I Think We are Officially a Large Family

April 30, 2007

12 Passenger, burgundy, 2006, 28k miles, and zero clearance getting into our garage. The kids love it.

Our Chevy Venture served us well for 23 months during which time it took us to California and Arizona and many smaller trips in between. For the last trip to Arizona, my parents bought us a car topper for the luggage and it was still a very tight fit. The new owners have two kids but want more. Hopefully the van will serve them as well as it did us.

Last week my parents finally said goodbye to the van that served the family faithfully for 17 years. It had 300,008 miles and had been taken all over the country when I was younger. Our Venture was a good van but I didn’t feel bad about selling it. I actually felt sad looking at the picture of the wrecker taking the old van away. It was rusted out, had been turned into a cargo hauler and a while back had an electrical fire that knocked out all the interior lights and the radio. Still, like our old house in town was almost family and full of great memories. Does anyone else have great memories of an old vehicle?


Catholic Business Tip of the Day

April 25, 2007

Don’t post these at work. Ever. (Even if they are really, really funny.)

Sacrifice Demotivation Poster

Thanks to Julie, the Happy Catholic, for reminding me about this site.

Can You Drink This Cup?

April 25, 2007

St. Gianna Molla is an icon for the pro-life movement and someone who is completely incomprehensible to those who believe that a person’s value is based on 1) location and 2) that person’s usefulness to me.

St. Gianna died from pregnancy complications following the birth of her fourth child. She could have aborted the baby or morally had a hysterectomy and consequently lost the child but instead chose to carry the baby to term.

Say a prayer for Mary, a mother of four who just recently died from cancer right after the birth of her fourth child.

The Continuity of Church Music Teaching (On one page)

April 25, 2007

Fr. Fox is doing something amazing. He is actually educating his parishioners on what the Church teaches about sacred music. He created a one page handout that was given out to supplement his homily last week. Keep it up, Father!

In other news, the Diocese of Colorado Springs will be hosting a regional colloquium of sacred music in Colorado Springs in January. Keep an eye here for more details. The 2007 colloquium in Washington, DC is already full so this regional program would be a great opportunity if you haven’t already reserved a place at the national one.

You might also want to read up on our chant resource post from last year.

Some Things Are Worth Believing in Even When They Aren’t True

April 24, 2007

The late, fairy-tale addition of the dragon to his (St. George’s) otherwise factual life still I think still has a place in the Church’s heart. We need our ecclesiastical bed-time stories the same way we need Franklin’s electrical key or Washington’s cherry-tree. They serve as shorthand for the larger virtues that so dominated their lives.

This post reminded me of one of my favorite lines from a movie, Second Hand Lions, which I used as the title for this entry.

I think that is one of the things that make certain movies so compelling that they are still great decades after they were produced – they provide a shorthand of virtue that we yearn for. My dad runs a virtue night at the movies for teen boys that has been very successful for the past three years. They watch movies like Master and Commander, Glory and I am David and instead of watching solely for the entertainment value, they look for what the movie has to say about virtues. He uses the book Boys to Men as the guide for the discussions.

John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart will always be popular because they are icons of virtue. They are part of the American shorthand of patriotism, guts, decency (especially Jimmy Stewart) and bravery that people associate with America. I think that this is why there is so much deconstruction going on in history today. If you destroy the icon it is much more difficult to explain the virtue that it represents. If there are no heroes to lift up as examples of virtue, how can you explain virtues in a “real” way? You can read about bravery all you want in the dictionary but there isn’t anything like seeing the 54th Black Infantry Battalion charging Fort Wagner at night to bring it to life.

Never Plant Before Mother’s Day

April 24, 2007

Description with visuals.

I-25 has re-opened between Castle Pines and Colorado Springs, but travel is still discouraged. Highway 83 is closed between Colorado Springs and Franktown, and Highway 24 is closed between Coloraro Springs and Limon. Highway 94 is closed from Colorado Springs to Lincoln County Line.

