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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. 🙂 

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GIVEAWAY: We’re Mixing It Up This Year on Our Fifth Anniversary!

Friends, can you believe it’s been FIVE YEARS since the beginning of Catholic Sistas? I look back with so many fond memories of what this small apostolate has accomplished over the years, and I thank God for the opportunity to have been able to share our small slice of the internet with you all. This year, we are mixing it up a bit and doing a giveaway that ties in some of our favorite ways to engage you all – food! 

Over the years, we have shared testimonials with you, how-to’s, created a library of resource articles, shared heart-breaking stories of pregnancy and infant loss, celebrated the joys of choosing life, informed you about the abortion industry, hosted many prayer campaigns, given you hope and encouragement in homeschooling, and spread our wings into social media over the years, sharing memes and articles of interest that are prayerful, relational, funny, engaging, informative, necessary, and inviting. We even created one of the most amazing organizational tools to help you with your domestic Church – the Catholic Through The Year planner and bundles, which are a primary source of support to help defray the costs of the blog. 

We’ve even asked you What’s For Dinner? on a daily basis for many years now.

And guess what? Because the Mass is the ultimate banquet, a food theme to celebrate five years just seemed like a no brainer! 

This year’s giveaway is different because we wanted to tie in an everyday connection we make with our readers on social media using What’s For Dinner? as the inspiration and tie it into the domestic Church, which is full of reasons to pray, celebrate, and feast with great food and amazing fellowship with friends and family. 

As we head into year six, we ask for your continued prayers for the blog, the writers, and the good work coming from Catholic Sistas. 

This giveaway is like no other we’ve ever done and we hope you enjoy it. 

With sincere gratitude, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support through the years. May God bless each and every one of you. 🙂 

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

 


CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET BELOW!

THE LOOT

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One GRAND PRIZE WINNER

will receive this gorgeous

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield in a lovely Marian Blue

AND

a custom Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread decal FOR your new mixer!

VALUE $340

 


RUNNER UP PRIZES

will each have one winner per prize

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{FIVE winners} Catholic Through The Year PDF downloadable

2016-2017 Academic Calendar Planner 

by Catholic Sistas

TOTAL VALUE $42.50

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Everyone wants that pretty Catholic planner that uniquely expresses themselves, but not everyone has big bucks to throw at one. This July 2016 – June 2017 PDF download allows you to print up this beautifully crafted, well-thought out planner as you think best fits your needs. The planner is completely customizable, with lots of blank space for you to set up. It includes a meaty section of prayers, includes daily Mass readings from the Novus Ordo, and feast days for both the ordinary and extraordinary form, making its reach like no other Catholic PDF downloadable planner out there! Additionally, you have a place to do an Ignatian daily examination of conscience, and a place to do a Spiritual Sketch, where you can jot down your spiritual goals and track them through the year. It doesn’t stop there! Fun features include a place to jot down the temps for the week, track your water intake, and monthly goals! You will want for nothing with this planner and I can’t wait for five of you to win this!

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{ONE winner} Two Hearts Embroidered Apron 

from
 Custom Missal and Breviary Covers

VALUE $29.99

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Show your devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with this gorgeous, embroidered apron! Yes, it is embroidered, not screen printed, giving it a rich, elegant look! This apron is so unique, it is the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person. Appropriate for both men and women.

This white apron has a soil release finish and gives you full length protection. 7-ounce, 100% cotton twill with soil-release finish for added stain protection Two waist-level Patch Pockets, pen pocket, 1-inch wide neck and waist ties, adjustable neck strap. Measures 22″W x 30″L.

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{ONE winner}  The Vatican Cookbook: Presented by the Pontifical Swiss Guard {Hard copy}

VALUE $18.97

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

From the Pope’s table to yours . . .

Pontifical Swiss Guard presents … a book like no other. From the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than 500 years, a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the finest of modern cuisine.

Best of all, we pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Holy Pope John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland.

