Category: holidays

Lent Activities

Burying the Alleluia There is a tradition called the Burying of the Alleluia.  During Lent, as a symbol that we are separated from God by sin, we don’t sing the Alleluia during the Mass because we are separated from praising God with the Angels…

Candlemas Activities

Plant Snowdrops (later) They are bulbs and must therefore be planted in the fall.  However, you can “force” them if you don’t live where there is snow. Planting to have for Candlemas if you don’t live in an area that gets cold is easy….

Candlemas Recipes

Spicy Pancakes 1 cup flour ¼ cup wheat germ ¼ cup oatmeal 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup milk 1 egg 3 tablespoons melted butter Wisk together.   ½ cup raisins ½ cup walnuts Add…

Candlemas Introduction

February 2 When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. Luke 2:22 Happy Candlemas!  Before I can tell you what this holiday is I have to…

Carnevale Recipes

Jambalaya 2 cups white rice 4 cups water Boil water, add rice.  Simmer 20 minutes. 1 pound ham 2 boneless chicken breasts 1 cup onion ½ cup celery 3 cloves of garlic 1 link Andouille sausage ½ cup green bell pepper ¼ cup green…

Carnevale Activities

Make a Mask Making a mask is helpful, psychologically as well as a spiritually.  Making a mask from paper or decorating one from the store allows you to explore who you are and who is the façade that you show to the world.  While…

Carnevale Introduction

Epiphany to Mardi Gras  For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Happy Carnevale!  Epiphany started the season of Carnevale (see Epiphany posts).  Carnevale is not…

Epiphany Recipes

King Cake 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoon salt Mix. Preheat oven to 350.   1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons Grand Mariner 1 cup milk 1 1/2 tablespoons…

Epiphany Activities

Bless Your House It has long been a tradition to do a house blessing on Epiphany because on entering the house the Kings were blessed by finding Jesus.  Feel free to make up your own house blessing, with holy water, salt, sage, whatever you…

Epiphany Introduction

January 6  They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great…