Friday, August 29, 2014

Feasts & Seasons :: Our September Book Basket

At the beginning of each month I fill a basket with books featuring the the various saints whose feast days will be celebrated during the month and place it in the living room. Throughout the month I will find the children curled up on the couch reading books they have chosen from the basket, either on their own or to their younger siblings.  I also choose books from the basket for some of our afternoon family read-alouds. Our collection started very small and we have continued adding additional books over the years which we have either purchased or have been given as gifts. Some are picture books, some are chapter books, and some are collections of saint stories. This post is a work in progress and I will continue adding links as I sort through our collection.

September 1st, St. Giles (Trad.):

September 1st, St. Anna (Hist.):

September 3rd, St. Simeon the Stylite, the Younger:

September 3rd, St. Pius X (Trad.) (New – Aug.21st):

September 3rd, St. Gregory the Great (New) (Trad. – Mar. 12th)

September 5th, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

September 8th, Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (New, Trad.)

September 8th, St. Adrian (Trad.):

September 9th, St. Peter Claver (New, Trad./some places):

September 9th, St. Kieran (Hist.):

September 12th, The Most Holy Name of Mary (New, Trad.):

September 13th, St. John Chrysostom (New) (Trad. – Jan. 27th):

September 14th, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (New, Trad.):

September 14th, St. Notburga (Hist.):

September 18th, St. John Macias:

September 20th, St. Eustace & Comps. (Trad.):

September 21st, St. Matthew (New, Trad.):

September 23rd, St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) (New):

September 23rd, St. Thecla (Trad.):

September 26th, Sts. Cosmas and Damien (New) (Trad. – Sep. 27th)

September 26th, Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf & Comps (Trad.) (New – Oct. 19th):

September 27th, Sts. Cosmas and Damien (Trad.) (New – Sep. 26th):

September 27th, St. Vincent de Paul (New) (Trad. – July 19th):

September 28th, St. Wenceslaus (New, Trad.):

September 29th, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels (New); (Trad – Mar 24 & Oct 24) Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael; Michaelmas Day (Trad.):

Saint Michael, the Archangel from Saints for Boys

September 30th, St. Jerome (New, Trad.):

St. Jerome and the Lion by Rumer Godden

Other Links for September:

.: Celebrating Our Lady's Birthday with a Giveaway :. 

With the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary coming up on September 8th, I thought it'd be fun to include a giveaway with this month's Book Basket post!  The giveaway will be open through September 7, 2014 and the winner will be announced in this post (and notified by email) on September 8, 2014. The winner will receive their choice of either Saints for Girls or Saints for Boys, now that they are back in print!

Our family is also celebrating a birthday this weekend and then our new school year will begin following Labor Day. I'll be taking a little break from blogging next week to focus on getting our year off to a good start, but I do have giveaways scheduled EVERY DAY from September 1st-7th, so be sure to stop by and enter! I hope you all have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Camp Saint Joseph

"Christian perfection consists in union with God by the practice of virtue; it requires love of God and our neighbor and detachment of the heart from the things of this world." 
- My Catholic Faith, Bishop Morrow

.: July 14th - First Day :.

Setting Up Camp

"Then Solomon and all the assembly with him went to the high place which was at Gibeon, for God's tent of meeting was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness."
- 2 Chronicles 1:3

"The steps of the altar shall face east.” - Ezechiel 43:17

.: July 15th - Day Two :. 

Relay Races

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

. . . or just Balboa.

Dodge Ball - It looks easy, but it isn't.

.: July 16th - Day Three :. 

Archery and Shooting

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are in peace."
- Luke 11:21

.: July 18th - Day Five :.

Team Building and building the spirit of Fraternity

Push ups and drills before breakfast. "We sleep and dream that life is beauty; we awake and find that it is also duty." - The Man of God by Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, O.P., S.T.M.

.: July 19th - Last Day of Camp :. 

"Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace: In all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the word of God." - Ephesians 6:11-17

"Prayerful attention each morning to offer the works of the day to God will make the whole day a pleasing prayer." - The Man of God by Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, O.P., S.T.M.

Benedicamus Domino in aeternum!