A marvelous cookbook and so much more. The Vatican Cookbook features superb photographs that take us behind the scenes to secret and special places of Vatican City. Walk the hallowed halls of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the stories and legends of the Swiss Guard handed down since the days of Michelangelo. 

For all who love to cook and share meals with family and friends, and for all who are fascinated by the wonders and the grandeur of the Vatican, the Swiss Guard is pleased to offer you … The Vatican Cookbook.

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{ONE winner} Chick-Fil-A Family Size Gift Card

VALUE $50

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Who doesn’t love Chick Fil A? Enjoy a hearty meal courtesy of Catholic Sistas with your $50 gift card.

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{ONE winner} Set of 2 Prints, Grace Before (and After) Meals

from
Dovetail Ink

VALUE $45

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Grace Before Meals and Grace After Meals are bright and cheerful reminders of the ideal way to start and finish our meals: with prayer! These fun illustrations of traditional prayers contain the full text of both.

Beautiful prints from Dovetail Ink, these would go perfectly in any kitchen! Winner will receive both the Grace Before and Grace After Meals, plus a bonus set of family prayer cards. Choose between 8×10 or 11×14″ prints, personalized for your family if desired. 

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{TWO winners} (1) ebook copy of Feast! and (1) ebook copy of More Feasts!

by
Carrots for Michelmas

VALUE $12

   Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!  Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Feast! includes reflections on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter and 23 simple real food recipes for liturgical seasons and saints’ days.

More Feasts! features 10 new liturgical year recipes (all gluten-free!) as well as reflections on the liturgical seasons and activities for celebrating the Christian Year.

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{ONE winner} THE WEIGHT OF A MASS award-winning book

by
Catholic Child

VALUE $18

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year! The Weight Of A Mass is actually based on a true story! The beautifully illustrated award-winning book tells the story of a little village whose inhabitants have grown cold in their faith, hardening their hearts to our Lord and the Mass. Through the interactions of a hungry beggar and a proud baker, faith returns to the villagers. 

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{THREE winners} SPECIAL FLAVOR, The Movie

by
CCC of America and Project 36

VALUE $30

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

 

A disobedient boy gets a special flavor ice cream that makes his parents obey whatever he says.

Struggling with authority, Tom is given a chance to learn what it means to take control. After encountering an ice cream man with a special flavor, his strict father and distant mother are at his beck and call.

Watch what happens 27 ice creams later!


 ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY SPONSORS

 

Making Little Saints

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Darling custom-made little saint peg dolls!

 

Zelie Wraps

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Zelie Wraps is a fledgling company creating beautiful, functional wraps for babywearing in unique patterns. Named for St. Zelie, the mother of St. Therese of Lisieux, we honor her beautiful witness to motherhood!

 

Project 36

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Dedicated to providing thoughtful, inventive entertainment with powerful themes, San Antonio-based Project 36 develops films and plays that entertain, challenge, and inspire our community. By telling compelling narratives about subjects outside the sphere of public consciousness and through partnerships with related non-profits, we enact a more concrete response than we could by solely raising awareness. By doing so, we not only use art to give a voice to the voiceless, but call the community to action by connecting its members with powerful, undiscovered organizations. 

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 THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Contest will run from midnight Thursday, August 18, 2016 – through Thursday, August 25 at midnight.
  • Winners will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter. CS will email the winners. Once they confirm they will be publicly announced on the blog. {Every effort will be made to contact a winner, but after three days without contact, a new winner will be chosen.}
  • Winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor of the prize they won in order to work out details of delivery.
  • Eligibility: Prizes are available to residents of the U.S.A. only.
  • CS reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
  • The companies who have donated these items have generously agreed to include their items in a giveaway that CS is hosting.

Thank you so much for reading; this blog wouldn’t exist without YOU! Good luck!

