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The Plan after Unplanned

The Plan after Unplanned

*Spoiler alert* 

Unplanned was screened in just over 24 cinemas across Canada, and done so despite strong protests against it. In my city, the movie was only shown in two theatres and for less than a week, so you’d better bet I was rushing to go see it. Before I get into the thick of it, one positive outcome was that the movie ended up selling out across the country. Not just because of the amount of pro-lifers wanting to see it, but  because of those who were on the fence, or pro-choice altogether. There were loads of mixed reviews after the movie aired, some quite offensive, but I think that the most powerful thing to come out of that film was the conversation it started.

I was no stranger to the Planned Parenthood controversy before entering the theater. I used to listen to Lila Rose podcasts, of her research and undercover investigations in the clinic. I was also familiar with Abby Johnson’s story: a former clinic director turned impassioned advocate for life and anti-abortion. I thought I would be prepared for this movie. 

The film opened up immediately with a scene of a young girl at about 13 weeks pregnant undergoing an ultrasound-guided abortion. It was the first time that Abby would witness firsthand, what a fighting life looked and felt like (as she was holding the probe).

It was a shockingly graphic scene, and I don’t think there was one woman in the theatre that wasn’t clutching her stomach, or feeling uncomfortable. It felt like somewhat of a physiological response to something deeply unnatural and inhumane.

As overwhelmingly emotional as the movie was, I think it’s so important for women of my generation today be aware and adept at speaking about these issues. What’s more, we as Catholics should learn how to have a conversation about protecting the sanctity of human life without drawing on religious arguments right away. This doesn’t mean we hide the truth, but we have to find a way to open up the ears of our brothers and sisters who are non-believers. We know there are valid non-religious arguments for the existence of human life at conception, but are we equipped to use them? When we have conversations with our coworkers, friends, and family outside of our religious circles, we need to learn how to converse with them and find the moment. I call the moment the tiny door that opens up and allows you to ask a question that crosses into personal territory without raising any sort of debate. People tend to let their guards down when they feel they are being heard. 

I recently found a moment at work. My female coworker and I were casually talking about life goals and ambitions. As she was of a certain age and professional status, my curiosity compelled me to push a tiny bit into that personal territory, with respect of course. 

I asked her, “What are your thoughts on having children?”

I was genuinely curious. I wanted to know what women today truly thought. It stunned me how tough it was, how we often try to censor ourselves when it comes to talking about kids, motherhood, and family. I braced myself for a guarded response, but she instead started talking about why she wouldn’t have kids until she was fully ready. Our conversation spun into one about why people have kids while in unstable relationships, or because of pressures from friends and family, and even pressures from the marriage itself. What I realized was that we actually cared about the same thing: children being raised in a stable home.

We didn’t agree on everything, but I got to see some of the underlying issues as to why men and women divert from the God-designed family structure, and see some of those “where we went wrong” points in society. I never made any comments about what I believed in, I just asked questions. We don’t have these conversations enough, especially with other women. I think some of us are too busy judging each other’s lifestyles that we forget about our common ground.

This connects me to a moment that inspired me from Unplanned. It was the perseverance of Marilisa, the young woman that worked for 40 days for Life on the other side of the fence, praying for and speaking to the girls about to go in to the clinic for appointments. The most ‘scandalous’ thing about her behaviour to me was the relationship she formed with Abby Johnson over the years that Abby ran the clinic. Both women were fully aware that they were on opposite sides of the issue, but both continued to do their work for their causes in front of each others’ eyes, with an unfailing grit and determination . They spoke to each other cordially, and sometimes even crossed lines into personal territory. The scene that intrigued me was when Abby was getting into her car with balloons and such after celebrating her baby shower at the clinic, and Marilisa saw this. Instead of asking pointed or loaded questions, she congratulated her. She spoke to Abby with a gentle, genuine demeanor, as she was also carrying a child herself. I thought it was a powerful moment between the two women, and it’s as if Marilisa saw who Abby Johnson truly was in that moment –  not only two people, but two souls. It was a moment that fueled Marlilisa’s prayers, that Abby would one day wake up and see the truth. It was the respect and love that Marilisa treated Abby with over the years that led to the ultimate action of Abby running into her arms when she finally realized the lie that she had been living, and selling.

It’s a question we all have as pro-lifers: How can we have a meaningful impact on the other side of the fence? I think that genuine love must drive our words and actions. When we speak with people about the value of life, our bodies, motherhood and abortion, we must attempt to listen and empathize before expressing judgement. I am of the belief that small, meaningful conversations can change the game as much as large movements, protests and political sanctions can.

