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  • MEET OUR EXTENDED FAMILY - THE SAINTS

    from 52 Sundays "A Guide to Reclaim The Lord’s Day for Faith and Family" 
    By Anita Houghton and Tara Stenger 

    The saints are members of the Church who are with Christ in heaven praying for those in the Church who are still on their pilgrimage of faith. The saints in this year’s edition of 52 Sundays all share one thing in common: they are martyrs of the Church.  Saints help us see how our ordinary lives can be lived out in extraordinary ways.

    Stanley Rother, U.S. Priest Killed in '81 in Guatemala, Is Declared a  Martyr - The New York Times








     

    St. Crispina (Feast Day December 5)
    d. 304 

    St. Crispina was a wealthy Roman wife and mother of several children in Thagara, Africa. When she found herself in danger of losing her children, her possessions, and her life in the raging persecution, instead of being intimidated, she was filled with a holy joy, because of the Christian education which she had received from her most tender years.

    Being arrested in her native city of Thagara by order of the proconsul Anulinus, and brought before his tribunal, he inquired of her whether she was aware of the imperial edicts which commanded that all persons should sacrifice to the gods of the empire. She said that she would not sacrifice to any other God other than the Lord Jesus who suffered for us. As a result, Crispina was tortured and publicly ridiculed. On December 5, she was beheaded. 

    St Crispina was held in high veneration all through Africa and is honored by St. Augustine in various parts of his works, in which he speaks of her martyrdom.


    FAMILY FUN:   

    Celebrating St. Nicholas

    The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6th. This feast is celebrated around the world in various cultures. In some countries, children put their shoes by the door the night before in hopes of finding a treat in the morning.

    Consider starting a tradition of sharing the story of St. Nicholas and celebrating the feast day with your family. Considering borrowing or purchasing books about this Catholic saint. (Or visit https://www.stnicholascenter.org/who-is-st-nicholas)

    RECIPE OF THE WEEK:

    Homemade Alfredo Sauce

    White is often associated with purity, peace, and snow. Enjoy this white sauce as you dream about a white Christmas!

    2 cloves garlic minced
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    Brown above ingredients

    Add:
    2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1 stick butter
    ¾ cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
    ¼ cup Shredded Asiago cheese

    ‍Stir till thickened over low flame. Serve over pasta.


    FAMILY PRAYER: 

    Lord,

    You send prophets as your messengers to help point us back to you.

    Thank you for John the Baptist, who reminds us to prepare for your coming. Help us to be like him: proclaiming your goodness and sharing your Word with others, even when it is not an easy or popular thing to do.

    Guide our actions and open our eyes so that we may “prepare the way of the Lord” in our home.

    We ask this in your all-powerful Name. Amen.

     

  • December
    Events outside of regular meetings


    12/7  Advent Bible Study:  "It's a   
                              Wonderful LIfe in Christ"
    12/10 Ancient Order of Hibernians                          Christmas Dinner / Dance                             (Scholarship Fundraiser)
    12/12  Columbiettes Christmas Show
                Entertainer Jacob Hunt

     

  • This Week's 
    Liturgy Link

    December 5
    Holy, Holy, Holy is a prayer that we pray or sing with all the angels and saints in heaven. Listen to the words of this prayer. What does it say about God?

    The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates that Mary was always free from sin, even from that very first moment of her life (conception) in the womb of her mother,           St. Anne. It is celebrated on December 8th and is a Holy Day of Obligation.


    Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

    ‍TAKE TIME TO CHAT

    • John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming of Jesus. Why was it important for people to prepare for his coming? What did John ask them to do?
    • If Jesus was coming to your house, what would you do to prepare?
    • The Messiah came to set things right in the world. If Jesus’ earthly ministry happened today, what would he “set right” in the world?
    • In a time of trouble, St. Crispina was filled with a holy joy because of the Christian education she received. Share a time when the teachings that were handed on to you became a source of comfort or joy.