charge, etc.  One child asked if I told anyone who helped me fill these packages.   When they were told that I was going to post these pictures today, one child (no names, but the third boy) suggested that kisses be requested for their service!  What do you think?  ; )  What was also mentioned was thanks to Mom for volunteering because, “we love doing this.”

We are so grateful for this opportunity to give back to the soldiers just a little bit.

There was a post about this years ago and you can find it here.  As you might notice, the children have grown just a little since then.

Please join us in praying for our military and their families.

Holy Name of Mary

September 12, 2011

Today we celebrate the Holy Name of our most Blessed Virgin Mother.  Since everyone did well on school work today, Mama got baking and we managed to have a tea party.  Oh what fun!  We used some of the suggestions from the book Mondays with Mary by Meredith Henning.  I tried to get a discussion about their names going, but only got short answers from the boys.  Everyone was just too busy eating and drinking.  We had peppermint tea with either rice milk or coconut milk.  For the desserts we had Blueberry Tea Cake and Buttery Tea Cookies.



-1 & 1/2 c. water

-1 & 1/2 tsp. tahini

-1/4 c. corn oil (we used avocado oil)

-1/4 c. barley malt

-1/4 c. pure maple syrup

-2 tsp. pure vanilla

-1 tsp. grated lemon rind (we didn’t have any to use)

-3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

-1 tsp. sea salt

-1 c. blueberries (we used frozen)

Preheat the over to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl combine the water, tahini, oil, barley malt, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon rind.  Stir in the flour and salt and mix well.  Add the blueberries and pour into a lightly oiled decorative mold or a small cake pan.  Bake on the center shelf of the oven for about 55 minutes.  Let cake sit in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack or plate to cool further.


-1 & 1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

-2 tsp. arrowroot

-1/4 tsp. sea salt

-1/3 c. corn oil (we used a mix of avocado and coconut oils)

-1/4 c. water

3 T. pure maple syrup

-1/4 tsp. pure vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients; mix well.  Take 1 level measuring tablespoon of batter and roll it between you palms into a ball.  Place it on an unoiled cookie sheet.  With your fingertips flatten it into a 2 & 1/4 inch round.  For a decorative touch, score the top of each cookie with the tines of a fork making a plus sign.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the edges a deeper golden brown.   With a spatula transfer at once to a wire rack or plate to cool.  Makes a baker’s dozen.

After indulging in the treats, we prayed the Litany of the Holy Name of Mary.  We also added Mary, Help of Christians and Mary, Queen of Apostles, two of our favorite Marian devotions.

 Litany of the Holy Name of Mary
For private use only.

Lord, have
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Son of Mary, hear us.
Son of Mary, graciously hear us.

Heavenly Father, of Whom Mary is the Daughter,

Have mercy on us.
Eternal Word, of Whom Mary is the Mother,
mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, of Whom Mary is the spouse,
Have mercy on us.

Divine Trinity, of Whom Mary is the Handmaid,
Have mercy on us.

Mary , Mother of the Living God, pray for us.
Mary, daughter of the
Light Eternal, pray for us.
Mary, our light, etc.
Mary, our sister,

Mary, flower of Jesse,
Mary , issue of kings,
Mary, chief work of
Mary, the beloved of God,
Mary, Immaculate Virgin,
Mary, all
Mary, light in darkness,
Mary, our sure rest,
Mary, house of
Mary, sanctuary of the Lord,
Mary, altar of the Divinity,
Virgin Mother,
Mary, embracing thy Infant God,
Mary, reposing with
Eternal Wisdom,
Mary, ocean of bitterness,
Mary, Star of the Sea,

Mary, suffering with thine only Son,
Mary, pierced with a sword of
Mary, torn with a cruel wound,
Mary, sorrowful even to death ,

Mary, bereft of all consolation,
Mary, submissive to the law of God,

Mary, standing by the Cross of Jesus,
Mary, Our Lady,
Mary, Our
Mary, Queen of glory ,
Mary, glory of the Church Triumphant,

Mary, Blessed Queen,
Mary, advocate of the Church Militant,
Queen of Mercy,
Mary, consoler of the Church Suffering,
Mary, exalted
above the Angels,
Mary, crowned with twelve stars,
Mary, fair as the
Mary, bright as the sun,
Mary, distinguished above all,
seated at the right hand of Jesus,
Mary, our hope,
Mary, our sweetness,

Mary, glory of Jerusalem ,
Mary, joy of Israel,
Mary, honor of our
Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception,
Mary, Our Lady of
the Assumption,
Mary, Our Lady of Loreto,
Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes,

Mary, Our Lady of Fatima,
Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa,
Mary, Our
Lady of the Miraculous Medal,
Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Mary, Our
Lady of the Angels,
Mary, Our Lady of Dolors,
Mary, Our Lady of Mercy,

Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary,
Mary, Our Lady of Victory ,
Mary, Our
Lady of La Trappe,
Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence,

Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord Jesus.
Lamb of
God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on
us, O Lord Jesus.
Son of Mary , hear us.
Son of Mary, graciously hear
V. I will declare thy name unto my brethren.
R. I will praise thee
in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Us

O Almighty God, Who beholdest Thy servants earnestly
of placing themselves under the shadow of the name and protection

of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee,
that by her
charitable intercession, we may be delivered from all
evil on earth, and may
arrive at everlasting joys in Heaven,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R.

Our table is decorated with some of our statues of Mary and a favorite picture.  Our mantle has big blue letters “AVE MARIA.”  Later today we hope to decorate them with beautiful flower stickers and then decoupage them.  It should be fun!  We hope you are having a beautiful feast day today.   We also want to wish our good friend Tom a very happy Birthday today.