So to start the day off, I got the kids up for 8 a.m. mass, which always seems a lot harder to do than just going to mass by myself... but we all made it and we started the day off right with mass, worship and prayer. Then it was off to Holy Cross Cemetery to celebrate with our own little angel, Raphael. We left a beautiful fall bouquet on his grave site and the kids all gathered around to say a Hail Mary and Our Father. Before leaving the cemetery I also spent a few minutes by myself at mom's grave.
Then it was home to get ready for the night's feast. Sam and Izzy worked on the Deviled Eggs while Noah frosted the Devil's food cake. We have those two foods of course because St. Michael was victorious over Satan and cast him into hell.
(I finally have a statue for each of the Archangels!)
We also make a very delicious angel food cake with pineapple. But our main dish is Angel Chicken - a delicious crock pot chicken cooked in a sauce made of mushroom soup, white wine, cream cheese, butter and Italian Seasoning served over a bed of angel hair pasta!
Because it was a weeknight we weren't able to have a big gathering of friends over - everyone's schedule is so busy. But Izzy's BFF Tamara stayed, and Calvin's long-time girlfriend Sarah stayed as well and that made it just right! After recounting for the children who St. Michael and St. Gabriel were, Mr. Pete told the whole story of Raphael from the book of Tobit to the kids. This was all new to Sarah, but she seemed to enjoy the story and I think the rest of the kids did too. After a delicious and full meal we all went our separate ways, but I think my son Gabe can say that we recognized and celebrated his feast day, and I think we did it pretty well!
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