Happy 8th birthday, Kolbe Thursday, Jul 31 2008 

We love you so much. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you. Enjoy your Slurpee! Here we are on our usual birthday bowling day with our dear priest, Father C.

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7th grade plans for 2008-2009 Wednesday, Jul 30 2008 

Math: Teaching Textbooks grade 7
Grammar: Lingua Mater
History: Ancient Egypt- See reading list below
St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 2 and Bible History
Spelling: CHC My Catholic Speller level F
Science: Exploring Creation with General Science plus Nature Study

Copywork/ Handwriting: Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotes on the Spiritual Life from St. Therese of Lisieux using Start Write

Ancient Egypt reading list:

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

Shadow Hawk

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

The Golden Goblet

The Story of the Amulet

The Hittite Warrior

Cat Mummies

Warriors and Seafarers

Pharaohs and Pyramids

Egyptian Stained Glass coloring book

9th grade plans for 2008-2009 Sunday, Jul 27 2008 

Math: Algebra I Teaching Textbooks
Grammar/Composition: Warriner’s 4th Course
History: Anne Carroll’s Christ and the Americas combined with reading list below
Religion: Fr. Laux series – Chief Truths of the Faith and Catholic Morality
Science: Apologia Physical science

American History, Literature and Geography reading list:

American Revolution (1700-1800)

Johnny Tremain

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Calico Captive

Exploration & Colonization (1400-1700)

Mourt’s Relation A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth

I, Juan de Pareja

Westward Expansion (1780-1860)

Young Pioneers (Little House)

Bold Journey: West with Lewis and Clark

Civil War (1860-1870)

The Red Badge of Courage

Across Five Aprils

The Long Road to Gettysburg

Recovery (1870-1900)

Story of a Soul

The World Wars (1900-1950)

The Borrowed House: The Story of a German Girl in Holland

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Twenty and Ten

Is this a father-daughter dance? Saturday, Jul 26 2008 


Nope. It’s just Cecilia trying to teach her Daddy how to use a RipStik®


Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary Saturday, Jul 26 2008 


Memorare to Saint Anne

Remember, O glorious and Good Saint Anne, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help and sought thy intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, behold, I cast myself at they feet, and beseech thee, by thy great prerogative of being the Mother of the Queen of Heaven and the Grandmother of Jesus, come to my aid with thy powerful intercession, and obtain from Almighty God through the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, this special favor which I beg of thee…

Cease not to intercede for me until, through Divine Mercy, my request may be granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace one day to behold my God face to face and with thee and Mary and all the Saints praise and bless Him through all eternity. Amen.

Litany of Saint Anne

Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels and Saints
Pray for us.
St. Anne, instrument of the Holy Ghost,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, faithful spouse of St. Joachim,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mirror of the married,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, example of widows,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, miracle of patience,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of confidence,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of constancy,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of prayer,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of blessing,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, vessel of sanctity,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, merciful mother,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, comfortress of the afflicted,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, help of the poor,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, protectress of virgins,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, support of the oppressed,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, refuge of thy clients,
Pray for us.
We sinners,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy love for Jesus and Mary,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy virtues and merits,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy goodness and mercy,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy compassion and charity,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the graces bestowed on thee by God,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the joys thou didst experience with Jesus and Mary,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the happiness thou dost enjoy for all eternity,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the honor given thee by the Saints in Heaven,
We beseech thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, St. Anne,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to endow blessed Anne with grace so that she might be worthy to become the mother of her who brought forth Thine only-begotten Son, mercifully grant that we who devoutly venerate her memory may also be helped by her powerful intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rosary of Saint Anne

This little chaplet dates back to 1875. The
author is unknown. This chaplet is the source of
a great number of favors both spiritual and

The Chaplet consist of the recitation of the
following prayers:

  1. In honor of Jesus, one Our Father and
    five Hail Marys.
    After each Hail Mary say:
    Jesus, Mary and St. Anne, grant the
    favor I ask.
  2. In honor of Mary,one Our Father and
    five Hail Marys.
    After each Hail Mary say:
    Jesus, Mary and St. Anne, grant the
    favor I ask.
  3. In honow of St. Anne,one Our Father and
    five Hail Marys.
    After each Hail Mary say:
    Jesus, Mary and St. Anne, grant the
    favor I ask.

