Sunday with the Saints: Wonder Women: St. Rose & St. Philomena!

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Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (1642–1693),

Saint Rose of Lima, the first canonized saint of the New World ,is a beauty and pure saint. Her feast day is coming up on August 23rd.

she was remarkable for a great reverence, and pronounced love, for all things relating to God. This so took possession of her that thenceforth her life was given up to prayer and mortification. She had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother, before whose altar she spent hours. She was scrupulously obedient and of untiring industry, making rapid progress by earnest attention to her parents’ instruction, to her studies, and to her domestic work, especially with her needle.” – Catholic Encyclopedia  

A role model for today’s young ladies to obey, work hard, and love endless.

I am always amazed of the new things I learn of these saints during my research for the series of Sundays with the Saints.   Did you know that St. Rose of Lima, foretold the exact date of her death? And so great were the numbers who came to her wake that they had to postpone the funereal for days.

“Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” St. Rose of Lima

Reading this quote of her gives us so much hope and peace in these days, where suffering is everywhere and it seems that our crosses are heavy. Yet if we use this ladder with love and joy, we are sure to reach our goal; HEAVEN!


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St. Philomena.. oh, a dearest saint of mine. We just celebrated her feast day on August 11th but I wasn’t able to get my act together to write a post so I add-on here with St.Rose of Lima. These two lovely young lady are so much alike, ladies in roses.

St. Philomena is prayed to by people of diverse ages, culture and social standing around the world. The young virgin who was martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation and continues her work today promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity among the world’s youth and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ. It would seem she was held in quiet reserve by God for nearly seventeen centuries and summoned at a time when so much uncertainty and absence of faith abound. – Sanctuary of St. Philomena

St. Philomena is such a dear saint to me. During the hardest time of my life, after losing Benedicto,  we were bless to attend a very special mass at church in Philadelphia of the Shrine of St. Philomena (which has a first class relic of her), were the pastor of the Shrine in Italy where her body is , was attending this mass. The mass was pack to the max and we were there waiting for the start of the procession.  I recall praying to her asking her to help me during this time of suffering and lose.    A few minuets later, this over whelming smell of roses over came me. I had to take a quick seat due to the impact of the smell. I knew that she was there, she was bringing me a rose off the cross of Christ. I had this healing that knowing that this suffering is full of the sweetness and love of Christ. 

 

Books:

Here are few books worth having in your library to celebrate their feast day.

St. Rose of Lima: The Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americas (Stories of the Saints for Young People Ages 10 to 100) . My kids love this book, it such an easy read and nice read aloud (even the older ones stay behind to listen to it. )

 

A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP! by [Henderson, Christine]

 A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP!  

I was honor to review this book. My young daughters enjoyed this take on Saint Philomena through the story of Sister Marie.   Sister Marie does a lovely job of  teaching about St.Philomena to our young readers. This books gives a great an example of living out virtues through Sister Marie as she tends to the poor, sick, helpless as well bring knowledge of an amazing saint. I sure hope that Author Christine Henderson continues to bring other saints to our readers through Sister Marie.

 

Coloring Pages:

Rose

Rose of Lima   Saint Rose of Lima Catholic coloring page: Feast day is August 30th

 

 

Philomena

A picture to colour. Symbols of St. Philomena. manondanielsmassari@gmail.com    Saint Philomena My favorite Saint I want to be just like her.

Saint Philomena by Immaculata Helvetia, via Flickr

Crafts:

Here are some sweet crafts that can be added to celebrating their feast days.

 

 

SNACKS:

Who doesn’t like lovely snacks to go along with a feast day!

Rose of Lima Cookies

 

Apple Roses, it looks very easy and yummy.Puff Pastry Apple Rose Recipe. "You don't need to be a pastry chef to bake this deliciously tempting rose-shaped dessert. It tastes just like apple pie. And it looks a lot like a beautiful red rose. Made with naturally sweet apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled up in a perfectly crispy puff pastry." - Manuela from Cooking With Manuela.

 

GIFTS:

Here are some gift ideas from small Catholic Business. Please support these amazing ladies.

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St. Philomena necklace from Sagely Sparrow.

A St. Rose of Lima necklace or St.Philomena bracelet over at Ave Maria Faith  CraftsImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: jewelry

 

St. Rose of Lima rosary bracelet from Rosary Heart and Home.

