SparkPeople CC (Catholic Critters) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1017 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1017 Missing Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61351392 My Mom passed on Friday, April 24. I was lucky enough to be with her when she took her last breath. Although I am relieved for her suffering is over, I am struggling with not having her here any longer. Please pray I can find peace and solace in knowing that Mom is in the arms of our Lord. I'm struggling with this right now. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:48:26 EST Bibles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x61220024 I am Catholic, but never got into serious bible reading. I am interested in reading the bible, but need to purchase one. Any suggestions on which one to buy. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:12:25 EST Devine Mercy Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61199788 I just got home from a wonderful Divine Mercy prayer service!! I walked to and from...about 40 minutes round trip...so I got my spiritual health as well as physical health needs taken care of! Our service was very moving with the rosary and the Divine Chaplet rosary....loved it!! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:06:42 EST Total Consecration to Mary - St. Louis de Montfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x61197886 Do you wish to consecrate your whole self to Jesus through Mary? The Total Consecration to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort is one of the perfect ones.... You can do this with a conclusion on any feast of Mary. The upcoming one is to begin on 28th April with the consecration day on the Queenship of Mary, 21st May. Are you interested? <BR> <BR> I will be posting information of the Total Consecration in this thread to familiarize us and what our souls can benefit from it. <BR> <BR> See you t... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:36:23 EST washing of feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61110157 Washing of feet <BR> <BR> At the Last Supper on the night before he died, Jesus washed his disciples' feet. <BR> <BR> This is told only in John's Gospel. John does not tell about what Jesus did with the bread and the wine. He wanted to place the washing of feet front and center. <BR> <BR> When Jesus finishes, he says, "As I have done for you, you should also do." These words are very similar - and just as strong - as the words of Jesus in Luke after the bread was <BR> given to the apostle... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:32:15 EST Matt 26: 23-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099735 Jesus said in reply, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will <BR> betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born." Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said so." (Mt 26:23-25) <BR> <BR> One gets the impression that Judas stayed quiet when the other disciples asked one after... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:34:22 EST Matt 26: 20-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099718 When it was evening, Jesus reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he <BR> said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me." Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?" (Mt 26:20-22) <BR> <BR> Originally the Jewish people stood while they ate the Passover meal. But gradually they adopted the Greek custom of reclining at table on individual, low couches. Thus, <BR> "Jesus reclined at table with the Twelve." ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:33:09 EST Matt 26: 17-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099706 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, <BR> "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The teacher says, My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples'." The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. (Mt 26:17-19) <BR> <BR> In Matthew's story it is now Thursday, and the Passover will begi... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:31:30 EST Matt 26: 17-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099704 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, <BR> "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The teacher says, My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples'." The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. (Mt 26:17-19) <BR> <BR> In Matthew's story it is now Thursday, and the Passover will begi... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:31:08 EST Matt 26:14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099687 Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him 30 pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. (Mt26:14-16) <BR> <BR> "From that time on" Judas looks for a chance to hand Jesus over. Matthew used that phrase - "from that time on" - twice earlier in his Gospel, each time to mark an important <BR> shift. <BR> <BR> The first was aft... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:29:25 EST Triduum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61099452 Our holiest three days of the year are the Triduum (Latin for three days), which begin tomorrow evening and continue through the evening of Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> Through the centuries, Christians have set these days aside - free of social engagements, entertainment, and (if possible) work. It is a time of prayer, special fasting, and expectation. <BR> <BR> The Triduum is "all one piece," one single celebration of the dying and rising of Christ (referred to as the Paschal Mystery). <BR... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:04:23 EST St. Cornelius http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61090984 "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house <BR> and to hear what you have to say.' <BR> - Acts of the Apostles 10:22 <BR> <BR> St. Cornelius, centurion <BR> <BR> While St. Longinus may be known as the centurion who thrust his lance into the side of Jesus, the Church also honors another centurion as a saint. <BR> <BR> Cornelius was a Roman military officer assigned to Palestine. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:53:54 EST the good thief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61090896 'The Good Thief' <BR> In the fourth century, an apocryphal book called the "Acts of Pilate" gave a purported account of the trial, death and resurrection of Christ as seen through the eyes of Pilate. <BR> <BR> The book drew heavily on the four Gospels and added many details. <BR> <BR> It is in the Acts of Pilate that the "good thief' is given the name Dismas (sometimes spelled Dysmas) - from a Greek word meaning "dying" It is another example of how legendary writings imaginatively supply... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:43:22 EST Did you say the Apostle's Creed today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x61067925 <em>224</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:19:04 EST Did you say an Act of Contrition today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x61067914 <em>224</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:17:18 EST The Four Types of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61066252 I've been getting videos and emails from Dynamic Catholic as part of the "Best Lent Ever" program and , naturally, I'm a week behind. So, I am up to the part about the church and matthew Kelly is talking about agape love. I've heard the word agape but never looked it up. So, I put the video on pause and researched--come to find out, it is the highest of 4 types of love mentioned in the bible--news to me. I found a short bible study from Patheos website (an evangelical site, don't shoot me!... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:14:33 EST Do you believe in guardian angels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61059560 I do. And although I don't think they are meant to interfere with our lives other than try to steer us in the right direction, I choose to think that, when I am being particularly stubborn, that my guardian angel may be stepping in, in a way. For example, when I decided to eat popcorn (even though I had no business eating it) and I wasted 2 or 3 bags (they just didn't pop), I think my guardian angel was trying to tell me that I didn't need it. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit. who knows. or, when... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:28:58 EST John 11: 45-56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x61058737 "The chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do?"... But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ''You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish." (Jn 11:45-56) <BR> <BR> Today, Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, is the one and only time this Gospel passage is used at Mass. For that reason, many people may not be... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:27:14 EST How did the 37th Novena affect your life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x61043503 Another 54 days have passed... a 54 day Novena may seem like a long time to pray, especially if it is your first time joining in. But time can fly when you open your heart to Mary... <BR> I always am amazed at how each Rosary is different. The basic structure never changes, but how I pray and what envision as I pray vary from time to time. Some days the Rosary is quiet, remembering each and every petition as written. Other times certain aspects of the petitions take hold of my focus. Other da... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:01:25 EST My introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x61029207 Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople, but I've been a Catholic since 2003 after years of searching for something that gave me peace! I'm 54, (as of yesterday!) a wife, mom, mother-in-law and we have a grandchild due in a few months. I'm here to make lifestyle changes that will help me lose weight and keep it off. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:53:39 EST Do you have a favourite prayer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60999117 I like the Nicene Creed more than any other prayer it seems! I do enjoy many Psalms as well! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:07:42 EST Prayers for my Research Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60948337 Good day all. <BR> <BR> This prayer request may be a bit unusual but I need support for having my research study approves ASAP... I am praying for two weeks. If I do not complete my study in time for my Ph.D. I am not able to graduate and may not at all! <BR> <BR> My study will be at a Catholic school about an hour away. I am very excited!!! A newly ordained priest helped me find a school to study. What a journey this has been. <BR> <BR> I have had many family and friends who died... an... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:47:42 EST Legends and Fables of Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60801558 A legend or a fable is a story that doesn't pretend to be historical, but simply teaches a lesson. The events surrounding the suffering and death of Christ gave rise to many legends. <BR> <BR> The Cross on the donkey's back <BR> <BR> Once there was a donkey who was strong and smart, but smaller than the other donkeys. Because of his size, he was often overlooked when people needed a donkey to ride. <BR> <BR> One day the donkey stood tethered on the street near one of the gates of Jerusa... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:04:03 EST St. David's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60801306 St. David's Day is celebrated today in Wales. <BR> <BR> On this day commemorating the Patron saint of Wales, people sometimes wear daffodils in their lapels. The practice is attributed to Welsh-born British Prime Minister David <BR> Lloyd George who wore one in his lapel in 1911 to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales. <BR> <BR> The Welsh also wear a leek on this day, in honor of St. David's advice that the Welsh soldIers stick a leek on their hats during a battle against the Saxo... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:46:59 EST detachment to follow christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60788246 DETACHMENT TO FOLLOW CHRIST <BR> Today's Gospel tells us how Christ called four of <BR> his disciples ... If we are to follow Christ, our soul <BR> has to be free from any attachments: from love of <BR> self in the first place; from an excessive concern for <BR> our health or for the future ... from riches and <BR> material goods. When the heart is set upon and <BR> filled with concern for earthly goods, there is no <BR> room in it for God. God will ask of some people an <BR> absolut... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:26:27 EST Sundays of Lent...Little Easters!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60731705 I never counted the days during Lent until a couple of years ago...and realized there really are 45 days in Lent...inclulding the Sundays!! I asked our Christian Service Director at mass one time, because I counted them, and told him the above, and he said, those Sundays are called Little Easters!!! You do NOT have to follow your Lenten promises if you don't want to!! <BR> <BR> Question...have any of you heard of this? Did Jesus then eat on Sundays....since he fasted for 40 days and 40 ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:29:58 EST Lenten promises. ...report daily your ups and down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x60687432 OK everyone....I created the topic...what if anything are you giving up/adding for Lent a couple of days ago. How about we follow up with reports daily on how we're doing...the good, the bad and the ugy and truly be honest. <BR> <BR> For me, I'm so ready to sacrifice the chocolate, but I know as I'm saying this, the devil is going to really try and tempt me to stray...just like satan did when Jesus went to the desert for 40 days. THis is where WE must all be strong and make the devil cry... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:32:37 EST At what age.