Monday, April 22, 2013

Good Shepherd Sunday

I planned to have a special meal yesterday for Good Shepherd Sunday but last Thursday's flooding in our area threw off my schedule. Between cleaning up our basement and dealing with a shoulder injury I didn't have the time or energy to make the shepherd pie and other special treats I planned to make. However I finished decorating the lamb cake, which we enjoyed last night. Here it is:

I also set up a Good Shepherd display on our sideboard:

I will be giving the CGS Good Shepherd presentation to my daughter this week. Or perhaps she will be giving it to me? She has heard it many times and practically knows it by heart. It is a presentation that touches my soul in a new way each time I share it.
We will also be reading Gennady Spirin's book "The Lord is my Shepherd". I found it in the bargain bin of a discount store last summer and can't wait to ponder the beautiful artwork while we ponder the Twenty Third Psalm.

Hopefully we will still enjoy shepherd pie later in the week.
Did you do anything special to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday? Please share in the combox.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Divine Mercy Sunday Brunch

I thought it would be fun to do something new to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday:  a "red and blue" brunch:

We had:

1) Baked French Toast with red "rays" made of strawberries and blue "rays" made of blueberries:

2) Skewers of red strawberries and blueberries

3) White grape juice tinted red with grenadine:

During the meal, I talked with the kids about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy promise.  You can find out more about it here and here.

Later on today we will be attending reconciliation and praying the Divine Mercy chaplet at a nearby parish.  I'm hoping this little celebration will eliminate a bit of the anxiety that comes with going to confession while helping the kids better understand God's infinite mercy.  Who knows, maybe it will become a looked-toward tradition in our home!

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

A few photos of our Eastertide

Wanted to post a few photos of the Easter decorations around our house:

Our gold "Alleluia" letters, embellished with dogwood blossoms.  

My bi-fold "Saints Day" frame, with Easter themed pictures (I used drawings from Catholic Artworks). 
Our Easter candle, encircled with a grapevine wreath embellished with dogwood blossoms and a butterfly
Our tomb, embellished with butterfly, birds and a bit of greenery

He is risen!

Do you see a "dogwood blossom" theme?  The kids received this book in the family Easter basket this year:

I explains the "legend" of the dogwood blossom.  I'm not sure if it is true, but it is a beautiful story!  I decided it would be fun to decorate the house with dogwood blossom garlands to carry out the theme throughout Eastertide.  We may do some crafts based on the dogwood blossom legend too; there are some easy ones at Catholic IcingCatholic Inspired and at JDaniel4's Mom.

Wishing you a beautiful Eastertide!