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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Catholic Stationery

My three oldest daughters have been writing to penpals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the Pacific Northwest. Two of my sons are wanting to write to their friends who moved to Monterrey last month. Recently, my daughters have been asking me for stationery and one of my girls even said that she wanted stationery for her birthday. With this in mind, I decided to make my own. 

Below is a sample of one of the sheets of stationery and links to others. I have decided to use Scribd because I think that Google Drive might be reducing the quality of my documents which impacts the picture quality.  I intend to make some unlined Catholic stationery when I have a little more time. Writing letters is a great way for children to practice their writing skills without them even realizing it. I hope that these prove to be useful to other families too.


Ad te clamamus exules filii Hevae


Christ the King

Girl receiving First Holy Communion

Boy receiving First Holy Communion

Guardian Angel

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Let the Children Come to Me

Mary Our Queen

Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Our Lady of Grace

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of the Rosary

Sacred Heart

St. Joseph

If you don't have a Scribd account and don't want to get one, but you would like the stationery, please let me know and I will be happy to email it to you.

Update: I changed the margins to 1" on all of the stationery. (5/30/13)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What We've Been Reading - April

Oops, I just noticed this in my drafts folder. I forgot to share it at the beginning of the month. I wasn't good about recording everyone's reading in April. We have been busy.

Preschool - Second Grade Read Alouds

Mossy by Jan Brett

Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends by Yumi Heo

Petook: An Easter Story by Caryll Houselander
This is one of our favorite Easter picture books. The story can also be found in More Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward
The Easter bunny doesn't visit our house, but we still enjoy this clever story.

An Egg is for Wishing by Helen Kay
This is a sweet book.

Catholic Children's Treasure Box Books by Maryknoll Sisters

Bible Stories for Little Children under the approbation of Cardinal McCloskey

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor

and more...

Second Grade

The Missing Tooth by Joanna Cole

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Sixth Grade

Ethelred Preston by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
This book and a couple of other titles by Fr. Finn are currently on sale for $3 at Tan Books via the above link.

The New Way Things Work by David MacAuley

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Eighth Grade

That Girl of Pierre'sby Robert Davis

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Jules Verne was my maternal grandfather's godfather.

Tenth Grade

Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Jules Verne was my maternal grandfather's godfather. My mother used to say that we were related to him. I do not know whether this was through blood or marriage.

The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor Constantine by Louis de Wohl

Read Aloud

Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book by Enid Blyton

Sixty Saints for Boys by Joan Windham


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Rob Inglis

Friday, May 24, 2013

Saints for June Calendar

Download pdf of June's Saints 

This month's pieces were made using the calendar published by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as a guide. If I have made any errors, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pasch of Roses

Yesterday morning, as we left for Mass, one of my older daughters commented, "Oh look, the red roses bloomed just in time for Pentecost!" This morning I read the following, "This feast has been called the Pasch of Roses, because red roses are thought to be emblems of the the tongues of fire that descended upon Mary and the apostles." I cannot help but marvel at how the beauty of nature coincides with the Liturgical year. God is so good!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body.

"The Angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's Creative miracle to bring new Saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation."

"What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?"

~ Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty ~

Monday, May 06, 2013

Invocation to Our Blessed Mother

O Mary who didst come into this world free from stain obtain of God for me that I may leave it without sin.

His Holiness Pope Pius IX by a rescript from the of the Secretary of Briefs March 27 1863 granted to the faithful who with at least contrite heart and devotion shall say this ejaculation an indulgence of one hundred days, once a day.

edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance

Friday, May 03, 2013

Prayer of St. Alphonsus Ligouri to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I worship thee, great Queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady, and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly forever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least get me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God. I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in Heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.

His Holiness Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, Sept. 7, 1854, and renewed by the Sacred Penitentiary Apostolic, May 18, 1934, granted to all the faithful every time that they shall say this prayer before an image of the Blessed Virgin: An indulgence of three years.

Catholic Girl's Guide by edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Devotions for the Month of May

The return of May, when nature, awakened from her winter sleep, is clad in all her vernal beauty, reminds us that all should be fair and bright within us also, that our hearts ought to be adorned with fair virtues, so as to be pleasing to Jesus and Mary. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, frequent meditation on her life and contemplation of her example, earnest endeavor to imitate her virtues - these are all excellent means of sanctifying the soul and of advancing in the love of God. And since the May devotions are intended to attain this laudable end, since they are commended to us by holy Church and enriched with indulgences, it especially behooves us, who are the adopted children of Mary and her devoted clients, to perform these exercises with a willing heart and in the spirit of piety. The following suggestions will serve as your guide.

1. If possible, receive the sacraments at the beginning of the month of May, in order that the meditations and devotions may bear more abundant fruit in your soul.
2. The chapters in the fore part and at the end of this book will furnish you with suitable matter for meditation and spiritual reading; to this you may add the Litany ofand other prayers to the Blessed Virgin.
3. As your principal object propose to yourself to combat and thoroughly master some fault or bad habit, and to acquire the opposite virtue.
4. Every morning offer up your actions to Jesus and Mary, and endeavor earnestly to model your whole conduct by the example of the Blessed Virgin.
5. If you can manage to hear Mass daily, see that you do so; and if the May devotions are not held in public, perform them by yourself, either in church before the shrine of Our Lady, or at home before your own little altar of the Blessed Virgin.
6. Recite the Rosary frequently.
7. Finally, do your utmost to promote devotion to our blessed Lady among those with whom you come into contact.

Catholic Girl's Guide by edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance 

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