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Catholic Sistas 2015 Year In Review

Catholic Sistas 2015 Year In Review

What a year! Highs, lows, and everything in between, 2015 definitely left an impression that will not soon be forgotten. Personally, this year was filled with everything from spiritual desolation to spiritual pruning and then spiritual growth. It was a time that even in the midst of hardship, I knew that I was grateful for a religion that did not place its foundation on the shifting sands of my own personal feelings or emotions. I knew that regardless of how I felt in the thick of things, that God was still in control and He was doing something marvelous through me and our family, even though I did not like it. While part of me is excited for 2016, I am grateful for a year that has challenged me, broken me, and rebuilt me in a way that helps glorify Him {I hope} better than before. 

One thing {among many} I love about Catholic Sistas is that a multi contributor blog can continue to chug along when one or many writers face hardships. It makes me immensely grateful for the opportunity to stand virtual shoulder to shoulder with these amazing Ink Slingers {and fellas such as Devin Rose, Allen Hebert, and even former LFO singer Brad Fischetti} who give their time and talent to share their witness with you.

We pray for you and we continue to ask you pray for us.

God bless each and every one of you. 

Now for our 2015 year in review…

 

25. OUR {CATHOLIC} HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM FOR 2015-2016

24. CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS

23. THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE APPROACH: CATHOLIC SCHOOLHOUSE

22. WHAT CATHOLIC WOMEN WANT {TO WEAR, THAT IS!}

21. 10 WAYS TO FIND JOY IN OUR {CATHOLIC} HOMESCHOOL

20. BRUCE JENNER: WHAT DOES LOVE DEMAND?–PART 2

19. 7 QUICK TAKES – CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLING OPTIONS

18. OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILY

17. HOMESCHOOL MOMS SHARE THE BEST ADVICE THEY EVER RECEIVED

16. WHITE MARTYRDOM, RED MARTYRDOM, AND A RAINBOW

15. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING CHALLENGE

14. MOVIE REVIEW: “OLD FASHIONED” IS A BEAUTIFUL MODERN LOVE STORY

13. DEATH BY CRUCIFIXION AND CHRIST

12. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR MOTHER BETRAYS YOU

11. FROM THE LIMELIGHT TO CHRIST’S LIGHT

10. BRUCE JENNER: WHAT DOES LOVE DEMAND? PART 1

9. GIVEAWAY: CATHOLIC SISTAS CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS!

8. TAKE ME TO CHURCH…THE MEGA-CHURCH, THAT IS

7. YOUR {SECOND} HANDY-DANDY LIST TO LENTEN SACRIFICES

6. THE TRAVESTY OF TWO DADDIES

5. GIVEAWAY: 2015-2016 CATHOLIC THROUGH THE YEAR PRINTABLE CALENDAR!

4. 50 SHOCKING THINGS {IM}PERFECT CATHOLIC WOMEN ADMIT

3. WHY SETTLE FOR SHADES OF GREY?

2. SEVEN THINGS THAT ARE (WAY) BETTER AS A CATHOLIC

1. 2015 LENTEN INSTAGRAM PHOTO-A-DAY JOURNEY

 

IS THERE A TOPIC YOU’D LIKE TO SEE US WRITE ABOUT IN THE NEW YEAR? 

SHARE IN THE COMBOXES, PLEASE! 

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2015 Advent Instagram Photo Journey – Who’s In?

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Each year as we draw closer to Advent, I always am encouraged by how different we all are. We respond to a call to a deeper, more intentional liturgical season in a variety of ways. This year, I decided to ask you all join me in getting our Christmas shopping done before Advent by participating in our first annual Christmas Shopping Challenge. Why did I come up with something like that? To hopefully give you a more rest-filled Advent season. A season in which, if you feel called to, you can participate in our Instagram Advent Photo Journey without the added stresses of buying gifts! 

