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Of Note–April 2020

Testing . . . are you all still with us? It has been quite awhile since we’ve been able to offer new content here. We have had some very trying technical difficulties with the Catholic Sistas website in general and we are hoping and praying to have the kinks worked out very soon. Stay tuned!

How are we all holding up with our social distancing, shelter-at-home, and lockdowns? It’s crazy, right? It has been a very “Lenty-Lent” to say the least. Let’s take a break from virus talk and take a look at what else is being offered in the way of the Catholic world of writing.

Liturgical Living

Have you tried doing Stations of the Cross at home? Lacey from Catholic Icing has multiple resources that will help you make this devotion a part of your home observances for Holy Week.

I’m loving Elizabeth Clare’s wonderful list of liturgical books for April.

How about making your own Paschal Candle this year? Joyful Catholic Families has a simple tutorial that can easily be done at home with just a few materials.

Hidden Gems

I love this idea from Musings from the Home for an art wall to display your littles’ masterpieces.

With the likelihood most everyone will be homeschooling theirchildren through the end of the school year I thought this advice regarding homeschool scheduling from Ginny of Not So Formulaic could be particularly helpful.

Are you still looking for unique Catholic gifts to put in Easter baskets? Kendra Tierney’s gift guide will help you create especially memorable baskets this Easter.

My friend Maria recently wrote a beautiful reflection on the 50th Anniversary of her First Holy Communion.

The Professionals

Writing for Aleteia, John Burger has put together a short list of worthy writings from several Church Fathers.

Randall Smith compares the classical secular view vs the Catholic view of the four classic/cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude in his latest for The Catholic Thing.

From the Archives

Writing in 2018, Inkslinger Delia’s Beyond the Darkness seems especially fitting for how Lent must be feeling for us all right now. Stick with her to the end.

Helpful Resources for a Holy Week during Coronavirus

With Holy Week upon us I really wanted to offer a couple extra resources to help you and your family observe the most holy of weeks in the liturgical year.

Dr. Kwasniewski has a very useful booklet for praying a Missa Sicca (dry mass) at home. This follows a Tridentine type formula in case it doesn’t look particularly familiar. Our family used this booklet this past Sunday, and while it did not replace Mass for us, it was certainly better than nothing and really assisted in our attempt to “keep holy the Sabbath.”

If you are not familiar with or fond of the Tridentine Rite, Reason and Theology has a wonderful article explaining how to pray a dry mass that more closely resembles the Novus Ordo or Ordinary Form of the Mass.

Liturgical Press has a wonderful resource page and your family may greatly benefit from their Holy Week at Home booklet.

Kendra Tierney just published a fantastic booklet for celebrating a dry mass for Easter. She is charging $3 for a digital download, but I think it is well worth the price. You can use it to follow a live stream Mass of the celebration of Easter during the day or all on it’s own.

Calling All Catholic Bloggers

If you write a Catholic blog or know of a Catholic blog we’d very much like to hear about it. You can send a link directly to us via the combox or email: OfNote@CatholicSistas.com

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Of Note – March 2019

 

Welcome to the first installment of Of Note. We’ve scoured the Catholic blogosphere and our own archives to bring you worthy orthodox Catholic reading. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up in your favorite spot, and enjoy.

Liturgical Living

Lacey from Catholic Icing has some wonderful printable idea pages that will help you plan your best Lent and Easter yet! 

How many of our families have birthdays which fall during Lent?  We have one that falls on Ash Wednesday this year. Kendra Tierney from Catholic All Year has some great advice on how families might celebrate birthdays that fall during Lent.

I absolutely love this idea for delving into scripture from Heather Lynne of Crafty Catholic Teacher. I think I might add it to my Lenten plans this year.

 

Hidden Gems

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve had to have heard of the decluttering queen Marie Kondo. Musings from the Home has some lovely, wise words on Christ-like minimalism and practicing detachment.

This post on “feminine styles of holiness” from Melanie of Joy of Nine9 really spoke to me.

Ginny from Not So Formulaic has some very wise advice for living Lent with kids who have invisible special needs and are differently-wired.

 

The Professionals

Nikko Lane from One Peter Five taps into the popular KonMarie method and applies it to the current spiritual strife in the Church.

Celia Pigg writing for Aleteia calls out impatience as the great relationship destroyer. Read her encouragement on giving your full attention to the person in front of you.

Evidence of the efficacy of prayer, Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture writes about a pro-life miracle in the Arlington Diocese.

Being a convert myself, and a fan of Old Hollywood, I couldn’t resist reading snippets from Marie Claire Kendall’s book, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends in Doug Mainwaring’s article for LifeSite News.

 

Ink Slingers

Our very own Anni blogs at Beautiful Camouflage.  Her recent post inspires us to Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Catholic.  You don’t want to miss reading her call to action.

