Monthly Archives: September 2011

ANNUAL CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLING CONCERT UPDATE


Update: the post about this concert was originally published on Aug 23, 2011. The concert was held on Sept 17th and according to all reports was a great success.

By Natalia: The concert went really well. We had a wide variety of acts and show of talent. The acts were: clown act, magic tricks, comedy acts, puppet plays, history play, singing, Irish dancing and the instruments that played were piano, cello, violin, guitar and piano accordion. The audience showed it’s appreciation of talent by their clapping and stomping of feet! Some of the acts came with fantastic costumes and backdrops. It was a brilliant show of effort, talent and self-esteem. After two hours of entertainment, everyone enjoyed the refreshments and discussed, with admiration, the children’s display of talents.

Congratulations to everyone involved in organising and participating in this event.

The Lord of the Rings: Memorable quotes


Frodo: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.

Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Memorable quotes.

The Song of Bernadette (1943)


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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

via The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Plot Summary.

User Reviews: This is now one of my 10 favorite movies ever. 1 August 1999 | by Edward Curtis (Morgantown, WV)

I recently bought this movie, and just finished watching it the first time. All I can say is, WOW! Why doesn’t Hollywood make movies like this anymore? I know, there’s more money in showing gratuitous sex and violence…at least that’s what they tell themselves. But for my hard-earned dough, nothing tops a film about the purity and innocence of faith, and that’s what ‘The Song of Bernadette’ is all about. It’s also good for quite a few laughs, as you see the imperial prosecutor’s scheming against Bernadette fail time and time again. 🙂

My only complaint is that toward the end of the movie, I found myself wondering what was left to tell. Thankfully, I liked the answer and won’t be complaining next time I watch it.

This film is a must-see, especially for my fellow Catholics. It’s made my top 10 list…why not give it a chance to make yours?

via The Song of Bernadette (1943) – IMDb.

MISSION STATEMENT: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE UNASHAMED


I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.

My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid

Catholic Heritage Curricula


Catholic Heritage Curricula CHC was founded in 1993 with one simple goal: to aid and support Catholic families in educating their children for eternity.

Years ago, the two families from which CHC sprang lived in isolated, rural communities in Oregon and California. Without access to parochial schools, but desiring a Catholic education for their children, they turned to homeschooling. Like you, they sought materials that would provide sound academics while also tenderly nurturing in little souls a love for their Heavenly Father.

Gathering from the wisdom and experience of homeschoolers living in all parts of the world, CHC developed a gentle, flexible approach to academics that avoids ‘burnout,’ and instead lays a joyful foundation, resulting in children who achieve at and above grade level. CHC’s lesson plans and materials are constructed to allow maximum choice and flexibility to fit your student, while at the same time providing a complete education. CHC’s educational program is absolutely faithful to the Magisterium, low in cost, solidly academic, but easily taught at home.

  • CHC provides curricula to educate your children from Pre-K right through high school.
  • There are no tuition or enrollment fees, simply the cost of the materials.
  • CHC has a support staff consisting of certified teachers to answer your homeschool questions at no charge and with no prior enrollment required.

I began homeschooling my third grader and kindergartner last year right in the midst of expecting baby number four. All my friends and family kept asking me how I was surviving with all the transitions. I kept thinking I must have been doing something wrong because everything seemed to fall into place so easily during our school hours—even with a super-rowdy 3 year-old and a newborn! As I began planning for my second year, I started to order books from other programs because I was wondering what I was missing—there is so much out there! I realized about two weeks into school this September what a huge mistake I had made. Everything in school seemed so chaotic. CHC is so organized, so Catholic, and so mom and housework-still-needs-to-get-done friendly that I’ve been gradually restocking my curriculum with CHC materials to get back on track in my school and home. Now the three year old is enjoying many of the preschool materials, my six-year-old is reading at a third grade level and my fourth grader knows how to organize himself and get work down without me having to sit with him for hours on end. … Thank you, thank you, thank you. — Maureen, MO

via About – Catholic Heritage Curricula.

Zoos Victoria – Kids are FREE during school holidays!


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We are excited to announce that from 1 July, 2011 children under 16 years of age will receive free admission to; Healesville Sanctuary,Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo; on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian Government school holidays.

http://www.zoo.org.au/Zoo-News/Kids-Are-Free

The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


MARY’S PROMISE TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE SCAPULAR

Our Lady gave St. Simon a scapular for the Carmelites with the following promise, saying : Receive, My beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire …. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

Another important aspect of wearing the Scapular is the Sabbatine Privilege. This concerns a promise made by Our Lady to Pope John XXII. In a papal letter he issued, he recounted a vision that he had had. He stated that the Blessed Virgin had said to him in this vision, concerning those who wear the Brown Scapular: “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free, so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting.”

via The Scapular Page.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to you, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graaces and blessings that have come from God to me through your hands. Since you look with special kindness on those who wear your Scapular, I implore you to strengthen my weakness with your power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with your wisdom, and to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may repay each day my debt of humble homage to you.

May your Scapular bring me your special protection in my daily struggle to be faithful to your Divine Son and to you. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to imitate your virtues. From now on, I shall strive to live in God’s Presence, and offer all to Jesus through you. Dearest Mother, support me by your never-failing love and lead me to paradise through the merits of Christ and your own intercession. Amen.

via The Scapular Page.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Memorable quotes


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Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Memorable quotes.

The Quiet Man (1952)


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A retired American boxer returns to the village where he was born in Ireland, where he finds love.

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean’s eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered “Red” Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will’s pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean’s past as the dark undercurrent.

Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator: Well, then. Now. I’ll begin at the beginnin’. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn’t have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin’ rod.

Rated PG: Parental guidance recommended for persons under 15 years of age. Running time 129 min via The Quiet Man (1952) – IMDb.

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This is essential family viewing. The mix of the Irish accent with John Wayne’s American drawl is brilliant. This movie is great fun and a real classic.

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