Honoring All Souls Day

All Souls Day is very much a Catholic teaching. The Church tells us that “all who die in God’s grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”

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Grilling Up a Labor Day Cookout

One week to go and it’s Labor Day – the unofficial end to summer and the Backyard Party Season. Labor Day is an American celebration of the workforce. The very first Labor Day Parade took place on a Tuesday, September 5, 1882. It was the brain-child of Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader. Mr. McGuire felt the span between Independence Day and Thanksgiving was far too long, and the workers deserved a holiday all their own somewhere in between. His inspiration came from America’s northern neighbor, Canada. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day as a public holiday. By 1894, Congress had unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a National Holiday, moving the date to the first Monday in September.

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Serving up a Saint Patrick’s Day Feast for the Whole Family

Imagine my delight when I got an email from my sister. We had been going back and forth trying to work out a date to get together for dinner and cards. Her son plays soccer, and as you soccer moms know, that can be a very full schedule. As luck would have it, her son did not have a game scheduled for March 16th. Did we want to get together for some extended family time? Yes! Absolutely!

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Game Day Munch Fest 1

Football-Party-Ideas-1My idea of Fantasy Football is an awesome field of yummy foods on a banquet table decked out in team colors. While throwing a living-room tail-gate party every Sunday would be a bit much, putting together a couple of game-day parties while watching non-important games is fun. Think of it as “practice time” leading up to the big event – The Super Bowl Sunday.

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