Two feast days.

Tomorrow is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul.

Peter was the first bishop of Rome, the first Pope. He was previously a fisherman and Jesus invited Peter to follow him, “I will make you a fisher of men.”

Peter’s name was Simon but Jesus changed it to Cephas ( Peter – rock), saying “On this rock I will build my church.” Peter was the leader of the apostles.

Pauls’ original name was Saul and he was Jewish. However, because he was born in Tarsus, he was also a Roman citizen with the Roman name of Paul .

Paul has been called the apostle of the Gentiles because he preached the Gospel to those people who were not Jewish. This mission took him across the then known world and, in the New Testament, we can read many of Paul’s letters to the newly formed local churches in various areas of the world .

In Hungary, bread is often blessed after Mass on this feast day. I think tomorrow will be a perfect opportunity for us to bake some bread – perhaps we’ll try a specialty bread recipe, like this Apple Raisin Bread. Fruit breads are low on the GI index!

The Catholic Culture site also suggests making Apostle Cookies on this day. We’ll stick to the healthier bread I think!

Saturday’s feast is the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Suggested activities include making ( or buying) a torte or Name Day cake – and eating it, of course! And praying the Litany of the Saints.

Perhaps you will join us in making bread or eating cake in honour of these feast days? 🙂

The feast of St John the Baptist

..And Christmas in June! Well, Christmas pudding and custard and ice cream, that is.

John the Baptist was the precursor of Jesus, born six months before Christ. It is six months till Christmas and so we always have a little bit of Christmas on the feast of St John. Typically, pudding and custard.

Older son, Greg, sent me a text – he and his brothers in Adelaide also remembered the tradition and had Christmas cake last night, in honour of the feast.

Here is a summer pudding recipe, traditionally made in England on this feast day – cherry pudding decorated with flowers.


You didn’t have them all together?

Tonight Gerry and I had a meeting with a financial advisor. Just organizing a few things.

This guy is our new advisor, here in Sydney.

He asked about children – how many total, how many dependents. I said 7 boys.

“You didn’t have them all together?” he asked.

I looked blank.

“Some are from Gerry’s first marriage, right?” he continued.

I was startled. I forgot that it can seem weird to some people, that yes, Gerry has 7 children but, yes, he has only been married once and, yes, I gave birth to all 7; I am the mother of all 7; that we are not a blended family… Not that there is something bad about a blended family but it is comical to find that a large family is assumed to be a blended family. To be told that I don’t look or act like a mother of a large family ( how am I supposed to act, btw? lol!).

The advisor took some convincing.

Then asked if were “good Catholics”.

I had to laugh.


Bridge to Terabithia

Last night , Anthony (youngest son), Gerry ( dh) and I saw the film Bridge to Terabithia . The film is based on the children’s book by author Katherine Patterson.

Paterson writes ~ I think it was Lewis who said something like: “The book cannot be what the writer is not.” What you are will shape your book whether you want it to or not. I am Christian, so that conviction will pervade the book even when I make no conscious effort to teach or preach. Grace and hope will inform everything I write.

We loved the film. We laughed, we cried ( well, I cried), we enjoyed.

Although we have read the novel, watching the film has inspired me to read the book again.

And I have followed a little rabbit trail ~ perhaps we can have some Terabithian inspired homeschool time?
Movie website ~ with teacher activities
study guide for the book
Check out Paterson’s website, and her other books..