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A Give Away

August 9, 2013

Coming out of lurkdom to let who ever may see this know about a giveaway over at Sanctus Simplicitus. That blog is one of my favorites. I have gained so much from the posts there and the Catholic downloads are wonderful. We also use the school planners and enjoy them. So, head on over there for a chance to win a book of sermons from the Cure of Ars.

Marian Trading Swap 2013

June 18, 2013

Kimberlee at Pondered in my Heart blog is having her annual Marian Art Card swap. It is going on now, in June this year. Deadline is the 24th. We hope to participate this year.

Some Great Catholic Planners…

April 26, 2013

Sanctus Simplicius is having a planner giveaway. Please go to their blog post and check it out. I used their 2012-2013 planner and love it. It has the traditional feasts listed and a lot of wonderful Catholic readings for the season. This year they are adding children’s planners. Last year they had some children’s pages that could be printed and my children from ages 7 all the way up to 16 really liked them. So, run right over and check it out. Sanctus Simplicius is also a wonderful website in itself!

Here’s to a wonderful 2013-2014 school year!

God bless!

Sacred Order of Deacon – FSSP

April 8, 2013

While looking at the FSSP website, it has come to my attention that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordained their North American Deacons on March 16. Unfortunately we’re too far from Nebraska to go, even if we had been invited.

Please keep these men in your prayers, especially as they prepare for their priestly ordination next year.

Paul Leung
Daniel Nolan
Michael Flick
Joshua Passo
Joseph Heffernan

We want to extend a special congratulations to Rev. Mr. Joseph Heffernan who has played a big part in the lives of my boys the past few years.  May God bless and keep you and perhaps we’ll, by some miracle, make it to your ordination next year.

Mr. Heffernan

Sacred Order of Deacon – Nashville 2013

April 6, 2013

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever! Alleluia!! Bishop David Choby of Nashville ordained five men as transitional deacons today, Easter Saturday.   God willing there will be seven priests ordained for this diocese in 2014. To think when we moved here about seven and a half years ago there were nine seminarians. Today there are thirty-five. I heard one young man say he was entering the seminary this next semester. Two are scheduled to be ordained as priests this year.

10 do (Photo by MaryEllen of Rev. Mr. John Hammond processing into the church.  Look at that beautiful surplice.)

In our family we take praying for seminarians very seriously. After all, they are the future of the Church. Since we moved here, we send Christmas cards to the seminarians to remind them that the people back home and even in the far corners of the diocese are praying for them. We also think it is very important to have our children around the priests, seminarians, and religious. God has blessed us with opportunities to do this over the years. Also, when we travel, we make seeing churches a priority and when we go to Mass in different places, we speak with the priests there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Photos by James.  Please pray for Bishop Choby as his is having some eye trouble.)

Anyway, today the Mass was just beautiful. The music was splendid. The seminarians processed to the front of the Cathedral of the Incarnation to the all male schola. Beautiful! Most of the parts of the Mass were sung in Latin. The rest of the choir was outstanding as well. The music was very uplifting and I could not help but think this must be a little hint of what Heaven hold for us.

We were sitting in the back, but could see most of what was going on. One of the seminarians sung the Litany of Saints and he has been blessed with a very strong, rich voice. As the seminarians, deacons, priests and bishops processed out, what stood out the most was the newly ordained Deacons were glowing!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(This picture by James is a bit blurry, but you can see the joy on this deacon’s face. )

It brought tears to my eyes, as we have been praying for several of these men for years now. This seems like just a little confirmation that our prayers have been heard. (After each decade of the Rosary that we pray, after the Fatima prayer we add the Pauline prayer, “Oh Jesus Eternal Shepherd of our souls, send good laborers into Your harvest.”)


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After Mass we spoke with Fr. Ty. As we were leaving, we saw Fr. Neely in the courtyard. I said his name, but he needed to speak to someone. But then he said, “Who just called my name?” I said that I did and asked him if we could receive his blessing since he is still within a year of his ordination. He seemed quite happy to give it to us. Then we proceeded out to the parking garage. The ride in the elevator is always fun with my children. I’ll have to see if I can post the video that James took. I looked at John and said, “Isn’t is fun to be from a large family. If it was only you, you would be missing out on this.” He could not help but to smile.

We drove over to the reception and hardly anyone got pictures. There are two blurry pictures of MaryEllen with Rev. Mr. Nunes. I’m so sorry they are blurry. The children all mingled with the seminarians and priests from not only our diocese, but others as well. We were able to receive another first blessing from a man we met last year at the Diaconate Ordination. He was a friend of Rev. Mr. McGowen, who we know who was ordained transitional deacon last year. We talked to this young man and found out he was a deacon and was being ordained on the day we were picking the boys up from camp. We promised prayer for him. We really never expected to see him again, since he is from Michigan, but there he was today. We were able to tell him about the Rosary that we prayed for him on his ordination day and he gave us his blessing.