This season of preparation and anticipation of Christ’s birth six dear friends will be leading the challenge. They are MichelleRita, Brittany, Mary, Cindy, and Adrienne.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Use the hashtag #CSAdvent
  • TAG US! @CatholicSistas on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook,  @Catholic_Sistas on Twitter and +CatholicSistas on Google+.
  • I’m not on Instagram, but I participate in other social media platforms! No worries! Anytime you share a picture, please tag us {according to our tags on each social media platform} and use the hashtag #CSAdvent.
  • We’d like to encourage you to use other hashtags such as #Catholic #Christian #themeoftheday #Jesus #Advent
  • Are you blogging about your Advent Photo Journey? Link back to us or comment with a link to your post!
  • Download the graphic by clicking here to share with others!

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GIVEAWAY: Catholic Sistas Celebrates FOUR Years!

Can you believe Catholic Sistas celebrates four years TODAY? It’s hard for me to recall a time when the blog didn’t exist! You may have come to know CS as a blog that truly enjoys putting new Catholic items into others’ hands. Part of the reason for the giveaways is to put some of these fabulous companies on YOUR radar! 

On a serious note, though, I would personally like to extend my gratitude to each of you who have found comfort, been challenged in the Faith, or been spiritually nourished by Catholic Sistas. It is always my hope that the different writing styles will appeal to a wide range of readers, bringing each of you to a level of commitment and recommitment to the beauty of our Catholic faith. Please do continue to keep us in prayer as we move into our fifth year of bringing you our witness. One thing I’d love to share with you is a bit of an inside view – each year, I – along with my executive board – encourage each of our writers to prayerfully reconsider their commitments annually, always putting their primary vocation first and trusting that God will bless whatever time they can give to writing. We aren’t professional writers by design. We are women – wives, and mothers who just happen to have stories to tell and want to share our time and talent to bring you a glimpse into our personal lives. As readers, we invite you to share your experience with us in the comboxes. 🙂 

I’ll stop now so we can get to the heart of this post – the giveaway! Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and get ready to browse for a while. Ready? Let’s roll!

CS 4th Anniversary Giveaway 2015


THE LOOT

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(3) WINNERS

will each receive a FREE PDF Catholic Through The Year 

downloadable and printable calendar and any/all bundles they would like

{Household Management, Homeschool, Catholic Blogger}

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

by Martina Kreitzer, Catholic Sistas

VALUE of $18 each

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WHO doesn’t love an opportunity to be more organized? What if it helped pave the way for more time to devote to your prayer life? What if you could print this stylish, functional, and budget friendly calendar from the comfort of your own HOME? Would you take that leap? Would you commit to a more organized life so you can focus on the things that matter the most, like your relationship with God and family? This planner will put you on the right path to accomplish those things. The calendar, along with each of the bundles, is designed with your Catholic day in mind. 

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(1)  WINNER

Vintage Style Amethyst Gemstone One Decade Chaplet
by BC Inspirations

VALUE of $20 

Vintage Style Amethyst chaplet (1)

This handmade one-decade rosary is made from 6 mm round natural amethyst stone beads, a 1 3/4″ bronze finished crucifix and centerpiece.  Each bead is unique, and the beads have a very smooth feel.  The crucifix and centerpiece are attached using split ring, which are far more durable than jump rings.  Using split rings prevents the rosary from breaking should it experience an accidental tug.

Both the center and the crucifix are Italian-made.  The center piece features a two-sided Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is also know as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, created by St. Catherine Laboure following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is believed to bring special intercessions on behalf of the Blessed Virgin Mary if worn with faith and devotion at the hour of death.

The bronze finished rosary parts give this rosary a vintage look. Amethyst is the February birth stone.

