Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Blesssed Week

This past week we celebrated two great Feast Days!  On Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a pilgrimage to a local Marian Shrine - Our Lady of the Woods in Mio, MI.  This is a beautiful shrine to Our Lady built by a priest, Fr. Hubert Rakowski, O.F.M, with the help of the people of the Parish out of gratitude for Mary's help in increasing the size of his Parish.  It reminded us of the Rudolph Grotto in WI.   We look forward to visiting again in the Spring or Summer to see it in all it's glory.
William's Masterpiece
On our way to the Shrine
       That afternoon the children were able to visit the nursing home and help the residents with some simple crafts.  They also recited their Candy Cane poem for them.

Helping the "Grandma's" at the Nursing home
Luke was proud of his paper chain
 On Thursday, we celebrated St. Lucy's feast day for the first time.  Miriam was so excited!  We made a special St. Lucy day bread and adopted the beautiful Scandinavian tradition where the oldest daughter dresses as St. Lucy and goes to wake the other members of the family.  We cut the bread and Miriam then took it to Mass and we shared it with everyone at Mass.  It was a memorable day for her and is likely to become a family tradition!

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