Friday, February 11, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes

For all of my Catholic cohorts out there, if you are looking for a simple and fun way to celebrate the Liturgical Calendar in your home with your kids or grand kids, I cannot recommend this site enough:
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  We are celebrating Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and her appearance to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France with a few of the projects from their website.  Many of them are cooking/craft based, so they are fun and yummy!
This is one of the recipes - simple rice crispy treats - used to make the grotto.  A grotto is a shallow cave-like opening in a mountain side.  Found all over Europe, they were perfect shelters for men and women shepherding their flocks during the middle ages. Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in one of these grottos.
All of the boys' construction experience with blocks and Keva planks came in very handy today.  Notice Henry in the background - proudly the official taste-tester.
I happily sat back with my cup of coffee and let them go to work - masterfully ignoring the sink full of dishes behind me, and the crunch of breakfast cereal beneath my sneaks.
Nice work, guys!  
The final little project I found came from Illuminated Manuscripts.  A grotto kit perfect for George to assemble.
All finished!  We have found that our Faith really comes alive when we are able to incorporate a few simple, yet fun projects throughout the year into our daily life.

If you are celebrating this feast day as well, below is a link to a prayer, the Litany to Our Lady of Lourdes, that is perfect to pray with your family before bedtime or at supper tonight.

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