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(1) WINNER

will win one copy of the book “The Beautiful Story of the Bible”

from Ignatius Press

 VALUE of $19.99The Beautiful Story of the Bible

Here are all the most important stories of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, with very expressive and gorgeous pictures, sure to delight young children from 3 years old and up. The Old Testament stories include Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, David & Goliath, Moses and more. The New Testament stories include the whole story of the life and miracles of Jesus, and the lives of the Apostles and early Church, all presented in a wonderful way that shows God’s great love for mankind.To see interior images, click on the “Samples and Images” tab.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win the Our Lady of the Lilies art bundle

by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink 

VALUE of $50

Our Lady of the Lilies

Personalized 11×14 signed print of Our Lady of the Lilies

and a package of 8 notecards and 15 prayer cards (“Lilies” or variety, winner’s choice)

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(1) WINNER

will win Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $7.99 Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

 Interested in learning about the seasons of the Christian Year and special saints’ days, but don’t know where to begin? Want to delve deeper into living liturgically? Looking for simple real food recipes to celebrate both feasts and liturgical seasons of fasting? 

Feast! is the book we wish we had when we first started observing the Christian Year.

  • 125 pages of real food to celebrate the liturgical year and lives of the saints and reflections on the seasons of the Christian calendar and simple traditions.
  • 23 simple real food recipes for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, and well-known saints’ days like St. George’s Day, St. Rose of Lima’s Day, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Day as well as less familiar saints like St. Charles Lwanga and St. Raymond Nonnatus.
  • 6 reflections on the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, as well as some practical tips for observing these seasons in your home.

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(1) WINNER

will win More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $3.99 More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

 More Feasts! features 10 new liturgical year recipes (all gluten-free!) as well as reflections on the liturgical seasons and activities for celebrating the Christian Year.

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of 

Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless

by Sarah Reinhard

VALUE of $11.95 each  CFF COVER

How does game night/day meet Catholicism? Find out in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement — with one another and with faith!

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

by Sarah Reinhard

 VALUE of $13.41 each

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CMCP: A Catholic Mother’s Companion begins at conception and includes a 40-week walk through each week of pregnancy, considering both physical and spiritual aspects of this time. It includes sections for preparing spiritually and practically for labor and delivery as well as baptism.

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) BUNDLE WINNERS

will win Catechism in Rhyme

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

Acts of Hope, Love, Charity, Contrition, and 10 Commandments​

by Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints

 VALUE of $19 eachCIR Acts of Faith For Sale picture

CIR Acts of Faith PRINT For Sale picture

10 Commandments Ad

Acts of Faith, Hope, Love and Contrition
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive. Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization.

*100 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

The TEN Commandments
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive.
Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization of the Ten Commandments.
*78 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of A Subtle Grace

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $4.99ASubtleGrace 1896, Philadelphia: At 19, Kathleen O’Donovan (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires. (read more)

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Stealing Jenny

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $3.99

StealingJenny

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

(Amazon Kindle Bestseller with over 287,000 downloads)

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(3) WINNERS

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Angela’s Song

by AnnMarie Creedon

VALUE of $3.99 each

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Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is a widow and mother of three who stays busy so as not to have to face the fact that her marriage was damaged and her husband, Devin, died before it could be repaired. Her good friends realize that no amount of home made lasagna, volunteering at church or late night games of Yahtzee can heal Angela from past regrets. When she meets Jack, the teacher of a class she is taking, he challenges her to face her demons. What follows is the poignant, yet often hilarious saga of how Angela overcomes her guilt and learns to love herself and others.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win 10 books of the Treasure Box series  

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $50

10 Books from TAN Treasure Box

The Treasure Box books present a wonderful combination of fun; innocence and the Catholic Faith. They teach the Faith in a simple way; and they inspire children’s hearts to love God. The pictures are truly beautiful; unlike the cartoon illustrations found in many children’s books today. These books are full of Catholic doctrine; presented reverently and simply at a young child’s level; in a manner to capture the child’s interest and raise the heart to God.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls paperback BOOKS

 by TAN Homeschool

 VALUE OF $33.90

 Saints for Boys/Saints for Girls

Compiled especially for Catholic boys and girls preschool age up through the second grade level, the Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls treasuries contain numerous stories of the Saints that will remain in children’s hearts and memories for years. Beautiful illustrations on every page.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of FIVE paperback BOOKS from the beloved Windeatt Series.

