Saturday, October 30, 2021

All Saints Guessing Jars {2021 Edition}

Pretty much last minute, as usual, but I wanted to share the 18 NEW All Saints Guessing Jar Labels that I came up with and made for this year's party at our parish! I think that puts the total count up to about 98 options between these and all the others that can be found in the archives from over the years.

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

I have so much fun trying to connect saints with treats each year! A few days ago my eleven year old daughter and I went to the store to see what we could find to use for this years jars. 

I was also so excited and relieved to finally find wide mouth jars after multiple online orders were cancelled and unsuccessfully searching many local stores! It's so much more fun for the children to actually get to keep the treats in the jar instead of getting them dumped into a ziplock to take home. 

"Are there any saints who would work for Caramel Apples???"
.... google search.... St. Dorothy is the patron of gardeners and depicted with apples... Perfect! 

"According to her apochryphal tradition, she was a resident of Caesarea, Cappadocia, who when she refused to sacrifice to the gods during Emperor Diocletian's persecution of the Christians, was tortured by the governor and ordered executed. On the way to the place of execution, she met a young lawyer, Theophilus, who mockingly asked her to send him fruits from "the garden" she had joyously announced she would soon be in. When she knelt for her execution, she prayed, and an angel with a basket of three roses and three apples, which she sent to Theophilus, telling him she would meet him in the garden. Theophilus was converted to Christianity and later was martyred." - Source

St. Dorothy, Patron of Gardeners: Brach's Caramel Apples

St. Blaise, Patron of Wild Animals: Animal Crackers

St. Amelia, Queen of Hungary, Patron of Farmers: Brach's Pumpkins

"How about frogs... Any way to tie frogs to a saint?" 
We ended up finding this:

"Saint Ulphia of Amiens is a Christian saint, venerated particularly at Amiens. She was said to be a young girl living on the banks of the Noye in the who became a hermit at what would become Saint-Acheul, near Amiens in the Kingdom of the Franks, under the spiritual direction of Saint Domitius (Domice). At the end of her life, she formed and directed a community of religious women at Amiens.

Legend states that Ulphe placed the frogs in the area around her hermitage (which was built in a swampy area) under interdict as a result of their loud croaking, which kept her awake at nights. Thus, in her iconography, she is depicted as a young nun seated in prayer on a rock with a frog in the pool near her.

A 19th century hagiographer noted that the frogs in the area around the oratory of Saint Ulphe were, indeed, very quiet. However, if these frogs were taken elsewhere, they became boisterous once again."

St. Ulphia of Amiens: Gummi Frogs (I threw in some Mini Frogs too to complicate things!) 

St. Anslem... who Protected a Hare: Annie's Bunny Grahams 

St. Abigail, Patron of Bees & Beekeepers:  Bit-O-Honey's

York Peppermint Patties work perfectly for St. Margaret Clitherow, the "Pearl of York, as well as for St. William of York!

St. Margaret Clitherow, the "Pearl of York: York Peppermint Patties

St. William of York: York Peppermint Patties

St. Ignatius of Loyola... who was struck by a cannonball:  Cannonballs (aka Whoppers
"Five hundred years ago, Iñigo López de Loyola (Ignatius of Loyola) was struck by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona. What might have been an inconvenient and painful injury changed that soldier’s life and, ultimately, shaped our lives as well." - Source

My children LOVE KitKats and Reese's... so I picked St. Katharine and St. Thérèse whose names could be nicknamed KitKat and Reese! ;) 

St. Katharine Drexel: KitKat Minitures

St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Doctors of the Church: Smarties

Aren't these Kodiak Bear Bites great! I included three saints with their bear stories last year, but two more to add this year.

St. Francis of Paola, Blessing the Fish: Goldfish Cookies or Crackers

St. Seraphim of Sarov: Kodiak Bear Bites

St. Maximinus of Trier: Teddy Grahams

This year the Alphabet Cookies are getting linked to St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers & journalists. If the kids look closely while counting they will see "PRAY" spelled out around the bottom and top of the jar. ;) 

Another random fact I learned this year:  In the Maltese language, the Milky Way galaxy is called It-Triq ta' Sant'Anna, literally "The Way of St. Anne".

