Monthly Archives: February 2016

How much do you know about Lent?

Here are a few Lenten activities.

How much do you know about Lent? Take the quiz to find out.pdf(Click here to download)

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Lenten Calendar 2016

Chart of Fast & Abstance



How to do a French braid

By Clare

I got a comment asking what a French braid was, so today I will show you.

I like how there is so many different ways to wear a French braid with a side part, middle part, diagonally braided, or just straight down the head (shown in the pictures)

Items Needed: Brush,comb, spray bottle, 1 hair tie, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 2-8 minutes

Skill Level: easy

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Divide a small section of hair where you want the braid to start (usually at the crown of the head) into three even sections.
2. Cross the right hand section over the middle section. (The original right hand section is now the middle section).
3. Cross the left hand section over the middle section. (The original left hand section is now the middle section).
4. Grab a small section of hair from the right and add the new section of hair to the existing section on the right and then cross it over the middle section
5. Again grab a small section of hair on the left  add this hair to the existing section on the left and then cross it over the middle section.
6. continue steps 4-5 until you run out of hair to add in, finish the braid off with a normal 3 strand plait, secure the ends with an elastic.

And there you have the French braid!

Feast of Saint Blaise

Image of St. Blaise


Feastday: February 3

Patron of throat illnesses, animals, wool combers, and wool trading

Death: 316

Little is known about Saint Blaise prior to his mention in a court physician’s medical journal. The physician, Aëtius Amidenus, spoke of Saint Blaise’s aid in treating objects caught in the throat. He was also mentioned in the book of Acts, where he was aided by animals and treated people and beasts alike.

Saint Blaise is believed to begin as a healer then, eventually, became a “physician of souls.” He then retired to a cave, where he remained in prayer. People often turned to Saint Blaise for healing miracles.

In 316, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, Agricola, arrested then-bishop Blaise for being a Christian. On their way to the jail, a woman sent her only son, who was chocking to death on a fish bone, at his feet.

Blaise cured the child, and though Agricola was amazed, he could not get Blaise to renounce his faith. Therefore, Agricola beat Blaise with a stick and tore at his flesh with iron combs before beheading him.

In another tale, Blaise was being led to the prison in Sebastea, and on the way came across a poor old woman whose pig had been stolen by a wolf. Blaise commanded the wolf return the pig, which it did -alive and uninjured – to the amazement of all.

When he reached Sebastea, the woman came to him and brought two fine wax candles in an attempt to dispel the gloom of his darkened cell.

In the Middle Ages, Blaise became quite popular and his legend as a beast tamer spread. He was then referred to as the “saint of the wild beast.”

Many German churches are dedicated to Saint Blaise, sometimes called Saint Blasius.

In Great Britain, the village of St. Blazey got its name from Saint Blaise, and a church dedicated to the saint can be found in Decon hamlet of Haccombe, near Newton Abbot.

There is a Saint Blaise’s Well in Kent, and the water is believed to have medicinal properties. A Blessing of the Throats ceremony is held every February 3 at Saint Etheldreda’s Church in London and Balve, Germany.

Saint Blaise is often depicted holding two crossed candles in his hand, or in a cave with wild animals. He is also often shown with steel combs. The similarity of the steel combs and the wool combs made a large contribution to Saint Blaise’s leadership as the patron saint of wool combers and the wool trade. – via Catholic Online

How to create a wrap around Dutch braid

by Clare

Items Needed: Brush or comb, spray bottle, one hair tie, hairspray {if desired}, (optional) a few bobby pins

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

 Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Part the hair, using the comb, from ear to ear across the top of the head…
  2. Secure the back half of the hair with a hair tie to keep it out of the way for now…
  3. Now begin a Dutch braid near the left ear (essentially a reverse French braid) .
  4. As you go along, try to keep the braid as close to the hair line as possible, towards the front of the face…
  5. Continue braiding, in this same way, until you get to just before the right ear and release the remaining hair and continue adding hair into the braid down and around the back of the head until you run out of hair at the other ear…
  6. At this point, you can continue on by finishing a simple braid down the remaining hair, and secure with an elastic
  7. I prefer to pancake the braid, by tugging on the elbows of the braid, to flatten it and help the braid look bigger and looser.  {You do not have to do this, but I love how it looks!}

If you would like more posts like this, leave a comment below telling me what kind of hairstyles you would like to see.