February

~1st~

Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid is one of the most beloved saints of Ireland.  She was born around the year 450 AD not too long before Saint Patrick died.  Her feast day is celebrated today on February first.
Brigid's Cloak
 The Catholic Mosaic booklist suggests reading this wonderful book today.  I printed this coloring sheet created by  Charlotte over at Waltzing Matilda.
I also added a little narration.
Here’s a pretty notebook page for a little dictation practice.
The kids made these little cloaks for  babydolls using a couple of blue napkins I had and gold star stickers.
“Brigid’s cloak played a part of several miracles later in her life, and became a sign of protection to the people of Ireland as well.  A common blessing among friends was the hope that they would be fa bhrat Bhrighdeunder Brigid’s cloak.”   To this very day, the cathedral in Bruges, Belgium, keeps in reverence a large blue cloak which is said to be Saint Brigid’s very own. ” taken from Brigid’s Cloak.

2nd ~

Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas

and Groundhog Day

The beginning of a lapbook…

~10th~

St. Scholastica 

 Today we remember a holy nun who was the twin sister of St. Benedict.
While I  read the book aloud the kids colored this drawing of a nun.For supper we’ll have Chicken Linguine with Red Sauce and a side dish of spinach.The kids spoke of acting out a skit of this today.
We’ll see if they put on a show for us after supper.
St. Scholastica – Pray For Us!!!

~11th~

Our Lady of Lourdes

(2013)

French Onion Rice

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In honor of Our Lady of Our Lourdes, France we are having this delicious dish.

It’s super easy to make.

1 cup of white rice, uncooked

1 can French Onion Soup

1 can Beef Consomme

1/2 stick of butter

Mix the first three ingredients in a round baking dish.  Slice butter and place on top of rice mixture.

Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

(2010)

Today we celebrate Our Lady’s first apparition to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, France.
We began our day watching Bernadette, The Princess of Lourdes. I just love these videos! We have several of them but not all yet 🙂
We celebrate a name day today so it’s an extra special day here.
We added Our Lady of Lourdes to our  Book of Centuries.
For Supper ~
Pure Potato Soup, Ham Steak, and French Rolls 🙂
Pure Potato Soup in honor of Our Lady
Ingredients:
1 small onion
Bag of shredded potatoes
Packet of White Gravy Mix.
Broth  1 – 26oz box plus about a half of an additional can.
Saute the onion in a little of the broth from the box.  Once the onion is translucent, add remaining stock from the box and the bag of shredded potatoes.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the packet of white gravy mix with about half of the can of broth.  Once this is mixed well, add to the soup.  Bring up to temp. then reduce and simmer about 30 to 45 min. or until your potatoes are soft.
The white gravy mix makes the soup a little on the peppery side (which I really liked)!  The specks of pepper in the soup can remind us of our sins and how we are to pray to Our Lady asking her to help us to be good.
And here’s a beautiful prayer taken from Catholic Culture
to pray before tonight’s meal.
We praise and magnify you, O Lord, the most high, for in the fullness of time you chose the humble virgin of Nazareth as the mother of your only begotten Son. By the intercession of her prayers we beg your blessing upon our daily food and drink. May they sustain us in our journey until you bring us to the eternal joy of heaven, where Jesus is king forever and ever. Amen”

~14th~ 

St. Valentine’s Day

(2013)

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(2012)

Homemade Valentines

This year we made simple Valentine Bookmarks that read

Saints Cyril and Methodius ~ Pray For Us!

to share with our homeschool group after First Friday Mass.

(2011)

We read this wonderful book and made these Valentine hearts.
Love Is ~
Spending time with friends…
Helping one another along the way…
Dying to self…
Guiding small hands…
Living for God!

(2010)

Beatitude Hearts for St. Valentine’s Day

A friend of mine had these hanging on her wall many years ago.
The image has stuck with me.
I picked up these paper heart doilies the other day when I was at the store.
Then we wrote the Beatitudes on them.
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We hung them in the shape of a cross since St. Valentine was a martyr.
Today is a great day to pray for our children’s future spouse
and their purity before marriage!
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