Saturday, October 31, 2020

All Saints Guessing Jars

I know it's last minute, but I wanted to quickly share the 18 NEW All Saints Guessing Jar Labels that I came up with and made for this year! I think that puts it up to about 80 options between these and all the others that can be found in the archives over the years.  

Here is the link to all of my FREE All Saints Party Printables! 

I have way too much fun trying to connect saints with treats! During my usual grocery shopping trips during October I wander the snacks and candy isles trying to come up with new ideas.

"Are there any saints who would work for Teddy Grahams or Gummy Bears???"
.... google search.... I found three options right away... Perfect! 

St. Gall: "The most popular story about St Gall says that once he was travelling in the woods of what is now Switzerland. One evening he was sitting down warming his hands at a fire. A bear emerged from the woods and charged. The holy man rebuked the bear, so awed by his presence it stopped its attack and slunk off to the trees. There it gathered firewood before returning to share the heat of the fire with St Gall. The legend says that for the rest of his days St Gall was followed around by his companion the bear."

St. Corbinian: (The bear featured on Pope Benedict XVI's papal coat of arms, known as St. Corbinian's Bear.) "The bear figures in a legend about St. Corbinian, an 8th-century bishop of Freising, in Bavaria. The story goes that, while Corbinian travelled along a road to Rome, a bear jumped out of a wood and killed Corbinian’s pack-horse. The saintly bishop reprimanded the bear and forced him to carry his pack the rest of the way to Rome. The bear has remained a traditional symbol of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, and was featured on Joseph Ratzinger’s episcopal coat of arms as head of that archdiocese, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and finally pope."

St. Olcese: "Legend says that a bear once killed one of a pair of oxen that were pulling a cart of building materials for St. Olcese. The bear then turned to attack Olcese, but the saint blessed the bear, made the sign of the cross over it, and the animal took the place of the ox it had just killed. The bear and the remaining ox then hauled the materials to the site where Olcese used them to build a church."

Almond Joy... Yum! Any way to tie those to a saint? How about St. Philip Neri who is the Patron Saint of Joy“A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.”- St. Philip Neri

I've used the Pink & White Flower Cookies for St. Therese The Little Flower, but they also work for St. Rose, Patron of Florists! The Fleur de Sel Caramels that we've used for St. Joan of Arc also work for St. Dennis of Paris, Patron of France

Salt Water Taffy? Perfect for Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea

Sometimes I'll start with a certain saint that I would like to add and read through their symbols and the various things they are patron of and try and come up with an idea that way. One of my daughters will be getting Confirmed in a couple weeks and has chosen St. Philomena. Since she happens to be "Patron Against Sickness" I decided to fill a jar with Vitamin C Pops in her honor! 

Rocket Crackers are perfect for St. Joseph of Cupertino, Patron of Astronauts

Instead of using the animal crackers for St. Francis of Assisi or as "wild beasts" for Sts. Perpetual and Felicity, they are now St. Anthony's Domestic Animals

We've featured many options for fish in the past... This year it's St. Zeno of Verona, Protector of Fisherman!

Instead of reusing the Cat Cookies for St. Jerome or St. Gertrude of Nivelles, Patron of Cats, I made up a label featuring St. Mark the Evangelist and The Lion of St. Mark. 

Annie's Bunnies... Any Saints that are linked to bunnies? St. Melangell, Patron of Hares! I love learning about new saints through this fun little challenge to myself! ;) 

The Welsh antiquarian Thomas Pennant (1726–1798) related the story of Melangell: 

Her legend relates that she was the daughter of an Irish monarch, who had determined to marry her to a nobleman of his court. The princess had vowed celibacy. She fled from her father's dominions and took refuge in this place, where she lived fifteen years without seeing the face of a man. Brochwel Yscythrog, Prince of Powys, being one day a hare hunting, pursued his game till he came to a great thicket; when he was amazed to find a virgin of surpassing beauty, engaged in deep devotion, with the hare he had been pursuing under her robe, boldly facing the dogs, who retired to a distance howling, notwithstanding all the efforts of the sportsmen to make them seize their prey. Even when the huntsman blew his horn, it stuck to his lips. Brochwel heard her story, and gave to God and her a parcel of lands, to be a sanctuary to all that fled there. He desired her to found an abbey on the spot. She did so, and died abbess at a good old age. She was buried in the neighbouring church, called Pennant, and from, her distinguished by the addition of Melangell. Her hard bed is shown in the cleft of a neighbouring rock. Her tomb was in a little chapel, or oratory, adjoining to the church, and now used as a vestry room. This room is still called 'Cell-y-bedd' or the Cell of the Grave. Her reliques as well as her image have been long since removed; but I think the last is still to be seen in the churchyard. The legend is perpetuated by some rude wooden carving of the Saint, with numbers of hares scuttling to her for protection. She properly became their Patroness. They were called 'Oen Melangell' (St. Monacella's Lambs).

This year the Schoolbook Cookies are getting linked to St. Catherine of Alexandria, one of the patrons of Teachers and Students. 

When trying to come up with an idea for St. John the Evangelist, I thought that Candy Corn sort of resemble Eagle's Talons, so I went with that for his jar.

I also added a label for St. Apollonia (not pictured) which would be fun to include filled with ZolliPops The Clean Teeth Lollipop!

A couple of the labels are repeats, but with different items inside. This time I filled the jar for St. Drogo with Espresso Beans, and I included St. Maria, wife of St. Isidore, on the jar filled with Autumn Mix for these patrons of farmers. 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Eucharistic Procession in Honor of Christ the King

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

The Lord shall sit King forever. 
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Little Flower :: DIY St. Therese Infant Costume

If you are looking for a simple last minute DIY costume idea for All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Day, here is what I ended up making for our baby girl last year

It was so quick and easy to make using a white one piece outfit, a brown baby hat, a crocheted rose, some light green/dark green felt, and some white thread.  I simply pinned the rose onto the hat (covering up the pink flower underneath, a silk flower would work too), added some white accents to the leaves (giving the impression that I actually took the time to sew them on), and hot glued the stem and leaves to the outfit. 

It turned out so darling and was the perfect addition to her older siblings St. Louis and Zelie Martin costumes

Scroll through the archives for many years of additional costume ideas!

PSA: Order Your Advent Candles Now

Advent begins at the end of next month and it's time to order Advent Candles for your Advent Wreath!


For many years now we have been ordering the beautiful 100% Beeswax hand-poured tapers, made by the Dominican Nuns at The Cloister Shoppe, for the wreath we light each night during dinner. 

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I try to plan ahead each year and order extra candles to have blessed on Candlemas (Feb 2) to have on hand for the new liturgical year and the following Advent.

In addition to the Advent Candles, some of my favorites have included: 
  • Beeswax Candles - You can't go wrong with any of these! I replace our Advent Candles with Beeswax Candles for the Christmas season.

We usually have two Advent wreaths set up in our home for Advent.  

The taper Advent Candles are placed in an Advent Wreath on our dining room table and we light them during dinner each night. 

We also have a larger wreath on the coffee table in the living room which we light during our family rosary each evening. I still really miss the pillar candles I bought for years from the Benedictine Monks... I currently use these 3x3 candles in purple and pink.  (Scroll through all Advent Wreath posts here.) 

One year I was feeling extra ambitious and hung our Advent Wreath like the Von Trapps

My children also really enjoy creating their own candles using this 100% Beeswax Advent Candle Kit from Illuminated Ink (pictured above). It's such a fun Advent activity for children.

The dear sisters only make a limited quantity of Advent Candles. 
They tend to sell out very quickly each year so be sure to order them soon if you are interested

Note: The Cloister Shoppe is offering free shipping for orders $75 or more until December 31st with promo code*: freeship *Eligible for US residence only. Limit of 3 times per customer.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Baking Éclairs on the Feast of St. Thérèse

Last Saturday, for the traditional feast of dear St. Thérèse, I had promised my sweet "Rose" that we would learn how to bake Homemade Éclairs. We started the day with attending First Saturday Holy Mass (she was able to participate in the procession and give a flower to Our Blessed Mother), then she and I went out for coffee (for me) and French Vanilla Hot Cocoa (for her), before heading to the grocery store to pick up a couple things. The older girls were at their Maidens of St. Joan meeting but as soon as they got home they wanted to help with filling the éclairs. So fun! 

Wearing her Rose apron and favorite St. Therese Necklace...
A First Holy Communion gift from Grandpa & Grandma

They turned out so yummy! So much better than the store bought ones we've purchased over the years. We all could see why these are said to be a favorite treat of St. Thérèse!  I had to head back to the church for a meeting so she sent along a few éclairs, one for each of the priests to enjoy too! 

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary and Respect Life Month. I took these sweet pictures of our baby girl back in February, when she was six months old, but since we just celebrated the feasts of the Holy Guardian Angels and Our Lady of the Rosary, I dug them up to share with you all. ♥

Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector 
and shepherd, leading him to life. - St. Basil the Great

If we could only see the JOY of our guardian angel 
when he sees us fighting our temptations. - St. John Vianney

"God’s love does not distinguish between the infant in the mother’s womb or the child or the youth or the adult or the older person. 
In each one God sees His image and likeness. 
Human life is a manifestation of God and His glory." 
Pope Benedict XVI

Angel of God Blanket from Annunciation Designs

"The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary."  - St. Pius X

Friday, October 2, 2020

A is for Angel: The Alphabet in Sacred Art

For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. ~ Ps. 91:11-12

Happy feast of the Holy Guardian Angels! This beautiful picture book is back in stock... Order a copy before it sells out again! 

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A Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels of Her Children 

I humbly salute ye, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and for my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed society. Amen.

Holy Guardian Angels, ora pro nobis!