November 29, 2010
November 28, 2010
My husband is not a peanut butter cookie lover like his ever-loving wife so when I asked what he had to say about the cookies he said, "I don't know? They are round?" *chuckle*
Eowyn roller blading down the hall.... actually I think is it more accurate to say roller-chugging as she was not at all blading, just kind of trying to balance and move forward.
November 25, 2010
November 21, 2010
We made the Good Sugar Cookie recipe found on page 16.
These cookies are a nice soft sugar cookie with crispy edges, spiced with cinnamon and cloves. They remind me very much of the sugar cookies my NY Grandma used to make. Anyway, these were delicious and I think they would be perfect with some hot apple cider or cranberry hot drink. Aragorn's reaction was "They are like a pancake." chuckle We made a single batch. I forgot how small a single batch is! We only got 15 big cookies. For the ordinary size family that is about 4 cookies each, in our size family that is a 1-1/4 cookie teaser.
Got one the first day. YAY!
Bilbo just making a fashion statement.
November 19, 2010
November 17, 2010
Bilbo: Who made it cold? pause
Obviously any weather that renders the use of shoes and jackets must come from the evil one.
“I was right on board as soon as Michele mentioned the idea of forming a children's choir”, said Julie. “We first met at St. Michael's back in 1991 and having a mutual love for beautiful music, started a chant schola, which dissipated with the death of Fr. Kunz. With the Motu Proprio and re-introduction of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Madison Diocese, we were once again reunited through the Latin Mass Choir at St. Norbert's. I think that children should learn truly beautiful music that is so often forgotten in the Church today. Since the first purpose of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is to adore God in the most perfect way, the music chosen should serve to enhance the Mass and uplift the soul to God.”
Michele agreed, “It is my own personal sense that the children of our times have a special role to play in the restoration of beauty. My hope for them is that their hearts and spirits continue to sing the praises of their God and their Catholic faith throughout periods of joy, privation, or persecution. Music has the ability to momentarily transport us from this mortal plane of existence, allowing us to experience our connection to the Celestial Realm and Those who eagerly await us there.”
The children are singing Gregorian Chant Mass IX - Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salve Mater Misericordiae and Credo IV. The hymns include Omni Die Dic Mariae and O Purest of Creatures as well as polyphonic pieces sung in two parts: Ecce Panis Angelorum, Alma Redemptoris and O Esca Viatorum.
You may read the article in full HERE but I will highlight a few of the points (because if you are like me you really can't stand just a blind link that you don't know what you are going to and whether it is worth the time)
In case you are not aware, our Bishop and three Priests have come under some rather severe public criticism. It all began when our Bishop brought in three Priests from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest to serve the needs of St. Mary's Parish in Platteville. The immediate reaction among many, even before the Priests arrived, was that this was not going to work. This kind of predisposition is certainly uncharitable. Almost predictably, after a few months during which these Priests and our Bishop were treated to a barrage of public criticism, even scorn, donations in Platteville have dropped in half.
You will be happy to know that our local Knights are rallying to the support of their Priests, their Bishop and their beloved parish school. I attended their last council meeting and found Knights discussing ways in which they could publicly express their support for their Priests as well as raise funds to help their Catholic school. They are dedicating the funds from their next two breakfasts to the support of the school, which is in desperate need of funds to continue through the remainder of this school year.
After the meeting one of the Knights took me to view their sanctuary. I had noticed how beautiful it looked before the meeting but I did not know the history. He told me that the beautiful area behind the altar, with the two statues, the "spires" pointing heavenward, and the ornate tabernacle were all placed there by the new Priests. ............. Unfortunately, this change was met with great resistance among many in the parish.
Another change that was met with perhaps even greater resistance was to move to bolster priestly vocations by declaring that all altar servers must be boys.
Please pray that the people of Platteville will have their hearts and minds opened to understand the gift they are being given.
With three Priests, they have been able to add Masses to the regular schedule. There is now an opportunity for masses in Latin daily and a Mass in Spanish, the native language of these Priests, on Sunday. Even this is being criticized. Also, with three priests, they no longer have a need for extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Of course, you guessed it, more criticism, even though our Church is clear that extraordinary ministers are to be used only when the extraordinary (not ordinary) need exists.
So read HERE for the full article.
The Knights are collecting money to help keep the school open, if you would like to donate please click on the article. Or I just received this nifty widget from one of the priests.... (let's see if I can handle this)
November 15, 2010
November 13, 2010
Well, actually I detest trash, it's the bane of my existance but it seems to be a theme song around here.
Let this be a reminder that what you let your children watch/listen to when they are small will be what they want to hear again when they reach 40+. And here I sit bellowing out I love trash, anything dirty or dingy or dusty.... The older children groaned the little ones are giddy.