A Feast Fit for A Miracle

The Miracle of Fatima began on May 13, 1917 in Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. Our Lady let her presence be known to three young children during six visitations from the first appearance in May, and ending on October 13, 1917. Her final appearance is known as The Miracle of the Spinning Sun.

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Our Lady’s Holy League Feast

Just a little Catholic Background for those who may not be familiar with the day. Our Lady of The Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V. Originally Our Lady of Victory, it was to commemorate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 on the first Sunday in October. The feast date moved each year until it was fixed to October 7. The entire month of October is dedicated to encouraging the Faithful to pray the Rosary, reflecting on the mysteries of the Christian Faith.

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Assumption and A Tart Fruit Pie

According to Catholic Teaching, at the end of her earthly life, Our Blessed Mother Mary was assumed, body and soul, to Heaven. Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of Assumption on August 15. It is a Holy Days of Obligation, one of five or six (depending upon the calendar) throughout the year in addition to Holy Sundays. The Feast of the Assumption is a public holiday in 43 different predominantly Catholic countries.

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A Peasant’s Simple Feast

On February 11, 1858, a young girl was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Two of the girls crossed a little stream in front of a grotto, and walked on, leaving the young girl alone. She had always been sickly, and feared crossing the cold waters of the stream to join the others. So she waiting for her companions to return.

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A Feast of Many Names

In ancient times, this day was originally known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. Wow- that’s a mouthful! It has also been called Candlemas, the Meeting of the Lord, the Presentation in the Temple and simply The Presentation of the Lord.

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Dominican’s Our Lady of Altagracia

Our Lady of Altagracia goes by many beautiful names including my favorite, Our Lady of Grace. She is said to watch over and protect the people of the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans see the sacred image as exemplifying how Our Lady watches over the island, nurturing the growth of Christianity there.

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Triple Berry Cobbler in Celebration of this Day

For Latin Rite Catholics around the world, today is more than just the first day of the new year, it’s also a Holy Day of Obligation. Yep, we get up on New Year’s Day and go to mass. And not just any mass, this is the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God. January 1st is the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide. That’s a fancy word for Christmastime or the Christmas Season within the liturgical year. It’s also the 8th day in the life of a Jewish Baby Boy.

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a National Symbol of Mexico. If we were in Mexico, December 3rd would have marked the start of the novenas to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Feast of the Presentation of Mary

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any of my Catholic traditions with you. If you are uncomfortable with the subject, that’s fine. Please skip this as I’ve never wanted to offend anyone. If you’d like to hear more and get some delicious recipes, stick around!

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Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

It’s another feast day within the Church.  October 7th is known as Our Lady of the Rosary or Our Lady of Victory. This Feast Day was intended to honor a 16th century Naval victory that secured Europe against a superior Turkish invasion. If you want to learn more and have a wonderful meal, stick around. If not, that’s okay too.

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Portuguese Feast to Honor Our Lady of Fatima

Today marks the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. For those who are Catholics, this is a familiar story taught in Catechism to strengthen our devotion to the Rosary. For those less familiar, let me take a moment to give you a little background. Our Lady of Fatima is a beautiful story of faith. As with all appearances of Our Lady, it is only faith that lets one believe.

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