At the reception, James brought one of his puppets.  He was apparently pretty entertaining and several people were very impressed with the puppet he made.  (Especially Fr. Tran.)  He came over to me and showed me a fake dollar bill and a real bill of money from the Philippines.  A seminarian had given it to him, but James told me he didn’t get his name.  Later he did get his name, as the seminarian gave him his card… a juggler.  (It reminded me of Fr. Francis Pfeffley in the diocese of Arlington.)  I’ll have to update later to give you the man’s website as James has already gone to bed.  That particular seminarian is from Arizona and he was giving out St. Juan Diego medals and was particularly impressed that John was born on his feast day.

It truly was a beautiful day, both the weather and the great gift of the ordinations of the five deacons. It was an honor and pleasure for us to be there today.  Please pray this year for:

Rev. Mr. John Hammond
Rev. Mr. Gervan Menezes
Rev. Mr. Anthony Mutuku
Rev. Mr. Paul Nguyen
Rev. Mr. Christiano Nunes

20 do (Picture by MaryEllen of Bishop Choby and the five new Deacons.  Yes, there is another bishop there, but I can’t remember who he is and we can’t see his face.)

Also, there will be two more men ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in October in Rome (God Willing.) Their names are: Michael Fye (whom we met this summer), and Philip Haliday, whom we have met at our home school co-op. Also, please pray for all those seminarians in the Diocese of Nashville.

Other prayer intentions for people we met today:  Deacon Allen, originally from Kenya, but now in Texas who will be ordained in December and Rev. Mr. Morris who will be ordained in Ohio in May.  And for seminarian Ventura (no relation, I’m told.)   May God continue to bless and keep these men. And may God bless His Church with many stong, zealous, and faithful priests who will “say the black and do the red.”

Fr. Ty

April 6, 2013

I don’t even know if I spelled that correctly. However, this man was a seminarian who we met in Charleston, SC a few years ago when we attended a High Latin Mass on the fest of the Assumption. He was also around for a few days after that, as were we. He put his baretta on John. Today we were at the deconate ordination (more on that in the next post) and John said he saw a visiting priest who looked like Fr. Bork. I hadn’t seen him. When they processed out, John pointed him out. I said, “That is Fr. Ty!!!!” We couldn’t believe it! He remembered us and we talked to him a bit and got pictures this time.

Fr. Ty

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 18, 2013

Today is officially St. Patrick’s Day in the Church. It was moved this year because it fell on Passion Sunday. We have quite a thunderstorm brewing out there, as we are under severe thunderstorm watch just about all day. We are decorated and MaryEllen is baking a cake. The Irish Soda bread will be started soon. Hopefully someone will take pictures to be posted later.

Until then, I wanted to record my Aunt Gert’s Irish Soda bread recipe. Growing up, my Mother made it every year for St. Patrick’s Day. I presume it was my Grandmother’s recipe, but will only be able to confirm that when we meet again, as Aunt Gert has passed on and my Mom doesn’t remember things so well.

Preheat over 375 degrees

-3 Cups Flour
-3 Tbsps. Sugar
-1/2 tsp. Salt
-1/2 tsp. Baking soda
-3 tsps. Baking soda
-1 Cup RAisins
-1 1/3 Cup Buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together.
Add Buttermilk, mix well.
Dough will be sticky.
Knead 10 times.
Make a round loaf.
With sharp knife, make a cross on top of loaf (to let the devil out).
Bake 35 minutes.
Bread will have a hollow sound.
This amount of dough makes 6 texas muffins.

(Disclaimer, we are neither Irish or Texans. 🙂

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

Adopt a Cardinal

February 28, 2013

We got the idea for this from the Shower of Roses blog. There is a site where you can go to adopt a cardinal to pray for from now until a new Pope is chosen.  All the children gathered around my computer and we put in their names one by one.  They prayed and told me when they were done so I could hit the button.    Here are the list of Cardinals that the children got:

John – Domenico Calcagno from Italy

Kevin – Gernando Filoni  from Italy

James – Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines

MaryEllen – Jean-Pierre Ricard from France

Charlotte – Agostino Vallini from Italy

Veronica – Francesco Monterisi from Italy

Joe was not home, but we called him and he got Marc Ouellet PSS from Canada.

Who did I get, you ask?  Well, let me say that I really wanted Cardinal Burke because I just love him.  (Notice all the I’s in that sentence.)  Well, did you ever hear the expression, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the day?”  It’s one of those situations.  Who popped up?  Any guesses?

Frankly I wanted to spit.

Kristen – Roger Michael Mahony from the USA.

Being the good example that I am, I loudly exclaimed, “You gave me the wrong one, God!  I didn’t want THAT one!”  However, I vowed in front of all the children that I will indeed pray for him, and that he probably needs the prayers more than the one I wanted anyway.

Please remember to pray and fast for the Cardinals.   It is such an important time.  God bless you!

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Papal Lapbook from Shower of Roses

February 25, 2013

Jessica at Shower of Roses has a Papal Lapbook that she designed. It is free, but you can make a donation if you wish. Enjoy!

Genevieve’s Baptism Pictures from James’s Camera

February 23, 2013

Here are some better pictures from James’s camera. At the end when we went to take the family picture, our friend Sharon ran out of the church to go get Vincent.  Apparently no one in his family was watching him, so one of the ladies at the church did. We didn’t even realize it until Sharon held him up to us in time for the pictures. These pictures are a bit better than the last post.