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2018 Advent Photo Challenge

Advent begins in less than a week! And, like last year, it’s a pretty short Advent too. The fourth week of Advent is only two days long!

The Catholic Sistas community has eagerly begun preparing Advent. Some even began preparing six weeks ago with the CHRISTMAS SHOPPING CHALLENGE

WHAT IS A PHOTO CHALLENGE?

And as we have the past several years for Advent and Lent, we are again offering our annual Advent Photo Challenge as one way of preparing our hearts, minds, and souls for Christmas. We live in a very visually oriented world. We use gifs and emojis to express ourselves. We snap photos without thinking twice, sharing them with friends, family, and strangers across the world. We use these photos to reflect on what’s happening at the moment, what has happened in the past and to reflect on what is to come. And this is why our Advent and Lent Photo Challenges at Catholic Sistas are so helpful for many of us. These Photo Challenges offer a visual way to reflect and share on God’s presence in our lives.

Most of the Photo Challenge words can be found one of the readings of the day, or as a way to reflect on the saint of the day or the season of Advent in general. Some of the words are easy, and some of them are difficult. Some of them will require reflection, and some of them you will know instantly what image you would like to share. It’s like our relationship with God. And that is what makes a Photo Challenge a great opportunity for reflection in Advent and Lent. The opportunity to recognize God presence in our lives in the easy and difficult, simple and complex, in the slow and blink-of-an-eye. 

JOIN US!

And so I invite you all to join my friends, CELESTE, KRISTIN, LAURAMANDI, ROSEMARY, SARAH, and myself (RITA), in the 2018 Advent Photo Challenge. 

You don’t have to be part of the social media world to participate in the 2018 Advent Photo Challenge, 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 2018 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 phone screen)!

HOW THE 2018 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.

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.

• While our main platforms for the 2017 Advent Photo Challenge are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST 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 2018 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 we will approve you as soon a moderator can.

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America the Divisive

 

America the Divisive

The past week or so has been hard for Americans. It’s been divisive. It’s dredged up difficult memories for some. It’s made many of us question our ability to determine who is telling truth, and really, what is truth? It’s made us think of justice and the American legal system of due process and burden of proof. It’s made us worry for our daughters, and for our sons. It’s brought about name-calling, gender-shaming, bullying and stalking; and it’s brought out the worst in some people.

In a country increasingly less and less faithfully Christian, politics has become a religion for some. Proclamations denouncing those who do not fall in-line with the representatives of their political parties. Prophesies of what will come to pass if the other political party gets their way.

Less than a week ago, on September 29, the Universal Church celebrated the Feast of the Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Let us pray and ask the Archangels to care for our country during this difficult political time. For St. Michael to defend our nation against the wickedness of the devil, for St. Raphael to heal the hearts, minds, and souls of all our fellow Americans, and for St. Gabriel to deliver the message of God to all Americans, especially our leaders.

Prayer

O God, who dispose in marvelous order ministries both angelic and human, graciously grant that our life on earth may be defended by those who watch over us as they minister perpetually to you in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect Prayer from The Roman Missal, Third Edition, Mass for the Holy Angels)

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Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Every month of the year in the Catholic Church is dedicated to a particular devotion of the Catholic faith. July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Our Lord. These dedications are the same every year and are based on historical events or particular aspects of the liturgical calendar (or a combination of the two). They do not always line up exactly with their liturgically celebrated feast day, since they’re fixed calendar days (and the liturgical calendar changes slightly each year). Here we’ve gathered some of our favorite resources for you to read and use throughout the month.

Special Devotions for the Months
January Devotion- Holy Name of Jesus
February Devotion- Holy Family
March Devotion- St. Joseph
April Devotion- The Eucharist and The Holy Spirit
May Devotion- Mary
June Devotion- The Sacred Heart
July Devotion- The Precious Blood of Our Lord
August Devotion- The Blessed Sacrament
September Devotion- The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October Devotion- The Rosary
November Devotion- The Poor Souls in Purgatory
December Devotion- Advent & The Coming of Christ


RESOURCES for THE DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD

JULY: DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD

FEAST.JULY board on Pinterest

July saint feast days

Printable Saints for the whole year

July saints word find

Month of the Precious Blood // Catholic Culture

July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus // Catholic Company

The Precious Blood by Rev. Fr. Frederick William Faber

Activities to do with the family for the month of July

Litany Prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (with an audio option)

Consecration Prayer to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Novena to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Prayers for the month of July: Precious Blood of Our Lord

Prayers in Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Precious Blood of Christ bracelet

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2

True Presence by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST?
SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!

