"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Elizabeth Marie's Baptism

On Saturday, October 25, 2008, Elizabeth was baptized by Father Gerard Saguto, FSSP at Holy Family in West Seattle. She was the first baby to be baptized in the newly formed parish of the North American Martyrs. The baptism was filled with the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith. It reminded me in many ways of Catherine's Dominican rite baptism several years earlier. We are truly blessed to have the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in the Archdiocese of Seattle. May God bless Fr. Saguto and our little Elizabeth.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Presenting Elizabeth Marie

October 19, 2008

Weight: 8 lbs 10.6 oz
Length: 20 inches

Thank you to Our Blessed Mother Mary and St. Elizabeth for bringing me so much comfort and peace. Thank you, dear God, for blessing us with Elizabeth Marie.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Vote NO on I-1000

Washington state does not want physician-assisted suicide.

My children and I have been going door-to-door distributing vote NO on I-1000 literature. The few people to whom we have directly given the information have been very thankful to receive it. If you live in Washington state, please vote NO on I-1000. For more information about this dangerously deceptive and deadly initiative, please visit If you would like to help defeat I-1000, please make a donation to the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide, Finally and most importantly, please pray that I-1000 does not pass.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10 Days

10 days to pray for a fast, easy, and safe delivery.
10 days to pray to St. Gerard and St. Anne.
10 more days to say the Memorare each time baby moves.
10 more days to pray, "St. John Bosco, pray for us!"
10 days for me to pack my bags.
10 days for me to get the car seat ready.
10 days for me to catch up on laundry and ironing.
10 days for me to decide on a girl's name (my husband already has a boy's name picked out).
10 days of hearing the children counting down the days.
10 days until my due date.

And if this baby is late, then I will have even more days to do the above.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Paddington Bear's 50th Anniversary

I first met Paddington Bear when I was 7. Today, I enjoy reading the books to my children and they like listening to them. Somehow, I never knew that there were Paddington Bear cartoons.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Perpetual Novena to the North American Martyrs

The Perpetual Novena to the North American Martyrs is different from the novena that I posted previously. We will start praying the Perpetual Novena to the North American Martyrs on Sunday. Please join us in doing so.

Perpetual Novena to the
North American Martyrs

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us, Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
Our Lady, Queen of martyrs,
Pray for us.
St. Isaac Jogues,
Pray for us.
St. John de Brebeuf,
Pray for us.
St. Gabriel Lalemant,
Pray for us.
St. Charles Garnier,
Pray for us.
St. Anthony Daniel,
Pray for us.
St. Noel Chabenel,
Pray for us.
St. Rene Goupil,
Pray for us.
St. John Lalande,
Pray for us.

Let us pray. O God, Who by the preaching and blood of Thy sainted martyrs, Isaac and John and their companions, didst consecrate the first fruits of the Faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession, the flourishing harvest of Christians may everywhere be increased. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in union with the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O God, who didst inflame the hearts of Thy sainted martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant us, we beseech Thee, what we now implore: (Here privately form your petitions.) so that the favors obtained through their intercession may make manifest before men and power and glory of Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

North American Martyrs Parish's First Mass

The Seattle Times has an article about and photos from the North American Martyrs Parish's first Mass. During his sermon, Fr. Saguto requested that we pray the Novena to the North American Martyrs that an appropriate church be found soon. Please join my family in praying the Novena.


Holy Martyrs and patrons, protect this land which you have blessed by the shedding of your blood. Renew in these days our Catholic faith which you helped to establish in this new land. Bring all our fellow citizens to a knowledge and love of the truth. Make us zealous in the profession of our faith so that we may continue and perfect the work which you have begun with so much labour and suffering. Pray for our homes, our schools, our missions, for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, the return of those who have wandered from the fold, and the perseverance of all the faithful. And foster a deeper and increasing unity among all Christians. Amen.

O God, who by the preaching and the blood of your blessed Martyrs, John and Isaac and their companions, consecrated the first fruits of the faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession the flourishing harvest of Christians may be everywhere and always increased. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Mention petition)
O God, who inflamed the hearts of your blessed Martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant me, I beseech you, my petitions and all the requests recommended here today, so that the favours obtained through their intercession may make manifest before men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

St. John de Brébeuf, pray for us.
St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.
St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
St. Charles Garnier, pray for us.
St. Noël Chabanel, pray for us.
St. René Goupil, pray for us.
St. John de la Lande, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Fraternity of St. Peter is now in the Archdiocese of Seattle

Please visit Una Voce of Western Washington to learn more, Father Saguto, FSSP will celebrate Mass this Sunday at 9:30. His new parish will be named "the North American Martyrs". Please pray that the final location of this parish is within 20 minutes of our house if it be God's will.
May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Therese bless Father Saguto!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Congratulations to 4US!

4US exceeded their fundraising and registration goals again this year. Participants had a great time, despite the pouring rain.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation to 4US!

Thank you to the following organizations that helped make this event possible:

First Command Financial Services
Pinnacle Business Finance
Connelly Law Offices

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Puyallup Fair

In the beginning of September, we went to the Puyallup fair with some members of our homeschool group.
Theresa really wants a horse.

Brendan sawed through the log like it was butter.

Patrick took a little longer.

Finnian liked the chicks.

They all liked the pigs.

August Home School Picnic

The host and hostess of the picnic were nice enough to put the video together and share it. The children had a wonderful time and hope to go again next year. Brendan spent most of his time kayaking. Next time, I will have to stress that other children might want to do so, too.

The Only Way to Work on Math

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Please pray for my friend Karen

Her daughter emailed my eldest the following:

Mom just had a miscarriage and had to go to the hospital in Bremerton and in Silverdale and had to get 3 units of blood. It started on Sunday and ended on Tuesday. Everything is fine but Mom will have to rest for 6 weeks. The baby's name is Helena Marie. ( I thought that it should be a girl this time because the last 2 were boys.) It's quite funny because on Wednesday (that was when the bleeding started) Mom said to God, "Bring it on", she really got it.

Please keep Karen and her family in your prayers. May Mary wrap her mantle around all of them.
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