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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–December 2019

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


We are nearly a week into Advent 2019. Here is what we’ve found worth reading in the world of Catholic blogging.

Liturgical Living

Lacey of Catholic Icing has a cute song to help kids learn about Advent.

My Catholic Kitchen has a wonderful recipe for mulled wine in honor of Saint John’s feast day at the end of this month but as the days get colder and shorter, I’m thinking anytime is a good time for mulled wine.

Hidden Gems

Father John Hollowell is such a wonderful homilist but occasionally he also writes on his blog. This piece is a combination of a homily and notes from the homily on being a people who wait on a God who waits is a perfect reflection for Advent.

If you haven’t quite finished your Christmas shopping, Kathryn of Team Whitaker has a fantastic gift guide worth a gander.

Haley of Carrots for Michelmas also has a wonderful gift guide focusing on small family businesses and includes several coupon codes.

The Professionals

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the advent of the Novus Ordo. Father Roger Landry, of the National Catholic Register, pens a thought provoking piece on how the Novus Ordo was meant to be celebrated.

Sarah Damm of Blessed is She has some wonderful advice on waiting for Christmas to celebrate even while the world prematurely celebrates around us.

We lived in Japan for three years 20 plus years ago. While we attended Mass at the base chapel, we had the opportunity to attend Mass in a Japanese Catholic church on several occasions. Catholics make up less than 1% of the population in Japan and I found it fascinating to see how Japanese Catholics practiced their faith. Ken Foye of One Peter 5 teaches in a public university in Japan. This article explores the pros and cons of being a Catholic in Japan.

Ink Slingers

Our own Michelle Fritz writes a raw and wrenching reflection on dealing with painful memories during a season of celebration.

From the Archives

Ink Slinger Celeste Bowen wrote a simple tutorial for crafting a crown for Saint Lucy’s Day–celebrated on December 13th. If you have one or several daughters this is a great project and a fun way to observe the feast.

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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