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The 2018 Lenten Photo Journey

The 2018 Lenten Photo Journey

Lent is just a little over a week away and I’ve only just begun thinking about the Lenten season. Between the parish bulletin and announcements before Mass about the various Lenten offerings at our parish- the Bible studies, Lenten Mission, Parish Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross- I’m just now starting to figure out what I’m doing for Lent. Aside from, of course, the Catholic Sistas 2018 Lent Photo Journey.

I love taking (and looking!) at photos, so 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 bring the Lenten season into my daily life and encourages me to search for God in new and different ways.

I’m delighted to lead the Catholic Sistas Instagram Lent Photo Journey with some wonderful friends and sisters in Christ, Janalin Kathleen, Kristin, Lynette, Mandi and Rosemary (and find me here). And I invite y’all to join us in recognizing God’s presence in the everyday things. It can be people and situations around us. By snapping a photo or remembering a moment in our past that God has touched us, helps us find a way to share that visually. I’m excited to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for us! I look forward to sharing with each other in this Lenten Photo Journey together. Happy clicking (or cell phone screen touching)!

HOW THE 2018 LENT PHOTO JOURNEY WORKS

• Each day has a pre-selected word associated with it. 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.

• When posting your photos on social media, use the hashtag #CSLentIPJ and any other appropriate hashtags (#ashtag, #holy, #Catholic, #lent, #pray, etc) with your Photo Journey photos. This 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. (CSLentIPJ = Catholic Sistas Lent Instagram Photo Journey).

• Speaking of hashtags, did you know that you can now 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. We’re present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST and FACEBOOK, @Catholic_Sistas on TWITTER. Are you blogging about your Lenten Photo Journey? Link back to us or comment below with a link to your post.

• Download the 2018 CSLENTIPJ GRAPHIC for quick reference. Note that weekends are a different color 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 on your social media sites, such as a profile picture on Facebook or for promotion on Instagram.

The 2018 Lenten Photo Journey

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2017 Advent Photo Challenge


Advent is almost here! And if you’ve checked out a calendar recently, you might have noticed that Advent is pretty short this year too; Christmas is a day after the fourth Sunday in Advent.

All that being said, in the Catholic Sistas community, many contributors and friends have begun preparations for Advent. Some began six weeks ago with the Christmas Shopping Challenge. Others prepared by purchasing and preparing to use our Liturgical Daybook (digital and physical copies available for purchase). And others by taking time to review the 2017 Christmas Gift Guide & Giveaway. Looking for some good Advent ideas for you or the family? Check out this calendar of ideas. 

And now it’s time for some of us to take on another way of preparing our hearts and minds and souls for Christmas, with our annual Advent Photo Challenge. We live in a very visual world. Many of us find ourselves snapping away on our phones (or cameras) at moments or people or things in our lives. We use these photos to reflect on what’s happening in the moment, or what has happened in the past, or even to ponder the future. Which is why our Advent and Lent Photo Challenges at Catholic Sistas are so helpful for many of us to reflect on God’s presence in our lives.

The Catholic Sistas Advent and Lent Photo Challenges allow us to share and reflect on the Holy Spirit stirring our heart and minds and souls to see God daily.

Some of the words in the Photo Challenge are easy, and some of them are difficult. Some of them will require reflection, and some of them you will known instantly what image you would like to share. It’s like our relationship with God. And that’s makes a Photo Challenge a great opportunity for reflection in Advent and Lent. The opportunity to recognize God present in our lives in the easy, difficult, times of reflection and in the instantaneous. 

And so I invite you all to join my friends, Adrienne, Brittany, Celeste, Janalin, Lynette and Rosemary and myself (Rita), in the 2017 Advent Photo Challenge. 

Please know you don’t have to be part of the social media world to participate in the 2017 Advent Photo Challenge! 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 2017 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 phone screen)!

HOW THE 2017 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.

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 others who are participating in the Photo Challenge. (CSAdvent = Catholic Sistas Advent)

• While our main platforms for the 2017 Advent Photo Challenge are Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we are present on many other platforms. Tag us with @CatholicSistas on INSTAGRAMPINTEREST 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 2017 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!

• Join us on Facebook in our new group Catholic Sistas – The Coffee House where we can share pics of the challenge and get to know one another in a private setting! We are currently setting up the group, so please request to be added and we will approve as soon as we are done straightening up and decorating the space. 🙂