 

St.Philomena Rosary Chaplet from Come Holy Spirit Rosaries

 

Saint Rose of Lima Wood Figure – Handmade & Hand painted – from In the Loft , Sue DowImage may contain: 1 person

 

St. Rose of Lima Sleepy Doll by Marzipantz

 

I pray that you find this post helpful in celebrating more saints.  You might be interest in our Immaculate Heart of Mary post as August is the month of Immaculate Heart.  

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With God’s merciful Love,

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Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Bows & Her Immaculate Heart…..

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Did you know that  Our Blessed Mother has a feast day  dedicate to her for everyday of the year?  We are truly bless!

On August 3rd (which happens to be my son’s 12th birthday) is the Feast day of Our Lady of Bows

Our Lady of Bows was a shrine in London. It is related that in the year 1071 Mary’s image there had been carried away by a storm, together with more than 600 houses. It fell uninjured with such violence that it broke into the pavement, and sunk more than 20 feet into the earth, whence it was never possible to draw it out. –Roman Catholic Saints

I found it so interesting that even bows have our Lady’s blessing on them. 

Yet, I have to admit that the shrine takes its name from the unusual Norma arches, or bows which were considered a novelty, not hair-bows.

Just amuse me and let me celebrate with some hair bows!

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St. Mary-le-Bow, City of London

It’s  interesting history behind the Bells of Mary , is sure worth your time.

As well, it  has had a rough  history.  The shrine has been destroyed 5 times;  in 1071,  was  the tornado, in 1196  there was a fire,  in 1271 the tower of church collapsed,  in 1666 a great fire destroyed it and later is was completely destroyed by the German’s in WWII .

The shrine  was  rebuilt in 1964 and what a beauty it is!! 

I would love to hear music coming out that Beautiful Organ!

   


 August The Month of Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!

The church dedicates August to Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Before Vatican II , the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was celebrated on August 22nd.  

St. John Eudes is considered the father of devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius X and his feast day is August 19th.

St. John brought people to love Christ and the Virgin Mary by speaking tirelessly about their Heart,

the sign of the love God shows for us and the communion to which we are called.

He wrote an amazing book to help others increase their devotion to Heart of Mary ,  The Admirable Heart of Mary  ,  where he reveals  a most pure and maternal of all hearts in its corporal and spiritual pulsations, while demonstrating how this human heart was divinized by the one Divine Heart of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Here are some links of coloring pages, crafts, food, and gifts to celebrate all month-long!

Coloring Pages:

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray for Us coloring page © 2015 R Miller06272015_0000

immaculate heart of mary coloring pageFree Catholic Coloring - Bible Journaling Scripture Luke 2:35 Mother Mary's Immaculate Heart Pierced by : anne harb

Crafts:

Create the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts from Paper | Catholic Inspired ~ Arts, Crafts, and Activities!

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing 2 new cross stitch patterns with you: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary–both as free cross stitch patterns. Well, all of a sudd…Nancy over at Do Small Things with Love has a free cross stitch pattern. 

This rustic mason jar candle votive lantern features a vintage image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is trimmed in gorgeous antique platinum ribbon from France. The lid and base of the lantern areI saw this one pinterest but the link from it is broken but I just love how it looks and I can imagine it would be an easy craft.  

Then one can light it all month-long during prayers or when saying the Novena to Immaculate Heart of Mary (a very nice kid’s print out to say this novena).

Here is Lacy’s famous tie-dy shirts from Catholic Icying craft.

 

SNACKS:

You can’t go wrong with ideas from Catholic Cuisine, here are few of my favorites. 

 

Gift Ideas:

Here are some amazing gift ideas for your home, your family, or as gifts for loved ones during this month of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

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I pray that you have a blessed month of August.

May Immaculate Heart of Mary bring you love, peace, and joy into your homes!

 

With the God’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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Happy feast day of St. Joachim & St. Anne : A NFP (Personal Story) Awareness.

Today, the church honors the parents of Our Blessed Mother, St. Joachim and St. Anne, grandparents to Our Lord. 

We are bless to know that we have St. Joachim and St. Anne as patron saints of  grandparents and infertile couples.  

Perfect time as  we are also in the midst of NFP Awareness Week, Natural Family Planning.

