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Advent Week 3

We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of thy coming enlighten our darkened minds: Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Advent Week 2

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the paths of thine Only-begotten Son: that we may worthily serve thee with hearts purified by His coming: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Happy New Year!

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has prepared a gift for each of you. Visit this online Advent Calendar each day for a special prayer (and possibly some special giveaways) for you and yours this holiday season.
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10 Minute Advent Challenge

On Facebook? Then you’ll want to check out the 10 Minute Advent Challenge:

 

Want to have a new life by Christmas? You can!

Here’s the challenge: spend 10 minutes a day in silent prayer each day of Advent.

Do this on your own schedule, in your own space. You can go to a church or do this at home.

10 minutes — you can do this! You just need to make some time in your schedule. Trust me, you’ll appreciate it!

Give yourself 5 minutes for you to tell God about what your cares and concerns are; then give Him 5 minutes to speak to you. Just listen.

I challenge you to join us!

Links for the Year of Consecrated Life

This post will be updated with more resources as I find them.

Pope issues letter for Year of Consecrated Life

Year of Consecrated Life plans and tentative schedule

SONG: Wake the world with dawning joy

Year of Consecrated Life Parish Packet and other resources

Official Year of Consecrated Life logo:

 

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Advent Week 1

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come, that by thy protection we may be rescued from the dangers that beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Advent Reflections

Just a few days left to sign up for Fr. Robert Barron’s FREE daily Advent Reflections! Join over 170,000 people as we journey through this holy season. Fr. Barron will send daily Advent reflections right to your inbox.

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Ready for the new year?

Michele Quigley has updated her beautiful and FREE, printable 2014 -2015 Liturgical Calendars. They’re available in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. She even has one that you can color and label yourself. Thanks, Michele!

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Golden Vine Fairy

It’s been a while since I worked on any dance costumes, but I’m back. My youngest daughter, Audrey, will be dancing her first pointe solo this year. She has chosen the Golden Vine Variation from Sleeping Beauty. It is sometimes referred to as the pointer fairy.

We will embellish a white bodice and white tutu for this costume. We already had a white matte satin bodice from Curtain Call. Since our other tutu has seen better days, I am looking at the 9-layer Sansha tutu, but still have not decided or ordered yet.

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Today I ordered a two large beautiful gold vine-like venice lace appliqués from Ebay. I see it going up the bodice and another down and across the tutu. We’ll see how they look when they arrive.

Total cost so far — $5

Hello, Louis Maxwell!

Louis Maxwell, our first grandchild, was born October 2. Yesterday he received the gift of Baptism. Welcome to our world Louie!

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Cooking for Christ Cookbook Giveaway

Jennifer @ Family in Feast and Feria is hosting a Cooking for Christ, the Classic Liturgical Cookbook, giveaway!

Cooking for Christ: the Liturgical Year in the Kitchen was written by Florence S. Berger. The original hardcover version was published in 1949 by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

Head over to Jenn’s site to learn more about this classic Catholic cookbook and to enter the drawing.

First Grandchild Coming Soon!

Today is the due date for our first grandchild! Please say a quick prayer for safe delivery and healthy baby.

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A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery

O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.  O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.   Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

9/11 — We Will Never Forget

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Steven Paul Chucknick— 9/11 tribute

Hasmukh Parmar — 9/11 tribute

Pray for Iraqi Christians

The USCCB dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. This prayer was written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako. Please join the US Bishops in prayer for Iraqi Christians.

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How do American homeschoolers measure up?

Great info graphic!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

 

Source: TopMastersInEducation.com