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Journey Through The Desert: Lent 2021 Photo Journey

Lent 2021 begins tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow.

Shortly after Ash Wednesday last year, many Catholic churches were closed for a long time due to C*vid. Some are still closed. For many of us, Ash Wednesday and Lent a year ago mark the beginning of a time in spiritual desert; unable to receive the Eucharist for so long. For many of us it’s allowed us to grown in our faith; spurring us on to make greater efforts in our relationship with God. Lent 2020 was hard. Some of us feel like we’ve been living in Lent since March 2020 and haven’t left that  desert. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of where you’re faith is right now, Ash Wednesday 2021 marks a way to re-focus ourselves on Christ. 

Our 2021 Lent “Journey Through the Desert” Catholic Sistas Photo Journey helps us to do that. The words on our Photo Journey prompt remind us to look around our lives and be a little more aware of God’s presence. To reflect on those things present but also those things in the past. The Catholic Sistas Photo Journeys are set up to allow us to reflect on where we see Christ and where we’re lacking Christ and need growth.

 

Join Us

So if you need something to help you re-focus you a little bit more on Christ, or you just enjoy reflecting on your faith visually, consider joining Adrienne, Allison, Anna, Celeste, Laura, Mandi, Rosemary, and me (Rita).

Be sure to use #CSLENTIPJ (Catholic Sistas LENT Instagram Photo Journey)  so we can find your photos and share some of them in our stories!

And just a little side note, say a little prayer for us Texan Catholic Sistas (and many others in the South). We’re struggling right now with unprecedented weather that our state, city, and homes were not built to handle. 1/3 of my city (Austin Texas) has been without power since early Monday morning (parts of the power grid are frozen). So between unprecedented, record- breaking weather and C*vid still things affecting many thing, we’re entering Lent a little differently this year.

How the Lent 2021 Photo Journey works

• Each day has one word associated with it. Most of these words are from the readings for the day, some are about the saint of the day, and some are just related to the season of Lent. Snap a photo or find an old photo related to that word. The photo does not have to be faith-themed, as the goal of our photo challenges is for us to see God in our everyday lives and reflect on Him.

• Use the hashtag #CSLentIPJ and any other appropriate hashtags (#gray, #adore, #suffer, etc) when you post your Photo Challenge photos. This allows us all to search Instagram and other social media platforms for other participants. You can even follow the hashtag on Instagram so you’ll see all the photos posted from everyone participating. We will be sharing participant photos throughout the Photo Challenge, and the way we find them is through the #CSLentIPJ hashtag.

• While our main platforms for the Lent 2021 Photo Journey are Instagram, and Facebook, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST and FACEBOOK. And if you’re blogging about your Lenten Photo Challenge, link back to us or comment below with a link to your post.

• When you use the hashtag #CSLentIPJ on Instagram, it will enable us to find you on Instagram and possibly feature you in our stories!

• Click the graphic below to download the CSLentIPJ graphic for quick reference. Note that the dates of the weekends are a different color to help visually break up the days.

• Lastly, consider joining us on Facebook in our group CATHOLIC SISTAS – THE COFFEE HOUSE. Here we can share pictures of the challenge and we get to know each other in a private setting. Please request to be added and answer the group questions, and you will be approved as soon a moderator is able to add you.

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2020 Advent Photo Challenge


This year as been a weird year. I find myself repeating the phrase, “The days are long but the months are short,” in reference to things happening in my life. And being aware of where we are liturgically in the Catholic Church is no exception. How can we be so close to Advent already!? It begins on Sunday!

With so much of our normal disrupted or different, and despite doing weekly pre-Mass prep of reflecting on the readings mid-week (which have been about the end times as the liturgical year comes to a close), my mind is still somewhat stuck in June and late Easter Season / early Ordinary time. So the shift into thinking and preparing myself for Advent is hard.

To help with that mind shift, I will be participating in several Advent traditions I have every year, and try a new thing or two so I can immerse myself a little more into the Advent season.

For me, integrating some new Advent efforts (such as sidewalk chalk art catechesis being one of them, which I have been doing periodically with saints and Sundays), and mixing in the normal-for-me traditions of Christmas movie watching, decorating our home for Christmas, daily Advent reading reflections, and the Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge, I feel like I can at least somewhat move into the Season of Advent; of waiting and anticipating for the joy of Christ’s birth.

