Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Feast of St. Dominic


Mr. Pete sees lots of people throughout the week as he travels to schools picking up musical instruments and dropping off repairs. Many of those people know that he is a church-going Catholic. One of his customers has started bringing him statues of saints and of the Blessed Mother that he finds at sales or antique stores. This neat statue of St. Dominic is one of those finds!

We aren't always home for the feast day of this saint, but we are this year and so I have him standing patiently in the middle of the table to celebrate his feast day!

From Father Lawrence Lew, OP on Flickr:

"Our most holy Father Saint Dominic, confessor and founder of the Order of Friars Preachers. He was most illustrious, being distinguished by nobility of birth, sanctity and learning. Until death he preserved without stain his virginity and by the singular grace of his merits he raised three persons from the dead. By his preaching he curbed heresies and established many persons in a religious and godly manner of life. On August 6, his soul soared to heaven, there to receive a reward commensurate with his extraordinary works. His feast, however, is celebrated on this day [8 August], by an ordinance of Pope Paul VI".

Life of Saint Dominic
Saint Dominic

How to Pray Better with St. Dominic!

His Feast Day was moved a lot!
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