   NFP as stated by NFP Interenational is ,

NFP is a way of following God’s plan for achieving and/or avoiding pregnancy. It consists of ways to achieve or to avoid pregnancy using the physical means that God has built into human nature.

The key point here is following God’s plan and some times, God’s plan doesn’t go along with our plan.   I can understand that to core of my being .   Our NFP story isn’t much to tell really.   We didn’t really focus on it before we got married nor did we think 4 months later, we would be blessed with being pregnant.  All my life, All I dream of was to have a large family to fully love .   

My case with NFP wasn’t always a happy one. I have to say that I had a love-hate relationship with it.  I mean I thought, I am pro-life, open to life always, why did I need NFP.

 But God in his great wisdom shares with me another take on NFP. 

I imagine that it was going to be easy  to have more children.  Then we lost our very first son, Pablo de Cruz .   It was a surprise pregnancy (I think all pregnancy are a surprise)  yet again but one that we were so happy to see! The lost was a cut to core of my soul.   NFP got really interesting since I really wanted to know what was going on with my body, why was I not pregnant again.  We use NFP to help us achieve pregnancy with our  healthy son. 

  After our son was born, we were yet blessed again with a pregnancy 8 months later which I gave birth to sweet baby girl.  There was no time nor energy to really get into the NFP  and 20 months later baby girl number 3.  

I felt that I was living my dream, even thu it was crazy with 3 kids in diapers at one time and a six-year-old but I love it. Every minute it. I wanted more. 

A year later after our latest baby girl was born, we lost a girl, Martha .  It was hard times for me. It took a lot of time with NFP and trying to follow God’s plan.  Fast forward two more years, pregnant with a sweet baby boy who never seen the beauty of this side of heaven .  Losing Benditico was the most suffering I had ever endure in my whole life.  No- one was meant to  deliver a silent baby,  NO-ONE was to endure that. 

But in His greatest wisdom, He holds us through our suffering so that we can bring souls to His Mercy. 

God must have really needed my suffering for some great cause that one day I pray that I will truly understand as once again,  a year and half later, we lost our last son, Juan Deigo. 

For a very long time, I felt so alone in the sense since I had four beautiful children whom am I to feel the pain of sub-infertile ,  to complain, to ache , to want more.  I felt, I had too many for the  secular world and not enough for the Catholic world…

There wasn’t much left in my core .  I took NFP as an enemy for whatever crazy reason.  I saw others who prevent pregnancy as selfish, lack of love.  I was dead wrong.  But since God out does us in generosity, He heal me in my brokenness and show me, that I don’t need another child,  I needed HIM! Him alone.  After that freeing moment , I never look at  NFP or anyone else situations  the same. 

I just looked with love and mercy.

After 8 long years,  I do have now a sweet baby girl who is the joy of my life along with her brother and 3 sisters. I am so blessed that I can’t even begin to count.   But I have felt the hell of not achieve pregnancy for a long time and losing part of my heart to my Heavenly children. I have pray  endlessly to  this couple whom we celebrate today!  

God is all good. His plan is perfect.

Now, remember we all have a story to tell, not inventory to count.

With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

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Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a child’s sandal

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June 27th is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.   The story behind this beautiful icon is just stunning, it’s a story of obedience.   

 

One night the Blessed Virgin appeared to the man in a dream, warning him not to keep the picture. Twice she appeared to him with this message, and both times he disregarded her warning. The third time she told him that if he continued to disobey her, he would die a miserable death. This time the man tried to persuade his wife to give up the painting, but she refused. Our Lady appeared to the man again to tell him of his impending death; within a short time, he became sick and died.   

You can read more on this story over at this beautiful site of The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.

 

Have you ever noticed the sandal hanging from our Lord’s feet?  

Father James M. Sullivan explains the story behind the loosened sandal in Magnificat. 

“The story behind the loosened sandal is an important one. The angels appeared to Christ, showing him the means by which he would die. Possessing both a child’s fear and a child’s trust in his mother, he ran to her, as fast as his feet could carry him, so fast in fact that the strap of one sandal loosened just as Christ jumped into his Mother’s waiting arms. It was then, at that moment, that he could finally look at his cross and the suffering that awaited him. By being close to her Immaculate Heart, his own Fear was strengthened. 

