"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Saturday, May 19, 2012

~ Communions... ~

Speaking of First Holy Communion Anniversaries...Little Lamb celebrates her 1 yr. Anniversary .   And, our parish will be celebrating the new Communicants, 2012, this Sunday...
Today we held the Rehearsal & Confessions for the children in my First Communion Class…

Before Confessions Father led them in prayer in front of the Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine – where, traditionally, pictures of the First Communicants are placed, at her feet, for her intercession:
To Jesus; Through Mary!
Consecration to Our Blessed Mother -

O my Queen, O my Mother,

I give myself to you.

And to show you that I love you,

I offer to you this day

My eyes,  my ears,  my mouth,  my heart.

Therefore, dear Mother,

Since I am your own,

Keep me and guard me.

Help me to love your Son, Jesus, more each day.

I ask her to prepare my heart to receive her Son Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time…

Conductor made these pure white Holy Communion lollipops

10 Boys, 2 girls...or twelve little faithful disciples...

This year I have 12 little dear children in my class.  They have such pure souls; so anxious to receive Him with such FAITH. 
May God bless them all the days of their lives.
I made, or rather, Conductor made these wonderful white chocolate Holy Communion lollipops for them. 

They will also receive a basil (also known as Holy Communion Plant) grow kit…accompanied by an explanation of the aromatic herb and a Blessing prayer.

Ocimum basilicum...has long been associated with the Holy Cross...
Yet another blessed day!

Monday, May 14, 2012

~ Anniversaries ~

Today we are celebrating several Anniversaries...

The 37 year anniversary of our Pastor's Priestly Ordination.  We celebrated by attending the Holy Mass this morning, which he celebrated.

The 1 year Priestly Ordination

And Conductor's 7 year First Holy Communion Anniversary...
Conductor serving at the Holy Mass for our Pastor's 37 year Priestly Ordination Anniversary

First Communion Candle with Guardian Angel holder

Communion Prayer:
"My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul.  I believe it because You have said it, and I am ready to give my life to maintain this truth."

A very blessed day.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

~ Back-Blogged ~

I've had several things to share here...just never the time.  So, now I'm back-blogged.  You heard it here first...LOL. 

OK.  Where to start...?  How about St. Joseph the Worker Feast Day - May 2nd.  Our family has a very special devotion to St. Joseph.  He has been instrumental in our lives...
So, here I share our day:

San Giuseppe Altar

A bottle of Chianti, some sparkling cider...

"According to legend, during the Middle Ages a terrible drought and famine plagued the people of Sicily. It virtually destroyed most of their crops and many people in the western part of Sicily died of starvation. The people began praying to St. Joseph and begged for his intercession to their plight. In return they promised to celebrate his feast day by having special altars abundant in food that would be shared with all people rich and poor as their thanksgiving to him. Traditionally this custom is celebrated on March 19th - the Feast of St. Joseph." 

Little Lamb made bread in the shape of St. Joseph symbols.  Can you guess what they are? :o)

Did I mention I was back-blogged? 
Here are some pics from our Spring Garden (or blog II)...
We've been having some incredible salads lately!

Butterfly holding future dinner salad...
 Good Stuff!

More Italiano...Here are some highlights from our Altar Boy Fundraiser Dinner (aka Blog III) ...
Our Pastor is taking our boys to, where else?, Roma!!

Our Boys are the Best!!!
Here are a  couple of our servers helping to prepare the feast...what a fabulous meal it was...
Great Food.  Great Time.  Great Cause.  
More on this later...

 Our friend makes his
Solemn Profession (Blog IV)

"Veni, Creator Spiritus,
Mentes tuorum visita,
Imple superna gratia
Quae tu creasti pectorra..."

* Blog Break *