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GIVEAWAY: The Holy Week Spiritual Care Package for the Woman Who is So Stressed Out She Didn’t Realize Lent is Almost Over

GIVEAWAY The Holy Week Spiritual Care Package for the Woman Who is So Stressed Our She Didnt Realize Lent is Almost Over

our giveaway is over and our winner has been announced

congratulations to Christina Sánchez!

So we’re only a couple weeks into Lent right now, but Holy Week will be here before you know it!

Ever thought to yourself, wow I had such great intentions with Lent and now – life. You had your Lenten disciplines all lined up, what you planned to give up AND what you were going to add! But somewhere along the way, something happened. You felt defeated by being unable to stick with your disciplines. 

That’s ok. Whatever you did end up doing, God knows your heart.

That’s where this special giveaway comes into play! We want you to end this beautiful penitential season in a remarkable and meaningful way. So, we’ve compiled a set of spiritual tools we think KNOW will help you enter into Holy Week in a new and purposeful way.

And if you’re the winner of our amazing giveaway, you’ll find yourself in possession of some pretty awesome prizes to help you enter more deeply into the mysteries of the Triduum and prepare spiritually for the rejoicing of Easter!

We have some wonderful, generous sponsors for our Holy Week giveaway this year, with prizes valued at over $160! (Directions for entering via Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.)

There will be ONE grand prize winner who will win EVERYTHING pictured! 


GIVEAWAY: The Holy Week Spiritual Care Package for the Woman Who is So Stressed Out She Didn't Realize Lent is Almost Over


The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ


TAN Books

VALUE: $19.95

Hi! Martina here! ::waving hello:: This book has been a longstanding favorite of mine. I first read it during Holy Week and when we brainstormed items to add to this care package giveaway, of course, this book was top of the list. I recommend it to friends and priests alike! Faithful to the Bible story of the Passion and death of Jesus, it fills in many details and is edifying and inspiring beyond belief; plus, it is surprising and heart-rending. It will melt a heart of stone.

This book is the best on the Passion we have seen and was used as a reference in the making of the Passion of the Christ. It is also wonderful on the Blessed Mother’s role in our redemption. Includes a short biography of Sr. Emmerich. This is a great, great book for the whole family!


PRINT: “Real Presence – John 6 54-55”


Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink

VALUE: $20

 “…My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

John 6 is a key chapter to understanding the fundamental Catholic belief in – and dependence on – the real/true presence of the body of Christ in the Eucharist.

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.”

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


GIVEAWAY: St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross set of 12 notecards


Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink

VALUE: $14

Beloved Carmelite, Catholic, Spanish poet and mystic, Saint John of the Cross created his “crucifixion from above” drawing around the year 1550 AD. His unique perspective was Dali’s inspiration for his famous depiction of the crucifixion, “Christ of Saint John of the Cross,” 1951.

GIVEAWAY: Rosary place holder

Crown of Thorns Rosary Marker


Becky Cook of BC Inspirations


This “Patron Saint” rosary marker measures 2″ in length. The rosary marker is accented with an onyx stone bead. Let your rosary marker hold your place when you don’t have time to pray the rosary all at once.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Pendant

featuring artwork by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink

by Becky Cook of BC Inspirations

VALUE: $25

This stunning and unique pendant necklace features the focal point of the painting “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose” by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink. 

Pendant height: 1 5/8 Inches

Pendant width: 1 1/8 Inches

Materials: Tibetan style pendant setting, brass chain, resin, cardstock

GIVEAWAY: Triduum Veils


Triduum of Veils


Veils by Lily

VALUE: $114

This three veil set includes one white veil for Holy Thursday,

one black veil for the mourning of Good Friday,

and one black with gold veil for Easter.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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* Winners will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter. 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 unless otherwise stated.
* Catholic Sistas reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
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* The companies who have donated these items are solely responsible for delivering prizes. We trust and have a solid relationship with each 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 sponsors; it is up to them to follow through, and CS cannot be held liable for a prize not delivered.
* Giveaway ends promptly at 11:59 EST on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. This means you HAVE to enter by 11:59 PM EST Tuesday night – make sense? 🙂 

Thank you so much for reading; this blog wouldn’t exist without YOU! Good luck!


Winners announced: This is not a veiled attempt at a giveaway – we ARE giving away a free veil!

Our winners for last week’s giveaway of a free veil from Veils by Lily are listed below.

WinnerS you say? Didn’t you say you were giving away ONE free veil?

Sho nuff! I did say we were giving away one veil, but after seeing such an incredible response to the giveaway and reading through all of the wonderful stories of how you have come to veil, we {Lily and I} decided to throw in a SECOND veil as a surprise. So…I give you not one, but TWO winners for a veil of your choice.


Congratulations to Karen and Rebecca! To claim your veil, please contact Lily at lily{at}veilsbylily{dot}com with your veil choice along with your shipping address.

Thank you to everyone who entered. It has been a wonderful giveaway learning of your journey to veil. 🙂


This is not a veiled attempt at a giveaway – we ARE giving away a free veil!

This giveaway has been on my “to-do” list for quite a while. When we first started doing giveaways, I asked Lily of Veils by Lily if she would participate and she was thrilled, but then we both realized {at that time} that the holidays were on the horizon and it would have to wait until the new year.

Guess what? 

We have successfully crossed the holiday season threshold and I am FIRED UP to get the first giveaway of the 2012 year started!

