SparkPeople CC (Catholic Critters) Team Messageboard A place for all Catholics to meet and share our faith and support each other on the journey to good health. If you're Catholic, or just interested, stop in and say hi. We'd love to hear from you. SparkPeople CC (Catholic Critters) Team Messageboard prayer request please I got a prayer request from an Emmaus Sister this morning and it touched my heart so much that I feel compelled to pass it on to my spark friends. Along with prayers for this little girl it might be a good idea to say a quick prayer for all the students going back to school this year that they have a positive and enriching experience this school year. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Peggy <BR> <BR> <BR> Please say a prayer for my daughter. She is in 8th grade and suffers from social anxiety bu... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:23:27 EST The Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM Here is a link to information about the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. <BR> This article gives a good overview. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>holidays/p/Assumption.htm </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:20:19 EST 35th CC Novena 8/22/14- 10/14/14 Welcome to the 35th 54 Day Novena! <BR> <BR> We hope you will join us as we lift our Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving from August 22, 2014 through October 14, 2014. <BR> <BR> We will begin our Novena on Friday, August 22, 2014... The Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary <BR> <BR> Please list your petitions on the 35th Novena Petitions Thread. <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy the following Prayers to help you as you pray your Novena. <BR> <BR> PRAYERS FOR THE 54 DAY NOVENA <B... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:32:51 EST Did you go to mass this wkend..or during the week? yes...last night Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:01:27 EST Remembering Jesus DEAR program There has been a very interesting program on EWTN Called Remembering Jesus. It is presented by a priest and a neurologist. The neurologist talks about a 4 part program to prevent dementia. including diet, exercise , alternating brain activity and rest and relaxation. The last show I saw was about forms of exercise . holding muscle tension. isometric exercise to hold during prayer and other still moments. . I wonder if any of you are using some of these ideas from his plan ? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 05:14:30 EST Did you say grace before meals today Yes <BR> We always say it when we go out to eat too. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:19 EST Hello I am a 63 yr. old married 44 years, mother of 4, grandma of 7 beautiful grandchildren. I am truly blest. So glad to have found this team. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:54:28 EST Newbie I hope I'm going about this right. I'm Mia, a convert to Catholicism and only by God's grace have I survived the past few years. Now I'm on a journey of losing weight and good health, but I know the most important part of that journey is my relationship with the Lord. I hope to make new friends here along the way! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:51:51 EST Summer is here! Let's chat! WOW! it's June!! <BR> Time for Summer to begin... <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>464</em> <BR> Graduations, weddings, vacations! <BR> This is also the month we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. <BR> May we enjoy the month of June! Let's embark on a "new beginning", to become more healthy and more fit. May the Holy Spirit enlarge our Faith, cause us to grow stronger and draw closer to God. <BR> SparkPeople offers us all the tool we need to become the best we can be, and our Faith gives u... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:56:51 EST Please Pray for My Son and Me † I am beside myself because my son told me news I was not expecting. <BR> Please send some prayers our way. I am having a very difficult time and do not know what to do. <BR> <BR> My prayers are with you all. † <BR> <BR> Many thanks & May God be with You. <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sat, 31 May 2014 16:12:10 EST Hello from Lansing, MI HI I'm Kristine. I have been a Sparkpeople member off an on for years. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. It has gotten out of control as I have put myself on the backburner in recent years. My husband and I have two daughters Maria Faustina (age 7), and Grace Therese (age 3.5). I am a SAHM/home schooling mom, and I also teach a hybrid (half online half in person) physics class at local community college. (Oh yeah, and my husband and I are a Couple to Couple League NFP teaching ... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:24:39 EST May I introduce myself? Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Deb. I am living in Montana after being a Southern military gypsy for 50 years with my Hunky-Hubby & our last child of our brood of 4, the Sassy Teen who will graduated HS next May. We have 4 grand children who are, of course, the most intelligent, witty, charming, & beautiful children on the face of God's green earth. <BR> <BR> I Was raised as a roaming Prot. -- was a very bad Southern Baptist and "Came Home" Christmas 1989 in Turkey, where I was Baptized & Co... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:28:44 EST Hello all! Hi everyone! I'm excited to be here! I'm a work at home mom to three adorable little boys, and I'm a semester away from finishing my degree in Elementary Education. I converted to the Catholic Church from the Baptist faction in 2009. I met my husband at our local parish in 2011, married him in 2012, and we had our first children (twins) in 2013. Our youngest, a surprise baby, was born last month. I've been pregnant for 18 of the last 24 months and I've got a lot of weight and flab from my pre... Tue, 13 May 2014 14:06:33 EST 34th Rosary Novena May 13 - July 5 Posting Thread Here are the intentions for this Novena beginning May 13, 2014 (tomorrow!). <BR> <BR> 1. In Thanksgiving for our many blessings; <BR> <BR> 2. For the pro-life cause and the 40 Days for Life; for our leaders to realize the evil of abortion and euthanasia and make laws that protect the most vulnerable in our society, and for those who do not see the horrific sin of abortion, that their eyes will be opened, and they will develop a conscience regarding the sin; <BR> <BR> 3. For all non-believe... Tue, 13 May 2014 01:18:32 EST 34th Rosary Novena Intentions Hello all. <BR> <BR> Our 34th Rosary Novena begins tomorrow, and I have not yet posted our intentions. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> So, here goes: <BR> <BR> Here is our "skeleton list" of intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste this list into a new post, and then add your own intentions under the spot where they go. <BR> <BR> If there isn't a spot for your intention already (ie., for the sick, for your children, for those who are struggling with addictions), then plac... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:49:28 EST Church humor This was passed to me today and I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <BR> Christian One Liners <BR> Don't let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited <BR> Until you try to sit in their pews. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> Many folks want to serve God, <BR> But only as advisers. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> It is easier to preach ten sermons <BR> Than it is to live o... Mon, 5 May 2014 07:48:41 EST Do you celebrate your baptismal day? I am completing a bible study at my local church where the priest suggested that we should celebrate our baptismal day every year, just as we would our anniversary or birthday, because it marks the beginning of our faith journey (and probably a good time to reflect on where you have been and where you are going). For cradle Catholics like me, that will mean looking for my baptismal certificate to figure out that date (for new converts, that shouldn't be hard). But i thought it was a great ... Mon, 5 May 2014 05:55:36 EST How did the 33rd Novena affect your life? We completed our 33rd Novena... <BR> Just a few questions to cause you ponder the way your Novena works in your life... <BR> Did you learn anything new while praying? Has your Spirit grown because of the Novena? <BR> How does saying the Rosary help you Spark? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:59:17 EST Superstitious Catholic/Using Sacramentals For years (at least since 2004), I have collected Holy Water that was blessed at Easter. I would take 1-2 vials for my self and 1 or 2 for my family in NYC (the "vials" are actually medicine bottles donated by a local pharmacy). I would use the holy water to spray (in a little spray bottle) the doorways and windows of my home. I carry some in ALL my purses and the intent is to ward off evil. I have even had fantasies of using a tankerful (yes, one of those huge tankers) to spray holy wate... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:53:05 EST Thot of the Day Divine Mercy Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed he gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit-that is the shortest route. <BR> <BR> St. Faustina, who gave us the Divine Mercy Chaplet Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:28:27 EST New to this I'm not really sure how to go about this! I am a 53 year old married woman that needs to lose weight. My faith is the most important thing in my life. Hope to make new friends here. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:24:03 EST Spring is here! Let's chat! Spring has arrived, for most of us <em>126</em> <BR> Time to renew our spirits and prepare for the Resurrection! <BR> New life is bursting out everywhere, and we have another opportunity to become the best we can be! Nothing is impossible if we place our lives in God's hands. <BR> Lent is almost over! <BR> May our Lenten season end with much joy, and may we give thanks for the gift of God's Son! <BR> Give praise to God! He IS risen, indeed! <BR> <em>184</em> <BR> <em>381</em> <em... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:41:56 EST More prayers needed please I just found out a friend of mine who's not even in her mid 50's had a heart attack last week and needs to have a stint put in! apparently heart disease runs in Maria's family, one of her sisters died a few years ago and she was in her late 40's. <BR> Unfortunately I have not heard anything more about my friend's BIL Sam but I know that no news can be good news too. I thank you all for your prayers and i want you to know you are all in my prayers. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Peggy Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:20 EST Secular Carmelites (OCDS) Hey, Catholic pals! <BR> I just want to share my joy this morning: this past Saturday, in our annual Ceremony and Mass, I was officially accepted as a Candidate for Temporary Promise (that's for two years) into the Secular Order of Carmel!!! <em>224</em> Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ! <BR> This has been a looooong journey, with many twists and turns. Lemme put it this way: it takes most folks about a year to go from Aspirant to Candidate... well it took ME nearly a decade!... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:45:34 EST prayers needed please My best friend Peggy just found out her B-I-L has stage 3 colon cancer. The family has been though so much already and he is a very good man, devoted to his wife and kids. Maureen and Sam were college sweethearts and have been married for over 40 years with 3 children and 3 grand children. Please pray for God's grace for him and his family to be able to deal with his illness. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Peggy Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:49:07 EST RCIA Milestone We participated in the Rite of Election yesterday. We are officially on the rolls in The Book of the Elect. WooHoo!! <BR> Just had to share. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:59:19 EST Lenten Thots Please stop by my Sparkblog if you'd like a daily thot on Lent. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:22:24 EST The 33rd 54-Day Novena Posting Thread, 3/9- 5/1/14 Welcome to the 33rd 54 Day Novena! <BR> <BR> We hope you will join us as we lift our Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving from March 9, 2014 through May1, 2014. <BR> <BR> We will begin our Novena on Sunday, March 9, 2014... <BR> <BR> Please list your petitions on the 33rd Novena Petitions Thread, and print a copy. <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy the following Prayers to help you as you pray your Novena, also. <BR> <BR> PRAYERS FOR THE 54 DAY NOVENA <BR> <BR> The prayers that we say at the... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:05:11 EST Novenas and Scrupulosity Hello all. <BR> I posted this in the Novenas Forum, but am putting it here as well, as more may wish to see it over here. <BR> <BR> I often get caught up or forgetful when it comes to saying novenas or other such devotions, and I know I'm not the only one who worries about missing a day or more of a novena, and struggling to "catch up". <BR> <BR> I was looking for a novena to pray this week for my dh in a book my dh gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. <BR> <BR> It is called "Noven... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:55:16 EST FREE, Fun, Lenten Resources for Families Here is a wonderful list of free printables and activities for families: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>printables/ </link> <BR> <BR> I just printed four of the calendars, one for each lad. Oh, they even have an Eastern Catholic version! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's Lent is off to a holy start! <em>43</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:29:35 EST Ash Wednesday Fast Ohmigosh, is anybody else STARVING?!? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am The World's Wimpiest Catholic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> {{{Lord, grant me strength.}}} <em>43</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:03:50 EST Fasting This will be my first Lent while on SparkPeople. As Ash Wednesday approaches, I realized I wasn't sure how to both fast and make my minimum calorie total for the day. Anyone here have any advice on what they do? Or am I obsessing too much and should just go on with my regularly scheduled fasting days? Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:25:20 EST 33rd Rosary Novena Intentions List Here is our "skeleton list" of intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste this list into a new post, and then add your own intentions under the spot where they go. <BR> <BR> If there isn't a spot for your intention already (ie., for the sick, for your children, for those who are struggling with addictions), then place it under #23, for all other intentions. <BR> <BR> If there are enough similar ones under #23, I will add another number to the list. <BR> <BR> Thank you! If you are unsure ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:43:27 EST help with mass Hello everyone. I am new here. I am a cradle catholic and had been away from the church for a few years but now I am slowly coming back. I never lost my faith in God however I was pro-choice and I had a lot of conflicting views of things. I have a question and not sure if anyone could help? I have a son who is almost 2. We are planning on baptizing him in May. We do not attend mass every weekend but I do put it in my mind to just don't always make it. I am living with my son's dad and he is a... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:29:47 EST Welcome, MANDYO2008! MANDYO2008: <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Catholic Critters Team! <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> I usually welcome a new member with a message on his or her sparkpage, but as you haven't had a chance to set up a page yet, and you are set to not receive any email messages through sparkmail, I figured this would work to say, "hello". <BR> <BR> I pray that God will guide you on your healthy journey as you work toward your goals. <BR> <BR> And may God bless you abundantly in the coming year. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:48:08 EST What if ...? Hello all. <BR> <BR> I am wondering what all the wonderful Catholic Critters would do in this situation ... <BR> <BR> Our parish priest is on vacation for two months (for his health). In his absence, we have some great, generous priests giving of their time and energy to celebrate the Mass with us. However, on two weeks (this week and next), there was no one to cover in our priest's absence. <BR> <BR> There are some incredibly talented, and trained, lay ministers who will be doing a Comm... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:24:01 EST Hello..Again! Hi, I've been here before, but had left due to health problems. This last bout with Sarcoid had me in and out of hospital, but I'm better now and here to finish losing weight and get better control of my health. <BR> <BR> I'm married, have a son and dil, and a dog that rules the house! I look forward to being active here again. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:52:15 EST Hi Hi. Wanted to introduce myself. I'm Renee, 44. Looking forward to meeting you all! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:30:41 EST Novena Schedule for 2014 Here is a list of the 54- Day Novenas planned for this year! <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> 32nd. Novena January 1, 2014 - February 23, 2014 <BR> <BR> 33rd. Novena March 9, 2014 (First Sunday of Lent) - May 1, 2014 <BR> <BR> 34th. Novena May 13, 2014 (Our Lady of Fatima) - July 5, 2014 <BR> <BR> 35th. Novena August 22, 2014 (Queenship of Mary) - October 14, 2014 <BR> <BR> 36th. Novena November 1, 2014 (All Saints Day) - December 24, 2014 (Christmas E... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:22:29 EST Sanctity of Human Life Sunday I just read about this. On January 19th, many churches and other pro-life groups are organizing prayer vigils and other events to celebrate the value of life. <BR> <BR><BR>e.php <BR> <BR> Is your church doing anything to commemorate this day? I'd never heard of it before. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:18:03 EST 32nd Rosary Novena: Jan. 1 - Feb. 23 This is where will be posting our "progress" with our next Rosary Novena. <BR> <BR> The starting date is still to be announced. <BR> <BR> Stay tuned. <BR> <BR> cj Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:55:40 EST Intentions List - 32nd Rosary Novena: Jan 1-Feb 23 Here is our "skeleton list" of intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste this list into a new post, and then add your own intentions under the spot where they go. <BR> <BR> If there isn't a spot for your intention already (ie., for the sick, for your children, for those who are struggling with addictions), then place it under #23, for all other intentions. <BR> <BR> If there are enough similar ones under #23, I will add another number to the list. <BR> <BR> Thank you! If you are unsure ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:54:25 EST Next Rosary Novena Hi all. <BR> <BR> If I begin our next 54-Day Rosary Novena this coming Wednesday, would anyone be able to join me? Or is that too ambitious, and I should make it for a bit later in January? <BR> <BR> cj Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:52:07 EST Hello Hello! I'm Molly, 52, married with grown children. I'm great at the yo-yo game with my weight, but I'm tired of it. I want to make the needed lifestyle changes to lose and keep off the weight, become healthier and enjoy this new chapter in my life! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:33:24 EST Any homeschoolers? Hi Moms <BR> I was just wondering if any of you were Catholic Homeschooling moms? I am and I have homeschooled in the past, but this is my biggest challenge. I'm working from home for my husband's business, a customer service job and homeschooling three kiddos- 7, 9 and 11. My stress level is high and my eating is off the charts! I am committing to doing things right in the new year and I'm looking for like-minded moms. <BR> :) PM me if you'd like. <BR> DeAnne Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:58:39 EST D. D.? Does anyone know what the initials, D.D. stand for after an Archbishops last name,(In addressing envelope). Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:06:25 EST Keeping Christmas It is a good thing to observe Christmas day. The mere marking of times and seasons <BR> when men agree to stop work and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome <BR> custom. It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life. It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then, by the great clock of humanity which runs on sun time. <BR> <BR> But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:56:44 EST Are you ready for Christmas? Tomorrow is Christmas. Are you ready? Likely there were many things you wanted to do in preparation before Christmas, but the time passed too quickly. <BR> <BR> No matter. This is God's work. The coming of Jesus is God's personal act of entering our lives. Through the prophets, God promised it, and now God does it. <BR> <BR> Like the Magi and like the angels, our response is simply to kneel in praise and to adore. This is our response to the birth of Christ. This is what we truly prepar... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:33:54 EST Church Ministries - payment? Hello all. <BR> I just learned today that some people are paid to participate in some ministries at one of the churches I sometimes celebrate at. <BR> <BR> That gave me pause. I had never heard of that before. For me, being a lector or music minister, etc., has always been a way for me to live my faith as a baptized/confirmed member of the Church. <BR> <BR> Do any of you know of ministers getting paid? Or do they do it voluntarily where you worship? <BR> <BR> cj Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:24:38 EST Winter's Wonderful Chat! We are definitely in winter now, so here is our new chat thread to reflect that ... <BR> <BR> cj Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:51:30 EST Prayers to Our Lady of Guadlupe In honor of the feast day of Our lady of Guadalupe, which is tomorrow, here are some prayers that you can say: <BR> <BR> MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE <BR> <BR> Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thou didst promise to hearken to ou... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:56:13 EST chaplet of the immaculate conception I found this in "My Treasury of Chaplets". Apparently, there is a specific chaplet for this consisting of 3 groups of 4 beads, separated by one large bead and a medal of the Immaculate Conception attached to the end. The chaplet was composed by St. John Berchmans, SJ and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Mary, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity. I looked it up mainly as a way to say something special on this day, especially when the S... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:23:09 EST Advent Credo I saw this on the back of one of the local church bulletins: <BR> <BR> <BR> Advent Credo <BR> <BR> It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— <BR> This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life; <BR> <BR> It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— <BR> This is true: I have come tha... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:10:53 EST What if we only woke up... with what we thanked God for yesterday? <BR> <BR> <BR> I saw that quote on my friend's facebook page and it made me think. What di I thank God for? For a long time now, the first thing I do when I wake up is to thank God for a new day, grateful to be alive. But is that all I would get? Just a new day? By myself? And what if I became ill? So this morning when I woke up, I thanked God for a new day but I also thanked Him for my family--without them, I don't know where I would be. And I ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:00:34 EST A different take on today's gospel. I have always found today's gospel most interesting. It's one where Jesus purportedly lays out the signs we should look for at the end of time: <BR> <BR> "When you hear of wars and insurrections, ... <BR> Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. <BR> There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues <BR> from place to place." <BR> <BR> I have always interpreted this differently than most people. Throughout history people have seen world events like these and thou... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:01:39 EST All Souls Rosary This can be siad on a regular rosary. <BR> <BR> On the Crucifix recite the psalm "de Profundis": <BR> Psalm 130 <BR> Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. <BR> Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. <BR> If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it? <BR> For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: <BR> and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. <BR> My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hope... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:56:24 EST All Souls Day I was taught that November 1st was all souls day, but I guess that is tomorrow and today is all Saints Day. Anyway, I wanted to tell a story about All Souls Day in 2000. <BR> <BR> Cruzer and I had married in August and for a wedding gift my brother and SIL gave us a honeymoon in England. It so happened that Cruzer, my brother, and I were in London for a few days. The day before I checked my email at an internet café in our hotel. I learned that a good friend had died in his sleep. We were ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 01:14:53 EST Magnificat Day Philadelphia 11/9 Is anyone attending the Magnificat Day next weekend? It sounds awesome!! <em>43</em> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:17:20 EST Gratitude It is Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> I was wondering, today, what are you grateful to God for? <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> cj Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:49:12 EST Autumn's Awesome Chat! What is new in your life? <BR> <BR> How are things going physically, emotionally, spiritually? <BR> <BR> Let us know here! <BR> <BR> cj Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:46:24 EST 31st Rosary Novena Thread - Oct. 20 - Dec. 12 Please join us on October 20, 2013 as we begin another 54-Day Rosary Novena. The 20th is a Sunday, and the Novena will take us all the way to the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. <BR> <BR> This thread will be for posting our "progress" as we pray. <BR> <BR> For those who are not familiar with 54-Day Rosary Novenas, please see the thread "All About 54-Day Rosary Novenas". <BR> <BR> Basically, a 54-Day Rosary Novena involves saying a rosary daily for the intentions we comp... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:42:59 EST Intentions List for the 31st Rosary Novena Here is our "skeleton list" of intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste this list into a new post, and then add your own intentions under the spot where they go. <BR> <BR> If there isn't a spot for your intention already (ie., for the sick, for your children, for those who are struggling with addictions), then place it under #23, for all other intentions. <BR> <BR> If there are enough similar ones under #23, I will add another number to the list. <BR> <BR> Thank you! If you are unsu... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:37:32 EST I think they need to find some martyrs Martyrs = people willing to suffer for what is right. <BR> <BR> The military only has 284 Active duty priests to serve 275000 Catholic military people and their families. So they contract out to priests or hire some under GS ratings. During the "shutdown" the government is telling those non-actve-duty priests that is they attempt to minister to their faithful, they will risk arrest and be considered in breach of their contract. <BR> <BR> Even if they do it on a volunteer basis. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:57:02 EST what has you guardian angel done for you? Today is the feast day for our guardian angels. Have you ever felt your guardian angel's presence. I believe I have. Daily, at 6:30 am, when I am still on my computer and I need to leave for work. Without fail, the computer stalls or the program I am on stops functioning. WITHOUT FAIL! I think my angel tells me to get my butt out the door. or when I am trying to eat something I know I have no business eating--I can't open the bag of popcorn that I want to microwave, or I end up burning... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:10:25 EST How did saying the Rosary Novena affect your life? Did you learn anything new about yourself in these 54 days? Did God speak to you in new ways? <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:25:51 EST New Evangelization Prayer I your church using the New Evangelization Prayer after communion. Mine printed copies last week so we will be using it after communion for a while. I have been saying it each day this week. I think i have found a way to live it. <BR> <BR> ‘“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people prea... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 03:06:13 EST Do you? Do you make the Sign of the Cross when you drive by a Catholic Church? Do you when you drive by a cemetery to pray for the deceased? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:46:09 EST Today! Today was my first day walking my 2 miles again. It had been quite a while since I had done it so it took some extra time, but I got it done. I also did Zumba once I made it back home. That was such a challenge. For now there is no way I will be walking AND doing Zumba more than twice a week. As the time progresses on I will try to do more days of walking AND Zumba. Oh and on a positive note, I lost 2 pounds! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:10:41 EST What do you wear to mass? What do you wear to mass? I lectored and one of the people who trains the greeters and eucharistic ministers said that he needed to make sure he told everyone that it was imprortant to dress nicely for mass. I generally wear khakis and a dress/collared shirt so I was confused what he meant by it. I’ll admit I look at people when they walked in and how they dress . Others wear flimsy spagetti strap tops or havr visible bra straps. Lots of flip flops and people in tshirts, atheltic shorts. A... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:35:09 EST POPE ANNOUNCES 54 DAY NOVENA AND ASKS YOU JOIN HIM POPE ANNOUNCES 54 DAY NOVENA AND ASKS YOU JOIN HIM <BR> <BR> As announced last week, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 13, 2013, and he is having the statue of Our Lady that stands on the site of the apparitions in Fatima shipped to Rome to mark the occasion. <BR> <BR> In support of the Holy Father, all members and friends of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA and people throughout the world are invited to participate in a 54-day Rosary Nove... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:06:45 EST Prayers for Peace I posted more prayers for peace on the Catholic Bible Study teampage. Just follow the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1011x5481<BR>6520 </link> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 15:41:42 EST USCCB Prayer for Peace in Syria A Prayer for the People of Syria <BR> <BR> Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, <BR> the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. <BR> Hear the cries of the people of Syria; <BR> bring healing to those suffering from the violence, <BR> and comfort to those mourning the dead. <BR> Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors <BR> in their care and welcome for refugees. <BR> Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, <BR> and strengthen the resolve of t... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 00:27:36 EST Preparing for the Sunday gospel I learned of this at a recent bible study class. It is a way to help the word become more a part of our lives and not just on Sunday. I think this may help me in terms of really paying attention and getting more out of the Liturgy. Hopefully, it will also help others who struggle as I do. <BR> <BR> Gathering faithfully Together encourages us to prepare for the Sunday gospel by taking time during the week to read and pray about the Sunday scripture readings. A simple process for doing thi... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:39:25 EST Morning Glory personal retreat I was wondering if anyone here has participated in or knows of this retreat. One of my coworkers is in the middle of it and I was reading a bit of her book. <BR> Apparently it is a 6 week retreat where everyday you read about a page about a saint or their writings (Mother Theresa, St Maximilan Kobe are 2 examples) and once a week there is a discussion of the weeks reading at the church then at the end of the 6 weeks there is a ceremony and you consecrate yourself to our lady. <BR> It s... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:00:36 EST Last Days of Summer Challenge Okay. I never got my act in gear to make up a summer challenge, and here we are, coming to the end of August soon. <BR> <BR> This is therefore, a LAST DAYS OF SUMMER CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> It is also a PICK-YOUR-OWN-CHALLENGE challenge. <BR> <BR> Meaning, what is the ONE thing you need to work on the most right now? Is it exercising? Eating within calorie range? Gett... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 23:56:49 EST Yoga question Being raised a Protestant, I was taught yoga was wrong and I've never really questioned that. My Dr. suggested yoga as a form of exercise to help me control Sarcoid, but I feel funny about it. Can you tell me the church's stand on this is? Thanks! Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:59:16 EST The God of Glory What natural events reveal God’s power and glory most dramatically for you? In what setting do you most clearly sense the presence of God—in a majestic cathedral, out in the wilderness, listening to children play? How do you respond to God when you feel his nearness? <BR> <BR> I feel God's power revealed most in the really big storms that happen--tornadoes, hurricanes, etc, because they are the most powerful and scary natural events that I can think of. I feel that I am in God's presence no... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:42:07 EST 30th Rosary Novena Posting Thread 8/8-9/30/13 <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the 30th Catholic Critters Rosary Novena! <BR> May our prayer journey be pleasing to Our Lady, and to Our Lord! <BR> If you feel led, share your journey with us by posting on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. <BR> <BR> First 27 Days of the 54-Day Rosary Novena (Novena of Petition, 8 August 2013 - 30 Septemb... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:18:42 EST 30th Novena Intentio s...Aug. 8 - Sept.30, 2013 August 8, 2013 - September 30, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. In Thanksgiving for our many blessings; <BR> <BR> 2. For the pro-life cause and the 40 Days for Life; for our leaders to realize the evil of abortion and euthanasia and make laws that protect the most vulnerable in our society, and for those who do not see the horrific sin of abortion, that their eyes will be opened, and they will develop a conscience regarding the sin; <BR> <BR> 3. For all non-believers especially: <BR> <BR> For all... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 20:43:27 EST Praying for An Answer... Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> I originally posted this in the SparkPeople Cafe (not much of a response), and I realize this has very little to do with why we're all here, but I've always been amazed at the wealth of information Spark members are willing to share on anything and everything, so I've decided to ask my question here (with some background): <BR> <BR> I am a Canadian who appreciates all the amazing opportunities for shopping on-line (I've been doing it for years now with no problems)... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:03:22 EST Do you have the faith of Abraham? Abraham was so quick to respond to God's request to sacrifice his own son (Gen 22:1-14), there wasn't even a second thought/hesitation (at least not the way the bible story is read). Unfortunately, I fear that I WOULD hesitate in answering that call and that I am not as trustful of God as I should be. Does anyone else struggle with that story? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:54:22 EST What is hardest for you to "give" in worship? I know what is hard for me to "give " in worship is my attention. My mind wanders too much if I am truly alert or I end up falling asleep if I am not alert enough. I hate it because I know I am missing out on a wonderful experience that I will never get back. When I am actually alert AND paying attention, I get so much out of mass and I am not sure how to maintain that. Sundays seem to be the big problem. I haven't had that be an issue at daily mass (as long as I have had 2 cups of black coff... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 06:44:02 EST July 4, 2013 Prayer For Religious Liberty Please say a Rosary for the US, and for the protection of religious liberty. The battle for our freedom to worship is waging strong, not just in the US, but all over the world! The greatest weapon we have is our prayers! <BR> <BR> Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty <BR> <BR> O God our Creator, <BR> from your provident hand we have received <BR> our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. <BR> You have called us as your people and given us <BR> the right and the dut... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:00:23 EST Water Fasting for the World! I like to water fast three days a week and offer up my hunger for the world. So many people suffer hunger from necessity, but doing it on purpose can help. I would love to have some company doing this next Wednesday or Friday. Thank you for reading this post. <em>247</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 00:42:10 EST Changes to Spark Points I hadn't noticed until tonight that we no longer get points for taking a poll.... I wanted to know why, and so began searching for an answer. Turns out there are several changes.... just in case some of you hadn't seen this either, here's a link to the SP Blog that explains the changes in the way we get Spark points... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings and <em>247</em> Marge Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:28:21 EST Hello My name is Vickie and I am a former member of this team. I have recently returned to SP so thought I would return to the team as well. <BR> <BR> I was born and raised Catholic, these days I am not really part of any organized religion, however all my prayers and ways of celebrating my spirituality ( candles, novenas, rosary, incense belief in saints, etc ) are all Catholic. <BR> <BR> People on this team have always been friendly and lovely to me, so thought I would come back. <BR> <BR> V... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:00:47 EST July 1, 2013... Pray the Rosary for Canada! <em>214</em> Pray a Rosary for Canada! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some prayers to say as you meditate on your Rosary... <BR> <BR> Prayer for Canada <BR> O Most Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust our country to your loving care. Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly prote... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:17:49 EST Introducing myself Hi - <BR> I'm a 50+ cradle catholic and revert who has been intimately involved with the church for about a year. God has been gracious. I have realized that gluttony is truly one of the 7 deadly sins for a reason -- it causes disease and it causes me to put food above my God. Oops! Thanks be to God I have realized the error of my ways and plan to work toward a great weight loss goal. I have been a yo-yo dieter for years and realize that I now have to get it off and keep it off. I am a... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:27:33 EST Anyone up for a summer challenge? Personally, when my schedule changes and school lets out for the summer (which it will in one week), I find it more difficult to keep my momentum going and eat at scheduled times, get all my exercise in, etc., as I just love my routine. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? <BR> <BR> Or, does anyone else feel they would benefit from a summer challenge? <BR> <BR> If so, what sort of challenge would you like? IN other words, what are you struggling with right now? Is it exercising ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:43:41 EST Daily Mass Readings Does anyone have a good site they use for daily Mass readings? <BR> <BR> cj Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:40:36 EST Goodbye and Thank You, Jane! I wish to bid a fond farewell to Jane (JCEDIT89) who has stepped down as Team Leader this month. She is taking more time to fulfill other obligations and endeavours in her life. <BR> <BR> I wish to thank her, both personally, and on behalf of the Team, for her assistance and leadership. When I was swamped, and put out a call for help, Jane was one of the first people who answered immediately. I will be forever grateful for that. <BR> <BR> We will miss your friendly welcomes, your sweet... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:37:02 EST Medjugorje - 32nd Anniversary Novena:Began June 15 "We pray this Novena in thanksgiving for the 32 years Our Lady has been with us, teaching us, praying for us, and interceding for us. Please make/take time to pray this special Novena. <BR> <BR> In Medjugorje, they will pray the rosary on Apparition Hill every day at 4pm. Everyone from all over the world can unite in this Novena. The Novena starts on June 15, and ends on June 23. On June 24, at 6am, they pray for peace during the “Peace March” which is a Eucharistic procession from the town ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:59:27 EST prayers please My co-worker Diane is having intestional surgery on Friday but has to first go through an endoscopy on Thursday so i am asking for prayers for her that everthing will be okay. <BR> I am also asking for you to pray for her husband John who had prostate surgery last week but they were in the ER last night because he had a blood clot that was blocking hime up and it looks like he might have another one because Diane just had to leave work to take him back to the hospital today with the same symp... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:31:12 EST World Youth Day 2013!!!! Anyone else sending a youth (son, daughter, yourself) to World Youth Day in Brazil??? My 21-year-old is departing on June 30th for one month to travel to Argentina and then Brazil for World Youth Day!!! God bless our youth!!!! <em>224</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:26:20 EST Where does gluttony and vanity meet? Hi I'm very new to SP and I wanted to ask you experienced Catholics - do you ever feel that you are caught in a struggle between disordered habits (like overeating) and too much self-love (as in vanity)? I realize that we need to find that balance, where we are relearning how to care properly for ourselves, developing our disciplines, etc., but sometimes I feel that I am attributing TOO MUCH attention to myself in this area. <BR> Anyway, I appreciate the positive support and interesting mate... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:41:34 EST Hello :) Hi everyone, I am new to the team. I am a mother of a 13,12,5, and 3 year old beautiful children. I have been married for 15 years on June 20. I work outside of the home, but work harder when I'm home. I volunteer a lot for the kids wonderful school, St. Mary's, and also am a group leader for our High School youth ministry team. I am glad to be here! <em>43</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:33:46 EST NFL'er skips trip to the White House over Ethics I wish more sports figures and celebrities would stand up for what they believe! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tworks/story/Birk-skips-White-House-vi<BR>sit-over-Presid?blockID=909241&feedID=3697 </link> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 17:11:14 EST Sacred Space I don't know if any of you know about this website, but I wanted to pass it along to those who didn't. <BR> <BR> I had told my priest that I felt like I was having a hard time finding time in the day to pray. I knew it was there, but with two kids--one who is special needs--it was hard to find most days. <BR> <BR> So he told me to try out <link> </link> it's a Jesuit run website that is about promoting a sacred space in your daily life to pray, even if it's just for ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 15:23:09 EST Our Pope and some doves Did anyone else see this story? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-francis-liberates-pair-doves/g9jQ/#<BR>3423434 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought it was kind of sweet. <BR> <BR> cj Wed, 5 Jun 2013 00:56:31 EST Summer's Sparklin' Chat Memorial Day has passed... school's out! Time to chat about how we are growing in our Faith, how we're planning on Sparkin' the Summer of 2013, and all of the livin' of life in-between! <BR> We've all of the tools we need to have a Sparktastic Summer! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:11:56 EST Oklahoma I am sitting here playing on Sparkpeople and watching the weather channel to see what the weather will be like for the weekend and there is nothing but news reports of new tornado warnings in the Oklahoma City area. <BR> Please pray for all those folks that the storms will beak up. <BR> <BR> and PS this is also the beginning of hurricane season as well Fri, 31 May 2013 20:32:25 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:18 EST Welcome to FITMOMMY76! Hi FITMOMMY76! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the Team! I usually welcome a new member with a message on his or her page. If a new member hasn't made a page yet, I send a sparkmail to welcome them to the team. As you do not have a sparkpage yet, and are not accepting sparkmail, I thought this would be a good way to welcome you to Catholic Critters. <BR> <BR> Please join in when you are comfortable - and ask any questions you might have, we are a great bunch of friendly, Catholic sparkers! ... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:18:50 EST Pope Francis in the March for Life I just read that Pope Francis joined the marchers in the Marcia per la Vita (March for Life) Internazionale in Rome on Sunday, which was Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> His participation was a surprise, not planned. <BR> <BR> How very delightful. Here is a link to the article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ises-40000-italian-pro-lifers-joins-ro<BR>me-march-for-life </link> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:50:19 EST Happy Day to Each of You I've been so lazy about getting online to Sparkpeople for some time, but I wish all my Catholic friends a Happy Mother's Day, with the warmth of children's sweet words and memories you cherish.. Mothers are forever!!! This is truly sincere, though a bit late. <BR> My special gift was a long Mother's Day nap!! <em>247</em> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 21:04:06 EST lil memory of Las Cruces NM Las Cruces, NM <BR> In the garden of IHM <BR> a statue <BR> stands so true <BR> Pale and fair <BR> Our Lady of Guadalupe <BR> How meager seems my gift <BR> when I begin to pray <BR> For the mountains are her shroud <BR> the palms so well endowed <BR> fragrance of roses in the air <BR> dewy in the morning <BR> sunlight parched by afternoon <BR> but always seems one must leave the garden, all too soon <BR> but the freshness of the rose <BR> the fragrance of the rose <BR> the beauty of the rose... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:37:07 EST College Graduation & so busy... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just want to say I will be at my son's college graduation this weekend! A very exciting time. <BR> <BR> The end of the school year is near as well as preparing my students for math finals! <BR> <BR> Thx for being there. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone!! <BR> <BR> &#9829;Resa Fri, 3 May 2013 11:11:53 EST May Challenge: Tracking Our Marian Shrine Tour Use this thread to track your progress on our tour. Post your fitness minutes as often as you can. Add your minutes to the team’s minutes. The team’s total fitness minutes represent how far we’ve traveled. <BR> <BR> Here are some sample posts: <BR> <BR> The first team member posted her fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> My exercise: 45 <BR> Team exercise: 45 <BR> <BR> Then the next team member posts his minutes and adds them to the team total. <BR> <BR> My exercise: 20 <BR> Team exercise: 45 ... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:35:11 EST May Challenge: Marian Shrine Tour Our challenge for the month of May will combine faith and fitness as we virtually journey to three Marian shrines in North America. We’ll travel as a team to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City; the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC; and Our Lady of the Cape in Madeleine, Quebec, Canada. <BR> <BR> We’ll use our fitness minutes as mileage to travel. We’ll start in Mexico City and travel north to Washington, DC, before moving on to Quebec, where w... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:33:00 EST Did not speak out Three times now I have not said anything when people were speaking about abortion, and other topics that I did not agree with. <BR> <BR> I just didn't want to get into the discussion and left the room or just shut my yap. <BR> <BR> I wonder if that is a sin. Wed, 1 May 2013 11:31:17 EST 29th Rosary Novena Posting Thread 5/1-6/23/13 <em>214</em> May is the month of Our Blessed Mother! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Here is our 29th Rosary Novena! <BR> May our prayer journey be pleasing to Our Lady, and to Our Lord! <BR> If you feel led, share your journey with us by posting on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. <BR> <BR> First 27 Days of the 54-Day Rosary Novena (Novena of Petition, 1 May 2013 - 27 May 2... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:13:03 EST BYE Just to let you know I am leaving the team ,, I will continue to pray for all and if you need a prayer PLEASE VISIT MY PAGE ,, God bless you all hugs Dee Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:25:18 EST The Rosary ... Do you have a favourite? Just came in for a walk where I often pray a Rosary as I get in my steps. Thinking about May and the upcoming Rosary Novena, I began to wonder... do you have a favourite set of Mysteries for the Rosary, why? <BR> <BR> Growing up, I had always found the Sorrowful Mysteries my favourites as they seemed the most visual, or powerful, in my mind, perhaps through participation in the Stations of the Cross and the events leading up to Easter. But now, I seem to enjoy thinking about the Luminous mys... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 03:39:30 EST Intentions for the 29th Novena... 5/1/13 - 6/23/13 <em>214</em> Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. The prayers for before and after the Rosary are included, also. <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> The final draft of prayers and intentions will be posted under the Topic "29th Rosary Novena Posting Thread". <BR> <BR> May 1, 2013 - June 23, 2013 <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. <BR> <BR> Ask for assistance if yo... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:00:28 EST Catholic site in Groom, Texas My aunt sent me this link to a beautiful memorial in Groom, Texas. I have never seen anything like this. Be sure to visit the link below for many views of the statutes. The ones of the Stations of the Cross are especially moving. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever visited this site? Anyone live near it? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:27:09 EST Prayers for Boston... My hearts aches for those hurt emotionally and physically. I pray for all. Be safe everyone. <em>296</em> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:10:09 EST How about a new Photo of Rosary Beads? So, what do you think about a new set of Rosary beads for our team photo? <BR> <BR> What do you think? Just an idea. I had changed my team photo for The Mediterranean Way. I may again. <BR> <BR> ~Resa <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:27:26 EST Do you know any scripture for health and diet? I have so many food allergies (and others too) I want to read and pray about my health. My allergies make me so sick; there are no meds I can take. I have a rare immune problem that I even react to medicine. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:06:27 EST Tips to Navigating Around the Team Forums...(Long) Hi everyone. <BR> Does anyone remember the first time they posted on the team boards? I do. I was terrified! I actually read and re-read other people's posts before having the nerve to post anything myself! <BR> <BR> I didn't know at the time that what I did had a name - "lurking". Lurking is understandable when you are new to a team and unsure how to interact with the other members, or if you are shy. But, please feel free to post if you wish, we usually don't bite. <BR> <em>334</em... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 17:55:58 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone! My name is Janet and I'm an old new person to Spark. I'm 38 years old and I live in south Louisiana. I've been on an incredible journey so far. I used to be 311 pounds. I've lost more than 120 pounds thru diet, exercise and prayer. I'm hitting a funk and need motivation. I would love to meet and get to know people who can relate to what I'm going through emotionally and physically. I hope everyone has a beautiful day! <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 17:39:52 EST Need Emergency Prayers My home bound has bladder cancer and chemop and radition hasnt worked and now has to be operated on to take it out please pray operation is 11:30 am Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:14:42 EST A sheepish hello.... I have been here more than once and it does get embarrassing to say "it's me again!" but I need to be here and I can't pretend I'm new. I would slip up somehow! <BR> <BR> I lost 30 pounds the first time and left still needing to lose 30, now it's 35! I have a couple of health problems, but two years ago depression hit and it's by far the hardest thing I have had to fight. At it's worse I tend to pull away from everyone and then I regret it! I'm back and I know sticking around will help me fi... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:52:06 EST Can you pray today for more new Priests? <em>43</em> yes! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:26:57 EST Team Changes Made! Thanks to everyone who made such thoughtful suggestions for our Catholic Critter Team! We sincerely appreciate all the care and concern expressed for our Team and its members. <BR> <BR> With the Easter season upon us, we are using this opportunity to 'renew' our team! The team page has been revamped to reduce the number of 'sticky' topics, so that there is room for the topics members most want to discuss. <BR> <BR> Further, we respectfully ask that all game-like threads be retained in the ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:39:50 EST Respect Life in all its forms Please use this thread to discuss respect life topics from a Catholic perspective. Here, discussions could center around anti-abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, and related life topics. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:14:12 EST Spring/Summer 2013 Challenge Idea/Help Needed Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lenten Challenge. And thanks to our co-leader CATHOLICCORGI for administering it. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> As we enter the Easter season, and for many of us, some spring-like weather, it's time to think about our next Catholic Critters challenge. <BR> <BR> From our recent team suggestion forum, several members mentioned the idea of doing a virtual pilgrimage to improve both our physical and spiritual health. We would use our fitness minutes to 'p... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:56:57 EST ** Downloadable Rosary from Rosary Army *** Here is a wonderful download for the Holy Rosary in two versions. One offers more scripture. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs/free-rosary-mp3/ </link> † Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:19:37 EST Returning to proram It's fun to be back on the program and i am optimistic. I am keeping myself busy\studying French on the computer and i find that a big help as i try not to concentrate on food. <BR> <BR> It seems easier this time and my doctor will be so pleased if I really get some of this dratted weight off. It has been a lifetime battle but for my health it has become even more important. <BR> i pray I continue to stay on the program mainly for health and comfort reasons. <BR> <BR> Good luck to my fell... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:47:43 EST Sparkin' Spring Chat Spring officially begins March 21st... let's chat about how we can Spark our Faith AND Spark our healthy lifestyles!!! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:42:08 EST Prayer for Work and the Car being repaired. I am on and off employment ans so is my husband. We are borrowing my daughter's car and it broke down and needs some work. We are worried at the cost. It has been such a struggle financially for years now. Presently, we cannot sell our home due to the market here in Florida. I don't see selling it helping anyway. <BR> <BR> Please pray for us. It is taking a toll on our health not just our checkbook. <BR> <BR> † Many thanks. May God send you graces. <BR> ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:27:13 EST &#9827; &#9827; &#9827; Happy St. Patrick's Day, a I wish you all a Blessed St. Patrick's Day!!! <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> ~Resa Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:35:55 EST NEW POPE We have a NEW POPE! POPE FRANCIS I <BR> <BR> Long live the NEW POPE. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:23:32 EST The New Pope So glad I have Wednesdays off! Just thought I'd throw this up since we saw the white smoke about 20 minutes ago. The Swiss guard are beginning to process in, there is cheering in the square, and the bells are ringing. What an amazing sight! If you're near a TV, tune in to EWTN or CNN! <BR> <BR> (Yes, I'm a bit excited right now!!) Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:39:15 EST prayers needed A old friend from back in high school had an emergency C-section with her preemie baby a few days ago and he is having several health problems (heart, kidneys) along with being diagnosed as having Downs syndrome as well. He is in the NICU. Please send prayers for little Solomon! <BR> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:13:28 EST please help I need to get a cat scan with contrast because there is "something" on my left side near my intestines but because i am a diabetic I needed bloodwork to make sure my sugars are stabilized and apparently they are not since I just got a phone message that was not good. <BR> I am asking for prayers that i can get my sugars down but also that whatever it is that's wrong will not require surgery Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:22:31 EST Are you watching the mini-series THE BIBLE? Finished episode 2 last night and I am enthralled by the entire production. This could have been a B quality production, but I give it an A+. Great acting and from my perspective, follows the written word quite closely. Roma Downey is a true role model for me. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:17:34 EST Hello All! I'm new to sparkpeople and here to learn how to change my life as I lose weight. I'm also a convert to the Catholic church and have so much to learn so I'm really glad to find this team. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:29:23 EST Prayers Please! Hey everyone, right now my family is going through a very difficult time as my wife is suffering with severe panic attacks and despair, even this weekend kidney stones. This has been so hard on the family and if you have a moment to send a prayer our way, I would greatly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> I have always been one of those people that rarely ask for help, but you know, right now, I don't know what else to do! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:24:01 EST Suggestions for CC Team changes needed! Hello and a Blessed Sunday to all our Catholic Critters! <BR> <BR> The Leaders have been talking about ways to improve our Team and encourage more discussion and participation. It feels like some of our topics may be getting stagnant and that perhaps they are crowding out other, more timely and interesting topics. <BR> <BR> We are considering reorganizing the team forums and discussions to liven things up a bit. And we'd like your suggestions and comments on how to do that. <BR> <BR> Pleas... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:55:20 EST 28th Rosary Novena Posting Thread This is where we will post our novena "progress" for this current Novena. <BR> <BR> I will also post the current intentions in here, as well as the prayers we say along with the intentions and the rosary after work today. <BR> <BR> cj Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:14:07 EST Remove the SP toolbar! <link><BR>ce_meebo.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:26:43 EST The Imitation of Christ Was looking for a new book to read and was thinking of a book my dad had years ago, called the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. I looked online and found a PDF copy available. If you haven't read it, you may be interested. If you have read it, perhaps you'd like a digital version. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>of_Christ.pdf </link> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:32:44 EST Need Prayers for ABBY A friend here on sparks Bknock niece Abby 13 years old was operated on for Scoliosis Surgrey was Monday and today her blood pressure drop too low and her oxygen level drop also and back on oxygen <BR> <BR> please Pray Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:23:08 EST Daily Prayer: The Missionary Oblates of Mary Daily Prayer for Feburary 20, 2013 <BR> God of Life, help me to live in the moment. I often find myself stressed about things I cannot control. I want to be in Your presence at all times instead of worrying about my future. Be by my side and remind me often to slow down to enjoy each moment as it comes. Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture Readings: Jonah 3:1-10 <BR> <BR> The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:16:51 EST The Year of Faith Rosary † See Link Here... St. Luke Productions <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ENJOY! † Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:26:58 EST What is your favorite time to attend mass? Recently I went to the 5 pm mass with my husband. I like it because there are some activities after mass. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:52:20 EST Intentions for the 28th Rosary Novena Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> You will note that I have added a very important one to the list (#2) for the Church, for his Holiness, and for the College of Cardinals <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Ask for assistance if you do not know how to do that. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303<... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:40:35 EST Would you wear a mantilla? I can remember as a young girl I would always wear the little round mantilla to mass. Lately I have been covering my head with hats that I have crocheted. Today I bought some lace fabric and I plan to make myself 2 semi-circular mantillas. There is only one other lady that wears one in our parish. I am going to start wearing a head cover to mass. Does anyone else feel the need to start doing the same? Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:20:32 EST Lent - give up or start a new habit During lent do you give up things or do you start new habits? <BR> <BR> a few years ago i found a site that did a bible reading a day. if you did it every day for a year you would read the entire bible. 40 days was not enough time to get through the all the readings, so i kept doing it till the end of the year, <BR> <BR> i also plan to use this page:<BR>t-daily.htm?cId=402411 . <BR> <BR> i also was inspired by this blog Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:17:07 EST How is your Lenten Challenge Progressing? How are you doing? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:14:17 EST My Plans for the Lenten Challenge For the 2013 Lenten Season, I want to prayerfully offer: <BR> <BR> 1. Physical: I am committing to 10 minutes of using my Wii fit each day. This is a habit I have let slide, and I can develop it again during Lent. The difference is that I am going to use this time to give Jesus the praise He so deserves! There is a rhythm to doing the Wii advanced step that lends itself to saying "Praised be Jesus!" and "Thank You, Jesus!" <BR> <BR> 2. Spiritual: A) I am committing to daily Mass once durin... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:12:18 EST The 2013 Lenten Challenge 2013 Lenten Challenge <BR> <BR> The 2013 Lenten Season is a time to reflect on what Christ has done for us, an opportunity to fine tune our spiritual selves, a chance to love others in service to God. It is a gift that allows us to offer back to God a small portion of the love He has shown us. <BR> Prayerfully consider what The Holy Spirit would have you do during this holy season in our liturgical year. <BR> <BR> Join the team as we begin on Wednesday, February 13, 2013! <BR> <BR> Let... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:50:28 EST Hello All! My name is Sarah. I am turning 35 this year and I live in Northwest Arkansas. I have been struggling with my weight since college. Have had some success with Nutrisystem, but got really bored with the food. I have been working hard to change my habits and have been successful so far this year losing 15 lbs. I have a long way to go however and a friend suggested SparkPeople. I am a born Catholic. I attend St. Stephen of Bentonville. Look forward to improving my spiritual and physical l... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:37:30 EST What are you eating/serving for the SuperBowl game So far...not much! LOL Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:39:07 EST How Are You Preparing for the Lenten Season? Ash Wednesday is right around the corner (Feb 13th). How are you and your family preparing for this season? I have not decided what to abstain from yet but one thing I do wish to do is to clear out clutter in my home in preparation. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:09:25 EST Need Emergency Prayers for KEVIN NEED EMERGENCY PRAYERS FOR KEVIN he is a friend of my hubby's and lives in a nursing home because he needs new lungs .. Kevin this year has been to the hospital 3 times and needs prayers has pnuemomia and his heart rate is too low and they think his kidneys are shutting down he is only in his 50's please pray .. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:47:36 EST Happy to have discovered this group Hi. I am happy to have found this group on SP. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:13:39 EST Happy Birthday to our CJBAGGINS! <em>383</em> and best wishes to our very own CJ. May your day be filled with many joys and your year with many blessings! <em>383</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:01:10 EST How are you? Just want to know that everyone is doing okay! I start at a new campus tomorrow where I teach college math. It is closer to home too! <BR> <BR> Have a great week. † Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:39:51 EST Favourite Catholic writers? Do you have any favourite or "must-read" Catholic writers? Non-fiction or fiction? <BR> <BR> Who could they be? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:16:34 EST So, what was the homily about today? Just wondering if any of you have read and of Matthew Kelly's books. He is a Catholic writer having written many books including Rediscover Catholicism. In one of his books he writes about using a Mass journal to record insights we gather during the Mass. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, I was wondering what insights you may have gathered at Mass today? <BR> <BR> Two things I came away with included a quote by St. Catherine of Sienna...“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:14:57 EST Spark Buddy anyone? Is anyone on Catholic Critters looking for Spark Buddy? I would really like to have a Spark Buddy to check in with each other daily on our tracking, exercise, eating, planning, etc. A Critter buddy would be awesome because we would know we are getting prayer support too. We could email each other using SP email. Let me know if you would like to be my Spark Buddy. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:13:33 EST Android Christian Cross Apps * Nice *<BR>epsugrpq1high&gs_rn=1&gs_ri=serp&gs_ms<BR>s=are%20there%20android%20apps%20for%2<BR>0christiancross%20symbol&pq=are%20ther<BR>e%20android%20apps%20for%20cross%20sym<BR>bol&cp=37&gs_id=3r&xhr=t&q=are+there+a<BR>ndroid+apps+for+christian+cross+symbol<BR>&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=are+ther<BR>e+android+apps+for+christian+cross+sym<BR>bol&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.<BR>r_qf.&fp=51d7c4dfd48b8270&biw=1138&bih=486 <BR> <BR> Now that's a link! ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:00:22 EST Please send a prayer for me. I hurt my foot and I finally got a little work teaching part-time and I am in so much pain. Would you be kind and say a pray for my healing? I am only working for 3 weeks and seek more employment. <BR> Thank you and God Bless. † <BR> ~Resa Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:32:45 EST Thank You SMARGED! Before Christmas, I was having a situation with my sister-in-law that had the potential to cause hurt feelings especially to my middle son. <BR> <BR> You recommended a prayer to me, which I have said throughout the season, whenever negative thoughts of my SIL entered my head. <BR> <BR> I am so pleased to report that the conflict has been resolved, no one's feelings were hurt, and things are going much better not just between me and my SIL, but within the whole family. I find myself turning ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:26:16 EST Lovely Thought My cousin just posted this image on another forum. What a lovely thought: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c7/317947_513044622074121_1918043316_n<BR>.jpg </link> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:16:19 EST January Jumpstart Challenge anyone? Is anyone doing the January Jumpstart fitness challenge? I joined today and it would be great to have other Catholic Critters doing it at the same time. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:06:28 EST new member I am just joining this team--don't know why I didn't look for Catholic teams on SparkPeople before. I am a convert of 13 years and a member of the Dominican Laity. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:33:21 EST Please Pray for This Young Man A dear Catholic friend has a son married with two young children. He needs our prayers as.he is getting treatment for cancer of two types. Please just pray that Our Lord will give him and his family strength and hope. <BR> Thank you so much! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:41:38 EST book on purgatory! VERY fascinating read!!! :D I am currently reading a book on purgatory called purgatory explained by the lives and legends of the saints! I am going to try from here on out to say my prayers EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Usually i say about 45-50 min worth of prayers when i say them all. We cannot do enough penance here on earth!!! Better to do it now than suffer in purgatory for the least of our faults....let alone the big ones!!! I hope this post inspires a good conversation between our members! Any questions about the book or w... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:38:55 EST Congratulations FIRECOM! Featured Blog Post Congratulations to one of our own Catholic Critters on being a Featured Blog Post! <BR> <BR> Check out FIRECOM's popular blog titled "IF SPARKPEOPLE IS SO GREAT, WHY AM I NOT THIN? at <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182268 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:55:21 EST Feast of the holy family The sermon was about surprise but it got me thinking about finding the holiness in our own families. <BR> <BR> Families vary in size and makeup and are oftem bombarded and challenged by good and harmful influences. What makes a family? We are realated by blood or marriage. Sometimes close and dear friemds are like family. What makes a family work? <BR> We are a family through God, the Father of us all in Heaven. We invoke this at least once a week when saying the Our Father Prayer. I rea... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:08:03 EST Trying To Go Back Home Again Hi my name is Linda I haven't been a practicing catholic in decades and now I am trying ot go back home to the catholic faith. I went to Christmas Service and boy oh boy were there many changes I was completely lost. Altar girls now deacons Any way thought this would be a great team to get me back on the road to my birth faith. <BR> <BR> A little more about me I have been with SP this time since 2009 I am in my goal range now trying ot firm up the jiggle that I have My heaviest was 208 now... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:17:20 EST All About 54-Day Rosary Novenas A novena is a recitation of prayers for a set length of time. Usually a novena is said for nine days (novena is Latin for 9, I believe). <BR> <BR> I'm sure you have all heard about the Catholic prayer of the Rosary. As it says on the website, "The word Rosary means 'Crown of Roses'. Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses." <BR> <BR> Usually, when ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:26:17 EST 27th 54-Day Rosary Novena Posting Thread This is where we will post our progress with our 54-Day Rosary Novena that begins on January 1, 2013. <BR> <BR> As we get closer to the date, I will post the finished intentions here, and the prayers that we say before and after the rosary. <BR> <BR> cj Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:25:30 EST Intentions for the 27th 54-Day Rosary Novena Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Ask for assistance if you do not know how to do that. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> When posting intentions, mention your name (or username), or the person's name for whom you wish us to pray instead of "My dad", or "My sister's boss". For example, "fo... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:22:39 EST I'd like some ideas from all of you, please! I was thinking of asking for some help in getting name ideas for this new baby who is coming in April. We don't know boy/girl until birth but definitely has to be a Catholic saint or Biblical name. Here are our current kids' names so ya'll can see where we are: <BR> Anna Michelle <BR> Lauryn Elizabeth <BR> Gabriel Ryan <BR> JohnPaul <BR> Joseph Calhoun <BR> Alek Stephen <BR> Jacob Evan <BR> Jeremy Michael <BR> Grace Marie <BR> Kaelin Rose <BR> Daniel Benedict <BR> M... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:46:45 EST Prayers Needed! Please pray for the recovery of our Catholic Critter member, cornhusker2's young grandson, who is hospitalized with a very high fever. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:04:38 EST Winter Chat Thread <em>425</em> Merry Christmas! <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I've been MIA lately, but have not ceased to pray for my CC friends! <BR> Life is changing again, and I am trusting God for EVERYTHING! <BR> My Sparking has been sporatic. I've managed to log in every day. Will try to catch up on posts during the next week. I am SO looking forward to 2013! <BR> May the Peace of Christ be with all! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:59:01 EST Accountability Partner I am working through the Setting Captives Free gluttony course now, and they strongly suggest an accountability partner. <BR> <BR> Would anyone like one and like to be mine? <BR> <BR> We would make a commitment to have regular contact and ask each other the hard questions without taking offense. I think it would be really beneficial for me to have one. <BR> <BR> In particular, I have trouble with sweets. But I just generally overeat because I always have and instead of filling myself up sp... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:06:29 EST Let us pray for those killed in Newton massacre I am absolutely overcome with grief thinking about those holy innocents taken away by a monster madman. <BR> <BR> We lost a 17 month old grandson many years ago so I have an inkling of what those parents are, a will continue to, going through. <BR> <BR> May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:21:02 EST One Bread One Body (Reflections on the Daily Read <link><BR>s/4 </link> Enjoy!! <em>459</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:48:22 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG I KNOW I HAVE MANY RELIGIOUS AND NON RELIGIOUS Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:36:41 EST Prayer Request for patience... ...and grace, and wisdom. <BR> <BR> This is nothing terribly grand or serious. Just a relative who is rather self-centred, causing ructions among the family. This is nothing new, and normally I can laugh it off, but in the case, the person most likely to be hurt by her actions is one of my children, and I cannot take that lightly. <BR> <BR> I ask for prayers, that I may have patience to be understanding toward my SIL and not chew her head off. And prayers that I may have the wisdom and grac... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 14:40:22 EST Novena for our Priests And we will be starting a novena for our priests after our pro-life rosary novena ends. <BR> We will begin on December 16 (the day after the pro-life novena ends). <BR> <BR> The next 54-Day Rosary Novena will begin on January 1, 2013. I will post the intentions list the week before. <BR> <BR> The prayers for the novena for priests are as follows: <BR> <BR> The Novena: <BR> <BR> "Glorious Blessed Mother, beloved mother of the Eternal High Priest, thou served God with humility and confiden... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:58:10 EST 2012 Pro-Life Novena Hello prayer warriors! <BR> <BR> We are starting a new novena, this one a pro-life one, on December 8 - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. <BR> <BR> Each day of the nine days, we will pray a set of mysteries. <BR> Day 01 - December 08 - Joyful Pro-life Mysteries <BR> Day 02 - December 09 - Luminous Pro-Life Mysteries <BR> Day 03 - December 10 - Sorrowful Pro-Life Mysteries <BR> Day 04 - December 11 - Glorious Pro-Life Mysteries <BR> Day 05 - December 12 - Joyful Pro-life Mysteries <BR>... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:50:33 EST May I please invite you? Please join me in spreading kindness by going here: <BR> <link><BR>-think -ill-try-my-own-advice.html </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:14:07 EST THANK YOU SO MUCH THANK YOU SO MUCH our prayers have been answer the girls that died in NJ that I asked for prayers for the family and the father wanted half of each of the girls and the place where they were cremated didnt do it and told the father NO but what he did do for both parents gave them a locked with a bit of ashes of each girl so they are mostly intact .. thank you thank you and thank you Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:56:49 EST Saying Grace I just noticed that saying grace at meals is one of the team goals. That is a great goal to add! I'm sure a lot of us do it already and it is so quick and a great way to give Our Lord praise for all his blessings. Here's the simple prayer that we use: <BR> <BR> "Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts, <BR> which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. <BR> Through Christ Our Lord. Amen." <BR> <BR> We also add: <BR> "May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, <BR> re... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:06:13 EST thoughts on taking children to adoration I have a four year old and I would love to go to adoration with her but am afraid she will disturb others. Please give me your honest feedback....go with her or stay home? I don't want to be rude to others but would love to attend (even if just for few minutes). Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:25:32 EST Little Rock Scripture Study Has anyone ever used the Little Rock Scripture Study? If so, care to share any positive or negative comments? I'm looking to start up a bible study in my parish and need guidance as I've never done this before with adults. <BR> Thanks for your input. <BR> <em>296</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 14:26:12 EST Daughter & Confirmation My daughter is 15 and has mixed feelings about making her confirmation. She states she wants to be a "Christian" but not necessarily a Catholic. She says she will make her confirmation so she can someday get married in church, but her heart is not in it and I feel that to just go through the motions of making her Confirmation is not what she should do. She can certainly wait until she is older and if she then wants to be confirmed, she can. Or she may choose not to, and that is fine too, I'm ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:48:06 EST prayers for a friend My Mom is in the hospital. She has pneumonia. They say her lungs are not too bad. Their main concern is that the bacteria which is MRSA( a form of staph infection very antibiotic resistant) is in her blood! She will be in the hospital at least 2 weeks! Scary stuff this MRSA! They’ve had her on 7 different antibiotics <BR> and a morphine patch for the pain! Your thoughts & prayers would be very much appreciated. &#61514; Thanks <BR> <BR> I just got this emial from a friend of mine at wor... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:41:27 EST Prayers needed for Buffalo parish I don't know if anyone has mentioned this here but one of my dear friends in Buffalo is devastated by the death of her priest - Father Joseph Moreno. Please pray for the entire parish as they deal with the death of a much loved priest. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:55:54 EST Here I am...AGAIN!!! I've been here several times before then leave. The last time was under autumnshadows. I hope you will give me yet another chance!! <BR> <BR> I kept off the 30 lbs I lost and my Sarcoidosis is in remission. Depression hit hard and I pulled away from everyone...really regret that. I'm still working through that and I need to lose more weight and continue to work on my health. I am determined not to give up on myself! <BR> <BR> Hope to reunite with my sparkfriends and meet more! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:08:17 EST Two Catholics in the debate last night - Thoughts? Amazing to me that two people who claim to be Catholics can support their parties who are so desperate in their platforms. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:44:45 EST Need prays for a mother who lost her girls Can everyone say a pray for a mother who lost 2 daughters in a car accident on Tuesday night one was 17 the other 15 who would have been 16 on Fri the car hydroplane and t another car and hit a tree the youngest die in the accident the other on the helicopter going to the hospital <BR> <BR> Mom is having a hard time and her ex is giving her a lot of problems and wants the girls cremated so he can have half of their ashes please pray fo... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:31:41 EST Attention All Lifesavers! Hello all you pro-life warriors. <BR> <BR> I have been asked to offer support for this very worthwhile cause to do with the 40 Days for Life: <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> We’re trying to do a little something to help support the 40 Days for Life Campaign in our area.... I know it’s not much but it’s a start. <BR> <BR> We’re having a holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for all victims of abortion and all working in the abortion industry. If you can come along on Sat 20... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:19:00 EST Read the Catechism in a Year for the Year of Faith Have you guys heard of this? It starts tomorrow and it's free. You just go to this link to sign up - <BR> and they send you a small portion to read each day for a year. I am really excited about it and thought I would share here. <BR> <BR> Here is the description on the page -For this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict has encouraged you to study and reflect on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Well, here's an easy way to do it. Simply enter your email ad... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:03:50 EST Have you ever??? I've been gone a while.. are we still playing this game?? Can't find it, boy have I been searching!!!! <BR> Have you ever been lost on Spark people games??? lol Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:12:01 EST Novena for Election Day <link><BR>na/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just got this email today for Election Day Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:50:01 EST Cradle Catholic I was born on Omaha, Nebraska and raised Catholic. In fact, it wasn't until I was 8 that I realized there were other religions. There is quite a big percentage of Catholics in Omaha then. We now live in Virginia. My children are cradle Catholics, and my hubby is Protestant. We have found a great parish, my son has joined the Youth group. Both kiddos are enrolled in SRE, and I joined the Women's group ministry. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:19:38 EST New member to the group Hi all. My name is Bobbye. I am a 40 year old wife of 19 years. I am a mom to a 13 year old son and 9 year old daughter. I am a cradle Catholic, and I an so happy to find a group that supports my faith as well as my weight loss journey. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:09:01 EST I went to Confession today I am an adult convert to the Catholic faith. My journey was long and very deliberate. One of the things I feared most while going through the journey was the sacrament of Confession. And now? Well, it's probably my favorite of the sacraments. What an incredible blessing to be able to hear the words of Absolution! To be guided in my struggles. <BR> <BR> God is Good. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:01:08 EST Fall Chat Thread! Join us in here for daily (or weekly, or whenever you get a chance) chatting with your fellow Critters members. <BR> <BR> Happy fall everyone! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <em>428</em> (it is our Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend!) <BR> <BR> <BR> cj Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:06:41 EST The 26th 54 Day Novena... 10/07/12 - 11/29/12 <em>235</em> to the 26th 54 Day Novena! <BR> <BR> We hope you will join us as we lift our Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving from October 7, 2012 through November 29, 2012. <BR> <BR> We will begin our Novena on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The Feast of the Holy Rosary. <BR> <BR> Please list your petitions on the 26th Novena Petitions Thread. <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy the following Prayers to help you as you pray your Novena. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> PRAYERS FOR THE 54 DAY NOVENA ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 20:39:27 EST Newbie Hi everyone just found this group and am excited to join you . I have been sparking since Apr. and have lost 22 #'s . I hope to lose another 10 by Christmas. I am a great grandmother to 3 beautiful kids. I also have 6 grandchildren. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:03:03 EST Intentions for the 26th 54-Day Rosary Novena Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. Please ask for assistance if you do not know how to do that. <BR> <BR> ***note*** when posting intentions, please mention your name (or username if you wish), or the person's name for whom you wish us to pray instead of "My dad", or "My sister's boss". For example, I would put, "for CJ's ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:09:28 EST Strengthening my faith while getting fit. Hello! I've just finished my first week here at Sparkpeople this go around. I've decided that even though I've been a Catholic for 20 years, I haven't really practiced my faith the way that I should have been. My goal is to become a stronger Catholic while living a much healthier lifestyle at the same time. I look forward to getting to know lots of new people with some of the same beliefs as myself! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:57:34 EST Amazing! Our children's choir was singing at Mass today, and I was still stunned when a little girl (maybe 8 or 9 y.o.) walked up to the ambo for the Psalm. She carried a box with her, and she put it in front of the ambo, climbed up on it, and then cantered the Psalm, including all of the verses. You could tell she was nervous, but she did a beautiful job. I actually wanted to applaud (but I think that would have been frowned on, ha-ha). Most adults have stage fright too much even to lector, so I ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:56:27 EST New to the Team & Returning to the Church Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure where to begin this intro, but I guess you could call me a "lapsed Catholic"...I've always been one to question everything and have a hard time just accepting things on faith alone. Two years ago, I went through a very difficult time, losing both parents within 8 months of each other, and I was full of anger at God for having them suffer through dementia and a stroke and paralysis and ending up in the same nursing home. After both funerals were done, I ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:35:16 EST I'm back... Where to begin??? I was a regular on Spark People for quite a while, but I dropped out over two years ago. Now, 20 pounds heavier, I am back. I really regret dropping out, but I can't undo that, I can just go forward! I managed to find my old Spark Page, so I will be doing a lot of updating. Anyway, Catholic Critters was one of my favorite groups, so I'm hoping to meet new friends and re-aquaint with old ones! Thank you for taking me back! <BR> Elizabeth Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:58:00 EST Latin Mass, Anyone? Does anyone go to the Latin Mass? I had the opportunity to go to a Latin mass last week for Sunday mass while I was traveling. It was such a beautiful mass, I wish that it was offered somewhere closer to where I live. If you go to that form often, does it change how you see it? From the eyes of a first time EFer, it was humbling to see the service as it has been for hundreds of years and yet it was pretty mystifying/confusing at times. I wish it would come back and am disappointed that t... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:36:40 EST This Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation <link><BR>dex.asp </link> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:40:50 EST Prayer request I would like to ask for prayers for my cousin Rick. I just found out today he has prostate cancer and he is having his surgery tomorrow. I know the surery has a high success rate and prasie God it was discivered early so the prognosis is good but I always worry whenever anyone needs surgery. He is blessed with a wonderful family and I pray that they will all be okay especially his parents who are in their 70's. <BR> God bless and thank you, <BR> Peggy Sun, 9 Sep 2012 19:44:35 EST Little Frankie UPDATE right now he has an enlarge spleen and liver they are running test .. they are not doing anything with his heart as of yet till these other problems are resolve and he starts kindergarden in 2 days and was told no gym for him if he gets hurt he will bleed enternal ugh Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:57:05 EST Prayer Requests - Fall Here is a new thread to post our prayer requests. <BR> Just in case someone has dial-up still, and can't load the old thread. Which was called "New Year Prayer Requests" anyway. It's a bit outdated, lol. <BR> <BR> <BR> cj Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:00:11 EST EWTN Family Days? I'm wondering if anyone is going to Phoenix for the EWTN Family weekend on Sept. 8-9. I am considering going, and would love to meet up with folks if they are going. <BR> <BR> I need a couple of days away, and can't think of anything more fun. My DH doesn't want to go, as he will be gone for about 10 days, beginning that next Wed. <BR> <BR> God bless. <BR> <BR> Kate Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:45:02 EST Prayers please! I live in South Florida and I would like to ask you all to pray not only for us here in Florida or the U.S. that might get hit with tropical storm Isaac but all the people in the Caribbean that will be affected by the storm and that there will be little or no lives lost. <BR> They have told us that it could turn into a Cat 1 hurricane by Friday and if we get the storm it could be here in Florida as early as Sunday night or Monday morning. <BR> My co-corkers are hoping it will be just bad eno... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:11:32 EST A Saint Mystery Recently I decided to do some research into my confirmation saint; whom I honestly picked out of a list in an old family Bible because I liked the name. I am hoping that someone on here can help direct me to a resource to learn a bit more about my chosen saint. So far I have this much information... <BR> <BR> From the Bible: Cassia; feast day July 20; Martyred with St. Sabinus and others. <BR> <BR> So far I have been unable to find anything directly related to this saint. Although I was ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:47:43 EST Your head- do you cover? So, as some know, I am new to the faith. Or rather, I have returned to the faith as I had been baptised however spent my life as an atheist until almost 2 years ago. Either way, about 6 months into my conversion I went on a pilgrimage. I noticed LOTS of women covering their heads and it intrigued me. What did it mean? Why were they doing it? Now, I want to add that before I entered the church I had been wearing a wig (Alapecia). I wore a wig one time to church- I felt so guilt ridden. As if I... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:01:05 EST 25th 54-Day Rosary Novena This is where we will post our "progress" for the coming 54-Day Rosary Novena that beings on August 12, 2012. <BR> <BR> <BR> cj Sun, 5 Aug 2012 22:09:33 EST Intentions for the 25th Rosary Novena Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. Please ask for assistance if you do not know how to do that. <BR> <BR> ***note*** when posting intentions, please mention your name (or username if you wish), or the person's name for whom you wish us to pray instead of "My dad", or "My sister's boss". For example, I would put, "for CJ's ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 22:07:05 EST Tour de Cure in 16 days! Riding 50K for the first time! Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:54:01 EST Prayer Request - Job Loss Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: <BR> <BR> Back on May 1, Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, my dear husband, Jeff, and I began praying about his unfortunate employment situation. This morning, just three months later, he was laid off from his job of six years as a computer programmer at Edward Jones. <BR> <BR> Those prayers carried us this far and we know they will lead us to bigger and better things. We are believers that when God closes one door He opens another. <BR> <BR> What... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:57:01 EST Good blog! I just read a blog I really liked.... by NUTINFANCY <BR> <BR> I invite you to check it out! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:00:35 EST Anyone read Joshua: A Parable for Today By Joseph Girzone? I picked it up at for $1, and got Joshua and the Children too. I haven't started them yet but they sound pretty wonderful. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:04:05 EST Good news to share My husband (of 5 1/2 years) starts RCIA in two weeks! He has always attended Mass with my but he was raised Lutheran. Anyways, without any nagging from me, he has decided to join the Church!! Thank you God!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share my happiness with my spark friends! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:48:08 EST Thanks for everything!! <link><BR>s-Music-356103/songs/Holy-God-We-Prais<BR>e-Thy-Name-9355487/ </link> <em>104</em> <em>304</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:13:49 EST Does Anyone Know? Hi Critters! <BR> <BR> Well first off I want to thank all of you for your prayers for Pat and Abby, They were very much appreciated and needed! I am thrilled to say Abby is doing amazingly well in her physical therapy and thankfully they now a home health worker come to the house everyday to take care of her for an hour or two as well as a nurse to take care of any of the medical needs so now Pat has had a huge amount of stress removed from his shoulders! <BR> And now my question. <BR> I ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:16:01 EST How Does The Novena Affect Your Life? Now that this 24th Novena is complete, what has it meant to you? Does it make a change in your daily life? Does it strengthen you? Has it helped your Faith grow? <BR> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:57:01 EST Book challenges If you read christian Fiction stories or even books that just emphasize bible lessons. i must say i am getting an idea for some challenges from some books. <BR> <BR> I am reading a book now called "Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild" by a Mary A Kassian. It is definatly an eye opener about why i sometimes feel lost or unfocused sometimes. also it makes me realize why i didn;'t always feel like i fit in. I wanted to be wise while others wanted to be wild. <BR> <BR> It also makes me want to... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:06:34 EST Summer Chat Thread! Here is a new chat thread for summer. <BR> <BR> cj Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:49:47 EST Skinny Pineapple Shake - Easy to make This Skinny Pineapple Milkshake is a favorites for summer. It is super easy to make since it has only 2-3 ingredients. And besides the fact that it tastes delicious, cool, creamy and sunny – it is incredibly healthy! Rich in the digestive enzyme bromelain – which is only found in pineapple. Plus it is dairy-free. <BR> <BR> Skinny Pineapple Milkshake <BR> serves 2 <BR> <BR> 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen <BR> 1 banana, frozen or fresh (optional) <BR> 1 cup non-dairy milk (vanilla flavor) <... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:40:13 EST Anglo Saxon prayers Look favourably, O Lord, upon this morning offering of thy supplicants; supply the secret needs of our hearts that no dark cloud of evil passion may overshadow those whom the light of thy heavenly grace has strengthened. <BR> <BR> O almighty and everlasting God, to whom nothing is unknown, nothing is hidden, send forth thy light into our hearts; that we, knowing thy precepts and walking in the way of thy commandments, may never go astray from thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:36:44 EST Atheists, Burgers and PR for Jesus I liked this story, so thought I'd share. What would make it perfect for me would be if they were veggie burgers ! <BR> <BR> “I’m an athiest, no thanks.” <BR> That’s the response I got when I invited a guy this weekend to enjoy a free burger at one of the block parties our church hosted. In my mind I quickly began to wonder if all atheists are vegetarians. <BR> <BR> “A burger’s a burger. If you’re hungry go for it.” <BR> <BR> The guy looked at me and reminded me that we were a chu... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:44:25 EST July 16th - Our Lady of Mt Carmel JULY 16th, THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CARMEL <BR> <BR> This feast, instituted in the fourteenth century by the Carmelite Order, commemorates the anniversary of the day in 1251 when the Blessed Mother gave the brown scapular to Saint Simon Stock. <BR> <BR> “The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:31:05 EST Advocate for the Impossible <BR> PRAYER TO ST RITA, ADVOCATE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE <BR> <BR> St Rita was an only child of elderly parents; she decided early to devote her life to God. But her parents made her marry. Her abusive husband was murdered and her two sons, as youths, spoke of avenging his death. She implored God not to allow them to commit this sin. They both died young, and St Rita miraculously entered the Augustinian Order and became one of its greatest Saints. <BR> <BR> PRAYER: <BR> <BR> O holy Patroness of... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:20:40 EST Patron Saint of Bakers <BR> NOVENA PRAYER TO ST ZITA FOR A SPECIAL FAVOUR <BR> <BR> St Zita, who was born to poor parents at Monte Sagrati, Italy, in 1218, was sent to work as a maid at the tender age of twelve. She remained with the same employer, the wealthy Fatinelli family, until her death in 1278. Since her hard work, kindness and virtuous life won the favour of the Fatinelli family, she was put in charge of the direction of the house. The other maids and servants disliked her for this and mistreated her, t... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:18:39 EST PRAYERS PLEASE This morning at 7:30am Mass I saw my girlfriends husband and teen son at church .. Only to find out right now that MARK Was riding his bicycle and was hit by a car and flown to hospital trauma center,, HE is on a venalator as we speak ..PLEASE Pray he is a young man with 2 children Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:02:54 EST Hello, prodigal daughter returns ! Hello all, <BR> I was a former member of SP and this team but left after a few of my posts were deleted and I got very upset over that. <BR> <BR> I am of a very chatty and helpful nature, and if I can post a link or article that may improve somebody's life or pass along interesting information, then I like to share. Seems that my posting links got me into trouble, so I left. <BR> <BR> So I've returned and will have to curb my enthusiasm from now on from being too helpful. <BR> <BR> Nice t... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:15:59 EST Ugly in body, beautiful in soul Sad story of St Joan of Valois. <BR> <BR> <BR> ABOUT ST JOAN OF VALOIS – “I AM UGLY IN BODY BUT I WANT A BEAUTIFUL SOUL” <BR> &#8206;Today, &#8206;July &#8206;15, &#8206;2012, &#8207;&#8206;59 minutes ago | prayers4reparation <BR> King Louis XI King of France had a daughter called Joan who was deformed and he treated her horribly because of it. <BR> <BR> He was ashamed that she should be seen in public and so kept her in a secluded part of his palace. <BR> <BR> This unhappy princess had ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:10:18 EST a thankyou note i needed to go somewhere and let God know i am so thankful <BR> last night i heard a strange noise. it was down pouring!!!! our first significant rainfall in 6 weeks with more on the way for the next 2 days. <BR> we must all continue to pray for so many farmers and their crops <BR> <BR> Dear God, <BR> thank you for hearing our prayers. <BR> sincerely, <BR> b <BR> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 09:07:52 EST emergency prayer request A friend from work just requested some prayers for her neighbor who is suffering from anorexia and is being sent to rehab. She admits she has a problem but has not been able to do anything on her own or with her current counselors. <BR> <BR> and an update on my friend's SIL Abby, she is home recovering, she was is a great deal of pain because the nerve blockers they gave her did not last very long. Her only option is heavy pain meds which she can barely tolerate so she is dealing with A LOT ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:05:34 EST Communion When you go to receive the host, do you look the Priest in the eye when he says, "The Body of Christ"? Or do you keep your eyes down? Do you close your eyes? What do YOU do? <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 08:56:29 EST Week 6: Healthy Habits Challenge: Feedback please This is the last week of our challenge! I hope everyone has learned something from our posts and shared experiences. <BR> <BR> I welcome your feedback, both positive and negative. I'd like to hear from you even if you did not 'publicly' participate in the challenge. Perhaps you did it on our own; perhaps you 'lurked' here a bit and read all the posts. <BR> <BR> Feel free to use this thread to post comments about the challenge. If you would prefer to let me know privately, feel free to spark... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:09:50 EST Pray for Colorado I would like to ask for all your prayers as my state faces so many fires right now. My cousin has been evacuated from her home in Colorado Springs. Pray for her and all those that don't know if they have homes to go back to. Also pray for all those fighting these fires. In Jesus name. Amen! Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:57:29 EST prayer request I would like to request prayers be said for my friends S-I-L Abby. She is paralyzed from the waist down and is currently in surgery to have surgery on her shoulder blades (from years of using a wheelchair they are damaged). Because she is paralyzed they cannot put her completely under so it is going to be a painful surgery as well as recovery for her and will be relying mostly on her husband Pat for EVERYTHING. If you could please send up some prayers for her recovery as well as for the famil... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:38:58 EST Week 5: Healthy Habits Challenge We're bringing in some additional SP resources as we continue to establish healthy habits. <BR> <BR> This first article is a great self-analysis: <BR> What Your Bad Habits Say About You <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=404 </link> <BR> <BR> Hopefully, we are all in the actions stage this week, as addressed in this article: <BR> 4 Steps to Lasting Behavioral Change <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=699 </link> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:45:46 EST Surgery date set for Little Frankie Little Frankie as many of you prayed for him before and for those who dont know is a 4 going on 5 and needs another heart operation he has had many before this one ... and had set backs a few months ago with different infections <BR> <BR> The date is set for July 25,2012 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:33:02 EST Timely Gospel Messages Today's Gospel was exactly what I needed to hear/read. I love how God just has the perfect timing - He really speaks to you if you're just willing to listen. <BR> <BR> I tend to obsess about food and diet. I constantly worry about my next meal and what I'm going to eat and today's Gospel was a good reminder to just let go and let God. I need to relax and let go of the stress. I should trust myself and God more that I am able to make healthy decisions. <BR> <BR> Mt. 6: 25 "Therefore I tell... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:15:17 EST Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty <BR> <BR> O God our Creator, <BR> <BR> <BR> Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, <BR> you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, <BR> bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel <BR> to every corner of society. <BR> <BR> We ask you to bless us <BR> in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. <BR> Give us the strength of mind and heart <BR> to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatene... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:27:17 EST Saints Please tell me, Who is the Patron Saint of COURAGE??My husband is struggling. Needs prayers. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:20:47 EST Week 4: Healthy Habits Challenge We are at the halfway point of our challenge! We've been at this three weeks already, and have another three weeks to go. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? This week, we evaluate where we are in establishing our healthy habit(s), and what we can do to make them a permanent part of our daily routines. <BR> <BR> 1. Review your original goal. Is it still valid for you? Or has something changed that suggests you revise your goal? <BR> <BR> 2. Are you practicing your new habit: (a) all of the ti... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:19:50 EST Week 3: Healthy Habits Challenge Please excuse this tardy post. The last two days have run right past me! <BR> <BR> This week, let's try to focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they guide us during this challenge. <BR> <BR> According to the Catholic Encyclopedia ( <link> </link> ), the gifts are: "wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety (godliness), and fear of the Lord. <BR> <BR> "The gift of wisdom, by detaching us from the world, makes us relish and love ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:31:40 EST I miss you all! Hello Critters! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to let you know that I am thinking of you, and praying for you all, and am trying hard to keep to my healthy commitments, as well as my daily Rosary. even when I cannot get on sparkpeople very much. <BR> <BR> It is exam time for my teenagers; my older dd graduates in two weeks; my other volunteer work takes up my time; this is the craziest time of year at work right now; and my dear MIL is in the hospital still. <BR> <BR> To my wonderful co-leade... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:36:50 EST Dear "Anonymous"... Please read my response to "anonymous" and tell me: am I off base? Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:52:50 EST Week 2: Healthy Habits Challenge We started on Pentecost Sunday, and we seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we try to develop healthy habits during the next several weeks. <BR> <BR> “The Spirit manifests the power and presence of God to guide, support, be with and ultimately dispense the courage necessary to carry on Jesus’ mission.” (Liturgical Publications, Inc.) <BR> <BR> Welcome to everyone who is joining the challenge this week. We are focusing on developing healthy habits during the next several weeks. See the Kickoff... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 00:34:43 EST St Anthony NOVENA I received this post in my email and also passing along to you <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I first heard that St. Anthony was the patron of lost things, I didn't really believe it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> People would tell me to pray to St. Anthony and I thought it was just superstitious. But then I tried it... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It worked. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every. Single. Time... it worked! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, that's just my experience, but I'm now sold on St. Ant... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:23:07 EST worth repeating... I am not sure when i first read this but it was probably here but I believe it is worth sharing again. <BR> <BR> <BR> Selfishness is the problem for me. I say, "My overeating is not because of deep emotional needs. I eat because I enjoy food," but am I really saying, "I don't want God to tamper with my appetite. I don't want to change. I don't want to face and deal with what is hurting me, what is causing me to hurt my temple?" I don't like the idea of discipline or the godly fruit of self-... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 22:59:16 EST Prayer/Fasting anyone? Was wondering if anyone here is following the Wednesday/Friday fasts of bread and water made known in Medjugorje by Our Lady?? Sister Emmanuel is looking for healthy bread recipes to help fasting followers. I know it's not officially recognized yet by the Catholic church but I believe there is a Vatican panel studying the fruits of these apparitions and may come to light soon. John Paull II was known to be also interested. <BR> <BR> Maybe this is not an appropriate post and needs a separat... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:46:12 EST Week 1: Healthy Habits Challenge Week 1: Healthy Habits Challenge <BR> <BR> Please join us as we develop healthy habits over the next 6 or more weeks. See the Kickoff Information post for all the details. <BR> <BR> This week, that is by Sunday, June 3, please do all of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Select a habit to change or develop. See the list in the Kickoff Information post or select a habit of your own. It may be a good idea to write this habit down in a significant place and repeat it at least once a day. BE SPECIFIC... Tue, 29 May 2012 23:23:27 EST My Summer Challenge Accountability Spot! Remember, S.M.A.R.T. goals are: <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measurable <BR> Achievable <BR> Realistic <BR> Timely <BR> <BR> That is, they are doable when you take them one bite at a time! ONE DAY AT A TIME! <BR> <BR> My Summer Challenge for the next 5 weeks is: <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Go to bed at a specific time, get up at a specific time every day! <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> 10 PM <BR> <em>67</em> 6 AM <BR> <BR> This IS a SMART goal! I CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> WEEK... Mon, 28 May 2012 16:20:03 EST Please Pray for my MIL My MIL passed away suddenly this weekend. <BR> <BR> I say suddenly, but it's a bit complicated. She had been ill for many years, and had fought back from death's door many times, but recently she seemed to be getting stronger. Over the weekend, MIL had a bout of stomach flu starting on Saturday afternoon, and her condition rapidly deteriorated. Although the doctors didn't expect her to live through the night, she was able to hold on until all of her family were assembled by her bedside to be... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:21:16 EST One-Bite Steps/S. M.A.R.T. Goals Did anyone else see the SP blog from May 24 entitled "One-Bite Steps?" Here's the link for it: <link><BR>bite_steps </link> <BR> <BR> It's very timely information for our new Healthy Habits Challenge, which we kicked off very late on Pentecost Sunday. <BR> <BR> Remember, S.M.A.R.T. goals are: <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measurable <BR> Achievable <BR> Realistic <BR> Timely <BR> <BR> That is, they are doable when you take them one bite at a time! <BR> <... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:55:27 EST NEW Summer Challenge Kickoff Information Healthy Habits Challenge Kickoff Information <BR> <BR> “Lord, send out your spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104) <BR> <BR> Thank you for your patience everyone! I am just now posting the details of this challenge. <BR> <BR> (It’s been a busy holiday weekend here with my teenage daughter going to prom and that same daughter and my husband working at a local soccer tournament. Uniform laundry is being done now to have it ready for Monday morning!) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:31:10 EST Prayer Request My grandpa's in the hospital - he had a mild stroke. Please pray for him. Am very worried. Second stroke in the last couple of years. Sat, 26 May 2012 19:39:11 EST NEW summer challenge coming on Sunday! I am planning to start a new summertime challenge on Sunday! Pentecost Sunday! <BR> <BR> We will invoke the Holy Spirit to help us develop healthy summer habits by making small, incremental changes. The specific change will be up to the individual, so it could be a physical, emotional, or spiritual change (or two). <BR> <BR> We need to remind ourselves that it can take up to 6 weeks to establish a new habit, often replacing an unhealthy habit with a healthy one. <BR> <BR> I will provide e... Thu, 24 May 2012 23:15:22 EST Intentions for the 24th 54-Day Rosary Novena Hello all. What follows is our 'skeleton list' of our novena intentions. <BR> <BR> Please copy the list, and paste it into a new post. Then, add your own intentions to the number you wish them to go under. Please ask for assistance if you do not know how to do that. <BR> <BR> ***note*** when posting intentions, please mention your name (or username if you wish), or the person's name for whom you wish us to pray instead of "My dad", or "My sister's boss". For example, I would put, "for CJ's... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:38:12 EST Let's pray today for all those in the military Asking Divine Protection for Those In Service <BR> <BR> O God, I beseech You, watch over those exposed to the horror of war, and the spiritual dangers of a military person's life. <BR> <BR> Give them such a strong faith that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it, nor fear ever to practice it. By Your grace, O God, fortify them against the contagion of bad example, that being preserved from vice, and serving You faithfully, they may be ready to meet you face to face when they are so... Mon, 21 May 2012 11:38:07 EST 24th 54 Day Novena may 31, 2012 - July 23, 2012 <em>235</em> to the 24th 54 Day Novena! <BR> <BR> We hope you will join us as we lift our Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving from May 31, 2012 through July 23, 2012. <BR> <BR> We will begin our Novena on Thursday, May 31, 2012... The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Please list your petitions on the 24th Novena Petitions Thread when it is posted. <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy the following Prayers to help you as you pray your Novena. <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:18:46 EST i need your prayers please this is my first topic that i am creating and it's for my dad. he's suffering from - i guess what is called diverticulitis. he's weak low blood pressure etc etc and wont go to a doctor and and and.... <BR> we need him to get better. <BR> will you pray for me also, i am resentful of my other two siblings who are no where to be seen when the waters get muddy, i am tired and generally running on low patience and tolerance. <BR> thanks <BR> barb Sun, 20 May 2012 09:06:09 EST Prayer to St Raphael Glorious Archangel St Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. <BR> <BR> You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. <BR> <BR> I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. <BR> <BR> Because you are the “medicine of God”, I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and ... Sat, 19 May 2012 08:28:00 EST Let´s Laugh a Little VERYVEGANGIRL's story gave me an idea... why don't we share funny things we come across.... As we all know, laughter is good for the the body and for the soul!" <BR> <BR> SITTING ON THE FRONT PORCH <BR> <BR> On the first day,God created the dog and said,sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I Will give you a life span of twenty years. <BR> <BR> The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give y... Thu, 17 May 2012 22:19:09 EST Do you have control ? There were three guys talking in the pub. Two of them are talking about the amount of control they have over their wives, while the third remains quiet. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a while one of the first two turns to the third and says, "Well, what about you, what sort of control you have over your wife?" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The third fellow says, "I'll tell you. Just the other night my wife came to me on her hands and knees." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first two guys were amazed. "W... Thu, 17 May 2012 21:59:51 EST New Recipe Ideas Hi everyone, I could use a little help. My DH loves to have a little sweet with his tea in the evening...he's south Asian, so its a bit of a ritual. I have tried to use only fruit, but he feels like he is on a diet. So I have been looking for healthier recipes for cookies, or other desserts. I would kind of like to use small amounts of honey for him and just have a slightly sweet cookie rather than using artificial sweetners. He doesn't really like things too sweet, its just the notion of a l... Thu, 17 May 2012 19:07:54 EST St Agatha. I had a scare last month when I felt something that did not feel quite right. Was not sure if it was a bone, a ligament, a cyst or heaven forbid something far worse, and me with no health insurance either ! I was able to access an exam for free at my psy clinic where I go for weekly counseling as it is State run. I investigated which saint was the patron of breast cancer and found out about St Agatha. I had a pink chaplet made by someone on Etsy and now say it daily. Passing it along... Thu, 17 May 2012 17:08:23 EST Prayer for addictions God of mercy, <BR> we bless You in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who came to him. Give Your strength to (name the person), one of Your children, enfold him/her in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God’s children. <BR> <BR> Lord, <BR> look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, strengthen them in the work of recovery, and help them to resist all temptation. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:03:37 EST St Jude Hello ! <BR> <BR> I have long been devoted to St Jude, even as a young woman in my 20s. He is really a wonderful friend to people who feel very lost or desperate. <BR> <BR> My last miracle with him was that he was responsible along with the Infant of Prague for helping me heal from a nearly 30 year bout of binge eating disorder. <BR> <BR> Vickie <em>247</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 17:52:21 EST Hello Hello all : <BR> My name is Vickie and I am new to the team. <BR> <BR> Athough not a Catholic any longer, and actually not even a church goer, I continue to find that the Catholic religious practices are the ones that I feel most comfortable with and really love ( candles, novena, incense, Divine Mercy, chaplet prayers, etc ) and are the ones I practice privately daily in my own room. <BR> <BR> I hope I will still be welcome to stay, but if not, just let me know if you'd rather I'd go. <BR>... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:47:49 EST Emoticon your mood today! :) <em>104</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 10:29:04 EST please help I can really use some prayers for myself right now, i had an appointmetn with my counselor this morning and it got so emotional for me i was completely wiped out for the rest of the day. I have a lot of thinking to do and decisions to make but i also have a lot of forgiving to do as well as to ask for. This is a time in my life for hard decisons and big changes so i could really use some prayers sent my way! <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Peggy Sat, 5 May 2012 00:00:03 EST Update, and more prayers requested Hello all, <BR> <BR> Several days ago I posted a link about a girl named Meg who sustained a spinal cord injury. Her mother has posted an update, and apparently she is doing very well. Please keep the prayers coming. <BR> <BR> Here is a link for additional information: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861669 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks all, <BR> Trinity Wed, 2 May 2012 10:54:26 EST Need Prayers PLEASE Mom Kidneys are shutting down .. I need prayers please if they dont restore they will put her on dialysis.... <BR> <BR> I took mom in the hospital wed and she dehydrated they release her on Fri only to find out that they gave her too much Water and she went into CHF Congestive Heart Failure Tue, 1 May 2012 21:00:19 EST Blessed John Paul II - Beatification Anniversary A year ago today Pope John Paul was beatified. This is the official prayer for his canonisation. It would be nice to say it today ... <BR> <BR> O Blessed Trinity, We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. <BR> <BR> Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living imag... Tue, 1 May 2012 07:46:17 EST New advertiser? I just noticed that there is an ad running for "Plan B" on the Spark Pages. Where do we go to complain about this? I love Spark People, but I do care who I support and who they are in partnership with. Has anyone else noticed this and if so, what are your thoughts? Sun, 29 Apr 2012 00:45:20 EST WELCOME!!! I wish to extend a warm, heartfelt welcome to my newest co-leaders: <BR> <BR> JCEDIT89 <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> CATHOLICCORGI!! <BR> <BR> I am so blessed to have them join me in leading this wonderful team. <BR> Thank you both of you for your offers of assistance! <BR> <BR> Thank you, too, to Dee and Father Bob for their kind help as well. <BR> <BR> May God continue to bless you all richly. <BR> <BR> cj Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:50:27 EST new here Hi all-I'm a stay at home mom to five, and soon to be Catholic! I am currently in RCIA with my family and am happy to be here... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:08:51 EST DO YOU FEEL LOVED TODAY ? Yes Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:53:02 EST Prayers are needed Susan is going thru another round of Chemo and raditation due to another Brain Tumor .. after 5 years being in remission she is 31 years and trying to get her degree ,, Please pray for her and her family ..Thanks Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:17:30 EST Pro-abortion because of your faith? REALLY? Read this to learn how some people make that crazy "leap of faith": <BR><BR>4/can-you-be-pro-abortion-because-of-y<BR>our.html Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:32:59 EST Back again! Hello all, I just got back on to Spark People for the third time... after baby number 3! My boy is 6 months old now, and although I lost all the baby weight I gained the first few weeks (I only gained 16 pounds) I was 20 pounds overweight to begin with. And over the past few months another 5 sneaky pounds found their way onto my thighs. Sigh. So... time to take drastic measures! Quick introduction: I'm a Catholic stay-at-home mom to two girls and a baby boy, I live in southwest Ontario, Canad... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:09:51 EST