Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Polish festival!

 Sunday April 14th I went to a "Spring Polish festival" at Immaculate Heart of Mary church/school in Monona Wisconsin. I had such a blast!!!!
I can't say as I feel like I am very in touch with my polish heritage but this event made me inspired to try to be more in touch with my polish heritage.

{great fun!}

{I got this for my recently engaged sister}
{I got this for my brother}
{roll out the barrel....we'll have a barrel of fun...}
{it was at a Catholic church/school and I thought this image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was especially beautiful}

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Passion Sunday & Passion Week (Lent week 5):: 4/7/19, 4/8/19, 4/9/19, 4/10/19, 4/11/19, 4/12/19, 4/13/19

Plans:
-Daily Low Mass (but, probably not on Monday); Sunday Mass (2x)

-Daily Lenten Reading: Lives of the Saints, A Character Calendar; Lent for Children, A Time of Renewal (essentially a continuation of what I have already been reading); with the church volume 1 chapters (a few for this week)

-Librivox: Jesus of Nazareth by Mother Mary Loyola (try to finish)

-Daily Rosary (2-3x), Daily Stations of the Cross (by myself, 2x with others)

-Daily Writing/Keeping

-Daily Calendar Work; Father Oak Peg Doll

-Read: The Carrying of the Cross or Start Reading: The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

-Sunday Keeping: Sunday Morning Story land



4/7/19
-Mass (the statues and such were not covered up :(. ); Purple
-Read from/Sunday Keeping: Sunday Morning Storyland, Lent for Children, a time of renewal (maybe I won't actually get rid of this one after lent...), with the church volume 1 (a great Sunday keeping time with lots of notes!)

4/8/19
-Low Mass (YAY!)
-Read from: a time of renewal, lent for children

4/9/19
-Mass
-Read from: Lent for children, a time of renewal, & a character calendar
-found some old Stations of the cross booklets to possibly use

4/10/19
-Read from: Lent for children, a time of renewal

4/11/19
-Low Mass
-read from: lent for children, a time of renewal, a character calendar, st gemma quote, & butler's lives of the saints

4/12/19
-read from: lent for children, a time of renewal, with the church volume 1 (friday of the passion week), Butler's lives of the saints, a character calendar
-gathered books & such to make plans for Holy week

4/13/19
-Calendar work
-Read from: a time of renewal, Lent for children, around the year with the von trapp family, the catholic all year compendium
-Palm Sunday vigil Mass
-Palm Sunday copy work from Catholic All April booklet
-Holy Week Prep: wrote out more plans, gathered books & such into 1 book bin, read around the year with the von trapp family & the catholic all year compendium
-listened to Jesus of Nazareth on Librivox

This was a packed week for me, so I am glad I was able to do such a great Sunday keeping session on Sunday. kind of sets the tone for the rest of the week. It's hard to believe that Lent is nearly over, and we are now welcoming holy week.

Making plans for Holy Week

{progress made+need to finish listening to this book!}

{Good Friday Poetry--one of my favorites that I discovered in High school!}


{prep for making plans--Lent for Children, A time of renewal, with the church, Sunday Morning storyland, Catholic All stations of the cross, the carrying of the cross book+around the year with the von trapp family, the year and our children, the Easter book, the catholic all year compendium, catholic all April, my missal}
{pulling out books for my friend and I--a character calendar, butler's lives of the saints, my way of the cross that I made (red folder), my planet wise bag with my veil, booklets, rosary and prayerbooks for mass and such}


{making plans}





Also....
-Tenembrae, Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Service, the seminarians coming home (my brother gets to serve with the seminarians this year!), (hopefully!) confession,
-Father Oak
-LOTS of writing/notes!
-(maybe) reading from the Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (or I might save this for when we go to myrtle beach, as I want some new books for our trip and I haven't started this one yet)

New Pigs!

{so cute!}

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Lent week 4:: 3/31/19, 4/1/19, 4/2/19, 4/3/19, 4/4/19,4/5/19, 4/6/19

3/31/19 Laetare Sunday
-Sung Mass (?) at St Marys Pine Bluff; Pink/Rose colored vestments (got to put out the pink father oak!!)
-Read from: a time of renewal, lent for children

4/1/19
-read from: Lent for Children (lovely as always!), a time of renewal (I am contemplating getting rid of this book after this lent)
-listened to Jesus of Nazareth on Librivox (several chapters!)

