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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

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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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GIVEAWAY: Fill Your Easter Basket!

Can you believe Easter is just around the corner? It seems like seasons and years have just begun only to find out, we are already into month three of the year, and a mere weeks from the Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ! While our goal is not to detract from the penitential nature of the season of Lent, we do understand that Easter baskets are probably on your radar by now {or maybe it just now hit you?}. 

Just after Robin’s Eggs candy, Peeps, and plastic grass to get stuck to it, how would some amazing Catholic movies for your kiddos/godchildren/nieces/nephews sound? {details to enter at the bottom of this post}

Catholic Sistas is EGG-cited to partner with CCC of America for this giveaway to bring you…
EasterBasketFAMILY MOVIES BUILDING LIFETIME VALUES

Valued at: $60.00

Saints & Heroes: Marian Collection

Our three most popular CCC films from our eleven captivating children’s animated films on the virtuous lives of the saints and heroic conquerors of the faith.

  • The Day Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima
  • Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes
  • Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe

Duration: 30 min
Language: English, Spanish, French
Audience: All Ages

Special Flavor Short Film

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!

Duration: 11:20 min
Language: English
Audience: 12+

Catch Short Film

CATCH is an inspirational short film about fatherhood and the value of quality family time. It delivers a strong punch to busy parents who make promises they can’t keep.

This 11 min short film focuses on family and what fatherhood really means. Just maybe, this could be the start of making everyday….Father’s Day!

Duration: 11:08 min
Language: English
Audience: 12+

CCC of America is a trusted leader in family entertainment for the past 30 years, dedicated to producing and distributing a full line of wholesome Christian family entertainment that promotes good moral values. By purchasing this video and encouraging your friends to acquire their copy, you are actually assisting in the production of new films like this.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Use the code EASTER40 to get the Marian Collection for $25.00 (that’s 60% off retail) and their (2) short films newest releases are on sale for $7.50, perfect for Easter Baskets! 

You can ALSO use the EXCLUSIVE code SISTAS40 to take 40% off your total CCC of America purchase.

Easter Basket 2


 

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter, you MUST answer at least ONE of the following questions in the comments below:

“How is your Lent going?” 

OR

“What is your favorite Easter candy?”

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES can be earned {but are not required} by sharing this link on social media. All you have to do is comment again with all the verifiable places you’ve shared {Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, email friends and family} and you will get ONE entry for EACH place you promote the contest. You can download the graphic here to share. Your private accounts must be public for the duration of verifying and we appreciate your understanding in this! 

THE LOOT

ONE lucky winner will win the FIVE movies listed above: The Day Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima, Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes, Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe, Special Flavor, and Catch

THE RULES

Giveaway will end at 10 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 {comments will be closed upon deadline}.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS


* Winner will be drawn randomly. CS will email the winners. Once they confirm they will be publicly announced on the blog. 
* 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.
* Catholic Sistas reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
* This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
* CCC of America has donated these items and is solely responsible for delivering prizes. We trust and have a solid relationship with our sponsor of this giveaway; however, sometimes things happen outside our control. We are simply hosting the giveaway and putting the winners in contact with the sponsor; it is up to them to follow through (and we have utmost confidence that they will!); CS cannot be held liable for a prize not delivered.
* Giveaway ends promptly at 10 p.m. CST on March 9, 2016.

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Catholic Children’s Movies – a Review of CCC and a Fantastic Giveaway!

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CCCKids Saints campaign from Tuesday 12/02-Friday 12/05: 3 movie giveawaysWatch the spirit of giving and the magic of Christmas sparkle in your children’s eyes as they watch CCC of America’s award-winning animated films. This month we are featuring three saints with feast days in December.

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We absolutely love the CCC saints and heroes movies in our house; they are truly great aids to our children’s faith formation! They make the saints approachable for our children as we fall in love with the characters in the story. Several of the saints depicted in the movies have feast days this month, and we were glad to sit and watch them as a family as a way of learning about each saint. In honor of the CCCKids Campaign this week, they graciously sent us three saint movies to watch and review.