On keeping all Fridays of the year penitential Tuesday, Jul 22 2008 

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


1438 The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice.[36] These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).

Some ideas for doing penance on Fridays:


• Fast with one full meal, no meat.

• Give up alcoholic beverages.

• Give up coffee.

• Give up all desserts.

• Fast from music, TV, Internet and phone time.


• Pray the Rosary.

• Attend Holy Mass.

• Pray the Stations of the Cross.

• Do a Holy Hour.

• Meditate on the passion by reading the Gospels.

• Read a book on the Life of Christ. Some books you might want to read:

Life of Christ

Characters of the Passion: Lessons on Faith and Trust

The Agony of Jesus

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning

The School of Jesus Crucified: The Lessons of Calvary in Daily Catholic Life

Our newest flower bed Sunday, Jul 20 2008 

The Trinity garden


Novena to St. Anne July 18th-26th Friday, Jul 18 2008 


Daily Prayer to St. Anne

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father, . . . Hail Mary . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

First Day

Dear St. Ann, though I am but a prodigal child, I appeal to you and place myself under your great motherly care. Please listen to my prayers and grant my requests. See my contrite heart, and show me your unfailing goodness.

Deign to be my advocate and recommend me to God’s infinite mercy. Obtain for me forgiveness of my sins and the strength to begin a new life that will last forever.

Blessed St. Ann, I also beg of you the grace to love, to serve, and to honor your daughter, the most holy Virgin Mary. Please recommend me to her and pray to her for me. She refuses none your requests but welcomes with loving kindness all those for whom you intercede.

Good Jesus, be merciful to the faithful servants of Your grandmother St. Ann.

Second Day

From the depths of my heart, good St. Ann, I offer you my homage this day and ask you to shelter me under the mantle of your motherly care. You know, good mother, how much I love you, how gladly I serve you, how happy I am to praise you, how eager I am to call on you in time of distress.

Good St. Ann, be pleased to extend your helping hand in all my wants. Listen to my prayers, for I place my trust in your gracious bounty. Make all my thoughts and desires worthy and righteous.

Jesus, I thank You for all the graces which in Your infinite goodness You have lavished upon St. Ann; for having chosen her, among all women, to be Your grandmother on earth and exalted her in heaven with such great and miraculous powers. In the name of her merits, I humbly recommend myself to Your infinite mercy.

Third Day

Hail, good St. Ann, who first responded to the needs of Mary, Mother of our Savior and Queen of Angels. Hail to you and to your husband St. Joachim, who watched over her infancy, presented her to the Lord in the temple and, according to your promise, consecrated her to the service of God.

Hail St. Ann, good mother! I rejoice in the marvels you continually perform, because they encourage all to seek your intercession.

Good St. Ann, by the great power that God has given you, show yourself my mother, my consoler, my advocate. Reconcile me to the God I have so deeply offended. Console me in my trials; strengthen me in my struggles. Deliver me from danger in my time of need. Help me at the hour of death and open to me the gates of paradise.

Fourth Day

Good St. Ann, you offered your pure and holy daughter Mary in the temple with faith, piety and love. By the happiness which then filled your heart, I beg you to present me to your Grandson Jesus. Offered by you, I will be agreeable in His sight.

Kind St. Ann, take me forever under your protection. Deliver me from the temptations which continually assail me. Above all, attend me in my last hour. As I lie on my deathbed, be present with your daughter to console and strengthen me.

Holy Mary and good St. Ann, show yourselves to be mothers indeed by obtaining for me the grace of a good death. When my soul goes forth, lead it to God’s tribunal so that, by your powerful help and intercession, it may obtain a favorable judgment.

Fifth Day

Hail, all-powerful Lady. By God’s special favor, grant consolation to those who invoke you. Procure for them the eternal riches of heaven, and like a good mother, success in their temporal affairs as well.

