Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
As you are enjoying your days at the beach, we are filling our short days and long nights preparing for our English Christmas. We have not had any snow, yet, but lots of frost and it is very cold.
We have been studying our Salvation History through the Bible, using a Jesse Tree. We are also reading, "The Christmas Mystery", by Jostein Gaarder. It's a terrific Christmas read.
Nathan, Ted and Denise (our landlords) made some lovely Yule Logs. They cut up some logs, bored holes for candles and painted them white. Then they decorated them. We made some pomanders, using oranges that we then stuck cloves into. The oranges will shrink and the pomanders will last 100 years! We also dried slices of oranges and cranberries in the oven. We put them all in a dish, with cinnamon sticks and pine cones and put the dish next to the fire. When they heat up, the give off the most delicious spicy smells!
Once a week, Nathan and I put on our wellies and walk the 50 metres to our brook, where we cut long lengths of holly for our mantle piece. It looks like plastic, but the real stuff is prickly and sharp!
We hope you have a happy and holy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Lots of love,
Nathan and Christine
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus the first disciple of Christ. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men, and this time, they left their nets for good. It is believed that after Our Lord ascended into Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle. Two countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron - Russia and Scotland.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Nathan and I are going to do a study of the Jesse Tree for Advent. We are taking our programme from one prepared by the Reformed Church of America, whose teaching looks sound on this topic.
If you go to www.rca.org and go to the section on Seasonal devotions, you can find it. It has readings for each day of advent and a symbol to hang on your own Jesse Tree. Perhaps we can post photos of our tree as we go along.
God bless you all and, as the wonderful time of Advent approaches, I wish you all the joy of Christmas.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Halloween, All Saints and All Souls
Soul cakes - we've made these for several years, yum!
Prayer - De Profundus
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th November 12pm at Leeann’s house .
Clare is doing a lesson on St Andrew.
Please bring a plate to share for lunch.
Wikipedia - St Andrew
Patron Saint of Scotland
Catholic Culture - Things To Do for the Feast of St Andrew
Friday, October 10, 2008
Lord deign to manifest Your will in their regard and grant me the favours I implore while praying that the father and mother of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus be presented as models of family life today. Amen.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
(20 to 25 minutes)
2 cups all self raising flour. (sifted)
1 cup sugar.
1/2 cup margarine.
3/4 cup water.
2 large eggs.
3/4 cup milk.
1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
2 mashed black bananas.
Add all ingredients in a large bowl and wizz them together with an electric beater until all combined. Put mix in oiled muffin pan and cook till golden.
Warning - As they are best eaten hot these muffins won't last long.
Love Alessia Cauchi.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This little set of prayer beads is a great example of using uniquely shaped beads in a chaplet. The beads chosen for this St. Therese chaplet are, appropriately enough, little pressed glass flowers! Either a St. Therese medal or crucifix can be used for this chaplet, but in this example, we have used both. The 24 beads are symbolic of her 24 years on earth. May praying this lovely chaplet help you to imitate St. Therese’s “little way” of following Christ.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Church clearly notes in the Catechism that parents are responsible for their children’s “moral education and spiritual formation.” This responsibility is so intertwined with the family “that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute” to the parents' involvement (CCC 2221).