{We couldn’t pick a favorite movie at first, but eventually my boys settled on St. Nicholas (although probably because we have been talking a lot about his upcoming feast day, as they dream about the candy that will show up in their shoes!) Each of the movies is truly a treasure, and they would make wonderful Christmas gifts for children or godchildren.}

Francis Xavier and the Samurai’s Lost Treasure (feast day: December 3)

francisThe story begins with St. Francis as a university student, and depicts the friendship between St. Francis and St. Ignatius of Loyola; Francis learns about sacrifice from his friend, Ignatius, who secretly works to earn money to pay Francis’s tuition. Francis, inspired by his friend’s example, soon devotes his life to Christ, becomes a priest, and is sent to a village in India as a missionary. The villagers are pearl divers, and are required to fill a chest with pearls in order to pay their tax to the government; however, raiders continually descend upon their village to steal their chests of pearls. With Francis’ help, they are able to outsmart the raiders and save the village. Francis wins their friendship and the villagers ask to be baptized.

While in India, Francis also meets a displaced samurai in the village who is searching for a special black pearl to take back to the Emperor in his home country of Japan. When the samurai finds his pearl and returns to Japan, Francis decides to go with him to bring the Gospel to the Japanese. First, he must approach the Emperor to ask permission to preach. The pearl is stolen from the samurai, and is accidentally dropped in the Emperor’s crocodile pool. Francis not only saves the pearl, but also wins the samurai’s heart for Christ. His compassion on the pearl thieves also touches the Emperor’s heart, who allows the Good News of Jesus to be preached throughout Japan. Francis is an example of heroism and of the importance of preaching the Gospel despite impossible circumstances.

Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa (feast day: December 6)

nicholasNicholas is the son of a wealthy Christian man; even as a child, his generosity shines through. He trades his brand new horse in order to purchase a slave child, Adrian, about his own age, simply to set him free. When his parents die, he gives nearly all of his wealth to the church, and uses the rest to bless his neighbors. Nicholas’s love of Jesus causes the bishop to appoint him as his successor. He is well-loved by the people of his town, and many convert because of his example.

Soon, Emperor Diocletian issues a proclamation for the persecution of Christians. Nicholas’s cathedral is burned, and he is imprisoned for many years. When Constantine becomes Emperor, Nicholas is released, but he is told that Christianity has been all but wiped out. What a wonderful surprise when he walks into the newly rebuilt cathedral for Midnight Mass on Christmas and sees a full congregation, as well as his friend Adrian, now a priest, celebrating Mass!

The movie ends by explaining how Nicholas, the generous gift giver, was emulated through the centuries by other Christians, and how his memory lives on as he has been assimilated into different cultures. In American culture, the man we know as Santa Claus is actually our interpretation of St. Nicholas. “Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa” really does a wonderful job of tying in Santa with the good Saint, so as not to cause confusion among children. (In our house, we celebrate St. Nicholas Day and while we don’t really “do” Santa, our kids know that Santa is actually a representation of St. Nicholas, thanks to the explanation in the movie.)

Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe (feast day: December 9; feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12)

juandiegoThis movie is a beautiful depiction of the love the Blessed Mother has for each one of us. Juan is a poor Indian convert who is struggling to reconcile his former Aztec beliefs with his new belief in Catholicism. He becomes discouraged as he is asked not to teach the children anymore because some of his ideas about religion are confused. Mary appears to Juan at the Hill of Tepeyac, reassuring him of her love for him, calling him “my littlest son.” After several days of appearing to him, she gives him roses to take to the Bishop so that he will believe the apparitions, and to convince him to build a church on the hill. Juan hurries to the Bishop’s house, and shows him the roses, which do not normally grow in Mexico in December. As the roses spill from his tilma, the image of Our Lady appears imprinted on the fabric – the image that we know as Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Bishop then believes Juan and has a church built there in honor of Mary.

This story not only illustrates Mary’s love for her spiritual children, but also has many humorous parts intertwined; a salesman is constantly trying to sell Juan a new tilma, but Juan insists that he prefers his old one. Of course, when Mary’s image appears, Juan must get a new one, and the salesman ends up giving one to Juan for free. The movie is truly delightful!

I really cannot recommend these movies enough; they are innocent, wholesome, educational, and entertaining. My only wish is that CCC produces more movies with new saints, and soon! I can give some suggestions as to what I’d love to see – St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Catherine of Siena, St. John Bosco… 😉

(I received 3 complimentary movies from CCC to review; all opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated for this review.)

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Giveaway:

Rejoice this Advent season with these beautifully animated stories learning charity from the real Saint Nick, discovering the courage of Juan Diego, and experience the importance of missionary work like Saint Francis Xavier. 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)

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends Friday, December 5, at midnight EST. US residents only.

 

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