The Catholic Sistas Photo Challenges are always a way for me to be a little more aware of God’s presence in my daily life. And during this time of uncertainty and disruption due to Covid, I’m hoping and planning to use the Photo Challenge as a way to root me a little more into the Advent season; letting it draw me more into the season of preparation for Christ. I won’t be out doing as much (because of safety and there’s just not as much to go out and do right now!) so this year’s Photo Challenge is an excellent way to look around me, my home, family, small Covid safe-interactions and reflect on where I see Christ, as well as where I am lacking Christ and need growth.

Join Us!

So if you need something to help root you a little bit more into reflecting on the Season of Advent, or you just enjoy reflecting on your faith visually, consider joining us at Catholic Sistas for our 2020 Advent Photo Challenge. Joining me in sharing photos and reflections this Advent Season are Allison, Anna, Celeste, Kristin, Laura, Mandi, and Rosemary.

And because it’s fun to share your photos and reflections with others and see what others share, it’s nice to be a part of at least one of our main social media platforms- Facebook or Instagram– but you don’t have to be. As long as the Advent Photo Challenge provides you with an opportunity to reflect during the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas, that’s what matters.

To help you in your challenge, below you’ll find the whats, hows and hashtag info for joining the 2020 Advent Photo Challenge. Advent starts THIS Sunday, November 29! I’m excited to see how the Holy Spirit moves us during Advent as we prepare for Christmas. Happy photo snapping (and screen tapping)!

How the 2020 Advent Photo Challenge works

• Each day has one word associated with it. Most of these words are from the readings for the day, some are about the saint of the day, and some are just related to the season of Advent. Snap a photo or find an old photo related to that word. The photo does not have to be faith-themed, as the goal of our photo challenges is for us to see God in our everyday lives and reflect on Him.

• Use the hashtag #CSAdvent and any other appropriate hashtags (#charity, #beloved, #joy, etc) when you post your Photo Challenge photos. This allows us all to search Instagram and other social media platforms for other participants. You can even follow the hashtag on Instagram so you’ll see all the photos posted from everyone participating. We will be sharing participant photos throughout the Photo Challenge, and the way we find them is through the #CSAdvent hashtag.

• While our main platforms for the 2020 Advent Photo Challenge are Instagram, and Facebook, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST and FACEBOOK. And if you’re blogging about your Lenten Photo Challenge, link back to us or comment below with a link to your post.

• When you use the hashtag #CSAdvent on Instagram, it will enable us to find you on Instagram and possibly feature you in our stories!

• Click the graphic below to download the 2020 CS Advent Graphic for quick reference. Note that the dates of the weekends are a different color to help visually break up the days.

• Lastly, consider joining us on Facebook in our group CATHOLIC SISTAS – THE COFFEE HOUSE. Here we can share pictures of the challenge and we get to know each other in a private setting. Please request to be added and answer the group questions, and you will be approved as soon a moderator is able to add you.



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The NEW 2020 Lent Photo Journey

Lent 2020 begins next week! For me, thoughts of Lent start to creep up as the Christmas season ends on the Baptism of the Lord, but I don’t really realize how close it is until it’s almost here. Invitations to Mardi Gras celebrations. King Cakes / Rosca de Reyes for sale. Planning where my husband and I will go out to eat for our annual nice, Fat Tuesday dinner. And thinking about what my Lenten foci and sacrifices will be.

For eight years now, Catholic Sistas has lead the Lenten and Advent Photo Challenges. They are a great way to journey through the liturgical season; they are a way to examine our daily lives and visually share how the Holy Spirit manifests God’s presence daily to us. Sometimes it’s easy, and other times not so much as we contemplate how God manifests himself through the word of the day in our lives. Yet that (for me) is the best part of the Photo challenge. It’s what makes the photo challenge a fruitful journey. And why I love participating in them and seeing what other people share during their own Photo Challenge journey.

JOIN US!

I invite you all to join a team of Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge leaders, friends, AlisonAnnaCeleste, Kristin, LauraLynetteMandiMartina, Rita, and Rosemary, in the 2020 Lent Photo Challenge Journey. 

Because it’s fun to share your photos and reflections with others, and see what others share, it’s nice to be a part of at least one of our main social media platforms- Facebook or Instagram- but you don’t have to be. As long as the Lent Photo Challenge Journey provides you with an opportunity to reflect during the season of Lent and prepare for Easter, that’s what matters.

