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Of Note–June 2020

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

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


I struggled with motivation all of May. Current events have likely oppressed many of us. I was so glad to see a new month–especially June. My husband and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary and we have several birthdays in June. June is also devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s one of my favorite devotions. I don’t know about you, but I think the world needs a whole lot of mercy that can only come from the Divine Heart of Jesus. That being said, let’s dig into this month’s Of Note.

Liturgical Living

Many of us are still living quarantined lives and many summer activities have sadly been cancelled. Lacey has a wonderful idea for holding Vacation Bible School in your own backyard.

Speaking of the Sacred Heart, we will celebrate the Feast dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19th. Why not make these simple and lovely cupcakes from Catholic Cuisine as part of your celebration?

Continuing with the Sacred Heart theme, Epic Pew has 4 ways you can celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus in June.

One manner in which we can shut out the noise of the world is by spending more time in prayer. Writing for Catholic Mom Vibes, Gessica gently walks readers through her method of mental prayer.

Hidden Gems

My beautiful friend wrote this piece about the first time her family was able to attend Mass since the quarantine.

Ginny of Not so Formulaic gives some really valuable advice for parenting during crises.

I’ve a feeling many more families will be choosing to homeschool next year. Leila Marie Lawler writes one of the most lovely Catholic blogs on the web and is a veteran homeschooler. If you are mulling the idea, check out her recent post and peruse the rest of her beautiful blog.

The Professionals

I love this article by Philip Kosloski because I absolutely love incense. He claims incense can reduce airborne disease. If that is true, bring it on! Fill our churches with smoke and prayer!

We’ve all experienced broken relationships at one point or another. Jeannie Ewing has some really lovely advice on how we can begin healing our wounded relationships.

My heart has broken many times upon hearing of people dying alone due to the restrictions put in place as precautions for the corona virus. In response to this very real tragedy, Susan Klemond writes about the importance of accompanying our loved ones as they die.

From the Archives

Recent events have often made social media a very toxic and difficult place to be. A little more than a year ago I wrote a piece for Catholic Sistas giving practical guidance on appropriate social media interactions for Catholics.

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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–February 2020

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

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

Yikes! I can’t believe Lent is already closing in on us. It seems like we were just celebrating Christmas! Are you gearing up for Lent? I’m definitely thinking and praying on how my Lent will look this year. I’m sure we here on Catholic Sistas will have plenty to offer as Ash Wednesday approaches. In the meantime, let’s see what the rest of the Catholic media world has to offer.

Liturgical Living

Do you have any family traditions to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Lacy has a great resource post just in time for Mardi Gras

The Kennedy Adventures has a great resource post for the whole family in anticipation of Lent. Be sure to check it out!

Hidden Gems

Kim of Musings from the Home writes beautifully about persevering with their family rosary in the midst of living the chaos of a big and young family. While our family is on the back end of this chaos, I remember so many nights praying a non-contemplative rosary, myself.

From her blog, The Myth Retold, Carissa’s personal reflection on the intertwining of joy and sorrow is profoundly moving.

If you love reading, especially Catholic literature, you may be interested in Haley’s CathLit2020 Reading Challenge at Carrots for Michaelmas. She has some intriguing choices that I hope to pick up and read this year.

The Professionals

Aleteia recently published a guide to the Liturgy of the Hours for beginners.

I’ve recently incorporated the hour of Prime into my morning offering and I’m considering adding Compline to my evening offering beginning this Lent. Dr. Kwasniewski writes about the history and re-emergence of Prime and Compline Catholics in his most recent article for One Peter Five.

It had always been my thinking that “Ordinary Time” in the Church calendar really meant “mundane time”–a boring part of the year with no particular exciting feasts or celebrations. Writing for New Liturgical Movement, Michael P. Foley corrects my erroneous interpretation of “Ordinary Time” and gives the reader much to consider regarding past revisions of the liturgical calendar.

From the Archives

Ink Slinger, Michelle, wrote this beautifully poignant reflection for Lent several years ago. It’s definitely worth a re-read.

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Of Note–January 2020

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

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

Happy New Year! Are we ready for the Roaring 20s? After a two week break from “normal” life I’m ready to dive into a new year and new decade.

Liturgical Living

One of our favorite liturgical living blogs, Catholic Icing, has some wonderful ideas for celebrating the Epiphany with your family.

My Catholic Kitchen has a delicious looking recipe for traditional Southern Black Eyed Peas, typically served on New Year’s but I’m thinking these will be great anytime this winter.

Hidden Gems

My friend Ellie is a fellow bibliophile and I look forward to her book recommendations every year. Her 2019 book list has a few very intriguing titles I hope to dig into for 2020.

Ginny of Not So Formulaic has some life changing guidance for moms/families struggling with impulsive, destructive kids.

It’s not too late to make some Catholic New Year’s Resolutions. Check out these ideas from Held By His Pierced Hands.

The Professionals

Have you ever called on a particular Saint to be your patron for the year? This short article from Aleteia lists several ways for choosing a yearly Saint.

Leila Miller’s recent interview with a Tribunal psychologist is eye-opening, a touch heart-breaking, and leaves one thinking, “What has happened to Catholic marriage?”

Father Pokosky writes clearly and beautifully about The God of Justice and of Mercy in his recent article for The Catholic Thing.

Who knew the Blessed Mother’s title “Theotokos” was such a controversy in the early Church? Philip Kosloski summarizes the history in a recent article for Aleteia.

From the Archives

Toward the end of January the annual National March for Life will descend upon Washington DC. During our 11 years in the DC area our family attended the march several times. As a pro-life family we have impressed upon our children the inherent dignity of life for every person. Inkslinger Janalin provided 10 ways we might instill pro-life values in our children in this article from our archives.

 

 

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Of Note – A Collection of Orthodox Catholic Reading

 

Happy New Year, Sistas! Are you as excited about the new series we have coming in 2019 as I am? I cannot wait to read more of Relatable: Love Actually and Unyoked: Healing after Divorce. Today I have the privilege of announcing yet another great new feature for Catholic Sistas 2019. Of Note: A Collection of Orthodox Catholic Reading will be an on going series of monthly posts filled with links to the best of Catholic blogging.

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We are hoping to streamline that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. We will offer orthodox reading filled with inspiration, knowledge, current events, and liturgical living.

So grab a cup and a comfy spot and see what we’ve been reading here on First Fridays. Our first edition of Of Note premiers March 1, 2019. In the meantime, if you have a favorite blogger who may not be well known but is worth reading, let us know in the combox or you can email me at OfNote@CatholicSistas.com.