Friday, November 9, 2018

Prayer for the Holy Father on the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Pope and Swiss Guard Set • Vaulted Cathedral Cake

"For even now miracles are wrought in the name of Christ, whether by His sacraments or by the prayers or relics of His saints."
- St. Augustine

After attending the early morning mass at the Carmelite convent near our new home, I came back and found the box with all of our Naturally Catholic toys and dug out the Pope and Swiss Guard Set for the little ones to play with while I baked a Vaulted Cathedral Cake for today's feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran!

(While the cake was baking we had our very first snowfall in our new home so I dusted the cake with powdered sugar too! The ground is now covered with snow. The kids are all thrilled and I'm trying to decide whether or not to still try and make the long drive back to Oregon tomorrow...)

The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral of Rome, the Pope’s church, and “Mother of all churches of urbe et orbe.” On this special feast, and each and every day, let us remember to pray for our Holy Father.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


  1. What state did you all move to? It’s getting cold here in Portland but not snowing quite yet :)

    2018-11-10 14:46:15

    1. We moved to Idaho! I ended up making the drive down to Southern Oregon yesterday despite the snow and after we had been on the road an hour or so we were out of the snow and the roads were clear. However, the Portland traffic was the worst ever! I thought it wouldn't be too bad, since it was a Saturday, but we hit Portland at 4:30 pm and lost at least an hour stopped in traffic trying to get on I-5 from 84. We finally made it back at 10:30 last night after over 12 hours on the road. We were surprised at how cold it is already here too! The car showed 29 degrees when we arrived and it was a chilly 51 in the (nearly empty) house. We got the heater and a fire going so it warmed up pretty quick!

      2018-11-11 14:52:46

  2. What an amazing house! Are you up by the FSSP parish in Coeur d'Alene?

    2018-11-10 17:08:34

    1. Thank you! Yes, that is our new parish! My husband's brother is the pastor.

      2018-11-11 14:53:46

  3. I love that cake you made. It is so realistic. Blessings in your new home. Marion

    2018-11-10 19:20:13

  4. What a lovely house you have. May your new home bring happiness and blessings to all. Joan

    2018-11-10 19:21:48

  5. Jessica, that cake is beautiful. You always manage to make each day special for your family. Wishing you joy,peace and blessings in your new home. God Bless you and yours. Marilyn

    2018-11-10 19:23:41

  6. Oh my such a beautiful house! I know that you and your family have been busy making it into your home. I do remember those very very busy days of moving and getting settled. It will all come together for you. Isn't the first snowfall just so special. How fun for your children. We have snow at our house too! Safe travels to you Jessica if you did travel back home today.

    2018-11-11 03:23:04

  7. How funny to hear you talk about 84 in Oregon! I live in Connecticut and use 84 all the time!

    2018-11-12 20:25:56

  8. Congratulations on your beautiful home! And thank you for this wonderful giveaway, what an awesome gift of goodies!

    2018-11-15 14:19:50

  9. Your new home is beautiful! My sister is the Mother at the Carmelite convent down the road from you! We were blessed to be able to help them move in during Feb. of 2017. Post Falls seems like a great area with a great parish! God bless!

    2018-11-29 02:14:12


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