It’s hard to see the scale of the impact that our words have, but changing just one woman’s life is a win in itself. Teaching a girl or woman to love her body is a win. Celebrating children in all families, whether broken, blended, or nuclear is a huge win. Supporting women post-abortion is a win. Sharing information on the biology of sex, hormones, and childbirth is a win. There is so much information about the human body that kids don’t learn in schools anymore…the internet has become a new teacher with lessons that range from real to dangerously ‘fake’. You just never know when your small win can influence something as big as convincing a woman that the fetus inside of her is truly alive.

In my reflection of the film, I recall David’s awe and humiliation in Psalm 139,

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, 

for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,

 I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. 

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were 

written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139, 11-16

I pray that one day every man and woman recognizes how intentionally and intricately designed their bodies are. I pray for the day that every woman sees how precious her body is, and the part it plays in God’s beautiful love story with us. I pray that my sisters all over the world continue to draw strength and grace from our Immaculate Mother in times of confusion and turmoil.  I pray that children are loved completely and without condition, just as Jesus loved. Lastly I pray for the unborn babies. They are loved and not forgotten.

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10 Ways to Instill Pro-Life Values in Our Children

I haven’t been as involved in the pro-life movement lately. It’s a roller coaster ride for me. I am so passionate about life and about sharing the gift that a child truly is that is hard on me emotionally to feel continually defeated. Over the summer, I prayed about the true vocation of motherhood and how that translates to my time – the schedule our family keeps – and my responsibility as a mother and God really opened my eyes that my most important work is done within the walls of our own home. So, with this thought, I have been sharing with my kids during this extra special opportunity – that I am carrying a unique individual inside of me – and I thought I would make a list of how we can all share pro-life values with our families, whether pregnant or not!

10 Ways to Instill Pro Life Values in our Children by Janalin Hood

10 Ways to instill pro-life values in our children

1) Point out babies and pregnant women whenever you see them. We always oooh and awwww over babies. Teach your older children to hold doors for pregnant women. Having your children notice the gift of life is step #1.

2) Let your children see in the womb. Watch this National Graphic video about development in the womb. (Appropriate for children that are aware of the birds and the bees. Birth is shown.) Read these books to the younger children; Angel in the Waters and Before you Were Born.

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Here are our two oldest meeting their baby brother almost two years ago

3) Visit a friend/co-worker/family member that has a newborn and allow them to see (and maybe hold!) the baby.

4) Talk about abortion. This cannot be ignored. We are facing a genocide that is far greater than anything Hitler ever imagined. Our children need to know that some people think it is ok to kill babies that are growing in their mama’s bellies. Even a child can reason and realize that this is not acceptable.

5) Participate in the 40 Days for Life at home with your kids when they are young and as your children get older take them to pro-life rallies and prayer chains. There are many opportunities available locally as well as on a state and national level.

6) Let them witness to others. This is easily done with their words, their actions and what they wear. Our kids especially love this 12 week fetus model!

7) Boycott business that support Planned Parenthood. Here are some great links with many of the lists of companies that fund a business that generates 95% of it’s income from abortion.Quote

8) Always remind your children that they are special and are God’s own creation. When can come to a place where we can see Jesus in every life we instill pro-life values.

9) Read this book written by a former Planned Parenthood employee. UnPlanned, by Abby Johnson. It was like reading some sort of thriller novel… I couldn’t put it down and read it through the night until it was finished. So, you have been warned. Not a bedtime story!

10) Pray without ceasing. Pray for the 3,700 children that will lose their lives today. Pray for the women that feel like they have no other options with their unplanned pregnancies. Pray for the conversion of those in the abortion business.

11) And A BONUS!! Make this personalized timeline of a baby’s development for each of your children.  I made one quickly today for our third child- you can read his birth story here if you like those 🙂

God Made you Special Supplies
Supplies needed:

God Made you Special PDF and cut out clip art (I recommend using a card stock if you have some on hand for keepsake purposes)

-Photos of your child (first sonogram, a pregnancy photo, 3 midway sonograms, and a newborn photo.)

-Scissors

-Glue Stick
God Made you Special Project by Janalin Hood

Use the size guidelines I have provided and let your children cut and paste away! They will LOVE to have their own story of life to share with friends and family and to keep!

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

AllisonGingras

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

Coloring Book Demo

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

VALUE of $16.95 _82062271_ilcastorocover_diario_schiappa_latino

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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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