Category Archives: Catholic

Rosary Step 1 – Learning the Prayers

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! My husband and I started praying the rosary together before we were married.  When we first started having kids we would pray the rosary as a family after supper before the kids went to bed.  When our oldest was not even walking yet, we …

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! source Today our family will light our first Advent candle – a purple one.  This candle signifies hope. As it says in Romans 15:12-13 12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up,     one who will arise to rule over the nations; …

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Kris Kindles – an Advent Tradition

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! We start Kris Kindles (KK’s) today, the first day of Advent. This literally means “Christ Child”.  We choose names from a bowl and treat that person as the Christ Child for the Christmas season.  This is our gift to Christ on his birthday – …

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Praying with a Baby and Littles

Hi!  I’m Melina, mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! I recently encountered the question in a Catholic Mothers’ Facebook group, “What kind of shape does your prayer time take when you have your baby & littles around?” I didn’t have to think long to come up with my answer. We’ve always prayed a rosary …

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God’s Tears

Hi, I’m Melina, a homeschooling mother of 11, Grandmelina to 1 (and a half!) and Servant of God. It happened at Adoration last Friday.  Wow!  Powerful!  It’s my job this year to fill the slots at adoration – just 5 hours on the first Friday of the month.  We closed adoration with at least 12 people …

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Patron Saint of Homeschoolers

Elizabeth Ann Seton is who I pray to for blessings on my home based school.  Her feast day is January 4th. You can download a colouring page here and introduce her to your children. download colouring picture Besides opening schools, she is also a mother to many littles.  She took in her husband’s 6 siblings after …

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8 Ways Our Family Celebrates Good Friday

Good Friday at our house follows certain traditions: 1.  We fast.  My husband and I don’t eat anything, while we encourage the kids to last as long as they can without eating, then they can only eat simply so that they are not hungry, such as plain bread and water.  We also abstain from meat. …

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Divine Mercy Reflection

I changed the words this morning ever slightly to a prayer in the Divine Mercy Chaplet… I changed the “I” to “you” and the “you” to “me” Eternal Father,  You gave me the body and blood, soul and divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those …

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Rosary Reflection: Readiness

Mary was ready to say ‘YES’ – her fiat – when the angel appeared to her.  What did a young 13 year old girl do to prepare herself for this?  She spent her days meditating on God and on his goodness.  Jesus said ‘YES’ to the sacrifice of the cross.  What did a 33 year …

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Rosary Reflection: Being Passionate

What is the definition of believing?  The dictionary defines it as:  accepting (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.  I would define it as being PASSIONATE.  Meditating with the kids this morning on the joyful mysteries and what it means to be PASSIONATE about the Lord and our faith: the PASSION Mary had …

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