St. Rose of Lima, St. Louie de Montfort, The Children of Fatima, St. Benedict, & The Little Flower

by TAN Homeschool

TOTAL VALUE of $60.75

Wyndeatt Series

These five books will soon have companion Workbooks and Teacher Manuals

(coming September 2015)! 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win TAN Homeschool’s newest addition,

The Story of the Bible {Old Testament & New Testament} textbooks ONLY 

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $49.90 SotB OTSotB NT

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will receive TWO signed copies of 

Chime Travelers Books 1 and 2 – The Secret of the Shamrock and The Sign of the Carved Cross

 by Lisa Hendey

VALUE of $11.98 

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 When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever?

The Chime Travelers series will inspire children on the road to developing their Catholic faith. In this book, they will:

Learn about Saint Patrick and his part in Catholic history

Develop a deeper understanding of core Catholic virtues

Engage in an entertaining literary adventure

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THE SIGN OF THE CARVED CROSS

Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl—in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she’s hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily.

Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha’s family doesn’t accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE signed copy of The Princess and the Kiss {with an audio CD}

by Jennie Bishop

VALUE of $16

PrincessKiss-2The Princess and the Kiss is a best-selling original story (with over a half-million copies sold worldwide)! In Jennie Bishop’s best-selling original children’s picture book, a princess saves her “kiss” for the man she will marry.  Men who are strong, romantic and rich come to court her, but none seem worthy of her kiss.  How will she find the one who will truly value her precious gift? The book also includes a beautiful read-along audio CD!

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(1) WINNER

will win a signed copy of unPLANNED

by Abby Johnson

VALUE of $22.99 cover_book

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Infinity Scarf Mantilla

by Veils by Lily

VALUE of $39

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An infinity scarf with a twist!

This soft sheer mantilla is an infinity scarf with a scalloped edge so it can be worn as part of your outfit outside the church and slipped over the head before entering. Available in 10 colors: black, white, ivory, chocolate (new), twilight blue, charcoal (most popular), periwinkle, lilac, watermelon, and fuchsia. Measures approximately 20″ long folded.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE Family Veil Set of three Starter Veils in mocha, black, & white

by Veils by Lily

TOTAL VALUE of $72

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Available in black, off-white, and mocha, this “starter” veil is perfect for women and girls of all statures. It features soft, lightweight Chantilly lace that drapes beautifully and an elegant narrow trim with no apparent seam. The soft Chantilly lace drapes beautifully and the back of the veil is nicely rounded. Measures approximately 44″ across by 18″ front to back. The “Family Veil Set” includes 1 black, 1 off-white, and 1 mocha veil.  

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(1) WINNER

will win a Gift Certificate of $30 from Catholic Printables Shoppe
by Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

Gift Certificate Giveaway 30 2015

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Enjoy a $30 Gift Certificate at our Catholic Printables Shoppe: 

over 30 Catholic Printables to pick from including our brand new Super Saints Craft Kits.  

::PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILES::

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a full set of the Saints and Heroes Collection of 11 animated films for kids,

which focus on the virtuous lives of the saints and heroic conquerors of the Faith.

by CCC of America

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As you plant seeds of faith now in your children – it’s fascinating to consider how that can play out in ordinary and extraordinary ways in the future. But even now, in a culture saturated with noise and immorality, even little people of faith can make a big impact.

CCC of America is known for its eleven captivating children’s animated films on the heroic and virtuous lives of the saints. Pioneers in the field of Catholic animation, these 30-minute movies have bring to life true heroic stories our children learn about faith and virtue during their young formative years.

Never underestimate the ability of little children to understand even the mysteries of our Catholic Faith. After all, didn’t Our Lady appear to Jacinta, Francisco, Lucia, Bernadette, as well as other little ones?

CCC of America will send the winners the DVDs along with other sweet treats!

