Month: December 2016

6th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Holy Family

“Within the family we learn how to forgive, because we are certain that we are understood and supported, whatever the mistake we make. Let us not lose confidence in the family!     – Pope Francis

5th Day of Christmas: Our 1st School Newsletter

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4th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Holy Innocents

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” -St. Teresa of Kolkata

3rd Day of Christmas: Feast of Saint John

St. John was both a simple fisherman and a beloved apostle.  At Jesus’ death, John was given charge of our beloved Mother and is said to have lived a long life. In addition to writing the Gospel of John, an additional three Epistles, and the Book […]

2nd Day of Christmas: Feast of Saint Stephen

“Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen…”

St. Stephen is considered to be the very first Christian artery, whose death is recounted in chapter 7 of the book of Acts. He is also the patron saint of horses and the “reason for the season” with respect to Boxing Day in England. One Boxing Day tradition was for the priest to empty the church’s alms does and distribute the money to the poor of the parish. This eventually evolved into the tradition of piggy banks, in which money would be saved all year and the banks broken open just after Christmas.

Feast day foods include such things as scrambled eggs, stew, and horse-shoe shaped pastries. One popular pastry recipe is called Podkovy (or St. Stephen’s Horns).

St. Stephen’s Horns
Ingredients
  • 1 package active dry, or cake, yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sweet butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • poppy seed, nuts, or cheese
  • cream
DIRECTIONS

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sour cream, yeast-milk mixture, lemon juice, rind. Cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients; add to egg mixture. Chill 1 hour.

Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut in rectangles. Sprinkle rectangles with poppy seeds, nuts, or cheese. Close. Shape into horns. Brush with cream. Bake on greased baking sheets 12-15 minutes at 375°.

Recipe Source

Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965


Feast day drinks include none other than Kentucky bourbon (he is the patron saint of horses, after all) and cocktails.

Stephen’s Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 oz. sherry
  • ¾ oz. dry vermouth
  • ¾ oz. Bénédictine
Directions

Pour ingredients into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and stir.

Recipe Source

Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley, Regnery Publishing, 2015


 

Advent Challenge: December 25

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a Christ-child who would set His people free! Serve Lead Mom says: I’m super proud of you for giving and growing in faith this Advent season!

Advent Challenge: December 24

“Tell Jesus thank you for what He has done.”

Serve Lead Mom says:  Remember, Jesus is the realest, the truest, the most amazing reason for the season!

 

Advent Challenge: December 23

“Tell your family you love them.” Serve Lead Mom says:  More than just tell them, why not show them?