Another of our wonderful contributors, Sarah of Wild Things Adventure has me thinking about my garden plan even if we still have at least 3 more months before we can plant here in Utah. I think my boys will enjoy planning with me tapping into Sarah’s “garden school”.

 

From the Archives

Ink Slinger Michelle wrote about her Lenten struggles in 2017. This post is such a great one to revisit before Lent 2019 begins.

 

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

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Fabulously Featured: Equipping Catholic Families

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

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Today we turn our attention to Equipping Catholic Families, which is authored by Monica McConkey. Equipping Catholic Families is an amazing resource for Catholic parents! I have a heart for blogs that offer resources such as crafts, printables, and even cool Catholic cake toppers for Catholic parents to use to build up their domestic church! Let’s dive in and learn more about Monica and Equipping Catholic Families.

Monica McConkey
Monica McConkey

Established

December 2010

Theme

Catholic crafts and celebrations and family life and traditions.

Inspiration/Motivation

I wrote a book about crafts to celebrate the Seasons and Feastdays of the Liturgical Calendar back in 2001 (A Treasure Chest) and continued adding Catechism, Prayer, Saint and Sacrament craft kits and quizzing cards as part of our family apostolate Arma Dei. It took me a couple years to figure out how to make a real website…and just when I launched our Arma Dei website, I discovered blogging and how much more user-friendly it was to share posts!

I really enjoy finding new ways to teach and celebrate our Catholic Faith and blogging gives me the opportunity to justify the amount of time I put into these crafts and activities!

While I continue to write about these practical ways to celebrate our Faith, I’m feeling more drawn lately to personal prayer and I’m trying to pass along what I have learned (from some reallyFaith-filled people) about what our relationship with Jesus can be like.

Favorite Element

I really like the fact that I can create series of posts like Feast Day Fun or Rome Posts or Catholic Printables and display them all in a neat gallery.

I also like the fact that I’m able to use my 16 year old daughter Kelly’s drawings of the Saints. See Feast Day Fun

Favorite Post

30 Ways to Play showcases some of our featured activities and craft kits celebrating the Saints!  I just seem to be getting more and more inspired by the Saints and I’m always looking for ways to welcome them into our family.

It Happened on a Double Decker Bus describes a powerful experience I had on my recent pilgrimage to Rome…and a little more about that personal relationship with Jesus.

Feast Day Fun Saint Thérèse is an example of our Feast Day Fun posts. They include my 16 year old daughter’s Kelly Saints, a quick bio and some ideas to help celebrate the Feast Day.

Balance

Still striving for balance!

I try to have a decent amount of prayer time and/or spiritual reading each day. (I’m loving Blessed Is She to launch my day)

I try to blog when the kids are asleep, at school or otherwise occupied.

I have a blog patron: St John Paul II! I think he has on occasion sent me tech help when I asked for it!

I try to pray for help setting my priorities and working on exactly what I should be working on.

When my blog has technical difficulties, I pray that it will get fixed if there are posts that anyone needs to see and if I’m meant to let go of the blog, that the Lord will show me what he wants me to do in its place.

Audience

I’m writing to other Catholic Moms and teachers looking for fun ways to celebrate and teach our Catholic Faith!​

 

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Catch Phrase/Tagline

Celebrating the Catholic Faith through crafts, activities and family traditions.

Advice

Join the Catholic Bloggers Network to enjoy the community of almost 1400 Catholic Bloggers: link up your blog, participate in our link ups and events, become a regular contributor and join our FB group for blog support and friendship!

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

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Fabulously Featured: Catholic Camera

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

CatholicCamera

Catholic Camera is the focus of today’s afternoon installment of Fabulously Featured. It is authored by Maria Dolan and she snaps pics of events with an eye for detail. As a former event photographer, I can appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to get these photos taken, documenting some wonderful church events. Let’s get started and learn more about Catholic Camera.

Maria Dolan
Maria Dolan

Established

June 1, 2013

Theme

Catholic events.

Inspiration/Motivation

What inspired me to start blogging was attending the Christmas Eve Mass at Historic St Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City, NJ. Our family met a very holy frail Augustinian priest, Fr. Augustus Sandman. He has since passed away. He was 91 years old and received all his sacraments at St Nicholas of Tolentine, even ordination when the church was an Augustinian parish. I felt compelled to tell his amazing story! Did you ever meet someone you just knew was a saint? Well, that was my sensation. I also knew I would never see him again.

The following time was six months later at the First Mass of a newly ordained Franciscan priest. Our family is lay associates of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and this brother becoming a priest was quite inspiring. I could not contain my joy and jubilation so that was the first event I started blogging photos of that incredible day.