Governor Bill Ritter has activated the National Guard to help reach three stranded buses and dozens of drivers who are stuck in Eastern El Paso County. However, we’re told one of those buses made it back to the Miami-Yoder school and students are staying there until help arrives. Another of the buses was stuck outside a home in Yoder, and the homeowner has taken in 18 students plus the bus driver. All of the students are said to be doing fine. A busload of senior citizens was also stranded, but a private citizen rescued the group.

We’re told there another 70 or so stranded drivers on a stretch of Highway 94, and search and rescue crews are using snowcats to try to reach them.

Power outages are widespread. Mountain View Electric says approximately 2500 customers are without power in El Paso County, and the power may not be restored until tomorrow.

…Travel along the Palmer Divide and in Black Forest is strongly discouraged.

Several tornadoes touched down in Eastern Colorado, but damage has been limited a few building and there are no reports of injuries.

Need Some Prayers…

April 24, 2007

We have had a horrible snowstorm all day today with over a foot of snow falling since this morning. The wind and snow are still blowing straight sideways.

Three hours ago our neighbor’s daughter dropped off her brother with us and left on a snowmobile to pick up her mom who was stuck in a drift several miles away. She forgot to leave any contact information and they haven’t come back. It’s 9pm now.

Her brother is autistic and very worried. We have called the sheriff to go find them but could sure use some prayers all around.

St. Anthony, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Update: Sheriff’s office called. Daughter made it to mom but both are still stranded. Sheriff’s office is trying to get someone out there to bring them home. Thank you, Lord.

Update: Snow cat brought the family home. Everyone is fine. Deo Gratias!

First Communion Help From Aquinas and More

April 23, 2007
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April 24, 2007

We now have gift wrapping available!

First Communion season is upon us…

Visit Our First Communion Section


First Communion Custom Holy Card
Custom Prayer Cards to commemorate your First Communion. You choose what goes on the back and a picture for the front!

A selection of First Communion Veils. First Communion Veil

First Communion Sterling Tie Tack This sterling silver First Communion tie tack measures 1/2in. x 1/2in. and comes in a deluxe gift box. The medal shows a chalice with a host and grain around it.



Missals and Sets

This boy’s First Communion set features a black Mass book with the words “Remembrance of my First Holy Communion” on the front, a black rosary, a gold-plated pin, a laminated cloth scapular and a clear vinyl wallet. Boy's First Communion Set

Girl's Deluxe First Communion Set This deluxe girl’s First Communion set includes a Children’s Mass book, satin brocade purse with shoulder strap, satin rosary case with glass Aurora Borealis bead rosary, a scapular and a gold Communion pin.

This beautiful Children’s Missal, in full color, was carefully written to enable all children to take a more active part in the Mass. Mother Of Pearl Children's Missal

Black St. Joseph Tridentine Children's Missal This beautifully illustrated St. Joseph Children’s Missal is a newly released edition of the 1959 missal for the Tridentine (Pre-Vatican II) Rite. In addition to the Mass, it has:

Gospel Stories for Sundays and Feast Days, Vestments and Objects for Mass, Vestment Colors, Daily Prayers, Prayers for Confession, Prayers for Holy Communion, Stations of the Cross, The Holy Rosary.




Acrylic Concave First Communion Photo Frame, Girl’s First Communion
Contains personalized certificate and holds a 2in x 3in. wallet-sized photograph. Window boxed. A fantastic gift!
Acrylic Concave First Communion Photo Frame

First Communion Brass Plaque This First Holy Communion Brass plaque has a place to put a First Communion picture. To the left of the picture opening is a pewter chalice and host with IHS on it. The plaque is 5in. x 7in. Below the chalice are the words:

The Lord has always loved you
from the time you were small.
For he loves his little children
and he watches over all.

This special gift set includes a 4oz. hand-engraved chalice and photo album that holds 100 pictures.

Chalice is 4 3/4in. h.

Valley Falls Pewter, Lead-Free, Hand Crafted. Made in the USA.

