Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The Divine Mercy Novena started on Friday. I was hopeful, and led to believe, that our parish would encourage and propagate the Divine Mercy devotion. A lovely lady from the parish compiled and presented a proposal, which I understood to be a formality. I asked the Director of Liturgy if RE should obtain copies of the novena and chaplet or if they would be distributed to the Parish before Easter. I was told to hold off purchasing the booklets for RE. The DRE agreed to say the Chaplet with all the RE children when we gather, I brought her the copy of the Chaplet that we use during Children's Adoration. Sadly, we didn't say the Chaplet tonight with all the kids. We say it almost every week in my Third Grade class, the kids did a great job praying for the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children tonight. Last night, after Mass, our Pastor talked with Number One Son about his Divine Mercy All Saints Costume. He also mentioned that the devotion was spreading. I asked if there was going to be something special on Divine Mercy Sunday and he said it would be mentioned in the Homily. I hope and pray that promoting a devotion to the Divine Mercy was not delayed a year because our Deacon will be ordained to the Priesthood on Divine Mercy Sunday and our pastor, associate pastor and a bus load of people from our parish will be at Notre Dame. Blessed John Paul II declared on April 30, 2000, "The Second Sunday of Easter from now on throughout the Church will be called Divine Mercy Sunday." Eleven years later and this beautiful devotion doesn't warrant more than a one line mention in the Homily? It is very sad and disappointing that promoting Divine Mercy has not been mandatory or, at the very least, strongly encouraged.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Our Allergy Free Waffles

3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 c tapioca starch
1 cup garbanzo bean flour
2/3 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil

In a stand up mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites (you will add the yolks later) with the sugar until they form soft peaks.
Change to the mixing paddle, add all other ingredients on low until well combined.
This makes 6 waffles in our waffle maker. Spray with spray oil and cook until golden. Serve plain, with cooked fruit, with butter or with your favorite syrup. We usually use agave nectar, but I found some cane sugar golden syrup that was equally yummy and much cheaper!

"Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry!"
--St. Padre Pio

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

84,000 Novenas for the Pope’s 84th Birthday!

Will you join me in giving the Pope a huge gift for his birthday? Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his birthday on April 16th and I'm joining up with to get 84,000 people to pray a novena for the Pope's 84th birthday.

On April 8th, we will begin praying for nine days leading up to and ending on the Papa Benedict's birthday. The Pope prays for us everyday so it's time to return the gift to him on the anniversary of his birth.

84,000 Novenas is a lot! So, I'm going to need your help. I want everyone who reads this blog to do the following to help with this birthday gift!

+ Sign up here:
+ Join the facebook event and invite your friends here:
+ If you have a website, post about it there!
+ Email your friends and family and get them praying too!

I'm sure the Pope will love that we are all praying for him! Please help us reach our goal of 84,000 novenas for the Pope!

Remember to sign up to pray your novena for the pope here: