|Two years ago today we lost our last baby when I miscarried on the feast of Saint Anthony. Seems like so long ago (so much has happened since then) but just yesterday at the same time... We miss you, little one. ♥|
Today we celebrated the feast of St. Anthony! "St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world." (Read more over at EWTN...)
We spent some time this afternoon celebrating his feast with an inspiring story, beautiful stained glass coloring pages, an outdoor scavenger hunt, and some fun "multitude of fish" themed snacks recalling the story of St. Anthony's sermon to the fish.
.: STORY TIME :.
Animals of God: Volume One by Susan Peek
Additional books about St. Anthony from our collection:
St. Anthony (Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children) by Bart Tesoriero
Saint Anthony of Padua (More Saints: Lives and Illuminations) by Ruth Sanderson
St. Anthony and the Christ Child by Helen Walker Homan
Our favorite audio stories about St. Anthony:
.: COLORING PAGES :.
Saint Anthony Coloring Pages from St. Anne's Helper
& Saint Anthony from Fenestrae Fidei
Dear St. Anthony, pray for me to the Little Jesus, whom thou didst hold so lovingly in thine arms. Obtain for me the grace to love Him with all my heart. Amen.
(Prayer to Saint Anthony from Jesus Make Me Worthy)
|Top: Twinkle Toes • Bud - Bottom: Rose • Chiquita|
.: ST. ANTHONY'S OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT :.
"Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony, please come around:
Something is lost and needs to be found!!"
You can find the link to my "St. Anthony's Outdoor Scavenger Hunt" in the archives.
.: CATHOLIC CUISINE :.
St. Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes Cupcakes
Remember that batch of cupcakes I made last week?
I decorated 8 more of them today for the feast of St. Anthony!
Due to one of our daughter's allergies, I've been trying to find alternatives to food coloring when possible. Over the weekend I happened to notice the Scandinavian Swimmers at Trader Joe's. I picked up a bag thinking they'd be a perfect (dye free) alternative for this year's "A Multitude of Fish Cupcakes". I used Fluffy White frosting and created little peaks on the top of each cupcake so the fish and other sea creatures could peak out of the whitewater to listen to St. Anthony's Sermon!
"A Multitude of Fish" Trail Mix
Our local store didn't have the Smores Goldfish this year so I opted for the Vanilla Cupcake and Fudge Brownie. I posted over on Instagram that I probably shouldn't have doubled the recipe, but I forgot for a moment that I have teen boys living in my home... ;) If somehow there ends up being extra we can save it for the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul later this month!
.: NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY :.
Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on June 4 and ending on June 12, the eve before the Feast of Saint Anthony June 13. Some pray a Novena to Saint Anthony on thirteen consecutive Tuesdays, according to Pope Leo XIII's instructions, or on all Tuesdays.
O White lily of purity, sublime example of poverty, true mirror of humility, resplendent star of sanctity, O glorious Saint Anthony, who didst enjoy the sweet privilege of receiving into thy arms the Infant Jesus, I beseech thee to take me under thy powerful protection. Thou in whom the power of working miracles shines forth among the other gifts of God, have pity upon me and come to my aid in this my great need.
(Mention your intentions here).
Cleanse my heart from every disorderly affection; obtain for me a true contrition for my sins and a great love of God and of my neighbor that serving God faithfully in this life, I may come to praise, enjoy and bless Him eternally with thee in Paradise. Amen.
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be. +
.: GIVEAWAY :.
Author Susan Peek has generously offered to send one of my visitors a copy of Animals of God Volume One and Animals of God Volume Two! The winner will be selected and announced in this post next Tuesday, June 21, 2016.