[CCC PRODUCTIONS ARE 30 MIN AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND FRENCH]

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE eBook copy of Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms

by Brianna Heldt

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In writing Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms, I wanted to offer readers some of the tried and true things I’ve found helpful so far, both in raising my eight kids and managing my home.  These are very basic ideas that you can implement easily and quickly, and which will hopefully add value to your life. 

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(5) WINNERS

will each win ONE Kindle Edition copy of 

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood, An Anthology of 5 Catholic Bloggers

 by The Koala Mom

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This slender anthology aspires to encourage today’s moms in their vocation of motherhood. From beautiful poetry to practical tips, essays that capture the small moments of motherhood and reflections on mothering in today’s world, this anthology brings together a wealth of wisdom from five ordinary yet inspiring moms. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of 33 Day Family Consecration Program books

by Your Holy Family

TOTAL VALUE of $51

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The 33 Day Family Consecration Program has three components, Fr. Nathan Cromly’s Totus Tuus Consecration Book (Older Teens and Up), Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration (Ages 7 and Up), and Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration Coloring Book (Ages 2 and Up).  These three books can be used to provide a comprehensive program for your whole family to prepare for total consecration to Jesus through Mary as a family.  For more information on how to use these three resources together, please see the About pages in the 33 Day Family Consecration section of our website.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a Catholic Sistas Custom Rosary,

Rosary Bracelet (of the winner’s choosing), 

Greeting Card Sampler Package

Our Lady of Guadalupe Car Magnet

and a Katie Keogler Praise & Worship CD

by Keogler Studios

VALUE of $70 Keogler Studios Giveaway Package

Handmade Rosary, custom designed for Catholic Sistas (with the help of Martina). Rosary Crucifix and Center are from Rome and are blessed by Pope Francis (disclaimer: we are not selling the blessing, it’s just a perk and we’d like the winner to know); Handmade Rosary Bracelet, custom sized and designed by the winner! 10 small “Hail Mary Beads”, one larger “Our Father Bead” and delicate 1/2 inch Miraculous Medal; Spread the Gospel of Life wherever you go with our popular Car Magnet that reads: “At the Moment of Conception there is Eternal Life in the Womb;” Hand drawn by the matriarch of Keogler Studios, these Sacred Image Blank-Inside greeting cards are perfect for any occasion. Some of the images are now large etched glass windows on a Building at our Parish, St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT, as a tribute to the 20 students and 6 teachers that we lost on December 14th in a tragic school shooting; Katie Keogler, another talented member of our family, is a singer and song writer who travels around the country leading worship for Liturgy, Youth Events, and Conferences.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE “Blessed” cuff bracelet

by Pink Salt Riot

VALUE of $20
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 This elegant silver plated cuff bracelet features the word “blessed” taken from an old book and preserved under glass for long lasting wear. On good and bad days alike, carry this reminder that through it all you are deeply blessed! Cuff fits wrists up to 8 inches and has some give so you can squeeze it down a little smaller size or widen it slightly.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win RTY Swag — Rosary bracelet, Prayer Squirrel and a “surprise” Book

by Reconciled to You

VALUE of $40

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Rosary Bracelet – hand made bead rosary bracelet;  Prayer Squirrel – hand crafted polymer squirrel – place it some place in your home or work to remind you throughout the day to pray.  As host of A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on Real Life Radio, I am always finding new exciting Catholic books to feature on the show – I will share one of these!

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win Life of Jesus Complete Coloring Pack and Holy Heroes Matching Game

by Holy Heroes

VALUE of $27.80

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Get all FOUR of the Holy Heroes‘ coloring books teaching the Life of Jesus from the Annunciation through the Crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven by His side! Extended captions from Scripture make them more than just coloring books, but a great way to teach the story of Salvation History from the Bible. Also included in this prize is the Saints Memory Game. Children play the concentration memory game with these cards, inspiring their imaginations with stories of the saints pictured, the mysteries of the rosary from the images of Our Lord, and the joy of the Faith from the Holy HeroesAnswer Kid card! You’ll enjoy listening to your kids tell their friends the true-life stories of the saints as they play the game with their friends.