Our winner will receive their choice veil or mantilla from Veils by Lily!


Lily is someone from my original online group and about 18 months ago she mentioned she was starting a new business! A few months later, *I* decided to start a new business and found myself picking her brain – poor Lily!! – she was so gracious to let me ask her all kinds of startup business questions.

About a month ago she wrote a post for us sharing how she was called to veil. I am so proud to call her a sister in Christ {ok, so I’m a sucker for all my girlfriends in the Faith and proud to call each of them friends 🙂 }.

While I have not personally felt the call to veil, I have many friends who do and have seen the devotion increase at my own home parish in the nearly six years we have been there. I see their devotion to veiling as an outward expression of that spiritual stirring inside. I don’t look at them with a feeling of jealousy, as in why haven’t I been called, but I look at it and I just see the beauty of what God has placed on their hearts.

Even if you haven’t felt the call to veil, don’t let that stop you from entering the contest!

short gold floral
Black Triangle Chantilly Lace Mantilla

Lily has an AMAZING selection of veils, from the popular Black Triangle Chantilly Lace Mantilla, her signature line of

mantillas that includes all kinds of fun colors, the limited edition veils and mantillas, and even first communion veils! With First Holy Communion on the horizon, this would be a great time to pick out one for a daughter, goddaughter or niece!


To enter this giveaway, do the following:

  1. Answer the following question in the combox section of this post: How did you know you were called to veil? 



One post per person, please.

Contest will end at 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

One winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Do you still need a reason to enter? Consider this – Lily does not use PayPal, a company in bed with Planned Parenthood, instead opting to use a payment system with the same values that Catholics do, protecting and upholding the dignity of all life, starting in the womb.

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A Call to Veil: The Mysterious Unfolds

When I look online for information about veiling at Mass (or anywhere in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament), it makes me sad to see that this is such a controversial topic. To me, veiling is a beautiful devotion, like the Rosary, that has the potential to edify the entire Body of Christ by drawing attention to both the sacredness of women and the magnificence of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

My journey to wearing a veil began as I read a discussion thread about this very topic among several good friends of mine. For months, I had been attending daily Mass and was finding myself quickly falling head over heels in love the same Eucharistic Lord I had nonchalantly received hundreds of times since my First Holy Communion in 1995.

When my friend Elaine mentioned why she veiled, she noted that the Church is rich in symbolism. She said, “The Church veils holy things—the tabernacle is veiled, behind the veil is the Body of Christ, and I am a vessel of life. A living tabernacle.”

This veiling of sacred things speaks to a kind of hiddenness that doesn’t seek to conceal in the negative sense, but rather draw us into the depths of mystery, allowing for the mysterious to unfold. In the Old Testament, Moses veiled his face. The Holy of Holies was veiled. Brides are often veiled before the “veil is lifted.” Even Jesus, the infinite God whose glory is revealed in heaven, is “veiled” before us by the accidents of bread and wine. As a wonderful priest puts it, “Like the effect of the virtue of modesty, by the very fact that something is hidden, it is allowed to become that which it is: mysterious and beautiful.”

Elaine also mentioned that veiling represents the desire to humble oneself before God: “When a man walks into church he removes his hat as an act of humility. Men show their bald spots and all of that in this act. When a woman covers her hair, her glory, she is similarly humbling herself before God.”

My heart heard that. I was absolutely in love and in awe with the magnificent reality of the Eucharist and Christ’s perfect act of self-giving—He, the God of the universe, wanted to be in such intimate union with me, yes, ME! that He wanted to physically enter into the very depths of my being and consume me with His love! And I just wanted to be His.

I admit, I also wanted to really feel like the precious child of God I’d been told so many times I was. Up until recently, I had never really believed it. I understood that God loves us…“us in general,” but not necessarily me in particular. After all, I had heard so many times from my loved ones how I had failed to be what they wanted me to be (most notoriously, thin and perfectly in control of my emotions), that I figured I was nothing special. I was nothing for someone else to die for, let alone God himself. So as I discovered the intimacy of the love of God, I longed to feel just how precious I was in His eyes, in spite of my sins and imperfections.

The first time I wore my veil before the Lord, I recalled Elaine’s words. “I am a living tabernacle.” In my heart, my longing to be His, wholly and completely, felt like fire. It reminded me of the fire I could see emanating from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I was that precious child of God, and I just wanted to be His.

Now, before I enter the sacred space that houses the Blessed Sacrament, I pause. I remind myself that the mystery I am about to enter in the Mass transcends time. I carefully slip my veil on over my head, ready to enter that sacred space and longing ever so intensely to allow Christ to marry me in the Eucharist. I am His bride.

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If you are thinking about beginning this beautiful devotion, remember that it is God before whom you wish to humble yourself. Like a religious habit, your veil is a public proclamation of your desire to submit to the will of God for your life and to answer the universal call to holiness and continual conversion. Your veil is also a sign of the great dignity that is due to a woman, who has the potential to receive life within herself… both human life and the supernatural life of God. This is an important message the world needs to hear, now more than ever! Above all, wear your veil for the greater glory of God.

Lily is a full-time, homeschooling mother of three (soon to be 4, in February 2012) with a special love for veiling in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Looking to promote a deeper reverence to the Blessed Sacrament, Lily founded Veils by Lily in August 2010 and now spends most of her spare time filling orders and returning inquiries about veiling. She blogs occasionally at The Catholic Wife.