What motivates me is the beauty of our church, our faith, our Catholic events. There is so much beauty and awe in the events I photograph and write about that I just want to share that same joy with others.

Favorite Element

My favorite element is seeing the photos posted and sharing them with others who could not attend or sharing them with those who were present and want to see the day in pictures.

 

Favorite Post

My favorite post was on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which brought 1000’s of people to walk in the streets of Red Bank, NJ in the freezing cold to honor the Mother of God. That kind of devotion was truly inspiring!

Balance

I have to prioritize my life to find a balance. My sacrament of marriage is first. My vocation as mother is second. It’s not easy because I have an urge to immerse myself in my blog but the day is short and the day goes quickly. If I focus on God and what he is asking me to do I am at peace because my marriage and family come first. Being able to post on my blog is a gift of love and a bonus in my life. Focusing on Christ I stay focused on the hidden life I lead. The life of fame and fortune will never be mine. And if I am caught up in the stress of wanting to set aside time to post and forsake my family I will have to answer for that. That’s how I keep my balance.

Any practical tips?

Prayer. Asking to do God’s will. Making the Consecration to give my life to Mary so she can order my day.

Audience

The parish, and those who attend the events I blog about.

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Catch Phrase/Tagline

The beauty of God will convert!

Advice

See my post above on balance!

And then find a support group that can encourage you!

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

Have a question or comment for our featured blogger? Please leave them in the comments below!

Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

Send an email to Martina@CatholicSistas.com and reference the Fabulously Featured series and we’ll get the ball rolling to get you or your friend featured!

 

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Fabulously Featured: Saints 365

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words. 🙂

Saints365

Today we turn our attention to Saints 365, which is authored by Debbie Gaudino. Saints 365 is Debbie’s personal blog, where she hopes to engage and encourage readers {as well as herself} to strive for holiness in the trenches of everyday life. How refreshing! Let’s do this Catholic thing together, by looking at our everyday circumstances and finding holiness there!

Debbie Gaudino
Debbie Gaudino

Established

2014

Theme

I generally write about applying the truths of the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to everyday life.

Inspiration/Motivation

Two years ago I began studying for my Masters in Theology via the Distance Learning program at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  I love the classes and all that I am learning and felt the desire to share that with others.  Lots of things inspire me to write: a quote from a saint that I stumble upon, a homily that I hear at Mass, a unique fact that I find out about our Catholic faith that I never knew, and my own lived-out experience of being a Catholic wife and Mom.

Favorite Element

I get a tremendous satisfaction from writing and have long kept a journal, so even without readers I think I would still continue to write – for me, writing helps me process my thoughts and feelings about something. As far as the blog goes, I am extremely grateful and humbled when others are touched by something I shared.

Favorite Post

The Angelus: Domestic Church Style and What’s the Big Deal About the Pope Going to Confession? are two of my favorite posts. Ironically, they are two of the fastest written posts I have ever done – and that is one of the reasons they are a fav of mine. Within a month of blogging, I realized that if I couldn’t keep it honest and real, I shouldn’t be writing and these posts are some of may earliest attempts at writing from my the depths of my heart and my own experience.

Balance

Balance is a challenge and I struggle with it in my writing as well as in other areas of my life. I try to keep the guilty feelings at bay by taking frequent check-points with my husband, my spiritual director, and my children as to how I am doing in the balancing act of life.  There have definitely been seasons in my life where I have had to back-off of some activities, and other times where I have been able to add things to my plate without issue. Making myself accountable to others I trust in this area has been a huge help to me.

Audience

I guess I write for anyone who is interested in reading – my hope is that whoever reads will walk away enriched by the experience. I don’t have a “target audience” per se, and my subscribers include men and women across a variety of ages and stages of life. ​

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Catch Phrase/Tagline

“Striving for the heights of holiness the trenches of everyday life.” This is my blog’s tagline and it pretty much summarizes my life’s philosophy – I want to be a saint and I know the only road to sanctity is in the trenches of my life – as mundane and messy as those trenches often are.

Advice

The greatest advice I would give to a new Catholic blogger comes from the Episcopal motto of one of my very favorite (hopefully soon to be saints) Blessed John Henry Newman: Cor ad Cor Loquitur – which means “heart speaks to heart”. If you share from your heart – it will speak to the hearts of those who read your blog. This heart to heart sharing is what really changes lives, builds community and provides encouragement and inspiration in a world that so desperately needs it.  Above all else – Catholic blogs should give glory to God – and the ultimate litmus test of hitting “publish” on a post should be just that – did I glorify God through this writing.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

Have a question or comment for our featured blogger? Please leave them in the comments below!

Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

Send an email to Martina@CatholicSistas.com and reference the Fabulously Featured series and we’ll get the ball rolling to get you or your friend featured!