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Our fireplace was lit and I was all alone sitting on our family living room couch. I felt unsettled; an unhappiness within me. “I’m tired of thinking of myself!” I said aloud. Picking up my guitar, I began to play, singing my heart to Jesus. This internal ache (cry),  resulted in this song called “Selfless.” The Great St John Paul II says that, “Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” (Gaudium Etpes , 24)  Jesus is calling each of us to be selfless. Why? As JPII exclaims, in giving of ourselves we find ourselves. A weird paradox. 

 

Advent is a beautiful time of anticipation and preparation. It's a great opportunity for families to be more intentional about spending time together. We encourage you to set aside one evening a week to do something that involves your whole family. We've included three fun activities you can do during these weeks before Christmas. 

 

December is fast approaching and with it the frenzied chaos of preparing for Christmas. During this busy time of lights and trees and gift-giving, we tend to forget what season we’re really in: Advent. It’s a time of hopeful anticipation for the birth of Christ.

Christmas is important, but we should make it our goal to do more than just decorate, shop and bake in the weeks beforehand. Let’s find ways to prepare our hearts and homes for what can truly be the “most wonderful time of the year”.

Here are a few ways that our family prepares for Christmas, as we do our best to incorporate the joy of the season with the prayerful waiting of Advent.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

May this video be a reminder for us of the great things we need to do in order to spark love and joy in marriage. 

 VBS games

 

Have you been searching for the perfect game to play at your youth group, birthday party, or at home with your kids? Have fun playing a few of our favorite games from the Cat.Chat VBS programs.

 

Perhaps you’ve never hosted a VBS before and you're not sure where to start? Or maybe you're a seasoned VBS veteran who just happened to come across our website? Whether you're buying your first program or your twentieth, we believe it's important to find one that suits your parish and its needs. Here are 10 reasons why we think a Cat.Chat VBS might be just what you're looking for.

Dec. 16th, 2021 was a day we won’t forget. Denise saw smoke from the kitchen window while prepping supper. She ran outside and quickly came back to alarm me of a fire blazing in the lean-to that was attached to our storage garage.

I darted outside and saw the lawn tractor, the garage wall behind it and the roof burning strongly.

 

“Jesus is the reason for the season.” We hear this often and it couldn't be more true, however, sometimes it’s hard to know how to make it a reality in our own family. Thankfully, there are some practical ways to help stay focused on Christ during this Christmas season. Whether you need a reminder for yourself or for your family, here a few ideas for you to use. 

 

Growing up, my parents did an amazing job of celebrating the liturgical seasons in our home. During Advent, there were always Advent songs playing, a magnificent green tree in the corner, and the little Magi and Holy Family set on their journey from our parent's room to the living room. It really was a special time.

Many Catholic families fill their stockings on December 6th in commemoration of St. Nick’s feast day. Along with chocolate and goodies, my mom also put $10 into our stockings. We used that money to buy a gift for our “Secret Santa Sibling” at Christmas. However, my favorite tradition was when my siblings and I would all be doing homework or getting ready for bed, and suddenly my mom would say, “Did you guys hear that?”

 

Christ Is King! 

This Sunday, don’t miss the opportunity to make Christ the King of your lives. When you go to Mass, make every effort to enter into the celebration by listening intently to every Mass part and reading. 

Prayer:

Jesus, you are King of the universe. I invite you to be King of every little detail of my life. Jesus, King of all, I trust in you!

 

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