Sunday, November 25, 2012

On the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria

{Celebrating a nameday with a heart shaped cake, pasta wheels, and a new book!}

From My Nameday: Come for Dessert:  How fortunate are girls named after the glorious virgin-martyrs who battled to maintain their integrity and faith, and in return were divinely protected and rewarded. The virgin-martyrs sacrificed what was naturally good for the sake of God, the supreme Good. Their lives should inspire the faithful, and particularly their namesakes, to pay due homage to God. Nameday prayers on feasts of virgin-martyrs: 

Father: Come, O spouse of Christ, receive the crown which has been prepared for you forever by the Lord, for whose love you shed your blood. 

All: In your splendor and your beauty, make ready, ride in triumph, and rule.

Father: Let us pray. O God, from whose bounty all good gifts proceed and who in Your virgin-martyr N.... did both give the flower of virginity and the palm of martyrdom, at her intercession unite our souls to You by love so that we may avoid all perils and gain the rewards of eternity. Through Christ, our Lord. 

 All: Amen. Christ conquers, Christ reigns!

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Pray for Us!  


  1. Happy Nameday to your beautiful daughter! Can you please tell me what size cake pan you used to make the heart shaped cake? Thank you!

    1. It is made with the 12" Heart Shape Pan by Wilton. It's the same cake/pan that I made/used for Chiquita's last birthday, minus the strawberries. :)

  2. Ooooo! I just love seeing pictures of the older children with the little ones. So much love!

    Happy nameday Twinkle Toes!

  3. Very lovely. Can you comment how you explain virgin to your children? Do you just leave it at "not being married"?

  4. What an awesome authentic "girl power" book. Inspirational for me as well as children. The way the story is crafted, it brings those virtues to life!

  5. Hi Jessica, I'm not sure how to contact you by email, so perhaps you may read this comment....hopefully. I just wanted to ask you for a sandwich decorating tip. I am having a few mothers and children over for a St. Nicolas celebration. I have a St. Nicolas mold that I got from the St. Nicolas center. Unfortunately I don't have the time to order the St. Nick cookie papers that go with it because I'm in Colombia. Anyhow, instead of making cookies I'm planning on making St. Nick sandwiches (white bread with red jam in the center). However, I was trying to think of what food would be good to use for the Bishops hat....and also for his staff. Any thoughts? Because just using the shape of the mold I don't think it is enough to distinguish as St. Nick. I would be so grateful for any thoughts you may have!!! Katie

    1. Katie! I'm finally getting back to the comments on this post. Have you been able to come up with an idea yet? I've been having a hard time thinking of what to suggest...

      I initially thought cutting a piece of cheese for the miter would work nicely, but it doesn't really go with jam... You could use a Pretzel Rod for the staff.

      I'd love to see what you come up with!


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