Saturday, February 24, 2018

Brenden's first time serving as an Altar boy... REALLY

Well this was too cute not to share and too big of a deal as well. Brenden finally has been able to serve our church in some small an altar boy for Stations of the Cross. Ever since Knox started he has been begging me to ask Fr. Ben if he could learn something. He is so eager to help at church in any form. Lucky for us till recently we had a sacristan who was always finding him special jobs to do for her and he was so proud to help in his own way.

  I can't tell you how many pictures I have of this kid being dressed up as a priest as well as an altar boy here at home. Ever since we rounded up our mass kit parts a few years ago at the Goodwill, and his siblings made their sacraments. He has been at attention and waiting his turn.  He always wants to be the altar server in the end, and makes Knox be the part of the priest. Anyway, here were some recent photos of them using their mass kit. 

Zoe's practicing making her First Communion, only on the tongue ;)

SO now... presenting Brenden as a real Altar server... be sure and scroll to the end...where his rope fell off...

Rope was coming off and I saw Fr. Ben stifle a smile I am so proud of the boys. Brenden finally had a dream come true!  He didn't stop talking about it last night or this morning. He keeps reminding me how he is going to be doing it now every week. Deo Gratias!

Calendar recycling in to Sacred Art flip books

Hello, hope your Lent it going as best you can. We have had such a bad winter with illness as well as stress from battling a miscarriage. We can't seem to get on our feet around here. But I thought maybe this could be a fun post to share.

   I have talked about saving those old pictures and calendars you come across for different art projects in past posts. I finally have such a huge stack (I have been blessed to collect so many) that I was able to find enough to make a stack for each mystery of the Rosary. I have several of each mystery for some- so I just made more than one page.  Anyway, here is what I did, pretty simple, I just glued them into a book. The book can stand alone on a table or on the floor- wherever the kids need it. Use it during your family rosary, it also makes it easy to copy and study with the pictures being upright.

The Canson Mix Media book is sold at Wal-Mart too btw. I like the 98 pound paper and up cause the pages stay nice and stiff and won't have as much wear and tear on them. It has a metal spiral ring in it making it easy to flip completely.

I just started gluing them in order into the book. I left a few blanks pages to add titles to the sections (later on).

Not a whole lot to it. Just use a nice glue stick or spray glue on that heavy paper. I recommend collecting the FSSP calendars if you can, they have the most beautiful pictures by far! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

O Antiphon Ornaments for your Jesse tree

The in town ladies from our Jesse Tree swap got together after we completed our Jesse Tree ornaments and made O Antiphon ornaments- just for the 4 of us. They came out great! I am so glad we managed to pull it off and get ourselves a whole complete set of ornaments. The O Antiphons start on December 17th and go through December 23rd.  When you spell the first letters of the Latin backwards it spells ERO CRAS, meaning tomorrow I will come.

It was my job to make the O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Rex Gentium (O King of Nations), and O Emmanuel. 

I got lucky and found some cute little heavy card stock gift tags in sets of 4 at Walmart. I used those to make the O Wisdom and O King of Nations. My Wisdom was cut out on my Cricut and I used my sticker maker to stick them to the paper and just happened to have sticky pearls setting on the table and that made me think of 'pearls of wisdom' there ya go, done! For O King of Nations- I used my Cricut to also cut out the crown and it's back ground. O Emmanuel- the chalices were salt dough ornaments.

Happy Advent!

A Saint Lucy Fest here in Kansas

I don't know if you have all ever heard of Lindsborg, KS. It's a very small town about an hour away from our home. The town seems to be primarily Lutheran and the are all Swedish! The city comes together every year and has a St. Lucy festival the second weekend of December. I randomly came across the description on their cities website. It was amazing find it, as it's just not an hugely advertised event. 
  Anyway, I wanted to show you the cool pictures. The Swedish dancers were out and doing the traditional folk dances they use to celebrate. I have some videos but I am not sure if I know how to get them up on here. They pull you in an have you dance with them and join in the procession to the Lutheran church. If I didn't know better I would have swore I was with all Catholics. They truly understood what it meant to honor St. Lucy.

Something my 9 year old son said as we stood there watching Genna dance, mom I wish we could move here. The people here are really different and nice. I had to agree 100%. I didn't see one teen pull out a cell phone during this event. Not saying they don't own any, but they were really enjoying themselves and helping everyone.

These are the high school students putting this on!

These are the 4th grade public school kids putting on this procession as part of their class. Can you believe that you can do this still in such a PC world? I love it!

So we went over the public library, and guess what? They had St. Lucy and Star Boy crafts!

The public library even had a St. Lucy felt doll set out.

 We ate Mexican since it was actually St. Juan Diego's feast day, our lady of Guadalupe was painted all over our booth ;)

Below a narrow park right between some buildings where I parked my van.

Tuba Christmas guys were playing and just starting as we were leaving to go home. We stayed a bit longer and listened to some horns and orchestra music

This is the Catholic Church in town, St. Brigit of Sweden. 

And their wayside St. Lucy Shrine.

St. Lucy Ora Pro Nobis!