Good St. Ann, obtain my deliverance from the punishment which my sins deserve. Obtain for me success in my temporal affairs; especially see to the salvation of my soul.

St. Ann, by your influence with Mary’s son Jesus, you have won the gift of conversion for many sinners. Will you then abandon me, who have chosen you as my mother? No, St. Ann. Your name alone, which signifies grace, assures me of the help of your prayers, and these prayers will surely procure pardon and mercy from Jesus. You will pray for me now and at the hour of my death.

Sixth Day

Good St. Ann, do not allow my soul, a masterpiece of God’s creative power, to be lost forever. Free my heart of pride, vanity, self-love. May I know myself as I really am and learn meekness and simplicity of heart.

God’s great love for me leaves me cold and unresponsive. I must reflect this love through works of mercy and charity toward my neighbor.

In your boundless charity, good St. Ann, help me to merit the glorious crown which is given to those who have fought the good fight against the world, the devil and the flesh. Assist me to preserve purity of heart and body. With Mary and her divine Son, protect me always.

Seventh Day

Once again, Good St. Ann, I choose you for my advocate before the throne of God. By the power and grace that God has placed in you, extend to me your helping hand. Renew my mind and my heart.

Dear St. Ann, I have unbounded confidence in your prayers. To your blessed hands I entrust my soul, my body and all my hopes for this world and the next. Direct my actions according to your goodness and wisdom. I place myself under your motherly care.

Receive me, good mother. Cover me with the mantle of your love. Look kindly on me. By your powerful intercession, may I obtain from God grace and mercy. Obtain for me remission for sin and release from the punishment my offenses have deserved. Pray that I may receive grace to lead a devout life on earth and that I may obtain the everlasting reward of heaven.

Eighth Day

Hail, St. Ann! I rejoice at your exalted glory. You gave birth to Mary, whose divine Son brought salvation to our lost world by conquering death and restoring life and hope to sinners. Pray to Him who, for love of us, clothed Himself with human flesh in the chaste womb of your daughter.

Glorious St. Ann, with your blessed daughter, deliver me from everything that is displeasing in the sight of God. Pray to your gentle and powerful Grandson that He may cleanse my soul in His precious blood, that He may send His Holy Spirit to enlighten and direct me in all that I do, always obedient to His holy inspirations.

Good mother, keep a watchful eye on me. Help me bear all my crosses. Give me the fullness of your bounty and sustain me with courage.

Ninth Day

Good St. Ann, I have reached the end of this novena in your honor. I have asked and ask again. Good mother, let not your kind ear grow weary of my prayers, though I repeat them so often.

Bounteous Lady, implore for me from divine Providence all the help I need through life. May your generous hand bestow on me the material means to satisfy my own needs and to alleviate the plight of the poor.

Good St. Ann, fortify me by the sacraments of the Church at the hour of my death. Admit me into the company of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven, where I may praise and thank the adorable Trinity, your grandson Christ Jesus, your glorious daughter Mary, and yourself, dear St. Ann, through endless ages.

She always comes when we need her Wednesday, Jul 16 2008 

Bm_copy_2Last week a friend asked me if I would like to have the Pilgrim Virgin come to our house for the week because she had to go out of town unexpectedly and there would not be anyone at her house to pray the rosary every day, so I agreed, although I hesitated at first. My initial reaction was, "Oh no. What is going to happen while she is here?" I always worry when she comes to visit. I’m afraid of what suffering might come. I have such little faith. We have had her many times and she always takes care of our needs. A year-and-half ago I was asked to have the Pilgrim Virgin statue for the weekend. This was right after I began a 54 day rosary novena and a Saint Therese Rose novena for a baby. Our little Maria Therese-Rose was born 10 months later.

Sadly, my father-in-law passed away at home yesterday due to complications from emphysema. Our dear heavenly mother knew she should be here this week. He had been sick for a while, so we began a novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for him for a peaceful and holy death. We were on day seven of the novena. He died peacefully in his wife’s arms.

Sunflowers from my little girl Monday, Jul 14 2008 

Angela picked these beautiful sunflowers from the garden and brought them to me as a gift. I think they are my favorite flowers now.

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