Personalized engraving available for .15 per letter. Call for details.

First Communion Gift Set with Chalice

First Communion Pewter Wall Cross This lovely pewter First Communion cross is 5in. x 3 1/2in. It has a chalice and host in the center surrounded with wheat and grapes. On the lower portion of the cross are the following words:

May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and His Precious Blood
Strengthen You Unto Life Everlasting

This classic gift wrap is perfect for wrapping your First Communion gifts. Each package contains a 24in. X 36in. sheet of wrapping paper featiring various Catholic designs including chalices, hosts, monstrances and angels. The wording on the paper says “I Am The Lamb of God” “I Am The Bread of Life”. First Communion Gift Wrap

Catholic Teaching: First CommunionMany non-Catholics do not understand the Mass. Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart wrote, “The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Holy Mass is an expiatory sacrifice, in which the Son of God is actually sacrificed anew on the cross” (Swaggart, Catholicism and Christianity). The late Loraine Boettner, the dean of anti-Catholic Fundamentalists, said the Mass is a “jumble of medieval superstition.”Vatican II puts the Catholic position succinctly:”At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47).Read More here.

A Journey of Faith

April 23, 2007

 The following is the 10th in a series of talks by one of our employees relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life.

There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:13


Dear Readers,

This week I am going to share with you a very personal experience in my life and introduce you to someone who taught me the true meaning of living as a follower of Christ. We may sometimes be asked to pay a very high price to live the Christian life, but the reward awaiting us is beyond our wildest dreams. The toll it takes on our loved ones can be almost unbearable, but, He will never leave them alone. For, He will carry them through their pain, through their anguish, through their tears and through the darkness into the light. God is so good. Let me say that again…God is so good.

My grandfather came to this country as a young immigrant from Eastern Europe following his dream to come to America to seek a better life like so many others before him and after him. He came through Ellis Island and it was a powerful moment for me to see his name on the log from the day he arrived in this country. He was poor, but worked very hard. He went to culinary school and eventually married and opened his own restaurant. He made a good life for himself and his family and became an amazing chef. Grandpa was a member of the men’s choir at church and was such a good and kind man. I was always very close to my grandparents.

In my 2nd entry from this series, I spoke of a terrible tragedy that struck my family 35 years ago. My grandfather was the head chef at a restaurant and was one of five people murdered one evening at the restaurant. What I didn’t mention was that he was not supposed to have been working that evening. You see, it was the evening of my parent’s wedding anniversary and they were spending the evening together with my grandparents. But, a coworker had asked Grandpa if he could work for him that night. The events that followed the decision to help a friend that particular night left my family broken and devastated.

It has taken me a very long time to be able to focus on the greatness of that terrible night and to think about the legacy my grandfather left me, but Christ has transformed this tragedy into a loving memory of a man who chose to follow Christ by his example. After all these years, what have I learned from this single act of kindness that took the life of such a good and innocent man?

I’ve learned that our beloved Lord walked this painful journey before us. He led the way with His blood and tears, His suffering, but, most of all, with His love for each of us. This loving and innocent Man, our own Savior, allowed His own violent murder to take place for our salvation. I’ve learned that we must never allow our faith in God to waiver, no matter how tragic the events in our lives. He is in control. I’ve learned that His mother, the Mother He gave to each of us, is with us in our suffering as she, too, walked this painful journey before us. I’ve learned to unite my suffering to the very cross that has saved me knowing that what awaits me is an eternity with the One true Love of my life. I’ve learned that love will always triumph over evil. Our journey here is very brief, but each of us has the power to leave our mark, the mark of love to a hurting world.

I have no doubt in my mind that on that dark, cold night in December all those years ago, the gates of heaven opened wide and the light of God shone forth to welcome that innocent soul Home and the Voice of Truth in all His mercy proclaimed, “Well done, good and faithful servant, welcome Home”. God is so good!

God’s love be with you,


Catholic Carnival Time

April 21, 2007

Go take a gander.