Monday, 19 March 2018

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Joseph's Day is on the 19th of March. Joseph is one of the greatest saints, and he is also patron of the Church, family and youth. As the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus Christ, he was very close to the Lord. Saint Joseph is known to have been a modest, humble, honest and diligent husband and father. He is a role model for all fathers!

Saint Joseph, pray for us!
 Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Let's enjoy a cake on this special day!

St. Joseph's Cake

Whisk 6 eggs
add 1 cup of soft butter or margarine,
1 cup of sugar,
1 pinch of salt,
some raisins
1 tsp of cinnamon
and 3 grated carrots.
Mix in 1,5 cups of flour with1 tbsp of baking powder
and 1 cup of ground almond or hazelnuts.

Pour batter in greased baking tin, or tin lined with baking paper.
Bake at 180 C (356 F) in bottom half of oven for about 50 min. or until dough is not sticky any more when poked with sharp knife.

Let cake cool down. Draw and cut out lily from paper. Place cut out paper on the cake and cover empty spaces with sugar powder. Remove the paper carefully.

St Joseph is often shown with a white lily - a symbol for purity.
After St Joseph's Day it's time we may continue fasting! :)


Saturday, 17 March 2018

St Patrick's Day - Movie, Colouring Sheets and Prayer

The 17th of March is St. Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick

I've found 3 colouring sheets for the young ones online (click on them for a bigger view, then save on your computer to print):

Saint Patrick Colouring Sheet

Saint Patrick Colouring Sheet

Saint Patrick Colouring Sheet

Colouring sheets, Saint Patrick

Here a film about the life of Saint Patrick:

The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate", is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text (source: St. Patrick):
I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs

These two saints were martyrs of the early Church. They died around 203 in Carthage (Roman Province of Africa), injured by wild animals and then finally executed in the amphitheatre, because they stayed faithful to the Christian belief.

Saint Perpetua was a young noble woman and mother who also wrote a record of her persecution. Saint Felicity was a young slave. She gave birth to a son, shortly before her death punishment. Her child was adopted by a Christian woman.

Their feast day is March 7th.

Here I've found a free printable colouring page with Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity.
Coloured in by two of our younger children:

Image taken from:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

St David, Bishop, Patron of Wales

St David ist the patron saint of Wales and is commemorated on the 1st of March. In Wales there are  several traditions to mark St David's Day. Watch this video about the life of St David:


Almighty God, who called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever.
Saint David, Patron of Wales
Saint David, Patron of Wales.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Fast with Pope Francis Today!

This is a reminder I received from CAFOD:

Pope Francis calls us to fast today

Today is Family Fast Day, a day when we go without and donate the money saved to help our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

This year, Catholics around the world will be joining us in our fast, as Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting.

Fast with Pope Francis Today

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Chair of St Peter, Apostle

Today's feast is The Chair of St Peter the Apostle. We think especially of our Pope, Francis I., head of the Church. In the Walk With Me prayer booklet for lent (A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2018), I found this prayer for today:
We pray for Pope Francis who stands in the shoes of shoes of St Peter the fisherman and sits in hies chair. We ask God to strenghten and console him in his love and service of God and his people.
Our Father ..., Ten Hail Marys,  Glory be ...

Monday, 19 February 2018

Lent Calendar and Booklet for Children

Our son brought this great Walk With Me Lent Calendar 2018 home as lent gift from his Catholic school. I've sticked it on a cupboard door for the whole family to see. Now I enjoy doing the daily tasks and fasting ideas myself.
The Calendar for Lent is published by Walk With Me by Alive Publishing.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

He also received this useful Day bay Day booklet to accompany him through the 40 fasting days. Published by Arch Publishing Ltd.

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