To help you in your challenge, below you’ll find the whats, hows and hashtag info for joining the 2020 Lent Photo Challenge. Lent starts next Wednesday, February 26 on Ash Wednesday! I’m excited to see how the Holy Spirit moves us during Lent as we prepare for Easter. Happy photo snapping!

What’s NEW and how the 2020 Lent Photo Challenge works

• Each day has two words associated with it. A word from the Gospel of the Day (the first word, in brown) and a simpler, classic Lent word (the second word, in teal blue). Snap a photo or find an old photo related to that word. The photo does not have to be faith-themed, as the goal of our photo challenges is for us to see God in our everyday lives and reflect on Him.

• With TWO words to choose from, our classic prompts as well as keywords pulled from the daily Gospel readings give you an opportunity to pick how you’d like to delve into the challenge for the day. Pick one word, the other, or if you’re feeling EXTRA, see if you can find a creative way to incorporate both words into your photo. Can’t do it? NO worries, friend. This is meant to be fun and easy, so do what you feel God is calling you to each day and be blessed by the journey itself.

• Use the hashtag #CSLentIPJ and any other appropriate hashtags (#sacrifice, #beloved, #joy, etc) when you post your Photo Challenge photos. This allows us all to search Instagram and other social media platforms for other participants (CSLentIPJ = Catholic Sistas Lent Instagram Photo Journey). You can even follow the hashtag on Instagram so you’ll see all the photos posted from everyone participating. We will be sharing participant photos throughout the Photo Challenge, and the way we find them is through the #CSLentIPJ hashtag.

• While our main platforms for the 2020 Lent Photo Challenge are Instagram, and Facebook, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST and FACEBOOK. And if you’re blogging about your Lenten Photo Challenge, link back to us or comment below with a link to your post.

• You can also tag us @CatholicSistas on Instagram to be featured on our stories!

• Click the graphic below to download the 2020 CS Lent Graphic for quick reference. Note that the dates of the weekends are a different color to help visually break up the days.

• Be sure to share the graphic with others and invite them to join the challenge too! You can even use this graphic to let others know you are participating in the CS Lent Instagram Photo Journey.

• Lastly, consider joining us on Facebook in our group CATHOLIC SISTAS – THE COFFEE HOUSE. Here we can share pictures of the challenge and we get to know each other in a private setting. Please request to be added and answer the group questions, and you will be approved as soon a moderator is able to add you.

• BEFORE we get to the prompt graphic, let’s introduce you to the team as well as give you the breakdown of the prompts by the week.


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2019 Advent Photo Journey

2019 Advent Photo Journey

Where as this year gone? We’re about to celebrate Thanksgiving and then just a few days later it’s the beginning of Advent, on December 1! 

One of the things we have been doing for six years now at Catholics Sistas for Advent and Lent are Photo Challenges. It’s a great way to journey through the liturgical season, examining our lives and sharing how the Holy Spirit visualizes God’s presence daily in our lives. Sometimes it’s easy to visualize God in our lives through the Photo a Day Challenge word and other times we’re pushed to consider how God makes that word present in our lives. But that’s part of what makes this Photo Journey together so fruitful. And why I love participating in them and seeing what other people share during the Photo Journey.

 

Join Us!

I invite you all to join my friends, Adrienne, Allison, Anna, Laura, Lynette, Mandi, and myself (Rita), in the 2019 Advent Photo Challenge. 

You don’t have to be part of the social media world to participate, though it is fun to be a part of at least one of our main platforms- Facebook or Instagram- to see other’s posts and read their reflections. Because while it’s fun to share your photos and reflections with others, if the Advent Photo Challenge provides you with an opportunity to reflect on the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas, that’s what counts.

To help you in your challenge, below you’ll find the whats, hows and hashtag info for joining the 2019 Advent Photo Challenge. I’m excited to get started on this photo challenge with y’all on Sunday and to see how the Holy Spirit moves us all to reflect on the season of Advent and share our Catholic faith. Happy clicking (or touching your cell phone screen)!

 

How the 2019 Advent Photo Challenge Works

• Each day has a word associated with it. Snap a photo or find an old photo related to that word. The photo does not have to be faith-themed, as the goal of our photo challenges is for us to see God in our everyday lives and reflect on Him.