St. Anne: MilkyWay Minis

St. Luigi Scrosoppi, Patron of Footballers: Sport Balls *How many soccer balls are in the jar? ;) 

St. Francis de Sales, Patron of Writers & Journalists: Alphabet Cookies 

Once again I also made additional guess pages to go along with each of the jars. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

PSA: Order Your Advent Candles Now

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

(Note: all links are affiliate links.) 

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.


Speaking of Advent Wreaths...Advent Wreath Socks from Socks Religious are a lot of fun too!  
I really enjoyed mine last year and can't wait to pull them out again next month. :) 

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

Now till December 1, 2021:
$5 off $80 or more with promo-code: Christmas2021

For more Advent Planning:  The Advent Season In Our Catholic Home

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

St. Joan of Arc's Annual All Saints Party

Note: Dates above from last year's party! 

Some of our children's favorite childhood memories are the All Hallows' Eve Parties we had at our old parish (up through 2010) and hosted at our old home (from 2011-2017). Since moving to Idaho in October 2018, we've been attending and helping with our parish's annual party. We'll be having our 3rd Annual All Saints Party at the new parish location this Sunday night and my children are all so excited!

I never did get around to sharing the pictures from last year's party so I went through them last night to choose some to share. My camera's battery died towards the end of the evening, and then my cell phone, but I did manage to get some more photos towards the end after a friend loaned me his portable charger. This year I'll make sure to charge those batteries before we leave home! ;)  

Last year Fr. Rapoport took over coordinating the party! (Thank you, Father!!! It's hard enough for some of us moms of large families just to get our children in costumes and to the party!) Father decided to incorporate some Octoberfest themes as well as a Silent Auction to fundraise for our Church Building Fund and it was a huge success.  The Young Adults group baked pretzels, served food/drinks, sold apple cider, and took care of the set-up and tear-down.  The Youth Group teens were in charge of running all the games once they arrived with their families. It worked out really well asking each family to donate a package of brats or hotdogs, candy, and drinks to help with the food and the parish is doing the same this year.

Schedule for the Evening: 

  • 5:00 pm Meal Prayer/Food/Games
  • 6:30pm Litany/Hymns/All Saints Costume Contest
  • 7:00pm Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • 7:30pm All Saints Guessing Jars Contest Announcements
  • 8:00pm Silent Auction Winner Announcements/Bonfire
  • 9:00pm Cleanup

.: Saint Costumes :. 

St. Helena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Anges + Lamb, St. Rose of Lima, St, Michael the Archangel



.: Outdoor Games :.



.: Dinner :.

.: Beirgarten :. 

.: Litany of the Saints & Hymns :.

.: Indoor Games :.

Click the link above for my FREE Printables! 


.: Silent Auction :. 


I didn't get pictures of all the silent auction items... SO many great things! 
 The "Dinner with the Priests" ended up going for $1,000! 

.: Saint Costume Contest :. 

Our St. Agnes ended up winning the costume contest for girls 16 and up (it helped to have a live baby "lamb") and our St. Teresa of Avila took the prize for girls ages 11-15!  

Thankfully Fr. R was judging the older age categories. Some of our younger children were at a disadvantage with their uncle/our pastor choosing for those age groups. ;)  Poor Father had many of the younger children jumping up and down saying, "Pick me, pick me!" He finally told them, "I have to pray on this! I have to pray on this!" 

There were SO many amazing costumes at the party! 

.: Saint-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carvings Contest :.

The three parish priests choose the three winners from all the anonymously carved pumpkins. It's been so long that I can't remember who won... I'm pretty sure St. Joseph and and the Marian carvings took the wins this year, but I could be wrong.

.: All Hallows' Eve Bonfire :. 

“You cannot be half a saint; 
you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” 
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux

All Saints in Heaven, Ora Pro Nobis!