Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie quotes

Merry: Were going too! You’d have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us!

Pippin: Anyways, you need people of intelligence on this type of mission…quest…thing.

Merry: Well that rules you out, Pip.

via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie quotes

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Update: All Saints Party 28th October

We had our All Saints Party and it was a great success. The children chose their saints and dressed up in some great costumes. They read a brief biography of their saint. The older children told us about one of their chosen saints’ virtues that they would like to imitate as they strive for holiness themselves. Everyone had alot of fun with all kinds of games and activities to do with the saints.


October: Month of the Holy Rosary

Pope Pius XII wrote a papal document in 1951 on the Holy Rosary, asking all the clergy to encourage families to say the Rosary, especially during the month of October.

We consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature. What prayers are better adapted and more beautiful than the Lord’s prayer and the angelic salutation, which are the flowers with which this mystical crown is formed? With meditation of the Sacred Mysteries added to the vocal prayers, there emerges another very great advantage, so that all, even the most simple and least educated, have in this a prompt and easy way to nourish and preserve their own faith.

via October: Month of the Holy Rosary – Seton Home Study School.

All Saints Party 28th October

We are having an All Saints Party. If you would like to join in please Contact us with the names of your children and the saints they have chosen to dress up as for the All Saints Party. Children need to prepare a brief biography of the saint to read out (or memorize). For older children please get them to tell us one of their chosen saints’ virtues that they would like to imitate as they strive for holiness themselves. Remember they could carry items which are often seen as symbols of particular saints. We will have games and activities to do with the saints. Hope to see everyone on the 28th. Contact us for details of time and venue.

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

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in Peter Jac...

Gandalf: I think you should leave the ring behind, Bilbo. Is that so hard?

Bilbo: Well, no. [frowning]

Bilbo: …and yes. Now it comes to it, I don’t feel like parting with it. It’s mine, I found it. It came to me!

Gandalf: There’s no need to get angry.

Bilbo: Well, if I’m angry, it’s your fault.

[to himself] Bilbo: …it’s mine… my own… my precious…

Gandalf: Precious? It’s been called that before, but not by you.

Bilbo: Oh, what business is it of yours what I do with my own things?

Gandalf: I think you’ve had that ring quite long enough.

Bilbo: You want it for yourself!

Gandalf: BILBO BAGGINS! Do not take me for some conjuror of cheap tricks! I am not trying to rob you. I’m trying to help you.

Ultimate Dog tease

How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to re-marry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an off-shoot of the Church of England, founded by Samuel Seabury in the American Colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1606.

If you are of the Dutch Preformed Church, you recognise Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs Mary Baker-Eddy as it’s founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organisations known as ‘Church of the Nazarene’, ‘Pentecostal Gospel’, ‘Holiness Church’, ‘Pilgrim Holiness Church’, ‘Jehovas Witnesses’, your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past 50 years.

If you are a Roman Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and that it has not changed since that time.

Even in these strange days, the above enumerated facts are still undeniable.

Saint Denis, the decapitated guy you’ll bump into all over Paris

Statue of Saint Denis on the Portail de la Vie...

If, in your Paris wanderings, you’ve spent some time at Notre Dame admiring all the statues of saints and kings adorning the front of the cathedral, you may have found yourself wondering, “Who’s that decapitated guy holding his head in his hands?”

The headless man in question is Saint Denis, a martyr with a strange and incredible story.

Saint Denis was the first bishop of Paris, back in the third century when Paris was still very much a Roman city. The prodigious number of conversions Denis performed got him on the bad side of the local pagan priests. So the Roman rulers of Paris had Denis arrested and brought him to the highest hill in Paris, now known as Montmartre, where he was executed by — you guessed it — beheading. Now, here comes the good part: It’s said that immediately after Denis was killed, he picked up his head and walked six kilometers to the North preaching as he went, and then finally died. The spot where he fell is now the town called Saint Denis.

Once you’ve noticed Saint Denis and his distinctive neck stump on the front on Notre Dame, you may start seeing him here and there all over Paris. There are statues of Denis in lots of old Parisian churches, always in his easily recognizable pose. There’s a great painting of him in the Pantheon, going after his rolling head as if he simply lost his hat in the breeze. There’s a beautiful gothic-era statue of Denis in the Musée du Moyen Age (aka the Cluny Museum). And there’s also a more modern statue of him in a small park in Montmartre, probably not too far from where he was really killed eighteen centuries ago. The park is called Place Suzanne Buisson, and the entrance is on Rue Girardon, if you’d like to go have a look; it’s a nice, quiet, peaceful square, tucked away from the otherwise-bustling streets Montmartre.

Eucharistic miracle in Alberta, Canada

Who can doubt the Real Presence?

On the evening of the last day of his October 1995 visit to the United States, Pope John Paul II was scheduled to greet the seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. It had been a very full day, beginning with Mass at the Oriole Park in Camden Yards, followed by a parade through the downtown streets, a visit to the Basilica of The Assumption, the first cathedral in the country, lunch at a local soup kitchen, run by the Catholic Charities, a prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in the north Baltimore area, and finally a quick stop at St. Mary’s Seminary.

The schedule was tight so the plan was to simply greet the seminarians while they stood outside on the steps. But Pope John Paul II made his way through their ranks and into the building. His plan was first to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. When his wishes were made known, security personnel quickly flew into action ahead of the Pope. Their activities included a sweep of the building, paying closest attention to the chapel where Pope John Paul II would be praying. For this purpose, highly trained dogs were used to detect any persons who might be present.

The dogs are trained to locate living people in collapsed buildings after earthquakes and other disasters. These intelligent and eager canines went through their rounds in the halls, offices and classrooms quickly, and were then sent into the chapel. They went up and down the aisles and past the pews, and finally into the side chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Upon reaching the tabernacle, the dogs sniffed and whined and pointed, refusing to leave; they were convinced that they discovered SOMEONE there and firmly remained, their attention riveted to the tabernacle, until called out by the handlers. We Catholics know they were right; they found a REAL LIVING PERSON in the tabernacle!

via Eucharistic miracle in Alberta, Canada.