• Use the hashtag #CSAdvent and any other appropriate hashtags (#purple, #tree, #light, etc) when you post your Photo Challenge photos. This allows us all to search Instagram and other social media platforms for other participants (CSAdvent = Catholic Sistas Advent). You can even follow the hashtag on Instagram so you’ll see all the photos posted from everyone participating. We will be sharing participant photos throughout the Photo Challenge, and the way we find them is through the #CSAdvent hashtag.

• While our main platforms for the 2019 Advent Photo Challenge are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST and FACEBOOK, and @Catholic_Sistas on TWITTER. And if you’re blogging about your Advent Photo Challenge, link back to us or comment below with a link to your post.

• Download the 2019 CS Advent Graphic for quick reference. Note that the dates of the weekends are a different color to help visually break up the days.

• Be sure to share the graphic with others and invite them to join the challenge too!

• And considering join us on Facebook in our group CATHOLIC SISTAS – THE COFFEE HOUSE. Here we can share pictures of the challenge and we get to know each other in a private setting. Please request to be added and answer the group questions, and you will be approved as soon a moderator is able to add you.

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2019 Lenten Photo Journey

This past weekend my husband and I began discussing our Lenten sacrifices. While Lent is pretty late this year (Easter is in mid-April!), it yet still managed to sneak up on me. Ash Wednesday is less than a week away!

The Catholic Sistas Lent Photo Journey is a perfect way to integrate something I already do daily (take photos) with the season of Lent. The Lent Photo Journey allows me to integrate the Lenten season into my daily life, encouraging me to notice God’s presence in my life and search for God in new and different ways.

I’m delighted to lead the Catholic Sistas Instagram Lent Photo Journey again with some wonderful friends and sisters in Christ, CelesteKristin, Laura, Mandi, Rosemary, Sarah, (and find me here). I invite y’all to join us in recognizing God’s presence in everyday things. These things can be people and situations around us, activities we do, events we attend or participation in, or anything in our daily lives. And some of our photos can be from previous moments in our lives, such as a celebration, vacation, or a moment we recognized as important and snapped a photo of it, not realizing until now God’s presence in that moment. By sharing these photos on social media, we make note of how God has touched us and share this moment of God’s presence with others.

I’m excited to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for us all in our photos. And I look forward to sharing with this Lenten Photo Journey with y’all. Happy clicking (or cell phone screen touching)!

HOW THE 2019 LENT PHOTO JOURNEY WORKS

• Catholic Sistas pre-determined a photo reflection word for every day during Lent. You snap a photo (or find a photo in your photo archives) related to that word and share it on social media. The photo does not have to be faith-themed. The goal of our Photo Journeys and Challenges are for us to see God in our everyday lives. Download the graphic with those reflection words here (and see it below).

• When posting your photos on social media, use the hashtag #CSLentIPJ and any other appropriate hashtags (#mery, #virtue, #neighbor, #love, #Lent, etc) with your Photo Journey photos. The #CSLENTIPJ hashtag allows us at Catholic Sistas, as well as everyone else in the Catholic Sistas community, to search Instagram and other social media platforms for others who are participating in the Photo Journey. Using this hashtag will also help us be able to share your photos on our Instagram stories. (Note: CSLentIPJ mean Catholic Sistas Lent Instagram Photo Journey)

• Speaking of hashtags, did you know you can follow a hashtag on Instagram? Follow #CSLENTIPJ to see all Catholic Sistas Lent Photo Journey photos. To follow, tap any hashtag (example: #flower) you see on Instagram (or search for a hashtag). Tap the blue Follow button at the top of the screen. Once you follow a hashtag, you’ll see its photos and videos appear on your feed and in your stories. You’ll see it in the Following section of your profile. To unfollow a hashtag, tap the hashtag and then tap Following.

• The main social media platforms for the Lent Photo Journey are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though we’re also present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook and as @Catholic_Sistas on Twitter. Are you blogging about your Lenten Photo Journey? Drop a link to your blog in the comments below or link back to us when you post on your blog. 

• Download the 2019 CSLentIPJ Graphic (shown above) for reference. Note that weekends are a different color than weekdays to help visualize each week better. Also, after you download the graphic, share it with others and invite them to journey with us too. And consider using the Lenten Photo-A-Day Journey Participant Graphic (shown below) on your social media sites, such as for promotion on Instagram or Facebook or as a profile picture on Facebook.