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(10) WINNERS

will each win ONE digital download of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators

by Catholic Author

VALUE of $4.99 each

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For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith. Bring them to life!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE custom pocket rosary

by Rosaries by Allison

VALUE of $20
image1One-decade pocket rosary with Emerald Swarovski crystal round beads and silver-plated Shamrock center and crucifix. {custom made specifically for the fourth anniversary giveaway}

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE complete set of The Illuminated Rosary books

(The Joyful Mysteries, The Luminous Mysteries, The Sorrowful mysteries, The Glorious Mysteries)

by Peanut Butter & Grace

VALUE of $64
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The books in The Illuminated Rosary series illuminate the mysteries of the rosary in sixty works of sacred art—one for each bead—to help readers pray the rosary more meditatively:

  • Each two-page spread includes a work of art on one page, and the words of the appropriate prayer on the opposite page.
  • A string of “beads” at the bottom of the text marks progress through each decade.
  • Each decade opens with a beautiful Scripture-based introduction to one of the mysteries as well as suggested prayer intentions.

The Illuminated Rosary is perfect for children just learning to pray the rosary. Younger children can turn the page after each Our Father and Hail Mary, and older children can use the text on each page to help them lead the rosary and memorize the prayers.

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(2) WINNERS

will each win a signed copy of Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

by Helen Alvare

VALUE of $16.95 BreakingThrough

Catholic women are some of the most maligned, most caricatured, and most intriguing people in American society. 

America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying “yes” to the faith as a private source of comfort, but “no” to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings. 
Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the church itself — questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today’s toughest issues?

A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say “no.” But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith.

Nine such Catholic women — varying widely in age, occupation and experience — share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories — full of honesty, but ultimately hope — shed new light and new clarity on women’s continued attraction to the Catholic faith.

Topics include:

Navigating dating and sexpectations

Feminism, freedom and contraception

Children versus a “better me”

Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal

Faith, psychology and same-sex attraction

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE hand stamped metal bracelet – winner’s choice

by Bay and Bee’s

VALUE of $15 for aluminum and $20 for copper/brass

custom bracelet

1 – 6″ x 1/4″ aluminum or copper or brass handstamped cuff bracelet: choice of: “faith-hope-LOVE”, “love”, “believe”, “blessed” OR winner’s choice of bible verse 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win For Immediate Assistance, Pray the Memorare by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JC; a CD – Our Lady Speaks, Reflections by Fr. Rocky, Fr. Simon, Rev. Daniel Farley, The Most Rev. David L. Ricken; a CD – Fathers Know Best, Answers to Your Faith Questions, by Fr. Rocky & Fr. Simon; a  CD – The Holy Eucharist, by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, and a Relevant Radio Car Fish Magnet

by Father Rocky of Relevant Radio

VALUE of $70.84 RR bundle

970 AM plus web

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE copy of Commentarii de Inepto Puero

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Latin translation

by Jeff Kinney and translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher 

and donated by Martina Kreitzer

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Et tu, Heffley? That’s right, international superstar Greg Heffley is now poised to conquer the classical world with this new Latin edition of the first book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a Vatican specialist who translates Pope Francis’s Tweets into Latin. The Wimpy Kid joins beloved characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, the Little Prince, Bilbo Baggins, and the Grinch as the latest in an elite pantheon of children’s books selected for Latin translation. Commentarii de Inepto Puero is sure to appeal to fans of the international bestselling series as well as to readers of all ages studying Latin, either for school credit or for fun. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE free issue of Radiant Awakening and a Radiant Awakening tee

by Radiant Magazine

VALUE of $10

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 Radiant is a modern, classy magazine covering traditional topics of the Catholic Church and applying them to the lives of young, Catholic women who are searching, learning and living out their unique calling with style, elegance, beauty, and grace.


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