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60670963 At what age would you expect a child to really pay attention and follow along during Mass? Our daughter is 5.5 years old, and while she isn't disruptive at all, she doesn't pay attention. We've been taking her to Mass pretty much every Sunday since she's been born. I got to thinking today that in only 2 years, she will be making her First Communion and it seems like she has a long way to go before she is ready for that. <BR> I do have a children's Mass book at home, but she doesn't really ge... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 23:28:39 EST What...if anything are you giving up or adding to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x60663432 ...Lent these next 40 days starting on Ash Wednesday? <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of thinking about this, and decided I wanted to study the Bible more and I plan on doing that even if it's only 10 minutes, praying the rosary at least 1 day a week, and I'm giving up chocolate, which lately has been sabotaging my weight loss efforts. This is a good sacrifice for me during this time when I think about all our Lord Jesus went trough, and will certainly make me more aware...it's time!! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:49:40 EST Valentines from the saints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60656556 VALENTINES FROM THE SAINTS <BR> <BR> Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things—Thomas a Kempis <BR> <BR> Pure love …knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love , and always love.—St. faustina <BR> <BR> God loves each of us as if there were o... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:21:58 EST New to this group and my spiritual journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x60642284 Hi,I am new to the group.I am also in the RCIA classes at my local church.Getting to know my journey has been wonderful.It is helping me also with my beginning weight loss journey.Blessings! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:05:11 EST Being reborn in Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60601081 For This Purpose... <BR> <BR> Being reborn in Jesus is not rapid for many of us. It is a quiet, gentle growth, like the <BR> growth of the child in the womb of his mother and like his gradual growth in knowledge, <BR> affection, physical strength, and understanding after birth. The healing power of the spirit is a <BR> quiet, gentle power. He makes die in us all the fears, the desire to possess or to destroy, the hurts and the frustrations, all the power which wants to dominate. There is... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:35:12 EST LENT 2015 from Pope Francis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60600984 LENT 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a <BR> "time of grace" (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. "We love <BR> because he first has loved us" (1 Jn4: 19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He <BR> knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in <BR> each... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:24:19 EST Just say 'No" to Thin Mints...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60548246 Until the Girl Scouts distance themselves from pro-abortion groups, no cookies for me... <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncregister.com/daily-news/girl-s<BR>cout-cookies-now-that-i-know-no-thank-<BR>you/ </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:31:46 EST Free Lenten Program - Matthew Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x60504238 That wonderful Catholic author, Matthew Kelly is offering a free Lenten email course for Lent this year. If you loved his books "The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic" or "Rediscover Catholicism" (many churches gave these books out free in their parishes) you just might want to sign up for his FREE Lenten email course "Your Best Lent Ever." I just had to share... <BR> <BR> <link>dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever/ </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:49:08 EST 37th CC Novena: 31 Jan 2015 - 25 Mar 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60457923 This is where we will post our progress for the upcoming 54-Day Rosary Novena which begins 31 January 2015. <BR> <BR> cj Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:16:11 EST Intentions for 37th Rosary Novena - 31 Jan-25 Mar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60457906 Here is our "skeleton list" for the upcoming 54-Day Rosary Novena which begins on 31 January 2015. <BR> <BR> Please have a look through the list and see the sorts of things we are including in our intentions, and post your intentions in this thread. <BR> <BR> If you know how to copy and paste this list into a new post in this thread, please do so - always using the most up-to-date version of the list to ensure that we don't "lose" any intentions. <BR> <BR> If you are not sure how to do tha... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:11:15 EST week of prayer for christian unity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60376618 the week of prayer for Christian unity begins today. I have posted the intro to the theme and reflections on the daily themes on the Catholic Bible Study team page Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:20:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x60373786 First time 'sparker' here! So grateful to have found this team! I'm 53 yo mom to 3 (26, 20, and 16). I work full-time. Married 32 years! Emotional eating is my issue. My 20 year old son is United States Marine and I miss having him home and safe. This program is helping me be accountable as I move toward healthy. I look forward to the support I receive and support I can give others. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:27:11 EST Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x60317258 With Lent coming up I thought this was an interesting idea. I found it on the Catholic blog of Fr. Dwight Longenecker. I found the bread to be of high quality and the fasting prayer to help me to actually fast on bread and water successfully last Friday. <BR> <BR> <link>livethefast.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Joan Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:53:20 EST Nine Days for Life novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60313790 Hi all! I just got an e-mail about the Nine Days for Life coming up. As the e-mail says, "a period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, will take place from Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25." There will be a novena and there's a website with more info and ways to sign up: 9daysforlife.com. I'll be getting text messages and I will definitely be praying; I wanted to share this so other people can get signed up if they're interested. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:55:17 EST A "Revert" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x60195079 I am a "revert" no, not to my Catholic Faith,but to SparkPeople back in July after 3 1/2 years of being away. I have been away from Catholic Critters team for almost 4 years. <BR> <BR> I find I want support from others of faith. I don't pray daily like I should (except to St. Anthony LOL ) so I just signed up for the team challenge of a Hail Mary a day. <BR> <BR> It is nice to see a couple familiar names still here as moderators: CJ and Corgi. <BR> <BR> Its so nice to come back home ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:46:15 EST 2015 Novena Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60084365 <em>524</em> <BR> I'm hoping that having a 2015 Novena schedule will enable us to plan a bit better, especially our intentions. I know our prayers are powerful, and we make the gates of hell shake when we are faithful to saying our Rosaries. <BR> Our Lady offers the prayers along with hers, and we ease the pain in Jesus' Sacred Heart. Knowing when the Novenas are gives us the ability to be ready to overcome any obstacle satan may try to place in our way when it comes to being "ready" to j... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:03:47 EST The purpose of a Novena? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60040442 If this is in the wrong place to post this let me know and I'll redirect! <BR> <BR> I think I have never really figured out what is the purpose or thought behind a Novena. My church when I was growing up had them, but, in religion class or in church I didn't think it was ever explained in any great detail. It was just listed in the bulletin but never emphasized. I have to admit I was never curious about Novenas back then and it just seemed like another repetitive task so bear with me here! <... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:22:42 EST Saint Andrew's Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x60003693 Good morning everyone - I was just wondering if anyone else here was saying the Saint Andrew's novena (also known as the Christmas Anticipation Novena)? <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:00:56 EST Reflection on the Gospel of Immaculate Conception http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x59970687 Today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates God's choice of Mary to be the mother of Jesus. God preserved Mary from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception. Thus, Mary was the first to receive the benefit of the redemption that her Son would merit for all. <BR> <BR> To reflect upon this mystery, the Gospel reading for today presents to us the story of the Annunciation. It is through her exchange with the ange... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:16:20 EST Full of Grace! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x59965924 FULL OF GRACE! <BR> <BR> On the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary...our gaze is drawn to the beauty of the Mother of Jesus, our Mother! With great joy the Church contemplates her "full of grace" (Lk 1:28), and starting with these words we salute her together: "Full of grace!" This is how God saw her from the first moment of his loving design. He saw her as beautiful, full of grace. Our Mother is beautiful! Mary sustains our journey toward Christmas, for she teaches... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:15:41 EST Welcome to Wintertime! Let's Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x59902244 <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <BR> The first week of Advent! WOW! Where has 2014 gone? <BR> Although Thanksgiving has now come and gone, let's continue to be thankful for all of God's many blessings and graces bestowed upon us all! <BR> May this season of preparation for the coming of our Saviour be a special time of peace and joy. Spark the season!!! <BR> <em>443</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:51:36 EST 11/27The Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x59816060 This year the Feast falls on Thanksgiving Day... so I thought I would post this early enough for people to learn about how the Miraculous Medal came to be... <BR> <BR> Please copy this address and paste it in your search, and it will take you to the article. <BR> <BR> https://www.catholiccompany.com/content/<BR>Learn-More-About-the-Miraculous-Medal.cfm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:32:11 EST 2 Great Feasts: All Saints(11/1) & All Souls(11/2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x59616984 <BR> Two Great Feasts: All Saints and All Souls <BR> <BR> by Fr. Larry Rice, CSP <BR> <BR> On the first two days of November each year, the Church commemorates two linked feast days: All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2). All Saints is easy to understand: We remember all those who have lived lives of heroic holiness, whether the Church has canonized them or not. On All Souls, we remember all those who have died, not just the spiritual superstars. <BR> <BR> From the earliest d... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:20:08 EST 36th CC Novena 11/01/14 12/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x59616956 <em>214</em> Welcome to the 36th 54 Day Novena! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> We hope you will join us as we lift our Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving from November 1, 2014 through December 24, 2014. <BR> <BR> We will begin our Novena on Saturday, November 1, 2014... The Feast of All Saints <BR> <BR> Please list your petitions on the 36th 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 NOVEN... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:12:52 EST Skeleton List - for next Rosary Novena (37th) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x59564294 <em>230</em> Please don't post to this thread. This is for CATHOLICCORGI and CJBAGGINS to use for the next Rosary Novena. This is not for now. <em>230</em> <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, an... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:05:36 EST Pro-Life Novena: Wed. 22 Oct - Thurs. 30 Oct. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x59518852 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am beginning a pro-life rosary novena this coming Wednesday, 22 October 2014. If anyone would like to join me, I am posting below the pro-life mysteries that I use. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Oct - Joyful Pro-life Mysteries <BR> Thur, 23 Oct - Luminous Pro-life Mysteries <BR> Fri, 24 Oct - Sorrowful Pro-life Mysteries <BR> Sat. 25 Oct - Glorious Pro-life Mysteries <BR> Sun. 26 Oct - Joyful Pro-life Mysteries <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> Pro-Life Mysteries <BR> <BR> Joyful Mysteries ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:11:08 EST Intentions List: 36th CC Novena 11/01/14 12/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x59501596 Prayer Intentions List for the 36th CC Novena 11/01/14-12/24/14 <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 place it under #23, for all other intentions. <BR> <BR> If there are enough similar ones under #23, we ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:35:17 EST prayer request please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x59028888 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 Fall Fellowship! Let's chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x59007507 <em>465</em> September is here and Fall will officially arrive soon! <em>465</em> <BR> School is starting. For most people it's another time to begin again. The new season is a good time for a new start! <BR> So let's talk about our Faith and how we are Sparking our lives. <em>381</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:51:33 EST Posting Thread for the 35th Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x58913337 May Our Lady bless our efforts to give her honor, and use these prayers as she feels best! <BR> <BR> This is how I keep track of my prayers... please feel free to copy for your own "tracking"... <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Prayers of Petition <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Day 1 -22 August - The Joyful Mysteries...DONE <BR> <BR> Day 2 - 23 August - The Luminous Mysteries... DONE <BR> <BR> Day 3 - 24 August - The Sorrowful Mysteries... DONE <BR> <BR> Day 4 - 25 August - The Glorious Mysteries... DO... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:24:58 EST Memorial of the Queenship of Mary: August 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x58888961 Here is a link to give you more information about this day dedicated to Our Lady: <link>www.marian-devotions.com/page_42_Mem<BR>orial_Queenship_Mary_August_22.html </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:15:40 EST The Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x58833854 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>catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysand<BR>holidays/p/Assumption.htm </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:20:19 EST 35th CC Novena 8/22/14- 10/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x58774626 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 Intentions List: 35th CC Novena 8/22/14- 10/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x58774511 <em>214</em> Our 35th Rosary Novena begins August 22, 2014 <em>214</em> <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 place it under #23, for all other intentions. <BR> <BR> If there are enough similar ones ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:19:01 EST Did you go to mass this wkend..or during the week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x58727014 yes...last night Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:01:27 EST Remembering Jesus DEAR program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x58726301 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x58621926 Yes <BR> We always say it when we go out to eat too. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:19 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x58472009 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x58247495 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x58068360 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 † http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x58062315 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x58025910 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x57962355 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x57860204 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x57854139 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x57850915 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57761932 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57761040 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x57686609 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57672312 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57667557 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x57655873 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57432973 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57249200 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57198190 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57085054 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57077951 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57076283 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x57055958 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57019826 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57017305 Here is a wonderful list of free printables and activities for families: <BR> <BR> <link>www.catholicicing.com/category/lent-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x57016401 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56981100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x56941919 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56808912 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56614325 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 ...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56601868 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x56445595 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x56424457 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x56365677 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56358276 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> https://www.care-net.org/custom/sohlshom<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x56131694 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x56131669 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56131633 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x56124702 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56092290 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.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56084235 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56081000 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56080879 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x56016024 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55978723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55951104 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55911663 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55911487 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55758405 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55674756 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x55480430 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55470238 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55440687 Is anyone attending the Magnificat Day next weekend? It sounds awesome!! <em>43</em> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:17:20 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55242494 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55242463 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x55242416 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x55242332 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55156329 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55109011 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x55096559 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x55070230 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55047258 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x55032505 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x54905476 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x54827035 