 

WOW.   What a beautiful image for us to use daily.

That if we run to our Mother Mary, that we stay close to her Immaculate Heart, we will be given the strengthen to face any fear, any suffering that awaits us.

Once again, Christ is the example that we need to follow close and faithfully. He shows once again, that we must trust in His Mother and run to her arms.  

This coloring page will be a great help for children to see the meanings behind the symbols of this beautiful icon. 

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Christ’s hands, turned palms down into His Mother’s, indicate that He has placed the graces of the Redemption in her keeping. Our Lady’s hand does not clasp those of her Son, but remains open, inviting us to put our hands in hers along with those of Jesus. – Sister Mary Agatha, CMRI 

 

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O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary. – EWTN

 

With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

 

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 Sundays with The Saints: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is this symbolism that imparts to its meaning and its unity, and this symbolism is admirably completed by the representation of the Heart as wounded. Since the Heart of Jesus appears to us as the sensible sign of His love, the visible wound in the Heart will naturally recall the invisible wound of this love. 

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Jesus showed Himself to Sr. Margaret Mary in a way that she could understand – with a human heart aflame with love. He told her that He would be present in a special way to those devoted to His Sacred Heart and that His presence would lead to peace in families, the conversion of sinners, blessings in abundance and perseverance when death was near.

 To know God’s love in Jesus and to share it with others is the central message of the gospels. There has been no change in this message for two thousand years. Ways of explaining our faith may change, forms of prayer may be altered, certain devotions may come in and out of style, but at the core is the loving heart of Jesus, which remains constant and true.

 The message of the Sacred Heart is one of God’s deep and intimate love for us. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is an integral part of our Catholic heritage because it helps us to live the basic Christian message of faith and love.      – Fr. Thomas Rosica

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We will celebrate the Feast of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 23rd. 

We found a sweet country church near us, Sacred Heart of Jesus were we have been going to mass and adoration on Fridays. There is sweet young priest from Poland who is so  in love of Our Lord, that makes you want to bottle him up and share with everyone.  I’m looking forward to my son servicing with Father on Fridays so that he see up close and personal  a priest who loves and honor Our Lord. 

We have been especially going on First Fridays so that Our Lord can blessed us with his promises!

12 Promises

1
I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2
I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
3
I will console them in all their troubles.
4
I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
5
I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.
6
Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7
Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8
Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.
9
I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy them all disordered movements.
10
I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11
Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.
12
I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart. They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months, and Communion must be received.


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St.John Eudes

BOOKS

 

St.John Eudes, wrote a book on  The Sacred Heart of Jesus ( you can get a free copy online here) as well on Mary The Admirable Heart of Mary 

In a word, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whether considered in His divinity or in His humanity, is more
ardently enkindled with love for His Father, loving Him infinitely more at any given moment, than
all the hearts of angels and saints together can love Him throughout all eternity.
There is no greater love than to give one’s life for the person one loves. The Son of God so loves
His Father that He would be ready to sacrifice His own life again, as He sacrificed it upon the Cross,
and to sacrifice it by suffering the same torments for the love of His Father (if such were God’s holy
will) that He suffered on Calvary

St. John Eudes words are just inspiring and helps one to really feel and want the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!


Coloring :

Aleesa over at Life,Love, & Sacred Art has this free sweet coloring page.

 

 

Katie over at Look at Him and Be Radiant has a few of these.

This site has another lovely coloring page that would be perfect for older children.

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CRAFTS

Ruth from Just Another Day in Paradise.

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SNACKS:

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He loves her most ardently because she cooperated with Him in the accomplishment of His
great work of the Redemption of the world. Her cooperation was to, give Him a mortal body capable of
suffering and of sustaining the torments of His Passion. She also imparted to Him the Precious Blood
which He shed for us, and she offered that body, that blood, and that life as a sacrifice at the foot of the
Cross.-St.John Eudes

 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

With the God’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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Sundays with the Saints: Pentecost Sunday – Feast of LOVE!

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On Sunday, June 4th , the Catholic Church will celebrate Pentecost!  It’s a party for sure! 

The coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by our Lord to the disciples is Christ’s love for us and his bride, the Catholic Church!

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I have been meditating using  ST.Bonaventures  book St. Bonaventures Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ .

