Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Fourth grade brings with it a very special event, The Wax Museum of Saints.  This is something the kids look forward to and begin talking about long before entering fourth grade.  For Lily Grace, it started around second grade when she received a book about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in her Easter basket.  
Each year fourth graders are asked to pick a saint to study.  They get to write down three choices and hope to get their first choice.  Lily Grace was in fact given her first choice.  She was so excited.  She has spent the last few months immersing herself in the life of Saint Kateri and learning all that she could about her.  All of this was done in preparation for today.
The kids hold The Wax Museum of Saints.  They come to school dressed as their saint.  A can is placed at their feet along with a red button.  The kids are lined all throughout the halls of the school.  This year, there were 51 different saints.  When you approach a saint, you drop a coin in their can, press the button and they come to life and share with you their name, feast day, what they are the patron saint of and some interesting facts about their life.  The museum last from 8:15 to 10:45 at which time parents, parishioners and the entire school travel through to each saint.  It truly was a moving sight and all the kids did a great job!  All the money collected is then donated to Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen.  This year the Bishop was in attendance which only added to the excitement. Lily Grace was also interviewed by one of the local newspapers and of course, she was all smiles.
Our little Saint Kateri did an amazing job.  She was so proud to share all she had learned and took it very serious as all the kids did.  Again, it was very moving.  I am reminded of how blessed we are that Gracie attends Catholic school where she can freely hear and talk about Christ each day and even spend the morning standing at the foot of a crucifix sharing the life of one of God's followers, Saint Kateri.  Thank you God for this amazing blessing!
Lily Grace you did an amazing job today sharing the life of Saint Kateri.  We are so proud of how very close you took her to your heart and how your faith and love of Jesus has grown through learning about her life.  
Thank you God for all the Saints you haven given us as examples to strengthen our faith and  devotion to you. 
Saints in Heaven, pray for us!
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Feast Day: July 14
Patron Saint of the Environment and Ecology
The Lily represents purity and the cross her devotion to Christ.
She is also known as Lily of the Mohawks
She was the first Native American to be declared a Saint.

Just before leaving for school

Ready to share the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Sharing her story with some of the school kids
Daddy hearing about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Very happy to have the Bishop and Father Matt stop by to hear about her saint

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy All Saints Day!

Smiles and giggles are always on the menu when meeting friends for breakfast after church.  

Happy Halloween from Lindsey Stirling!

This year, Lily Grace chose to dress up as Lindsey Stirling, the dancing violinist.  Believe it or not, she decided this is who she'd be for Halloween at the beginning of the summer, right after seeing the original in concert.  
She looked adorable in her red hair and fun outfit.  She also got to dress up Friday afternoon at school.  
My little Lindsey even bakes.  Instead of carving a pumpkin this year, she asked to bake an apple pie.
Regardless of what she's wearing, spending time with my girl is always special and fun and in this case, quite the "treat!" 

Lindsey with her friends Friday after a fun afternoon at school!

Oh that hair!

Baking her first apple pie