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54816602 I posted more prayers for peace on the Catholic Bible Study teampage. Just follow the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1011x5481<BR>6520 </link> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 15:41:42 EST USCCB Prayer for Peace in Syria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54810573 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54758444 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x54670060 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x54613901 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54484374 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54469505 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x54441795 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x54359357 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54316835 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54300298 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x54119517 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x53983603 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x53968401 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53966631 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>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x53949285 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x53944107 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x53896192 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x53846022 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53845995 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53845970 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x53796620 "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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53789877 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x53780620 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53704425 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x53697427 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53634946 I wish more sports figures and celebrities would stand up for what they believe! <BR> <BR> <link>www.foxsportsnorth.com/fox-sports-ne<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53633796 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>www.sacredspace.ie/ </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53612275 Did anyone else see this story? <BR> <BR> <link>www.ajc.com/gallery/news/national/po<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53565424 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53552808 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x53414431 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53401346 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53332165 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>www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-surpr<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53320116 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x53216512 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53204926 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x53180144 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x53180112 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53178771 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x53172026 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53146095 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x53134724 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x53121294 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x53002298 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>www.crossministries.net/index.htm </link> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:27:09 EST Prayers for Boston... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52986713 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52974731 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52921671 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52899956 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x52899803 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52874398 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x52868977 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52855076 <em>43</em> yes! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:26:57 EST Team Changes Made! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52782452 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25839x1017x52781306 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52781093 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 *** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52646609 Here is a wonderful download for the Holy Rosary in two versions. One offers more scripture. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>rosaryarmy.newevangelizers.com/praye<BR>rs/free-rosary-mp3/ </link> † Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:19:37 EST Returning to proram http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x52637300 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52590881 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52586838 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52571362 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52518319 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52517773 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52491843 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52489519 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52483778 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x52478478 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52395932 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52370708 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52324993 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52261287 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/preferen<BR>ce_meebo.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:26:43 EST The Imitation of Christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52238685 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>www.copticplace.com/files/imitation_<BR>of_Christ.pdf </link> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:32:44 EST Need Prayers for ABBY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52213977 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52205322 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52199090 St. Luke Productions <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.stlukeproductions.com/rosary <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ENJOY! † Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:26:58 EST What is your favorite time to attend mass? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52190823 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x52185424 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52170758 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x52102752 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:http://www.loyolapress.com/living-len<BR>t-daily.htm?cId=402411 . <BR> <BR> i also was inspired by this blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:17:07 EST How is your Lenten Challenge Progressing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52083043 How are you doing? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:14:17 EST My Plans for the Lenten Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52083024 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x52082826 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x51982648 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51955059 So far...not much! LOL Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:39:07 EST How Are You Preparing for the Lenten Season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51930929 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51871277 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x51865719 Hi. I am happy to have found this group on SP. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:13:39 EST Happy Birthday to our CJBAGGINS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51855378 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51758187 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51738432 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51738411 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x51686502 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 * http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51604245 http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51591422 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51588245 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51588120 My cousin just posted this image on another forum. What a lovely thought: <BR> <BR> <link>sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn<BR>c7/317947_513044622074121_1918043316_n<BR>.jpg </link> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:16:19 EST January Jumpstart Challenge anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x51543271 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x51499618 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51460317 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51459319 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51458383 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51377664 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x51354293 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 27th 54-Day Rosary Novena Posting Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51344949 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51344929 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51337338 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51335186 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51317553 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51257853 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51210161 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51199300 <link>www.stgertrude.org/aggregator/source<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51164536 I KNOW I HAVE MANY RELIGIOUS AND NON RELIGIOUS Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:36:41 EST Prayer Request for patience... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x51098246 ...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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51063142 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x51063100 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50933844 Please join me in spreading kindness by going here: <BR> <link>acts17verse28.blogspot.com/2012/11/i<BR>-think -ill-try-my-own-advice.html </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:14:07 EST THANK YOU SO MUCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50910569 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50787665 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50703835 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50672968 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50540823 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50495450 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50419913 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50403131 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50359100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50351692 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50350831 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50336717 Have you guys heard of this? It starts tomorrow and it's free. You just go to this link to sign up - http://www.flocknote.com/catechism <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??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50335044 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50318967 <link>www.praymorenovenas.com/st-jude-nove<BR>na/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just got this email today for Election Day Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:50:01 EST Cradle Catholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50296463 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50296276 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50267520 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50261533 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x50260621 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50209528 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x50141214 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50076718 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x50070392 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50058535 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??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1017x50056325 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49966840 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49922093 <link>www.religiousliberties.org/novena/in<BR>dex.asp </link> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:40:50 EST Prayer request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49849258 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49758873 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49728832 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49672140 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49591725 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49509438 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49439870 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x49325223 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x49325173 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49282953 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49244281 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49238517 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49214779 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49214513 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49185167 <link>www.iheart.com/artist/Christian-Song<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49179281 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13131x1017x49128820 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10386x1017x49109231 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x49105388 Here is a new chat thread for summer. <BR> <BR> cj Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:49:47 EST