I highly recommend since it was highly recommend by a great saint, St. Francis De Sales. So when I read about Pentecost, I wrote the quote above in my prayer journal as well the one below.  

 For which reason, he who truly desires to serve God, should endeavor, in this holy solemnity, to be inflamed with love or at least to be enkindled with a vehement desire of being so free from any mixture of the love of this world. – St. Bonaventures

 

Those are some words to ponder!  IF we love our God, this feast must be filled with love , INFLAMED with LOVE for Him.  

How hard is not to desire but to actually be free from any mixture of the love of this world!! Lord help me!

But we can teach this to our children; the beauty of this feast day of Holy Spirit and teach them to be inflamed with love for the Church.

We can live it as we celebrate these feasts day and the great saints. We shower them with God’s love and mercy; the  Church!

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Pentecostés, 1612-1614 (Museo del Prado, Madrid).

Coloring Pages:

We love this coloring book,Coloring Book about the Holy Spirit  yet here are  some other sweet coloring pages for all ages.

 

                                           These Pentecost coloring pages show the Holy Ghost as a dove descending on Mary and the Apostles with tongues of fire.:

 

Crafts:

We can’t have a party without some crafts!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Paper Plate Craft

Hand Print – Holy Spirit Craft

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Spinners Pentecost Craft

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Snacks:

There are some great ideas of snacks from What Can We Leave Out.

 

It’s a Birthday Party! Celebrate it with a Cake!!

I love  God’s Canvas ‘s simple yet elegant cake!

A Simple Prayer to Holy Spirit.

We beseech you, O Lord, let the power of the Holy Spirit be always with us;

let it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard us from all harm.

Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we beseech you, O Lord, and guide us, as Your Son has promised, into all truth.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me
and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.

Something to Ponder:

Here is an interesting article on “Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Is there a difference?” by Dr. Marshall

I pray you have a blessed Pentecost Feast Day.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hairbows4Life

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Sundays with the Saints: St.Joan of Arc – May 30th

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St.Joan of Arc

May 30 Feast Day

Joan of Arc is a very interesting saint! We are getting to know her even better ever since we moved close to New Orleans.  Every year on her birthday, which happens to be Epiphany on January 6th there is a major  parade in the French Quarters. Yes, it’s New Orleans with plenty of parades to make one sick of them but this one is different.  Let this article explain. 

The parades.tells the story of Joan of Arc’s life in chronological order all the way through to her sainthood. An array of marching groups — including the Amazons, the Chorus Girls Project, the Muff-a-lottas and Skinz and Bonez — parade in costume and are led by the Kilts of Many Colours Bagpipes and Drums group. Parade battalions figure prominently, including The Gates of Orléans, Joan’s Trial and, new to his year, one representing Joan of Arc’s hometown of Domrémy.

Highlights include toasts from The Historic New Orleans Collection and Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, from the Williams Research Center balcony at 400 Chartres St.; a sword blessing at St. Louis Cathedral by the Very Rev. Father Philip Landry; and the crowning of the king and a king cake ceremony at the parade’s conclusion, at Washington Artillery Park.

There also will be a group of court jesters carrying a birthday cake for the Maid of Orleans, who is selected each year through an application process and who is joined by New Orleanians in the community portraying the French king and queen who supported Joan in her battles against the English. (While the French were victorious, Joan was captured by the English, tried and convicted and burned at the stake.) The New Orleans Advocate

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The picture doesn’t do it justice since it was taken by my husband’s cell phone but it gives you an idea of the parade.

I also like that they throw to those watching some neat stuff from handmade Joan of Arc dolls to even Joan of Arc medals. The first year my kids attended, my son received a very nice sword made out of wood. This beats all those ugly beads from the other parades! My children enjoy this parade and it is something fun to do on Feast of the 3 Kings!

This was 2 years ago with one of my husband’s co-worker.

Barabara Beckwith  from Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior: A Seven-day Retreat, reflections is just perfect, I believe about Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc is like a shooting star across the landscape of French and English history, amid the stories of the Church’s saints and into our consciousness. Women identify with her; men admire her courage. She challenges us in fundamental ways. Despite the fact that more than 500 years have passed since she lived, her issues of mysticism, calling, identity, trust and betrayal, conflict and focus are our issues still.


Read more about  Joan while you pray over at St.Joan of Arc Novena.