4/2/19
-Low Mass
-Read from Lent for Children, a time of renewal

4/3/19
-Read from: Lent for Children, A Time of Renewal, A Character Calendar
-I seem to be having a hard time with the waking up early for mass thing this week....

4/4/19 St Isidore of Seville
-I seem to really be struggling with the whole wake up thing this week....
-Calendar work
-Read from: A time of renewal, lent for children, a character calendar & Butler's lives of the saints (for the first time!)

4/5/19
-Read from: A Time of Renewal, Lent for Children

4/6/19
-Read from: Lent for children, a time of renewal
-Mass (so great to see the images and statues and crucifixes veiled!)
-Made plans for passion Sunday & Passion week

This week has felt a bit...stagnant or something. And I'm not sure why I couldn't get my act together to make it to Low Mass more than I did. We're coming down the home stretch of lent, and I need to make some plans for Passion Week and Holy Week.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Lent week 3:: 3/24/19, 3/26/19, 3/27/19, 3/28/19, 3/29/19, 3/30/19

3/24/19 3rd Sunday of Lent, St Gabriel
-High Mass (!!) FINALLY! I haven't been to a high mass in like, forever!
-Read from: Lent for children, a time of renewal, Sunday Morning Storyland, Catholic All Year Compendium + Catholic All March booklet (St Catherine of Sweden)
-Made plans for the feast of the Annunciation
-Father Oak: purple
-Read about St Gabriel from A Character Calendar & Lives of the Saints

3/25/19 The Annunciation-see separate post

3/26/19
-Low Mass
-New books came in the Mail:
More catholic All Year Booklets!!!! (and the April booklet is THICK!) I haven't had much of a chance yet to even look inside of these, but am very excited to have them!!
-read from: Lent for Children, A Time of renewal

3/27/19
-Low Mass
-Read from a character calendar (I've missed this book!!)
-Investigated New "Catholic All Year Books" (can't wait for April to begin!!)

3/28/19
-Read from: Lent for Children, A time of renewal, A character calendar (what a treat!)
-Listened to Jesus of Nazareth on Librivox
-New Books: Good Saint Anne (booklet) Butler's Lives of the Saints & Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (all from Tan books--- I bought these when it was the St Benedict's Day Sale--they are all so beautiful, I am excited to have them in my collection & can't wait to read them! So grateful  for the St Benedict's Day sale!!)
3/29/19
-Low Mass; purple; Feria mass for Friday of the third week of lent
-Read from: Lent for Children, a time of renewal
-thought up edits for my way of the cross document

3/30/19
-Read from: Lent for Children, a time of renewal, Sunday Morning Story Land, Catholic All March booklet, With the church volume 1
-Mass
-I got a new shelf!!!!! I have a bit of organizing to do on it, but it is might nice having (nearly) all my books in one place--and pretty accessible.
-made edits on my way of the cross document

Update:
I have pretty much ditched the "40 steps to Easter" booklet from Dumb Ox pub--and I don't have a great reason why... I was reading with my friend nearly every day, but, I didn't pre-read (ever!) when I should have and awkwardly read things out loud to her (like I read "thank you for the gift of being able to walk" (which was in the book) when she hasn't been able to walk in almost 20 years...so that was...awkward), so I kind of stopped bringing the book to her house. and sure, I could read it to myself, but the daily sections are so short that it feels like some thing I *should/could* read with her, so mentally It feels like I *can't/shouldn't* read it with myself...its complicated. but I've basically ditched it and I don't think/plan on going back to it (even though I could...)
I have been saying the stations of the cross by myself nearly every day, and this was a goal of mine. I use either my document or the Catholic All Year ones. I've said it with my friend not as often as I had envisioned us, but we have a  handful of times. I have also found that I don't have enough breath (or something) to say a rosary and the stations in one day with her, so I usually choose the rosary because it's *generally* a smoother experience.
My Lenten readings have gone...mostly well. There's no zeal or anything or but the habit is there. I'm looking forward to starting a new book or two soon.
I have been going to low mass pretty much every day it was offered this lent (I overslept at least a few mornings...)
So, I guess, you could say that lent has been pretty fruitful this year.



Thursday, March 28, 2019

March reads

One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler
Bible History by Ignatius Schuster (in progress from a previous month)
Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry
Good Saint Anne (booklet)
+ Mass Facing the People by the same author