Thursday, September 30, 2010

Feast of the Guardian Angels

October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels, one of my personal favorites of the liturgical year.
"Each person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother's guardian angel. This protection continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies our soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom." - from Catholic Culture
Prayer
Pray the Angel of God prayer or listen to it sweetly being sung by a children's choir here.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Books
Food
Angel hair pasta for dinner
Angel food cake with strawberries and whip cream for dessert
Crafts & Activities
- Make these Candy Angel favors
- Use this angel cut out and color both sides and glue together on a popsicle stick or hang from a string making an angel garland.

Guardian Angels, watch over and protect us from harm.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux

“Perfection seems simple to me. I see it is sufficient to recognize one’s nothingness and to abandon oneself as a child into God’s arms.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1st is the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, "the Little Flower." There are so many wonderful ideas for celebrating her feast day:
Prayer
I have this wonderful cd, Praying the Rosary with St. Therese, that I use to pray the rosary when I am in the car. It takes a little longer than usual because between each prayer is a beautiful, inspirational quote by St. Therese. Say the Rose Novena to St. Therese
Pray the Prayer to St. Therese
Prayer to St. Therese O little St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own - speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were - to that Queen of heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.
Books
Food French toast or strawberry crepes for breakfast
Make easy chocolate éclairs, which were St. Therese’s favorite

For other food ideas for the Feast of St. Therese, visit Catholic Cuisine Activities & Crafts

Color either of Charlotte's St. Therese Coloring pages, child and habit

Make Sacrifice Beads, a devotion of St. Therese Point out France on a world map, as St. Therese is a patroness of France

Make chocolate roses for St. Therese

Watch the children's DVD My Catholic Family - St. Therese of Lisieux

Watch the DVD Miracle of St. Therese "In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle."

- St. Therese of Lisieux

Saint Therese of Lisieux, Pray for us.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feast of the Archangels

"The liturgy celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. Gabriel (Strength of God) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people. Raphael (Medicine of God) is the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey."
September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels (Gabriel, Michael & Raphael), here are a few ideas to celebrate this feast day:
- Say the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
A Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle.Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
- St. Michael's feast day is referred to as "Michaelmas" in many countries and traditional foods for this day include waffles and blackberries. Catholic Cuisine has many food suggestions for celebrating Michaelmas. We will hopefully have waffles with blackberries (from my ample frozen stock) for breakfast or maybe "breakfast for dinner."
- Make a devils food cake and place a statue of St. Michael on top and give each child a little cocktail sword to stab the cake to symbolize St. Michael throwing the devil out of Heaven.
- In honor of St. Gabriel, say the Angelus. - Have the children color Charlotte's coloring pages of the Archangels. St. Gabriel St. Michael St. Raphael - For dinner make angel hair pasta with sauce
- Use three white candles as the centerpiece on your table, each candle representing one of the Archangels.
- Watch these You Tube videos for each of the archangels. NOTE: These videos have images and writings that are not Catholic teaching, but they are still a neat compilation for each of the archangels

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

St. Therese Rose Novena Begins Tomorrow

Novena Rose Prayer O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love. O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands...
(mention petitions) St. Therese, help me to always believe as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day.
Amen.
(Say this prayer for nine days from September 22nd to September 30th (the eve of her feast day on october 1st) and St. Therese will send you a rose!)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. To honor the Christ and the Blessed Mother today, here are some ideas:
- Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, saying a prayer for all parents dealing with the loss of a child.

- Read of the seven sorrows of Mary: 1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35) 2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15) 3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50) 4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17) 5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30) 6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37) 7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

- Read about Michelangelo's Pieta in the Chapel of the Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

- Color Charlotte's coloring page of Our Lady of Sorrows

TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God.
Amen.
Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thank You Immaculate Mary...and Happy Birthday too

Thank you sweet Blessed Mother on the feast of your Immaculate Birth for watching over my son (and me) on his first day of preschool. He was excited and happy, and I was not an emotional wreck, at least not too much.
I can not believe you are so big.
He was really excited about the lunch I let him pick out top to bottom at the grocery store the day before - which consisted of such extremely nutritious items as a Poptart, fruit snacks, juice, and m&ms. At least there was a pear and a ham and cheese on wheat sandwich, which of course he did not eat.
In honor of your birthday Mary, The Feast of the Nativity, today, we had cake and sang Happy Birthday Mary and Immaculate Mary.
We are moving, so all our cooking utensils and Mary statues are packed away, so a grocery store cake iced with Mary's name in blue and this month's Magnificat with a print of Mary as a little girl had to suffice as our our cake and decorations. Actually it was perfect and could not have imagined the moment any other way.
Future posts of feast day celebrations may be sparse as we move and get settled into a new home, so please look at my archives for September for ideas.
Happy Birthday Mary!!

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