Here are some books, coloring, and snack ideas to celebrate to this amazing young saint, Joan of Arc.  

Books:

Saint Joan: The Girl Soldier (Vision Books) (Affiliate)

We got this for one of girls for the Feast of the 3 Kings. I just love this series of books, they are perfect for read aloud!

Saint Joan of Arc: Quest for Peace (Affiliate)

This is one of the kids favorite books that it doesn’t have the cover any more.  They just love this book!

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This book we gave to our oldest daughter and it is about the best book written on Joan of Arc. It really blew my mind away and I found it very interesting that it was written by another New Orleans /Louisiana/Mississippi famous writer, Mark Twain!

Coloring Pages:

This print out about the virtue of obedience goes perfect with Joan of Arc and helps the kids to understand the virtue. 

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This packet below is free over at Teachers pay Teachers by Catholic Cutie which includes:
1 May Calendar
1 May Blank Calendar
1 Shield/Virtues Coloring Page
1 Domremy Childhood Home Paper Cut Out
1 Mini Saint Statue
1 Saint Joan of Arc Poster Page

May Catholic Saint Calendar Activities - Saint Joan of Arc

 Snack:

Nothing like having beignets and coffee at New Orlean’s famous Cafe Du Monde to get a sense of French style breakfast (dessert more like it).

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Pillsbury has a very simple recipe or if you more of a homemade from scratch this recipe from Taste of Home seems easy and do able!

Prayer:

ST. JOAN BY INGRES

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Saint Joan of Arc, patron of France, my patron saint, I ask you now to fight the is battle with me by prayer, just as you led your troops to victory in battle.

You, who were filled with the Holy Spirit and chosen by God, help me this day with the favor I ask

[here say your intention].

Grant me by your divine and powerful intercession, the courage and strength I need to endure this constant fight. Oh St. Joan, help me to be victorious in the tasks God presents to me.
I thank you and ask you for your continuing protection of God’s people.

Joan of Arc, Pray for us!

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Visit us at Hair Bows 4 Life and order your Joan of Arc now to get it in time for her Feast day on May 30th!

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With Love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

 

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Celebrating Fatima’s 100th with A Giveaway!(19-Prizes)

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In a few days, we will encounter Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th year Anniversary.  Our Lady of Fatima has been a dear friend of mine who has protected me from myself.  She is truly a lovely mother to all of us. She wants us to enjoy the ever lasting happiness of Heaven starting on earth by penance, prayer, and devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

“Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins. . . . They must no longer offend Our Lord, Who is already so much offended.”

We don’t need to live in monastery to live out  the calling of the Fatima’s message, no we can do it right in our very home.

“Many persons,” Sr. Lucia explained, “feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin.” Then she said Our Lord explained to her: “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.”

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Eight years ago in May, Hair Bows 4 Life was created out of inspiration from the Holy Spirit and in honor of Our Blessed Mother.  We had lots of ups and downs but we just trying to bring the awareness of the beauty of each child of God through simple sweet bows.   We try to raise awareness and support for the unborn and sanctity of human life, all lives!

In great honor of Our Lady of Fatima and her 100th year Anniversary, We are hosting a giveaway of many sweet  items . 

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Every one of these items has in one way or another given honor to Our Lady through their hand-crafts items or their business.

 Read about them , share the giveaway, and enjoy the faith of Our Lord and His beloved Mother!

These prizes below are from small business that are hand-made with care.

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1.) Hair Bows 4 Life : a light blue pin-wheel bow with a  Our Lady of Fatima medal and a one decade rosary bracelet with a small charm of Our Lady of Fatima and cross that was made in Italy . 

2.) Almond Rod Toys:  Our Lady of Fatima block  made from beautiful precision cut maple blocks. They are professionally printed on heavy-duty, high-tack, weatherproof polyester paper.

3.)  Wishing Star by Cris:  paper dolls, Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, It comes with 5 dolls to cut and dress, Our Lady of Fatima, the 3 little shepherds, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco and a small sheep to complete the scene. Each has two more clothes and accessories to cut and dress (except the sheep).They come in a “house” box that represents the house of the shepherds – the facade outside the box and the representation of the room and a bedroom inside.

4.) Flor Larios Art :  a reproduction of artist Flor’s painting of Our Lady of Fatima with Children mounted on wood with a beautiful satin antique finish.

