Category: Catholic


Starting School

Oh the anticipation that has filled our home as we prepared for this new adventure – sending our first little one off to Pre-K! As a veteran home educator of going on 19 years, I never expected this day to come. I wouldn’t have considered it an option if our oldest two hadn’t spent the

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Tim and Lorna Get Married!

The hands-down most exciting event of this spring was the chance to run up to Fargo at the end of May, stay the weekend with my friend Vicki, and be there for my nephew Timothy’s wedding. It was delightful to see so many friends and family, as well as meeting the new bride, Lorna, and her family. The

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Mission San Xavier del Bac – March 2016

We saved the best of our site seeing for Vicki’s last day in town, and zipped down to Tuscon on Friday morning to visit the beautiful historic site of the Mission San Xavier del Bac. We learned while there that the parish continues to this day ministering to the people of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

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Christmas! 8/8

Christmas! We had our Christmas Eve gift-giving at home in the morning on the 24th, since the evening is full of church going activities. That afternoon, we got to pick up the three older siblings of our foster girls and bring them home to stay over till Saturday. It was an absolute delight to have

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Twice Adopted

In what was for me, the culmination of four years of waiting on the Lord, on Saturday, November 14, 2015, Efrain Rafael Athanasius Heidmann was finally baptized and became a member of the Body of Christ. It is truly impossible to find the words to express just how wonderful this was! Our entire Heidmann family

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Back to School

If you spend any time on Instagram or Facebook, doubtless you have been flooded with hundreds of back-to-school posts-n-pics from friends who are proud parents of children pre-school aged and up. It’s an interesting phenomenon because not very long ago at all, it wasn’t even a thing. This need to take first-day-back-to-school pictures has exploded

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On a Whimsy

Anybody who knows my husband at all understands that, despite being German, and an engineer, and as such, excessively logical, he is prone to taking actions on a whim.  Usually they end up very well, too — like the whim to move to Arizona 18 years ago… or the whim to buy some property up

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Feast of St. James the Apostle

St. James the Apostle is sometimes called James the Greater. He and his brother, St. John the Evangelist, were the sons of Zebedee, and were the second pair of brothers Jesus called from their work as fishermen to be his disciples — the first two being Peter and Andrew (Mark 1:14-20). Together with his brother John

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Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though aJewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was

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Full title: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and MartyrsArtist: Fra AngelicoDate made: about 1423-4Source: © The National Gallery, London

Why I am Catholic: The Communion of the Saints

“Why did you become Catholic?” If you google “Why I am Catholic” you will come up with a LOT of hits. It would seem to indicate that this is a pretty hot topic. You might even land at this website, which is devoted to Catholic conversion stories, or on the Patheos blog by Frank Weathers that

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Scripture Reading: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 23 Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord. 2 Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to the pastors that feed my people: You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold I will

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