Saturday, 29 April 2017

St. Catherine of Siena


St. Catherine of Siena was declared a Doctor of the Church. She died 1380. Her feastday is on the 29th of April. She is the patroness against fire, illness, of Europe, the United States, Italy, miscarriages, people ridiculed for their faith, sexual temptation, and nurses.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday

The divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. This devotion is based on saint Faustyna who received messages from Jesus about God's mercy. Pope John Paul II. announced a feast day for the Divine Mercy. Since then the Church celebrates this feast every year.
Within this devotion is an image of Jesus with beams of red and white coming from Jesus' wound. Read more about the Divine Mercy here.

Divine Mercy, Jesus, I trust in You


St. George's Day

England is celebrating St. George's Day on the 23rd of April. St. George was a Roman martyr who was killed around AD 333. He is known as the dragon slayer. In the Middle Ages a dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil.

Saint George is also Saint of a couple of other countries: England, Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Books about Saint George and the Dragon


Prayer to Saint George


Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter - The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ



Paschal greeting

"Christ is risen!"
"Truly, he is risen!"

Angelus During Easter Tide

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Getting ready for Easter - Part Two

We have been dying eggs for Easter Sunday. These eggs are going to be for eating! To get the golden-red-brown colour, we cooked them in onion skin. The eggs will be blessed by a priest during "Swieconka" - a Polish tradition that also occurs in English Churches.

Instructions for Colouring Easter Eggs with Onion Skin

Place leaves or flowers on raw egg and cover tightly with a piece of old, thin tights. Tie a knot on each end. Place the eggs in a wide pan. Add onion skin of about 5-6 onions. Cover the eggs with water. Bring to the boil and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Turn cooker off and leave in the pan for about six hours. Remove the tights and plants and dab the eggs dry with tissue paper.

Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
 Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Baskets, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Getting ready for Easter - Part One

In the last week of lent we have been doing pisanki - decorating eggs with the wax reserve technique. This art I have learned with help of the Ukrainian gift shop. Here is a brief instruction how to do pysanka. We have been decorating Easter eggs this way for over 16 years.

Easter eggs symbolise the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

We have hanged up some pysanky Easter eggs which we have created in earlier years.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Good Friday



Anthem

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him.


In England, Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eat on Good Friday. Last year we baked them ourselves, this year we bought them at Tescos. Recipe for Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Buns, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Hot Cross Buns, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Holy Thursday - The Last Supper



On this day we remember how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and celebrated Pasha (Passover) for the last time before his death on the cross. At night he was also betrayed by one of his disciples.

Today in Church there is a tradition in which the priest washes other peoples feet. The Eucharist at Church is the implementation of what Jesus said: Do this in memory of me. Until today the priest shares the consecrated bread, which has become the holy Eucharist, with the members of church.

The bread that the Jewish eat on Passover was unleavened bread. To celebrate Jesus' last supper we baked a simple, unleavened flat bread. When the bread was ready, the children played being priest and sharing the "Eucharist". A dark berry tea was the "wine".

Flat Bread, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Flat Bread, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Flat Bread, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Flat Bread, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Recipe for Flat Bread

Mix 1/2 kg flour with about 1 1/2 cups of water and a few pinches of salt. Kneed to a soft dough, add more flour or water if required. Shape round flat breads and put on greased baking tin. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 15 minuets. 

Anima Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.

Holy Eucharist, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the day when Jesus rode on a donkey into the town of Jerusalem and was greeted by many people, waving palm twigs and calling: “Hosanna to the son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest” (Mt 21:9)
Sadly, five days later on Good Friday, the crowd shouted on the contrary: "Crucify him!" 

Let's not just follow the crowd and do something because the majority does it. Let's be real and take responsibility for our own convictions and actions - even if that means getting ridiculed by others.
Crosses made out of palm tree leaves, as it is tradition in the Catholic Church, in England.
We took one home for each of our family members - also for those who did not attend mass.

Palm Sunday, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Palm Sunday, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba


Palm Sunday, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Palm Sunday, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sacred Heart Devotion

Every first Friday of the month is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sacred Heart, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

 

Salt Dough Hearts

In the last days we have made hearts (among other things) out of salt dough. See the instructions below.

 

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Salt Dough Recipe

1 cup salt
2-3 cups of flour
1 cup of water
Mix together and kneed into a smoth dough.

We used a biscuit heart shape and poked the holes with a chop-stick. We dried the salt dough figures in the oven for about two hours at 90 C.
When they were cool and completely dry, we varnished them with an all purpose varnish and let them dry over night.

We pulled a thick black string through the hole to wear round the neck or hang up on the wall.


Offering

 
Sacred Heart, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba


My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favours, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

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