5.)Saong Jai:  a  bright and colorful rosary little ones will love with Our Lady of Fatima. Large soft to the touch beads are paired with interesting Pater beads. A matching laminated 4×6 holy card is included. The large beads are perfect for little praying hands to keep track of and will be a special treasure for them!

6.) Hair Bows 4 Life:   a Holy Rosary gift set that includes a two-tone blue bow with a small one decade rosary, Miraculous medal prayer card and a book by Fr. Lovasik The Holy Rosary.

7.) Loreto Rosaries: a special order Our Lady of Fatima rosary made with 49 strands of stainless steel, nylon-coated flexible wire. The double-sided 1/2 inch rosary center and 1 1/2 inch crucifix are solid bronze and are hand cast from vintage antique pieces

8.) Hair Bows 4 Life:  a pink layered pin-wheel bow with a  Our Lady of Fatima medal and a one decade rosary bracelet with a small charm of Our Lady of Fatima and cross that was made in Italy . 

9.) Making Little Saints: Our Lady of Fatima peg doll hand-made.

These 10 prizes below are not hand-made to say but still sweet to have!

1.) Mediation on the Holy Rosary is a CD made by a very sweet holy Irish priest in Mississippi. Father John’s love for Mary and the souls is forever engraved in our hearts and lives forever!

2.)The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima : DVD movie that tells the story–through an admittedly Hollywood prism–of one of the most beloved Catholic legends of the 20th century. (Affiliate )

3.)Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World : In this warm retelling of the story of Our Lady of Fatima, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle unfolds vividly before the eyes of children the mysterious radiant holy Lady who suddenly appeared to three peasant farm children in Portugal.(Affiliate )

4.) Holy Heroes : a Glory Stories CD from Holy Heroes on the dramatic true story of three little children from Fatima, Portugal, and their visitors from Heaven, Our Lady of Fatima.

5.)Our Lady Of Fatima With Children Rosary Tapestry Icon Pouch Keepsake Holder 5 3/8 Inch on a reversible tapestry cloth pouch. (Affiliate )

6)The Day the Sun Danced DVD and Companion Book :   “The Day the Sun Danced”  DVD fully animated with a companion lesson book. The book includes colorful detail meaning and significance of Fatima apparitions, beautiful illustrations and actual photographs bring the story to life, and  activities will help teach the children how to pray and learn the message of Fatima. 

7.) Shining Light Dolls:  Our Lady of Fatima doll  made of high quality rotocasted vinyl. 

8) Tiny Saints : Our Lady of Fatima key chain. 

9.) Our Lady of Fatima, Marian Grotto kit: this kit also includes a short synopsis of the apparition, a history of grottos, and a list of the semi-precious gemstones used in this kit (Amethyst, Tigereye, Moss Agate and Yellow Jasper)

10.)Little Drops of  Water: Our Lady of Fatima with 3 children made from resin and hand painted packed in a personalized box.

 

I hope you check out these great items and enjoy the giveaway.

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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#WorthRevisit: Divine Mercy Sunday- Celebrating the Feast Day with A Giveaway

 

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We are coming upon one of the greatest feast day in the church. Divine Mercy is the greatest act of love in history of the world.

“..few souls know the unfathomable mercy of God and His great goodness.” St. Faustina

I am finishing up for the second time, 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy and it stills takes my breath away.

” In his loving mercy, God fills up the abyss of our wretchedness with his own divine love!”   Father Michael Gaitley

We have no clue how much we are loved. If we only trust Him in that love, we will be holy.

“After God conquers us and humbles us with His love he then saves us with love by giving us his own divine LOVE.” Father Michael Gaitley.

Here are some activities that would be just loving to do with children.

Over at CatholicIicing , there are these printable of His imagine.

She also has a great craft for making your own Divine Mercy Chaplet

There are some printout from Catholic Online for this Sunday’s feast day.

This a very sweet coloring page for the Divine Mercy from Catholic Playground.

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There are many great activities out for Divine Mercy Sunday.

In honor of this  amazing feast day and our new blog for Hair Bows 4 Life (new look, check it out), we are having a giveaway of two books and Divine Mercy Hair Bow set.

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Go to our Store and check this great First Holy Communion Gifts

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