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Of Note–December 2019

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

We are continually looking for new and lesser known bloggers to feature here on Of Note. If you write a blog or know of one we should take a look at leave a link in the combox or email me at: OfNote@CatholicSistas.com


We are nearly a week into Advent 2019. Here is what we’ve found worth reading in the world of Catholic blogging.

Liturgical Living

Lacey of Catholic Icing has a cute song to help kids learn about Advent.

My Catholic Kitchen has a wonderful recipe for mulled wine in honor of Saint John’s feast day at the end of this month but as the days get colder and shorter, I’m thinking anytime is a good time for mulled wine.

Hidden Gems

Father John Hollowell is such a wonderful homilist but occasionally he also writes on his blog. This piece is a combination of a homily and notes from the homily on being a people who wait on a God who waits is a perfect reflection for Advent.

If you haven’t quite finished your Christmas shopping, Kathryn of Team Whitaker has a fantastic gift guide worth a gander.

Haley of Carrots for Michelmas also has a wonderful gift guide focusing on small family businesses and includes several coupon codes.

The Professionals

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the advent of the Novus Ordo. Father Roger Landry, of the National Catholic Register, pens a thought provoking piece on how the Novus Ordo was meant to be celebrated.

Sarah Damm of Blessed is She has some wonderful advice on waiting for Christmas to celebrate even while the world prematurely celebrates around us.

We lived in Japan for three years 20 plus years ago. While we attended Mass at the base chapel, we had the opportunity to attend Mass in a Japanese Catholic church on several occasions. Catholics make up less than 1% of the population in Japan and I found it fascinating to see how Japanese Catholics practiced their faith. Ken Foye of One Peter 5 teaches in a public university in Japan. This article explores the pros and cons of being a Catholic in Japan.

Ink Slingers

Our own Michelle Fritz writes a raw and wrenching reflection on dealing with painful memories during a season of celebration.

From the Archives

Ink Slinger Celeste Bowen wrote a simple tutorial for crafting a crown for Saint Lucy’s Day–celebrated on December 13th. If you have one or several daughters this is a great project and a fun way to observe the feast.

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About Maurisa Mayerle

Maurisa is a Catholic convert from a non-denominational Evangelical background, happily married to a “retread” cradle Catholic. Chris and Maurisa have been married since 1991 and have 7 amazing and unique children. In 2012, Chris retired from the Air Force, took a corporate pilot position, and the family moved to beautiful Utah. Her interests include creative cookery, photography, reading, singing, apologetics, homeschooling, traveling, hiking, gardening, and caring for her 8 laying hens and 1 bully rooster. Maurisa maintains a personal blog at www.halfadozenproductions.blogspot.com

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